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Rent a PA and speakers (or borrow from a friend), and connect a laptop that has playlists for your wedding. Then, all you need is a friend willing to MC and you've got a low-cost DJ.
Molly B
Always search for coupon codes if you are ordering something online. Others post the coupon codes and sometimes it can save you big bucks!
Beth S.
Have your reception at the church. Consider just having a cake and punch reception and then going out with your friends afterwards or getting an early start on the honeymoon.
Amy K.
The best way to save and cut wedding cost is to “Talk about your wedding”. I’ve received the most generous offers through the excitement of a wedding conversation. I’ve gotten offers from professional photographers willing to give me a discount, cake makers offering free service wanting to update their portfolio, seamstresses willing to alter my dress if needed for free and much more.
Joy C.
I bought most of the items I needed for my wedding like my flutes, unity candle, guset book and pen on Ebay! They are the same items from Things Remembered but for less than half the price!!! We are paying for our wedding ourselves so we needed to save money. I also ordered my wedding favors and goodie bags on ebay, overall we saved about $600.00. Use the internet! But NEVER buy your wedding gown or bridesmaid dresses online! My friend did and she didn't get an Alfred Angelo original, she got a poorly made look a like!
Ana D.
Let your fiance be in charge of securing a wedding and reception places, and other things you know he can do. This will take some of the stress off of you, and makes him feel like it is his wedding too!
Krys P.
Make your wish list in order of priority. Every bride is different and looking to see what's at the top of your list may give you a better idea of where to spend money and where to let things go.
Jessica L.
Outdoor weddings save you a ton on flowers/decor.
David O.
When selecting bridemaids dresses keep in mind the different body types of each of your girls. What looks great on one person may not look good on another. A-line dresses look good on everyone!
LaShonte T.
Instead of hiring a florist to do bouquets, purchase your flowers at Costco. A simple bouquet can be created by wrapping a ribbon around the stems and securing it with three straight pins. Then, instead of purchasing centerpieces for the head table, place the bridesmaids flowers/bouquets in vases.
Eileen G.
Guests generally don't remember what they ate that night, besides the cake. They just remember that they did eat. So don't feel like you have to do a formal gourmet food spread! Go more economical and fun with your food selections, and cut out a HUGE portion of your expenses!
Jennifer L.
Your bridesmaids are called "maids" for a reason! Delegate some jobs and tasks to them, it will clear up your schedule and your head!
Molly W
Don't do fondant on your cake. Although the look is very attractive, it's also very costly. No one eats it anyways and a good cake decorator can make a buttercream frosting look just as elegant. It will save a few hundred.
Xochitl V.
Make the wedding simple. Don't stress over having everything perfect. Look around and find what you want at bargain prces. No one will ever know you didn't spend a fortune on your wedding. Have family members help with little parts like decorations for church or reception. Have someone get cake for you. You will be suprised how many family members actually want to help you with your big day. Don't be afraid to ask.
Jessica C.
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.
Make sure to have a bustle added to your gown for the reception and dance
Emily N.
For decorations we have gone very simple and pretty with hurricane lamps and candles. We have bulk ordered at, from vases to candles, organza circles for wedding favors and pew bows. They offer free shipping to the store so we save on that. I also was able to secure a cheaper payment on the venue because we are having our wedding on a Thursday, since most of out friends and family are intown. We are also doing a "buffet style" Reception so that we save on a sit down dinner as well. I wanted soft lighting so I waited for an after Christmas clearance sale and bought stringed lights that we are hanging up. I love a good bargin and saving is my thing.
Melissa J.
Call in all favors that you have accumulated with friends, family and family friends to DJ, photograph, alter, cater, host the RD at their house, floral arrangements etc. It might be a little more work working with family but the money you save adds up quickly.
Rachel S.
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