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The dollar store has all kinds of things you can use for the wedding, like flower petals and glassware.
Mel G.
Making jewelry for you and your wedding party is one of the biggest money-savers I've discovered. Not only does it save a ton of money, but you can make it exactly the way you want!
Donna W.
Instead of purchasing ready-made invitations for $200 or so, buy an invitation making kit from Michaels and save.
clare b.
Order your Wedding gown at the closest length (factoring in the height of your shoes) possible. Some styles will require an extra fee and some don't. But in any case, it's worth it, as it'll save money in alterations as well as look as best as it should being done by the manufacturer!
Virginia N.
Involve your bridesmaids early and let them be a part of the planning; however, you must be understanding of their individual availability and time commitment. Involving them makes them feel a big part of the wedding.
Peti J.
Definitley make a budget and stick to it. Look at different wedding websites and make a budget that will FIT your wedding. Try DIY websites, see what you and your bridal party can do yourselves. DO WHAT MAKES YOU AND FH HAPPY!!!
Tara B.
When you start planning your wedding, list wedding expenses starting with the one that is MOST important to you. If you know you want a great band, list that as a splurge. Then, if you really don't care about centerpieces, maybe you can cut that out.
Sara M.
Keep a spray bottle handy for small wrinkles. Spray the area lightly and use a hairdryer to dry the area wrinkle free.
Alfred Angelo
Make lists for all your attendants so they know exactly what you need them to do to get ready for the wedding. It's much easier to make sure things are done when they can check it off as its accomplished! DO NOT expect your maid of honor to do all of it! Print the lists on bright paper so its easily found in their purse. have a master list at home and know who's doing what, so when they update you, you'll know what's not getting done and you can take care of it yourself or redistribute. Makes for a much saner day!
DArcy W.
Guests generally don't remember what they ate that night, besides the cake. They just remember that they did eat. So don't feel like you have to do a formal gourmet food spread! Go more economical and fun with your food selections, and cut out a HUGE portion of your expenses!
Jennifer L.
I am cutting down on the open bar. Instead of 2-4hours, I am having just a 1 hour open bar. After that it will be a cash bar. Also, I will not be having an extra course of desserts.
Paula S.
Don't stress about all the small details of the wedding, even if EVERY little thing doesn't go right! Try to remember that although this is an important day, it is only one day! The big picture is knowing that no matter what, that person is there for you... forever!
Lori D.
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.
Use wedding Planning software to help with your wedding panning it is great and really relieves alot of stress.
Brooke C.
The biggest thing I have is to shop around. Whether it's for your DJ, Invitations, Flowers etc. Everyone is hurting right now and there is always room to bargain. Talk to friends, family, and even co-workers to find out if they have anyone in their family that DJ's, is a calligrapher, or a florist. That alone can save you a bundle. When I saw that the cost of flowers would be more than what I make in an entire month, I knew I had to do something. I looked around and found an amazing deal where instead of paying $12 a stem, I am now paying less than $1 a stem and it is saving me A LOT of money.
Teresa D.
When my fiance and I started planning we made a wedding list: most important items at the top and least at the bottom of the list. We started putting in estimates and figuring out how to allocate funds from our total available wedding budget. Since things were already in priority order, it was easy to make decisions about taking money to eliminate things at the bottom of the list, to reallocate the funds to the things at the top. It also helped us figure out where we should DIY items to save money. Doing our budget this way is really helping us stick to it and possibly come in under our initial amount!
Kimberly S.
Invest in a good printer. You can do invitations, save the dates, table numbers, place cards, personalized favors, even your own confetti-with a good printer, patience and imagination.
Gina G.
The best way to save on your wedding is do your own stationarysuch as programs, invitations, and escort cards.
Elika E
Don't be afraid of being creative. Who says you need to have huge flower centerpieces on all the guest tables. Find something unusual that either matches your theme or the time of year. For example, fill the bottom of a glass container with white sand and shells with a pillar candle matching the wedding's colors for a summer wedding. Mood lighting and a centerpiece all in one. And much cheaper than the usual.
Jaclyn H.
Check with venue for the least expensive day and then work with your other vendors to see if they offer discounts for that day. We saved over $2000 this way.
Mona J.