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el l.
Don't get tricked into thinking that since you are spending a lot of money on something that it is the best thing out there, many cheaper things are better than the expensive things.
Junae S.
Many places may include some type of centerpiece in the cost. If they do, but you want to spice them up a little, there are many websites where you can buy items in bulk. The more you buy, the more you save. We are going to purchase snowflake votive candles and holders along with bulk glass beads to put around the centerpeices.
Sara L.
The best way to save on your wedding is to get the things that matter the most. Why spend money on invaluable things. For favors try your favorite candy instead of expensive trinkets. It's your day, personalize it and make it a day you and your guests will never forget!
Teasha M.
Have a tapas style reception. The cost per person is much lower over a plated dinner and your guests will get to experience a variety of dishes.
Carla S.
My tip to save money at the wedding is use unique centerpieces that go with your personality or things that you grew up with that meant something to you. You can also do a photo centerpiece of baby photos hanging from a branches and guests will for sure be walking around to look at all the different photos you may have up.
Kami W.
Negotiate! Don't be afraid to tell a vendor that you can't afford the packages they offer--they will often specially create a package for your budget, especially in light of today's financial climate.
Jessica B.
Don't let others discourage you if it comes to a theme wedding. Simple themes like black and white formal make for beautiful picutres and mean that most people don't have to buy anything new.
Shani G.
Hirer a wedding planner for the day of the event so that you can enjoy your day.
CHANDAI R.
Plan way ahead so you get a good idea of what everything costs, so when you see savings you will know. Be clear of what you want, and be flexible.
Christi F.
We plan to have four bridesmaids, four groomsmen, four junior bridesmaids, four junior groomsmen, and a flower girl in our wedding party. If we were to have each lady carry a full bouquet, it would cost a small fortune. In order to save money, we are going to have each of our bridesmaids carry one beautiful flower. This saves of the cost of four bouquets, which is huge!
Breann H.
Bridesmaids can carry beautiful artificial flowers. They look real and just as nice, but they are so much less expensive and can be fun to make at the bridesmaid's luncheon!
Emily J.
Tip #1: If you are having round tables at the reception, write each guest's name on a post-it note and place them around paper plates. This is a simple way to design your seating chart, allowing you to make as many changes as necessary. Tip #2: Find out if there is a wedding scheduled the day/night before yours, and what the bride's color scheme is. If the colors are similar, ask her if she would be willing to share centerpieces and split the cost.
Meghan H.
Ask the advice and use your resources from friends, family and loved ones. Everyone has talents, contacts, and information that can help you get the best deals with vendors who do great work, or they can help you do it themselves! Also, this is the best way to help others who are in tight financial situations to have their assistance and advice be their wedding gift to you!
Erin M.
Instead of renting an expensive reception hall, we are using an outbuilding where I work. A few dollars spent on decorations and you’ll not be able to tell where you are! There’s plenty of parking for the guests. This represents significant savings!
Wendy J.
Find friends and family who are in the wedding industry to make your cake and do your photography. Get friends together to make favors and decorate your reception and ceremony venues. Get as much help from family and friends as possible.
Jacquelyn P.
Go to Hobby Lobby in order to get a veil. They look just as nice as the ones that they have in the stores for a lot less. Also Wal-Mart and Target sell sets that have the garter, guest book, and flower girl basket all in one (along with the ring bearer pillow). Fake flowers look just as nice and last a lot longer when you begin to decorate. You can still use real flowers as well as the fake ones to decorate.
Jocelyn S.
Save or cut cost by having a green eco-friendly wedding. Incorporate as many pre-used items as possible, like vintage wedding rings. Also you can have the ceremony outdoors at a local park or historical site and save on rental fees as well.
Katorra W.
When trying on dresses, make sure that all your Bridesmaids go together. Then you can get the full visual effect of how things will look on your wedding day. If all the girls do not know each other, it makes a great introduction as a group and breaks the ice for future planning. Also, make sure someone takes pictures with their digital camera so that you have something to refer back to when making a decision. After all, the camera never lies.
Lee M.
Ask around about photographers and DJ's. You never know who your friends know and that might help you keep your budget low.
Janel S.