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For catering your reception, have a potluck. Have everyone bring their own dish and you provide the main "meat".
Jessica G.
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.
Instead of hiring a DJ or band, opt for a free option: your i-Pod. When sending out invitations, have a line for invitees to list their favorite love and dance songs and compile the ultimate playlist. At the reception, you can either keep the i-Pod on shuffle or have an energetic friend/family member act as an impromptu DJ.
Christine C.
Coming from a small community our caterer options are limited. My husband eats at the school for lunch and has hired the school cook for our reception. She is used to a large crowd and seems to please everyones palate with her good cooking.
Sharon S.
My fiance and i are getting married out of town, so to save some money and be creative instead of sending normal save the date cards, we sent post cards. We went with my mom to our wedding location town and bought some local postcards, than sent them out since we were having a destination wedding. it was my mom's idea, saved us a chunk of money and our guest thought it was a really special personalized piece to our wedding.
lisa t.
Always have your list of things to do and what is going on with the wedding at all times. You never know when you will find a bargain and without this you might just be spending money you need not to.
angela n.
Always make sure there is a towel around when taking the bride and bridesmaids flowers out of the water. Also, If you don't want to throw your own bouquet, have your florist make a throw bouquet out of carnations. They are cheaper and stay together well when thrown.
Jennifer L.
Make your own reception dinner with the help of your mom, mom to be and any bridesmaid that want to help. It's a much lower cost and a better way to spend a day with your mom and mom to be! Besides, who couldn't use a few cooking lessons from the pros while saving money?
Janon N
Don't just save money, go green & re-use items. The cost of decorations can be shared if you use things from your bridal shower over again..think the same color scheme! Also things like cake toppers, knife sets, or toasting glasses can be passed down or shared from a special friend or family member. Not only do you cut costs, you make someone feel special!
Amy J.
To save money on Save the Dates I am being creative. I am getting married at a vineyard and I am using some of their leftover wine labels for my save the dates. I will just print the info on the back of the labels and mail them out saving me lots of money! They were given to me for free.
Sandra L.
Photo booth idea: Instead of renting an expensive photo booth make your own: Create a photo backdrop by attaching a fun piece of fabric onto a large board and hang it on the wall. Place funny glasses, hats, etc and cameras on a nearby table. Let your guests dress up and then take their own pictures!
Sue M.
Put a boutonniere on ALL VIP, and tell your photographer how many there are. This will help ensure photos throughout the whole wedding of these people.
Jennifer L.
EBAY! It's the perfect spot to buy gifts, thank you's & even wedding rings! Try on rings at the local jeweler, then go online & find the same ring or similar for MUCH cheaper!!
Jodi A.
I am planning to bring a member of my bridal party to take pictures of my bustle at my final dress fitting. I have helped friends "bustle up" their dresses before the reception, and we couldn't quite figure out how to get it right. Because I was not with them at the bridal salon, I didn't know how to do it. By bringing a member of my bridal party to the fitting, she can learn how to help me on my big day.
Valerie C.
We are saving money by visiting family and friends during our honeymoon. There are many places in the United States we have not seen and are fortunate enough to have friends close to these spots. So by staying with friends we are able to save the money we should have spent on hotels.
Ashley W.
Centerpieces for reception tables can all be different. Find beautiful antique glass vases or unique decorative pieces to hold candles or flowers at a an antique store or even a yard sale! Each centerpiece can be gifted to your guests and each one is a reflection of the personality of your relationship!
Jessica M.
When trying on dresses, make sure that all your Bridesmaids go together. Then you can get the full visual effect of how things will look on your wedding day. If all the girls do not know each other, it makes a great introduction as a group and breaks the ice for future planning. Also, make sure someone takes pictures with their digital camera so that you have something to refer back to when making a decision. After all, the camera never lies.
Lee M.
Choose the color and fabric of your bridesmaids dresses, then allow each to choose their own dress within those parameters in order to find a style they feel beautiful and comfortable in while fitting their budget.
Kelly M.
Do some brainstorming with family and friends for a non-mainstream venue for the reception. More than likely you will save a good chuck of money.
Carla S.
A great way to save money is by doing your own flower arrangements. You can order bulk flowers online or at any Sam' s or Costco. I am doing my own flowers and bridesmaid bouquets and it is saving me a fortune!