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D.I.Y Do It Yourself is always the name of the game when thinking about cutting cost. Take putting decorations together for example. If you do it yourself you can buy in bulk from places like B.J.'s or OrientalTrading.com. Buying in bulk always saves money. Get out the glue guns, tulle, and candy coated almonds. Fun, Friends, and Favors.
Jasmaine P.
OK ladies, here is your SOMETHING BLUE! Blue Rosary, hanky, flowers, topaz or sapphire jewelery, anklet, toe ring, toe nail polish, garter, panties, bra, eyeliner, shoes, or hair jewelery. Good Luck!
Crystal D.
Instead of hiring a top of the line florist try Albertson's or your local grocery store. I am getting the same quality flowers and arrangements for more than half the price of a florist. Instead of my bridesmaid bouquets costing me $50 each they are only costing me $15 for the same exact bouquet. My total savings on flowers, arrangements, and centerpieces is over $600. My original estimate at a local florist was $900 and I am now only paying $300. While you are there looking at flowers, check out the bakery as well because I am getting my wedding cake for $200 compared to the estimate of $800 I was given at the local top dollar bakery.
Brittany C.
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.
Take a moment or two several times during your very special day to take a few "mental pictures" so that you can remember some of the special moments of the day. So many people say that their wedding was just a big blur of activity. This simple "Here's Me Now" conscience mental photo lets you keep that memory alive for many years to come.
Shirley I.
Instead of renting a venue for our reception and having it catered, since we are having a small wedding with our family and closest friends we are having a cookout style reception. That way the kids can play and we can just be ourselves. Weddings don't have to be super fancy, they should reflect the couple.
Summer S.
A "fake" bottom tier of the wedding cake is a less expensive way that will still give you the WOW factor of a larger cake that every bride wants. (The bottom tier is still decorated the same on the outside but the inside is foam.)
Bonnie T.
My tip is: Network with your friends who already had their wedding to save money. You can save yourself a lot of time and phone calls by tapping into the research they already did!
Jennie G.
To help cut the cost of flowers, use your bridal party bouquets as centerpieces.
Gwennea G.
My fiancee and I found that the best way to reduce the cost of our wedding was to have it at a location far from anyone that was invited. We currently live in Michigan, but are moving to Maryland in about a month, where we plan to have the wedding. This leaves us plenty of time to plan, and also reduces the number of expected guests!
Jessica P.
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.
FInd people that you know who can use their talents on your Big Day. After some thought, a lot of my friends and family can help out with the big stuff. For example, my aunt makes and decorates cakes for a hobby, a friend went to school for photography, a friend of the family does flower arrangements, a friend's grandmother does alterations. The list continues. It pays to have connections!
Kristina D.
Do not stress, everything will be ok and you will have the wedding of your dreams.
Gladys D.
Go to the Dean of the photography/art department at your local college and ask if they can recommend any skilled senior students as a potential photographer for your wedding. They'll do it for cheap since they need to build a portfolio anyway. Then have them take all the pics on a digital camera with flashdrive, then they can hand over the flashdrive at the end of the night and you have your pictures! You can go to Walgreens and print out your own book! Save thousands of dollars!
Christina W.
The best tip I can give is to post an ad (for example: www.craigslist.com) and ask for free wedding services. So far I have a free wedding planner, phototgraphers, place to hold the event, DJ and someone to make my flowers... ALL FOR FREE! A lot of them are just trying to put a portfolio together and ask that I let them have copies of some pictures and write a "blog" about them on their website or in the newspaper. A lot cheaper than having to pay for all of the services. This really does work and I was suprised to see how many people responded. I have 2-3 photographers that are going to be at my wedding! It's so much easier too, to have the worry of budget out of the way. GOOD LUCK!
Natasha C.
A great and inexpensive idea for wedding favors...make your own soap. Buy some melt & pour soap, pick a mold and add whatever dye and coloring you want. So simple, about $40 can make soap favors for up to 100 people! (depending on the size)
Toran M.
Designate a person or persons on your wedding day to take all the questions whether it be from family or guest. On this day especially both the bride and the groom need to stay happy and worry free.
Sreya P
Make your own scrapbook of photos rather than buy the full photo album the photographer offers. Most will allow you to purchase the CD to have access to the photos and include some of your own.
Nancy S.
To save money, instead of having an open bar (alcohol) during cocktail hour and the reception. Opt out and have drinks during rehearsal dinner at a restaurant or choose a candy station instead. Believe me, this will save you hundreds.
Terri C.
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.