The size of the wedding industry has grown greatly over the last decade as people spend more and more money on this milestone event. Numerous shows on television detail the extravagance of many weddings. Did you know though that you can have a beautiful wedding on a reasonable budget? Here are some tips on how to save money and still have a wedding that will be remembered fondly.
- Hold an afternoon wedding. You avoid the expense of having to provide a meal after the event. You can instead have cake and appetizers, and the guests will be perfectly happy.
- Steer clear of big name designer dresses. Just like any other type of clothing, a premium is charged just because it is associated with a well-known designer. There are lots of other perfectly good wedding dress options from lesser known designers that look very much like the big names. Who wants to spend enough money to buy a car on a dress that will likely only be worn one time by the bride!
- Make your wedding favors or buy them through a discount retailer. The dollar stores generally have a selection of wedding-related items (especially during spring and summer), as does Oriental Trading. The dollar stores are especially good if you need plates and serving pieces that mimic the look of crystal but at a much smaller price.
- Find a reception location that allows outside food to be brought in. That way you have the option to shop around and compare catering prices or have friends and family help provide food and beverages.
- Create your own wedding programs. Many office supply stores offer a variety of papers that can be run through a home printer. You can customize the programs and print only the quantity that you need.
- Choose flowers that are in season. In season flower stock is less expensive because it is more plentiful than other selections
- Consider shopping for bridesmaids dresses through a major retailer. Stores such as JcPenney and Macy’s offer bridesmaids dress selections (especially online).
These are really great tips! My husband and I eloped so I didn’t have to worry about saving money for a wedding. I’m sure it’s stressful though!
Sounds like you took the much less stressful route.
Great tips!! We used almost all of these when we planned our wedding!!
I did too. Amazing how much you can save.
We managed to get married for $2500 using most of these tips! Great list.
Kyleigh @ Petite Chouette says
Great tips! I’m currently in the midst of planning my wedding and these tips will come in handy. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks so much for hopping over. Wishing you a wonderful wedding. Have sent some G+ love your way.
Nice job, bravo…. We too eloped and saved BIG money… When we got back we were strong armed by his Mom to have a weeding. We did a graden wedding in someones yard, had a bunch of friends cook turkeys and make sides and did a carving board dinner. No DJ, did music through the system. Had a nice party for 60 people….
That all said we consider the eloping our marriage, and I don’t even remember the date of the fake one!!!!
It is all about who you are wanting to spend your life with….
So right about it is who you are wanting to spend your life with. Some folks put way too much emphasis on the wedding day itself and not all the days to come after.
These are great tips Thanks for sharing with us at Wake Up Wednesday Linky Party @ Sew Crafty Angel.
Pinning to my Wedding Dresses Board.
Thanks so much for pinning to your Wedding Dresses Board. Love linking up at Wake Up Wednesday.
Natasha @ Epic Mommy Adventures says
Such simple, but great tips! I wish that I had these tips when I was getting married – maybe I’ll be able to implement them if I have a second go-around. 🙂
Thanks for sharing on Turn It Up Tuesday! We love having you!
Cheryl @ Artzzle says
Great suggestions here. My son and his lady are planning a Fall, rustic themes wedding. I’ll pass this on to them. Found you over at the linky party at SEASONED HOMEMAKER.
Thanks so much for hopping over from the party at Seasoned Homemaker. Sending a Facebook like your way.
Theresa @DearCreatives says
Great tips! Thanks for sharing at the My Favorite Things Party. Hope to see you again this week Theresa @DearCreatives
Always fun to hop over to My Favorite Things Party.