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DIY is the best way to save $$$ - Favors, invitations, flowers. Do all the research you can on the net, from magazines and asking friends to borrow items such as a cake serving set will save you tons of $$$. Total cost of my wedding, including caterer, venue and my FABULOUS dress at a fantastic price @ Alfred Angeo, was less that $5,000.
Sheri W.
Be sure to have some emergency baby powder at your reception! If someone spills red wine or any kind of drink on your gown just toss some powder on the stain and it will camouflage the stain on your gorgeous gown!
Kelvia C.
Make sure you make plenty of appointments with different places before you decide on your wedding location because you never know if you'll end up loving the place that has the best deal. Same goes for the photographer and videographer; try to bundle services in a package to save you some money.
Frances M.
Throw all your loose change in a jar. Wrap it and add it to your account for the wedding or the honeymoon. It adds up fast $50 a month extra is great money. Or make a bet with your partner whoever collects the most change gets to pick one thing to do on the honeymoon. Spa anyone?
mandee m.
A "fake" bottom tier of the wedding cake is a less expensive way that will still give you the WOW factor of a larger cake that every bride wants. (The bottom tier is still decorated the same on the outside but the inside is foam.)
Bonnie T.
Allow your bridesmaids to choose their own hairstyles instead of forcing them to match. They will feel more comfortable throughout the day, and thank you for it later!
Robyn H.
To save on the cost of flowers, use a reception hall or hotel that decorates for each season. This will save you on the cost of flowers. Depending on what you want, the seasonal decorations will usually work.
Bridgette R.
Don't be scared of trying something unique. Some brides choose to highlight their Maid of Honor in a special complementary color while other brides will do a color run of the same gown. Whatever you do, make sure the colors you have chosen work together.
Alfred Angelo
The best cost-saving tip I have learned is to avoid dealing with wedding vendors as much as possible! Wedding vendors specialize in such events and are therefore able to charge whatever prices they would like given weddings are their only source of income, versus a vendor that has weddings as a part of their overall daily operations. For example, my reception venue is not a typical wedding reception venue. It is actually a private business club that just happens to have the space and resources to accomodate a wedding reception. As for my cake, it is from a local baker that just happens to make wedding cakes in addition to birthday cakes and desserts. For my photographer, I am not interviewing folks that call themselves wedding photographers. I am looking more at photographers that also capture other moments such as families, birthdays, modeling shots, etc... The tip to not deal with wedding vendors was a great tip passed along to me by former brides.
Linh H.
Instead of having 15 bridesmaids and groomsmen, have a few maids-of-honor and a few best men, and have honorary bridesmaids and groomsmen that sit in reserved seating in the row behind the families. This way, you can tell them your color scheme and they will be responsible for their attire and you can have as many as you'd like! There are no hard feelings and you'll still have everyone that is significant able to be involved!
Krystal S.
To help cut the cost of flowers, use your bridal party bouquets as centerpieces.
Gwennea G.
I found out that another wedding was going on the previous weekend. I contacted the bride and she is leaving her whole set up-chairs, dance floor, flowers alcohol etc-I just asked her to tell me how much to give her-So we both make out!
Spring H.
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.
Ask close family members to donate different parts of the wedding. Example: 3 bridesmaids bouquets or 5 bottles of wine in lieu of gifts
charles m.
If you're shopping for a strapless gown, make sure you bring a strapless bra to use while trying on. It will help give you a better idea of what the gown would look like.
Alfred Angelo
Its your day, however, it is a union between you and your groom, so enjoy it together and don't let the complications of the planning and decision making cause a change in your relationship. Love is support and support is showing love.
Devon E.
Rent a VFW Hall or any hall & have family help cater your food with your favorite family recipes. Buy bulk napkins and get rubber stamps/ink of a design(or your initials) & color you love. Buy silk flowers and clear vases in bulk from your local craft stores and do your own bouquet and centerpieces, along with some sand, rocks, marbles, etc!!! Also, Disposable chair covers and table linens will save you $$$!
JUENELLE R.
Add photos to your invitations at a minimal cost by using a strip of photos from a photo booth and making duplicates. This can be a fun and cost effective way to get a great picture that reflects your personalities.
Evette R
When choosing your bridesmaid dresses, try to pick different shades of the color you want for their dresses. That's another way to be unique and fun.
Mayra D.
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