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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
Use freecycle to find free items for your wedding. Freecycle is kind of like recycling. People join a local freecycle group and post things they are giving away. I have found vases, mason jars and candles for our wedding and it cost me $0!!!
Carla S.
Dollar Tree!!! I have bought almost all of my wedding decorations there. You have to go quite often because they always have different things.
Amanda B.
If you are planning an outdoor wedding, instead of candles use lanterns. These can be used in almost any area whether hanging or on tables and provide more light than a typical candle. They are unique decorative features and can be used again.
Kristen H.
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.
Use the resources of your friends, family and loved ones. Everyone has talents, contacts, and information that can help you get the best deals with vendors, or they can help you do it yourself! 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
When you get an idea about something that you would like for your wedding, do your research. Find out how much it would be to rent the item, make it yourself, or to buy it. Also research how much time it will take you to make it yourself, because that in itself could make it less beneficial than saving the money. Do this with everything and you are guaranteed to save some money.
Tiffany R.
There are so many cost saving tips that I am using for my wedding it is hard to pick just one! I would have to say that my biggest cost saving tip is in two parts. One, I chose to have an appetizer reception starting at 7:30pm to allow guests to have the option to get dinner or something light before the reception started. Appetizer receptions can still be expensinve if you are hiring a caterer, look on the internet and ask around friends. During these economic times, there are some fine dining chefs who will do catering work on the side to supplement their income, and at a significant discount. On a popular online classified site I was able to find a chef available for our wedding date, explained to him that my budget for the wedding was only $3,500 and how much I wanted my day to be special. He then was able to offer to buy the food at his restaurant cost (including large sheet cakes to cut in the back at 4 of them for $25!) My contract total is currently $800 for 8 differe
KaCee B.
Plan your wedding during summer in the Dominican Republic. The wedding packages they offer are half the price of the one's in the U.S. The hotel usualy offers special prices for the guests and takes care of the pictures, band, and religious ceremony on the beach.
Crina P.
Ask your employer for help. And with that, ask any friends or family for help if they work in applicable fields. For example, I work for a printing company. I asked if they would be willing to help me out by printing my invitations - and they are happily doing it. On top of that, one of my bridesmaids is a graphic designer, so she is designing them! Talk about custom invites!
Kim G.
Take a day for yourself from wedding planning. After you accomplish something big (like getting your dress/flowers/bridesmaids dresses etc) find some time for yourself to relax. Weddings should be fun, not super stressful.
Becky A.
Find one person that has similar taste to yours and use them as an assistant if they are willing. This can save you time finding vendors they can do the leg work and you have the final decision. plus they get to feel VERY important.
Christina K.
Cut down on the cost of décor by having your wedding in a garden. It will also make a great place to have your photographs done.
Miranda D
When choosing bridesmaid dress either go with one color or one style of dress, but let your girls pick their hair, make-up ir jewelry. It will let them feel beatiful and they will be happy to go out of their way even more to make your big day special. Don't worry you'll still be the center of attention.
Kayla F.
If at all possible get married on a Friday! My reception site and all of my vendors have offered huge discounts because it is a less popular day for weddings!
Kendra J.
Don't be afraid to try new things. Not only does it make your wedding more unique and meaningful, but it definitely cuts costs and relieves stress. Flowers, invitations, decorations, favors etc.
Jessica R
Do it yourself programs and favors!! I have saved so much this way and it was a lot of fun!
Leslie C.
Flowers. Get them from a wholesale company yourself and save thousands of dollars. Look in the phone book under wholesale in the flower section.
Many pocketbooks are tight right now. Go for simple but nice and continue to be thankful for what we do have.
Elizabeth B.
Wedding cakes can be pricey. The best way to cut down on cost for that is to have a display wedding cake that is a fraction of the size of a normal wedding cake. This would be for cutting and taking pictures. When serving guests your wedding cake, get sheet cakes in the same flavor. Bulk warehouse stores have them for as little as $17 per sheet and it serves about 48 people. Also, have a talented, artsy friend decorate the display cake. Much of the cost in any wedding cake is the decorating of it. Mine is going to cost around $120 for my 150 guests(display cake included!).Flowers can also be pricey. There are beautiful fake arrangements and singular flowers for making your own bouquet. Arts and crafts stores have these periodically on sale for next to nothing because it's the end of the season. Check the clearance bins. We're spending $65 on all of our flower needs!
Brianne B.