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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.
Making DIY invitations can be easy and save you a lot of money. Try purchasing some plain ivory ones from Walmart or Target and printing your own colorful message and design. Add ribbon and enjoy the compliments for your personalized invites!
Rachael W.
If you really want real flowers go to the florist and ask for half real and half fake. It is much cheaper than having all real flowers. Also, florists can keep what they made and reuse it for another wedding.
Krisha L.
Buy flowers in bulk from a wholesaler. Get family and friends to help you make the bouquets and boutonnieres. You can even make those cute flower balls. The internet definitely has great do-it-yourself ideas.
Ashley N.
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.
Don't let others discourage you if it comes to a theme wedding. Simple themes like black and white formal make for beautiful picutres and mean that most people don't have to buy anything new.
Shani G.
When we started planning my wedding I wanted to have favors that were relatively inexpensive and practical. So often you go to a wedding and take home a little candle or a book of matches or something you'll never use again. So, with the help from my in-laws we decided to make small jars of strawberry jam. Not only was this a practical favor that people would use and enjoy again, the costs were low as we made all the jam ourselves.
Katie M.
Purchase a book about (DIY) making your own wedding florals. Then find a florist willing to sell you just the flowers, not the bouquets, or purchase flowers from a grocery store. You can easily make all the boutonnieres for the wedding; the bridal bouquets are a bit more difficult but still very doable. I figure I can save well over $500 by making my own florals: boutonnieres, bridal party bouquets, and mothers' corsages. I'll leave the really big flower arrangements to the professionals, but I am also making the individual table centerpieces as well, saving another $500.
Asynith P.
My tip is to go with the flow and if something doesn't go to plan just work with it everything will turn out in the end.
Kami W.
The best tip that i can give is to research and never stress. I have been enjoying the planning process so far by researching and relaxing. I take my time and research on what is trendy and what i must have for my wedding. I set a budget and search for ways to get the wine taste on that beer budget. To my surprise just by attending other weddings and inquiring on who they used and what they spent, is going to help me cut the cost on many things. I found myself saying, "they must have spent a fortune on that", but when i asked them about it, to my surprise, whatever "it" was was really inexpensive. I realized that other brides are trying to cut the cost just as much as i am. Another way to research is online. I noticed that where i live, things are a little bit pricier when they are limited and are of high demand. But by surfing the web, you are able to find great deals on things such as isle runners, guest favors, and so on.
Magan J.
Networking is key. Look into classmates (if in college) that work for caterers, photography majors, etc. Getting your information and contacts from someone who has just recently had a wedding and still has fresh info is probably the best and less stressful . Start bargining - exchange goods for things you can do, you scratch my back I scratch yours!
Jahzeel S.
Take a day for yourself from wedding planning. After you accomplish something big (like getting your dress/flowers/bridesmaids dresses etc) find some time for yourself to relax. Weddings should be fun, not super stressful.
Becky A.
Don't be scared of trying something unique. Some brides choose to highlight their Maid of Honor in a special complementary color while other brides will do a color run of the same gown. Whatever you do, make sure the colors you have chosen work together.
Alfred Angelo
Try having the ceremony and reception at one location. That way you don't have to worry about transportation and it's easier to transport some of the decorations from the ceremony to the reception.
Candice F.
Keep your bridesmaid dresses simple and complementary; it will help your dress be the center of attention!
Alfred Angelo
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.
Don't get tricked into thinking that since you are spending a lot of money on something that it is the best thing out there, many cheaper things are better than the expensive things.
Junae S.
Pick a DIY reception venue that you can bring in outside caterers or your own food. The venue that I chose even has it's own kitchen. This way we can make some of our own food and have the rest catered. Doing all of this helps us to save loads of money because we do not have to worry about service fees or tip. Also, I've noticed that my family members and friends are really excited to help set up the reception area. Everyone likes to feel involved and this is a great way to do it!
Nicolette D.
If you want to save tons of money, book a hall or community center. You can bring in your own caterer for half the cost! Also most people don't know this, but most local grocery stores have floral designers. The flowers are gorgeous, but not nearly as costly! These two things will definitely get you more bang for your buck!:)
Jessica L.
We plan to have four bridesmaids, four groomsmen, four junior bridesmaids, four junior groomsmen, and a flower girl in our wedding party. If we were to have each lady carry a full bouquet, it would cost a small fortune. In order to save money, we are going to have each of our bridesmaids carry one beautiful flower. This saves of the cost of four bouquets, which is huge!
Breann H.