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Have a relative cater your reception.
Christine D.
Although this will not work for everyone having a wedding it is still a tip. My fiance is in the military. We have cut costs by asking vendors if they give military discounts. It didn't hurt to ask. So far we have cut ceremony fees in half, vendor waved split menu fee, photographer said he would give us free engagement photos with our package. Its a little bit here and there, but every little bit counts!
monica c.
We are saving money by visiting family and friends during our honeymoon. There are many places in the United States we have not seen and are fortunate enough to have friends close to these spots. So by staying with friends we are able to save the money we should have spent on hotels.
Ashley W.
Networking is key. Look into classmates (if in college) that work for caterers, photography majors, etc. Getting your information and contacts from someone who has just recently had a wedding and still has fresh info is probably the best and less stressful . Start bargining - exchange goods for things you can do, you scratch my back I scratch yours!
Jahzeel S.
Be open to many suggestions before making a decision. Dont have your heart set too fast on something because it may be too pricey and you dont want to blow your budget too early. It may help cut costs down in the long run.
Melissa V.
Make sure you make plenty of appointments with several people before you decide on your wedding location, photographer, and videographer because you never know if you'll end up loving the ones that have the best deal.
Frances M
To cut down on the florist costs, I purchased the centerpiece candle holders and vases from a outlet store in Chicago. They cost a fraction of the price from the leading retailers. I was then able to take a picture and bring it to the florist. She was able to design my arrangements around these pieces and have her crew come in a few hours to set eveything up before the reception.
Roseanne G.
My sister originally planned a country club wedding but changed her mind when they found a house to buy before the wedding. I searched local fire departments & organizations and found a reception hall that was plain white. We borrowed everyones real and fake ficus trees and placed them around the perimeter of the room with white lights. Rented round tables & white chairs and china, along with cloth linens. We purchased high end restaurant items like chicken kiev from a wholesaler and hired waitress and kitchen staff from a staffing company. We prepared the food and the staff finished. Everyone commented on what a fantastic weddding and reception it was, just like at the local country club. We spent less than $3000 on the wedding and reception for 125 people.
Lisa H.
Have an outdoor wedding, you will save a ton of money on flowers/decor.
Jessica L.
Pick out the two or three things that you'll remember most about your wedding to focus spending on. Cut costs as much as possible on everything else. For me: location, cake, & photos.
Kate M.
make a wedding cake from cupcakes stacked in a pyramid instead of paying for a per slice wedding cake.
betty r.
Many pocketbooks are tight right now. Go for simple but nice and continue to be thankful for what we do have.
Elizabeth B.
Start planning early!!!! I started planning my wedding a year and a half before we were actually getting married. Because I did this, I knew where I wanted my wedding and I quickly booked the location. We just recently went back to go over everything again; and the cost of the location has almost tripled. I saved $2,000 on the ceremony by planning early. I always figure inflation is a given; so the sooner you get started, the cheaper it will be. Also getting everything done early helps so much, especially when you get really close to the date; if you have everything and have everything done, you don't have to stress out and run around like a chicken with your head cut off. You can sit back and enjoy the fun things like your dress fittings!!
Jacqueline T.
Bridesmaids can carry beautiful artificial flowers. They look real and just as nice, but are much less expensive and can be fun to make at the bridesmaid's luncheon!
Emily J
If you and your spouse already live together and/or don't really need any home goods, then create a wedding registry website that friends and family have the choice to donate money to either your wedding or honeymoon. The account can be linked to Paypal. Every little bit counts. A monetary gift can always come in handy especially when unforseen costs arise.
Natasha B.
With my wedding I have decided to do my own flowers. It is less expensive and it also allows me to give my own personal touch to my wedding. I have cut the cost down tremendously by looking for sales on bridal flowers and accessories.
Kristi G.
Make your own reception dinner with the help of your mom, mom to be and any bridesmaids that want to help. Not only will it cost less, your guests will actually feel like they've eaten a meal. What a better way to spend a day with your mom and mom to be! Besides, who couldn't use a few cooking lessons from the pros while saving money?
Janon N.
When considering wedding band and ring options, consider going vintage by either choosing an heirloom piece that has been in your families for decades, if not generations, or buying an antique ring.
Rosalyn K.
A lot of the people who will be attending my wedding are people who live near me. I have decided I am going to do wedding invitation but I am going to hand deliver most of them so I can save money on postage.
Angela B.
Shop on Ebay for package deals of plates knives, forks, spoons and favors.
Jaylee K.