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Your bridesmaids don't all have to have the same exact color. You could have a rainbow wedding!
Denise D.
The dollar store has all kinds of things you can use for the wedding, like flower petals and glassware.
Mel G.
Ask your mother and her friends for input, they can offer experience at no cost to the bride.
Kacee
Make your own invitations and bridal favors. They are so easy these days with all the craft shops and internet resources. Or ask a crafty friend to make them instead of giving a wedding gift.
Janice L.
The BEST way to cut some wedding costs for the bride on a budget is to search for DIY projects and get the most information you can for free online instead of paying big money for a wedding planner. Make your own invitations, learn how to design your own wedding cake and make it more special with your very own style and details. Not only will you remember every detail of the wedding better, but everyone will see your style shine.
Jesenia R.
You can save money on flowers by making your arrangements with you florist. Most like the free labor, make it a flower party!
Gwendolyn P.
Instead of hiring a top of the line florist try Albertson's or your local grocery store. I am getting the same quality flowers and arrangements for more than half the price of a florist. Instead of my bridesmaid bouquets costing me $50 each they are only costing me $15 for the same exact bouquet. My total savings on flowers, arrangements, and centerpieces is over $600. My original estimate at a local florist was $900 and I am now only paying $300. While you are there looking at flowers, check out the bakery as well because I am getting my wedding cake for $200 compared to the estimate of $800 I was given at the local top dollar bakery.
Brittany C.
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.
To save money on flowers, try and visit the flower shop or gallery during the season you will be getting married in. Often, "in-season" flowers are much cheaper than "off-season."
Kate C.
Instead of spending big money on a spa day for you or your bridesmaids, go online and get facial recipes and a bunch of other spa tricks for free. Have a spa night at home - it's a lot cheaper and more fun since its in the comfort of your own home.
Ashley B.
You can save money on flowers by making your arrangements with you florist, most brides like the free labor, and you can make it a flower party!
Gwendolyn P
Don't just save money, go green & re-use items. The cost of decorations can be shared if you use things from your bridal shower over again..think the same color scheme! Also things like cake toppers, knife sets, or toasting glasses can be passed down or shared from a special friend or family member. Not only do you cut costs, you make someone feel special!
Amy J.
Pick out the two or three things you'll remember most about your wedding to focus your spending on. Cut costs as much as possible on everything else.
Kate M
If your wedding venue is already beautiful, you don't have to spend money on decorations just flowers to accent.
Samantha S.
OK ladies, here is your SOMETHING BLUE! Blue Rosary, hanky, flowers, topaz or sapphire jewelery, anklet, toe ring, toe nail polish, garter, panties, bra, eyeliner, shoes, or hair jewelery. Good Luck!
Crystal D.
I think one of the best places to cut out wedding costs is in the paper goods. I am making my own wedding menus, favor wrappers, and programs. One ream of card-stock is only about $15 and it goes a long way! Professional printing is awfully expensive for something that will likely end up tossed by the wayside when the wedding is over.
Tina D.
Any element you want can be achieved if you research, research, research!!! Be sure to keep track of all websites you find amazing deals on.
Nakesha C.
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.
I'm doing all of the floral arrangements, centerpieces, and bouquets saving over $1300. I went to a craft store and bought Eifle tower vases for centerpieces. I'll be ordering my calla lillies through costco because the are really reasonable 75 stems for $114 .
Lisa R.
Make sure you write down all details. Don't try to remember everything-you will leave something out.
Carolyn R.