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Try to use handmade items in exchange for paying top dollar for the small things in your wedding.
Madelaine E.
Centerpieces for reception tables can all be different. Find beautiful antique glass vases or unique decorative pieces to hold candles or flowers at a an antique store or even a yard sale! Each centerpiece can be gifted to your guests and each one is a reflection of the personality of your relationship!
Jessica M.
My fiancé and I decided from the get-go that we wanted a memorable wedding, but we didn’t want to spend a ton. In the end, quality won out over quantity and we agreed to a smaller wedding at an outstanding location. To help cut the costs even lower, we made certain the date was on a Sunday (one of the cheapest days to get married here in CO) as well as arranged with the hotel to have a brunch rather than a dinner (giving us a full ‘food’ station with salads and breakfast foods as well as the guests choice between two dinner entrees or one breakfast meal). These two things alone cut our costs by more than half, and everyone there will have a wonderful afternoon/evening.
Armarna R.
90-95% of the vendors I have spoken to have agreed to give us a discount because we are booking over a year in advance. So BOOK EARLY, the largest discount we recieved was from the reception hall/caterer who was willing to take $2 off per person.
julie P.
We have done our own save the date cards by using business index cards and printing them out on our own computer. Then we decorated them using two tone paper flowers in our party colors with a jewel in the middle. We then added a little magnet strip piece to the back so family and friends could put them on thier refrigerators. Total cost $1.00 per card.
Teresa 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
Always make sure there is a towel around when taking the bride and bridesmaids flowers out of the water. Also, If you don't want to throw your own bouquet, have your florist make a throw bouquet out of carnations. They are cheaper and stay together well when thrown.
Jennifer L.
One thing I have learned from cutting back cost in today's economy for a wedding is that free is better. Go to bridal shows and try to win many of the things that vendors are giving away for free (i.e. Photography, cake, dj, etc.) these things can really help you when pricing items. Another thing is to get your fiance to go with you so that you have double chances for winning the prize. One other thing that I have figured out is that venues for weddings are cheaper on Sundays, so if you are not set on a date it would be the cheaper cost.
Brittany P.
Select your gown first. Your gown will set the tone for the rest of your wedding. If your gown is satin, you can then decide your bridesmaids dresses should be satin.
Danielle D
Instead of buying a guest book, have someone who scrapbooks make a book with pictures of you and your fiance and have your guests sign around the pictures. It will be a keepsake reminder of your guests.
Jennifer T.
Spotting talents throughout friends and family has been a rewarding experience throughout my planning. My mom loves to bead so I have asked her to make mine and the all the bridesmaids jewelry. My sister loves fashion so she is coordinating colors and themes. My girlfriend Nicole is in school for graphic design so she is making announcements and invitations, which she can also print from school. My mom's friend Laura is crafty so she is making centerpieces and everything floral from bouquets to the gazebo we will stand under. A family friend Patty cooks for her huge family and asked me to cater my showers and parties. Everyone was flattered when I approached them so my most valuable tip is with an open and creative mind "It doesn't cost to ask!".
Katherine B.
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.
Michael's craft store has tons of cute "do it yourself" things like invitations, tulle, cake toppers, guest books, guest favors and so much more. They also have 40% one item coupons every week in the paper. I have all my friends cut them out and give them to me so I can get all the little things I need! I have saved so much this way!
Kylin C.
Take your time. Ask family members if they want to donate to your wedding by say contributing for the cake, invitations, etc. During the ceremony you can call all of them up to thank them. It would help save a lot of money.
Vaness M.
Skip the cake. Few people will notice. Go for the ultra-trendy cupcake with the couple's initials on top. That's plenty for a single serving, and you will have cash left over instead of frozen cake leftovers.
Jennifer S.
It can be stressful planning your wedding, Always remember... It is your big day and it only happens once so dont worry about the small stuff and look at the big picture... Your getting Married!! Yeaaaaaay :-)
Christine I.
If you have the patience, I would recommend putting together your own favors. Store bought ones are nice, but it's so much more special if you make them yourself. Like a CD of your wedding song personalized with your and your fiance (husband's) name on the front or just your initials. Little gifts like that are the kind that your family will treasure. You don't want to give them gifts that they will just toss away.
Jessica O.
Your bridesmaids are called "maids" for a reason! Delegate some jobs and tasks to them, it will clear up your schedule and your head. Especially if they have unique talents like being crafty or like to cook.
Molly W.
We are saving money by visiting family and friends during our honeymoon. There are many places in the United States we have not seen and are fortunate enough to have friends close to these spots. So by staying with friends we are able to save the money we should have spent on hotels.
Ashley W.
Flowers take up a lot of the funds for a wedding. Try using an inexpensive centerpiece (ex: pebbles in a short vase) and accent with a single flower over water. Cutting cost yet maintaining atmosphere is key to an inexpensive wedding.
Brooke T.