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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
Cater your own wedding. A girlfriend of mine had a traditional hispanic wedding and invited her bridesmaids over to help her prepare the food for her buffet style wedding. She said it was a great way to bond with her girls before the ceramony and she saved a ton!!!
Jennifer D.
Do a Destination wedding! It will save you lots of money!!
Patricia C.
Everything doesn't have to be traditional. Use feathers instead of flowers for centerpieces and bouquets. They're much cheaper and they last forever!
Colleen A.
I have started over a year of planning before the wedding and am getting things here and there. Its much better than cramming it in to a few months. I have also been doing alot of Ebay shopping for certain things. I have been making my own invitations as well. It takes time but I have gathered the MOH and MOG together and the 3 of us have flown through them.
Kayleigh M.
Look for wholesale flowers. They can be found much cheaper. Another fun thing is to get your bridesmaids together and help put the bouquets together as a party!!
Julia R.
Do what you can do yourself like flower arrangements which can be made simple. The most important adviice is don"t stress out. Enjoy this time, be happy. It is supposed to be fun and exciting, not nerve racking. Things will go wrong, just go with the flow and all will end well on your special day. You will be a glowing bride with family and friends helping you along the way.
mary j.
We are getting married in Central Park and all of our guests are coming from out of the state of NY so we thought it would be great (and really cheap) to send hand written postcards as invites instead of the traditional ones which can be extremely expensive. I found a NYC souvenir shop and bought all I needed for under $5.
Shannon B.
Relax, enjoy planning your wedding. Don't let planning your special day turn into chaos. Do it the way you want, not the way others want.
gail d.
Make sure to have a bustle added to your gown for the reception and dance
Emily N.
Wedding blogs are all the rage right now, they offer so many useful tips and DIY projects that any recessionista bride would appreciate during these tough economic times. Many brides blog online about all of their struggles, happy moments, and DIY projects and share it all with other brides.
Nicole R.
If you want to save tons of money, book a hall or community center. You can bring in your own caterer for half the cost! Also most people don't know this, but most local grocery stores have floral designers. The flowers are gorgeous, but not nearly as costly! These two things will definitely get you more bang for your buck!:)
Jessica L.
Have a small battery powered fan available for a quick cool down.
Diana S.
Make sure you write down all details. Don't try to remember everything-you will leave something out.
Carolyn R.
Providing your own tableware can save a bunch! The caterer came in at over $800 for this part alone! We went to our local rental place and fine china is only .30 each to rent. You can also get a deal if you rent more that one item, i.e. linnens, plates, silverware, water and wine glasses. Keep the class and the cash!
Bryanna T.
Going to bridal expos saved lots of money. By entering in sweepstakes & prizes I was able to receive $100 off DJ, $1000 off photography, and $350 off flowers. Expos are overwhelming but worth it!
Wendy F.
To save money on invitations, buy your own paper (do-it-yourself kit) from your local craft store and find a custom printing company in your hometown. Many local printers are willing to help and offer tips and this will save you $300 or $400. If you like ribbons, buy a roll of your choice from an arts store, and use a heated metal scissor to cut them. This will help you avoid the fraying ends.
Michelle M.
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.
For wedding flowers.... 1. Find out what other brides are having weddings/receptions in the same space as your on the same day. Work with these brides to choose flower arrangements that suit everyone's event, and then pool your money to buy flowers that can be used for each event during the day. Saves money for everyone, and is kinder to the environment (fewer flowers cut). 2. For bridal bouquets.... If you have enough time, you can grow your own flowers for bridal bouquets. Find out what flowers will be in bloom (in your growing area) at the time your wedding is planned, and plant your flower garden accordingly. If you don't have enough space to grow all these flowers, recruit family members and bridesmaids to help.
Jennifer W.
Try to use handmade items in exchange for paying top dollar for the small things in your wedding.
Madelaine E.