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A cake for 250 people would have cost us $4-$5 a person, while an ice cream sundae bar that our reception facility is putting together for us is $1.60 a person. This includes ice cream, toppings like nuts, candies, strawberries, whipped cream, fudge & caramel that guests get to pick & choose! Since our wedding is in August, everyone loves the idea!
Stephanie B.
When planning your events and theme for your wedding, always remember to incorporate what you like. That will help you be creative in making your day unique.
Renee H.
If you are on a tight budget, cut costs by not mailing invitations. It may not be proper wedding etiquette, but a phone call to all of your potential guests will save a good amount of money. It's also much more personal to ask someone to attend your wedding by phone or in person. Many guests will appreciate it.
Ebony W.
When you plan a wedding make sure you are open to different ideas that people have. Sometimes you might agree with the idea that they give you and sometimes you will totally agree with what they say! Now go plan your dream wedding!
Amanda N.
It's easy to get caught up in the glamour of weddings. I am 25 and my fiance and I are paying for our own wedding. I have come to terms with the reality that I'm not going to have my "dream wedding", but I am going to have fun and make the day special on our budget! Simplicity can be glamourous!! Have Fun; be creative!!
Robyn W.
We plan to have four bridesmaids, four groomsmen, four junior bridesmaids, four junior groomsmen, and a flower girl in our wedding party. If we were to have each lady carry a full bouquet, it would cost a small fortune. In order to save money, we are going to have each of our bridesmaids carry one beautiful flower. This saves of the cost of four bouquets, which is huge!
Breann H.
Weddings are definitely expensive these days and being on a budget can be difficult. My tip is to go elegant but cheap. I have decided to have friends and family help me by making the cake, making my own flowers and decorations. I have also come up with an idea of having my soon to be mother-in-law and other family members help make the food and have the reception at the church instead of the hall to save on the cost of catering the food.
Kathy J.
Be sure to utilize everyone that is able and willing to help; this will reduce your stress level.
Veronica J.
Color is still the best way to express style. Stick to one, two or three hues and carry them throughout your whole wedding story.
Alfred Angelo
Don't forget to spend time with your Mom and her dreams of her little girl's wedding day. She is so important as you plan for your wedding day.
Negotiate! Don't be afraid to tell a vendor that you can't afford the packages they offer--they will often specially create a package for your budget, especially in light of today's financial climate.
Jessica B.
You can cut some of the cost for wedding photgraphy by having a professional photographer for only about 2-3 hours to cover the ceremory, take some pictures at the reception venue and the reception. This can be easily done if you move all the important moments such as the first dance, the cutting of the cake and the throwing of the bouquet to the first hour and a half of the reception. You can ask your friends to take picture for the remaining part of the wedding. That is what my fiance and I are doing and we are going to save a lot, but we will still have plenty of professional pictures from our wedding.
Daniela B.
Do it yourself programs and favors!! I have saved so much this way and it was a lot of fun!
Leslie C.
In today's economy, throwing any kind of party can be difficult, and the thought of catering an entire wedding reception can be a major headache. One solution is to turn the wedding reception into a potluck. Guests can be sent ideas about what types of foods they should bring so that the menu is cohesive. This is a fun and cost-effective way to make sure that no one will leave the reception hungry.
Chad V.
I would have to say that my best advice for saving money would be shopping Ebay! You can find everything from invitations, centerpieces, wedding favors, even dresses for bridesmaids and the bride!
Jessica S.
The best way to save on your wedding is to always shop around, ask for discounts, and do your research beforehand. You can never be fully prepared (even the most organized bride!) but if you shop and compare, you will give yourself more options in a timely manner.
Lori A.
Try having the ceremony and reception at one location. That way you don't have to worry about transportation and it's easier to transport some of the decorations from the ceremony to the reception.
Candice F.
Hirer a wedding planner for the day of the event so that you can enjoy your day.
Always have your list of things to do and what is going on with the wedding at all times. You never know when you will find a bargain and without this you might just be spending money you need not to.
angela n.
Have a backyard wedding to avoid the cost of paying for a ballroom. Setting up tents and chairs outside, serving food and drinks that you bought or made on your own. And of course taking your own photographs.... you just have to study a little bit about cameras to get this one done!
Judith S.