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Think about venues outside the box. We're getting married at our chapel at our college and we ended up saving a lot of money doing that. It's beautiful and It's special to be married at the place we met.
Kody P.
I kind of think flowers are over-rated and they're sooo expensive! Unless you really like flowers there's no need to buy a bouquet for yourself.... I had a friend that got married last year and she FORGOT to take her $200 bouquet with her. NOBODY noticed until she told them.
Rachel R.
DIY wedding invites cut cost on assembly.
Marya L.
Setup tables at the reception with more people at each to save on centerpieces.
Julia G.
Don't send out save the date cards.
Jana J.
Many places may include some type of centerpiece in the cost. If they do, but you want to spice them up a little, there are many websites where you can buy items in bulk. The more you buy, the more you save. We are going to purchase snowflake votive candles and holders along with bulk glass beads to put around the centerpeices.
Sara L.
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
You can find really nice custom invitations at Party City for 30% off.
Sabrina M.
Add photos to your invitations at a minimal cost by using a strip of photos from a photo booth and making duplicates. This can be a fun and cost effective way to get a great picture that reflects your personalities.
Evette R
Your wedding may be the one time in your life you get to wear a veil. Consider classic styles in shoulder or cathedral length. If you’re leaning toward something more modern, bejeweled hair clips and combs are a perfect complement.
Alfred Angelo
Organize and enjoy your time collecting information on your wedding needs. Investigate first hand the gowns, table settings etc., with plenty of time. Do not give yourself grief if things aren't perfect ... just remember ... work hard and honestly to find the RIGHT spouse, work peacefully and with a sense of humor to find the Right wedding and reception. Don't confuse a Day with a Lifetime!
Leticia S.
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.
In order to save money, almost all of our wedding "extras" are gifts. One of my bridesmaids is doing our calligraphy, my aunt is arranging the flowers I'll purchase wholesale, our friends are playing music and will DJ the reception. Another friend is a semi-professional photographer and is taking our photos. A friend of my mom's is doing our invitations at cost. Thus, all we are paying for is the wholesale price for ALL of those items.... total savings so far - a few thousand.
megan h.
Everyone is willing to cut their costs if asked. For example, save the date magnets. I called the company and asked if they had any specials and they were willing to give me a substantial discount if I purchased from them. This goes for church rentals, hall rentals and even flowers.
Danyelle H.
Contact your local community college for event planning services. Many community colleges train event planners and floral designers and contract out their services. They usually offer variety, creativity, and flexibility at the fraction of the cost of professional vendors and they are supervised by professional event planners.
Erica W.
Plan way ahead so you get a good idea of what everything costs, so when you see savings you will know. Be clear of what you want, and be flexible.
Christi F.
Discuss your wedding plans with friends and family. You never know who might be able to volunteer their time and/or services to help cut back on costs. I learned a coworker of mine does photography as a hobby and part-time career. A friend of mine will be doing the music at the ceremony and our cheesecake wedding cake. My grandmother is doing my flower arrangements! This has cut back on costs tremendously!
Stefanie C.
Get married in the off season - you get your pick of vendors, and most of them are willing to cut you a deal because they don't have much business during those months.
Jenna C.
Save money by seeking out inexpensive fake flowers and mixing them with fresh ones. That way you don't have to spend so much money on fresh flowers and you can prepare ahead of time to fill the gaps in your arrangements! A friend of mine did this and you couldn't tell which were fake or real -- they all looked real!
Cristina C.
The biggest way I've saved is using family and friends to make things such as my cake or providing a reception area for free as a wedding gift. Any service you can get for free is a huge expense off your conscience and being a DIY Bride not only makes your wedding unique, but it saves big as well.
Jessica R.