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Plan out every detail of your wedding day to avoid confusion and things going wrong. If everyone knows where they should be and what they should be doing, the day will run smoother.
Anice M.
Tap local talent! Use craigslist or local yellow pages looking for singers, dancers or even dance companies to perform at your wedding and you can completely spice things up! Entertainers will often look at this as a great resume experience for themselves. We are using a singer friend to sing for our first dance as well as our for the bridal wedding march, and friends who are part of a dance company to dance in conjunction with our first dance. We look forward to making this a memorable experience for everyone!
Ayesha R.
I think one of the best places to cut out wedding costs is in the paper goods. I am making my own wedding menus, favor wrappers, and programs. One ream of card-stock is only about $15 and it goes a long way! Professional printing is awfully expensive for something that will likely end up tossed by the wayside when the wedding is over.
Tina D.
Use a different centerpiece for each table. If you are willing to be unique and use different centerpieces for each table you can be creative while cutting costs.
Michelle M
Keep it simple but elegant. Look on clearance isles for wedding items on sale. This will cut down on last minute shopping and save you money.Cut costs with getting rid of things you don't need. This way you can have what you really like and make it a day you will always remember.
Anna D.
I go on the Michaels website to find ways to save on my wedding. They have great ideas about do-it-yourself projects. I'm definitely going to do the aisle bouquets with fake flowers to cut costs in my wedding (especially because we are only using them for the ceremony).
Christina M.
To save money on your cake, order a simple tiered fondant cake from a bakery and decorate it yourself with pre-made sugar flowers!! You can find sugar flowers for sale online! They even make themed kits that have instructions on how to easily and quickly apply the sugar flowers.
Mary Beth C.
Cupcakes! I saved a bundle, not just on the cake itself, but on cake-cutting fees by chosing cupcakes over a traditional cake. Gone are the days when the bridesmaids "feel honored" to serve cake, and the catering crew will likely charge you $1 or more per guest to cut and plate your cake! So I decided to go with cupcakes. There are so many benefits! Your guests get a more generous serving of cake, you can order several flavors of cupcakes, no one is stuck cutting and plating cakes, and the cost of the cake is actually a little less (depending on your bakery.) Give it a try Cupcake, you won't regret it!
Shannon M.
The best tip I've learned from all of my friends and family who've recently gotten married is to practice your kiss! You and your future husband/wife spend so much time obsessing over vows that you forget to practice or even talk about the kiss. Just a peck? a full on french kiss.. or the "get a room" kiss. It's a very important thing to discuss before the ceremony. It's the moment you've become husband and wife and you're displaying your affection/passion whatever you want to call it to everyone there! Practice practice practice! :0)
Laci T.
Have a small wedding and make every detail significant. We are writing our own vows, planning a back yard wedding and every detal is going to be home made instead of store bought. My flowers will be dried flowers from our garden, and each part of the day will have more meaning since we are planning it in a simplistic way.
Kristina H.
The best way to save is to hire a wedding coordinator! You might have to shell out extra cash for one - but they know the very best, tried and true ways to make your wedding stunning without getting you into debt!
Kara S.
When choosing your bridesmaid style, keep in mind all the different body types you have in your party.
Alfred Angelo
Make sure to plan your wedding during off-seasons and away from any holiday dates.
Ambre B.
To avoid extra unnecessary costs, have your rehearsal dinner at home and ask your culinary-savvy friends to do the cooking while the wedding party is rehearsing!
Emma S.
Remember that it is you and your fiance's day. Make decisions that you two want even if some family members are not thrilled about it. If they love you enough, they will honor your wishes and go with the flow!
Daphney J.
Do-it-yourself projects. Like invitations, keepsakes, programs, etc.
Keata M.
Watch your eye makeup. You may want to arm one of your bridesmaids with an emergency makeup bag complete with travel mirror. This will be perfect for quick touch ups.
Alfred Angelo
Look online! You can find tons of great giveaways and contests and maybe win stuff for your wedding. Talk to your family members on both sides, who knows? You might find someone who knows how to make flower arrangements or someone who knows a cheap but great cake vendor. Hand-make your own invatiations by going to your local craftstore and getting the supplies yourself. It will be more personal to you and your guests knowing that you made them yourself.
Brittany D.
I think the best way to save money is to plan ahead. First, you will need to come up with a budget. Then, research different resources for reasonable prices that fit your needs and wants.
Kimberly H.
Have your wedding in a park. It's so beautiful in the summer and with all the flowers, there is not much to decorate for the ceremony!
Jessica E.