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Your bridesmaids are called "maids" for a reason! Delegate some jobs and tasks to them, it will clear up your schedule and your head. Especially if they have unique talents like being crafty or like to cook.
Molly W.
To cut costs, have your rehearsal dinner at home and ask your culinary-savvy friends to do the cooking while the wedding party is rehearsing!
Emma S
Invite your future mother-in-law with you when looking for a dress, even if she can't make it, she'll appreciate the gesture.
Meghan M.
First and foremost - Being a bridesmaid is hard work, make sure you thank your maids for everything they have done
Alfred Angelo
Most everyone knows someone with a flower garden, ask about using their flowers for your arrangements. Most people would think it a honor for you to ask them.
Angela B
Enlist your family and friends to assist you at your wedding! What a great way to catch up and connect by planning for the BIG day. Recycle any house-wares you have around the house in creative ways.
Sandra T.
Reuse it! Your friends and family have had weddings before - reuse as much of the decorations, containers and accessories as you can. Combine these items in new in creative ways to personalize your day. Add a ribbon, or change the flowers to freshen the look. The impact on your wallet AND the environment could be significant!
Renden M.
With all the hustle and bustle on the big day, my advice would be to take some time to yourself. Take about 30-45 minutes to just regroup and relax alone with the bridesmaids, a hot cup of tea and an aroma therapy facial enjoying the moment and realizing in a few hours you are about to be the happiest girl/wife in the world. This can be done at a designated home the morning of the wedding. This moment can help you get those last minute jitters and bugs out and remain level headed. Cutting this cost can really save money than taking all your bridesmaids to a spa which can turn out to be very expensive. Every woman needs a moment where time stops and she can just exhale and hear her on heart beat. Hope this tip was very beneficial to all the women who really would like to just relax right before the big moment when you say' "I Do".
Trinice W.
With my wedding we decided on sticking to a budget. Instead of having a wedding and then going to a reception we are having the ceremony and reception in the same building. This saves on the cost of renting two buildings. As far as a gown, tux and decorations go, I picked what meant the most to me. I really wanted the decorations to be what I want. Everything else will fall into place. For food, we aren't going real fancy. We are going to have Pit BBQ Beef with sides. The food doesn't have to be catered. I am going to spend a little more on my cake because it will be sitting out for display as people wait to have a bite. My decorations will be simple yet elegant. We are using fake flowers for decorations, which will cut costs, and real flowers for my bouquet. It's not about how much money you spend it, is about having fun and celebrating the begining of your marriage. In the end the more money you save can be used for a great honeymoon.
Christina O.
Ask your mother and her friends for their input, they are wise and have experience at no cost to the bride. Believe me, it's worth it.
KACEE S.
Use Curly Willow Branches and arrange yourself for centerpieces and ceremony decorations. Spray paint them white, silver, or whatever color you like. This opposed to flower arrangements saves a bundle but still looks elegant and high-end.
Leah G.
Check with venue for the least expensive day and then work with your other vendors to see if they offer discounts for that day. We saved over $2000 this way.
Mona J.
Always start with good foundation garments - the right bra can make all the difference in your pictures and how you feel through out the day.
Alfred Angelo
When choosing your bridesmaid dresses, try to pick different shades of the color you want. That's another way to be unique and fun.
Mayra D
In order to ensure that your wedding fulfills the expectations of both you and your groom, create a survey/questionaire before you start planning or set your budget. Use the survey to gauge what details & priorities should be addressed in order for you both to be happy. Then set your budget and distribute the money accordingly. It's also a great way to gain more insight into your groom's taste.
Robin J.
To save tons of money on photography, hire an art student from a local college or art school. You can call the school and speak to the head of the photography department (or other faculty member) and ask them to recommend a trust worthy talented student to hire for your special day. Meet with the student and look at their work plus ask for credentials. You could take this idea in so many different directions. Ask the student to develop and print the pictures also or just ask them for the raw digital files or film and do the printing yourself. Plus, you can hire a film student who can shoot the wedding as well. Do this and you won't get the same old photos that everyone else has in the wedding album!
Jill N.
Check with family members and friends to see what they have. My future sister-in-law had a bunch of friends who got married last summer. They all pooled their centerpieces together and lend them out to others. By using pieces of their centerpieces, I am doing all of mine for free!
Marcia B.
For my wedding flowers, we are buying red silk roses for less than $1/each. My colors are red, black and white... in order for me to have black roses, I am spray painting them with a flat black spray paint (less than $2/can). Great way to save money on flowers and still have beautiful bouquets!
Jeanna D.
You can cut some of the cost for wedding photgraphy by having a professional photographer for only about 2-3 hours to cover the ceremory, take some pictures at the reception venue and the reception. This can be easily done if you move all the important moments such as the first dance, the cutting of the cake and the throwing of the bouquet to the first hour and a half of the reception. You can ask your friends to take picture for the remaining part of the wedding. That is what my fiance and I are doing and we are going to save a lot, but we will still have plenty of professional pictures from our wedding.
Daniela B.
If you don't think your budget will allow for fresh flowers, you may be wrong. Just limit the fresh flowers to yourself and the wedding party, and use silk for the rest!
Jessica B