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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.
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.
Ask close family members to donate different parts of the wedding. Example: 3 bridesmaids bouquets or 5 bottles of wine in lieu of gifts
charles m.
Hello, our wedding is on a very tight budget, but we still want to have a beautiful wedding and spend it with all of our friends and family who mean the most us. So what my fiance and I have come up with is to have a very small ceremony with only immediate family and wedding party at the local austin botanical gardens, where we can also take pictures and the scenic view should be amazing. Also for the ceremony a close friend is getting ordained and will marry us.
Kimberly b.
Consider having your wedding on a day other than Saturday. We are having a Friday wedding and saving tons on reception costs. Our friends in the wedding are also excited to take a day off of work and still have the whole weekend when the wedding is over!
Alicia A.
If your not a huge flower person consider making your own bouquets. Hobby Lobby always has their flowers 50% off. I made all of the bouquets for my best friend's wedding and to make 4 bouquets, I spent less than 50 bucks and they looked amazing!
Amanda P.
Choosing to use flowers that are in season, and even buying them in bulk, is one great way to insure cutting the cost!
Jennifer R.
One way that we are saving money on our wedding is we posted on craigslist that we were looking for a photographer. We got a ton of emails and realized that a lot of them were from new graduates from a well known university who had just finished an extensive program in photography. After interviewing and talking with a few of these students and seeing their work, we found one who was just what we wanted and for an amazing price! Our agreement in that we pay less than 1/2 of what most photographers cost in exchange for her use of our photos in her portfolio and on her website to help her start her business. It has saved us over $2000!
Kate W.
Cut down on the cost of décor by having your wedding in a garden. It will also make a great place to have your photographs done.
Miranda D
Check with family members and friends to see what they have. My future sister-in-law had a bunch of friends who got married last summer. They all pooled their centerpieces together and lend them out to others. By using pieces of their centerpieces, I am doing all of mine for free!
Marcia B.
Do your own flowers (unless you want a really manicured/stylized look) - purchase them from a wholesale flower dealer, or local farmer (even in big cities you probably have a farmers' market). Simple looks are "in" (ie. a bouquet of all one type of flower), and I'm personally going for the "wildflowers from a meadow" look, which lends itself to being home-done.
Belinda M.
In lieu of giving wedding favors at the reception, we decided to make a donation to a foundation that was established by one of our guests (in honor of her daughter). A note will be added on the back of the seating cards to acknowledge this.
Sharon C.
If your budget is tight and you feel you need to feed your guests, consider getting meat and cheese trays from your favorite local sandwich shop. Then just ask your family members to bring side salads or what ever you prefer. It helps cut costs and everyone is still full and happy.
ashley b.
Use your friends talents - it makes it even more special to have a friend play your ceremony music, take the photos, make your invitations, coordinate the wedding, etc. Modern women have a lot of friends with a lot of hidden talents - now's the time to find them out!
Amy B.
Get a wedding planner with a fixed cost - saves you the headache of coordinating vendors and you won't get ripped off
Max L.
Do as much of the work yourself as possible. Not only does this save money, but gives you the chance to add your personality into everything. Everything from centerpieces to invitations can be done on your own and done beautifully.
Nicole R.
If you're having a cocktail reception, try to take bridal party pictures before the ceremony instead of after. Reason: maximize quality time with guests. Cocktail receptions are usually shorter than the traditional sit-down dinner. If you wait until after the ceremony to take your bridal party pictures, you cut down on one of the best parts of your wedding day: celebrating with loved ones.
Patricia F.
Instead of ordering an expensive bridal bouquet, have your guests each bring a single flower to the wedding and have a friend (hopefully someone who can arrange flowers) collect the different flowers and arrange your bouquet and give to you just prior to the wedding. This used to be done in the olden days, and you can have some beautiful bouquets at no charge, and the guests enjoy it because they helped. You can use the extra flowers for table/entrance arrangements.
Miko M.
Use candles in centerpieces to cut back on flower expenses
Sandra F.
You can find really nice custom invitations at Party City for 30% off.
Sabrina M.