11 Ways to Save Money on Your Wedding
DON'T PAY A LOT FOR YOUR GOWN: Shop
sales at discount stores. Check out boutiques that carry dresses that
can be enhanced into bridal dresses. We got my sister's dress on sale
at Cache for under $100.00. Check out the Garment Districts
for super inexpensive bridal accessories (veils for as low as $40!).
YOU DON'T HAVE TO GET MARRIED WHEN EVERYONE ELSE DOES: 70%
take place on a Saturday between May and October. If you want to remain
traditional then choose any day other than Saturday. Friday and Sunday
nuptials have become quite common and mid-week weddings are catching up
in popularity as well. You will save $1,000's.
USE ALTERNATIVE VENUES: Try
pick a ceremony and/or reception site that doesn’t require a lot of
decorations. Alternative spaces such as golf courses, bed and
breakfasts, gardens/arboretums and museums/art galleries, restaurants, a
friend/ family member's back yard are a few places to consider. Check
your municipality for permits,
insurance policies and electrical capacities in order to evaluate if the
space fits your needs and budget. A Super All Inclusive Destination Wedding can be a source of huge savings.
SLASH DECORATION COSTS: Center
pieces don't have to be made of flowers. You can create Tablescapes
with pillar candles of varying heights and
widths. Painted Birch branches with
clear string lights or crystal beads.. You can also use framed pictures
of inspiring couples placed on clear containers for height. The
latter also makes for an excellent conversation starter among guests.
RENT YOUR OWN SOUND SYSTEM:
To really save some cash, create your own Mp3
playlist and hook it up to the sound equipment.
LUNCH or BRUNCH and PUNCH:
costs less than lunch and lunch costs less than dinner. Don't break
the bank with a traditional dinner menu. More and more people are
becoming vegetarians, so don't be afraid to offer pasta as a
YOU DON'T HAVE TO EAT THE WHOLE CAKE: You can have your cake and eat it too. A cake only needs one real “tier,” which will be the one you cut. The
other tiers can be dummies. Ask your baker for an additional sheet cake
to serve guests. It will have the cake and icing minus the elaborate
decorations. Cupcakes will save you even more money plus you’ll skip the cake-cutting fee.
SAVE YOUR GREEN BY GOING GREEN:
You can save a lot by Doing-It-Yourself. Check out online discount stores or craft stores for their wedding-related paper
needs. You can include directions
and registry information wedding Website to cut
postage costs.Get a free Honeymoon Bridal registry here. YOUR HONEYMOON SHOULD NOT DENT YOUR WALLET: The honeymoon is the most expensive item after the wedding, but you can
save by driving to your favorite place for a weekend-get-away.
Honeymoon/Bridal Registries are ideal
to offset costs for the Honeymoon of your dreams, you may even get some
spending money too. (Get you Free Honeymoon/Bridal Registry here).
A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME IS A SWEET AND GENTLE FLOWER:
Choose in-season flowers. Source flowers with wholesalers and farmers’ markets in your
city or even on the Web, FiftyFlowers.com
is a good place to start
CAUGHT ON CAMERA: This is one area (along with your hair and makeup services) of your
wedding budget you should not nickle and dime). After the food,
flowers, drinks and party are over the only thing you would have left
for years to come are your photos. Hire the best talent you can possibly
afford. Cut back on the fancy albums; you can always buy that later.
Don't cut back on the coverage time and don't try to do your own makeup
unless you're a makeup artist. Tip: You can place disposable digital
cameras at your guest table and have them to capture candid moments.
You can then upload these images to your Free Wedding Website.