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Check out websites such as Craig's List for vendors. Oftentimes, you will find companies just starting out who will offer amazing deals.
Sara T.
Spice up your tables at the reception by using a chair cover sash as a table runner. Top runner and table with different sized candles (you can get loads from the dollar store) and confetti cut out of contrasting colored cardstock (I used a flower stamp for mine!!) A simple yet elegant table for under $15 a piece!
Brooke M.
I'm doing my own planning. I have cut out a coordinator completely from all the preliminary work and will just be using one for the day of to help with set up and organization. This saves anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dollars and allows my wedding to reflect the things that i like and are truly important to me and my fiance.
Enid A.
Remember to consider your bridesmaids' budgets. These are the most important women in your life - make sure they stay that way.
Alfred Angelo
Instead of renting a venue for our reception and having it catered, since we are having a small wedding with our family and closest friends we are having a cookout style reception. That way the kids can play and we can just be ourselves. Weddings don't have to be super fancy, they should reflect the couple.
Summer S.
The best way to save on your wedding is do your own stationarysuch as programs, invitations, and escort cards.
Elika E
FLOWERS CAN BE EXPENSIVE SO INSTEAD OF FLOWERS I AM USING MOSTLY GREENS (EX. PALM LEAVES,ETC.) TO ACCENT MY TABLES. IT LOOKS VERY NICE AND IS VERY COST EFFICIENT.
lauren s.
Hire a film student to shoot your wedding video. They'll be much more cost effective & happy to get the experience/exposure and they'll be far more likely to shoot something that can be edited in a more modern style as opposed to a traditional videographer.
Tara D.
When trying on dresses, make sure that all your Bridesmaids go together. This way you can get the full visual effect of how things will look on your wedding day.It brings a great introduction as a group and breaks the ice for future planning. Takes pictures with a digital camera so that you have something to refer back to when making a decision.
Lee M
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
As a mother of 4 children and planning a wedding on little money, i shop thrift stores for great deals of wedding items. i spent a total of $75 for all my centerpieces and only $1 for all my table placecards!! It pays to look for the bargains!
ocean l.
To save money on invitations, buy your own paper (do-it-yourself kit) from your local craft store and find a custom printing company in your hometown. Many local printers are willing to help and offer tips and this will save you $300 or $400. If you like ribbons, buy a roll of your choice from an arts store, and use a heated metal scissor to cut them. This will help you avoid the fraying ends.
Michelle M.
Try on a dress that you absolutely hate maybe you will like it!
Melissa N.
If you and your spouse already live together and/or don't really need any home goods, then create a wedding registry website that friends and family have the choice to donate money to either your wedding or honeymoon. The account can be linked to Paypal. Every little bit counts. A monetary gift can always come in handy especially when unforseen costs arise.
Natasha B.
Make sure you write down all details. Don't try to remember everything-you will leave something out.
Carolyn R.
If you don't think your budget will allow for fresh flowers, you may be wrong. Just limit the fresh flowers to yourself and the wedding party, and use silk for the rest!
Jessica 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.
The best way to save is to think local. If each vendor has a charge to travel then that will really add up! So book vendors that are in the area or at least do not have a travel charge! Best of luck!
Kara D.
Get a seperate checking account for all wedding related funds. This way, when it comes time to pay it will be seperate from your personal money. It's a much better way than paying with cash or having several ways to pay for things!!
Mallory V.
I am a complete control freak. So to stay involved and in control as well as save money, I have decided to design my own centerpieces, using less flowers and purchasing all the supplies from discount places.
Nicole C.