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Expensive Wedding Traditions

What Expensive Wedding Traditions Did You Skip?

Weddings are pricey affairs steeped with rich traditions — some poignant and beautiful, some non-essential or antiquated.

You've all been sharing great wedding savings tips over the past few weeks of Wedding Season coverage, and now I want to know traditions — dress, cake, flowers, venue, bridal party gifts — that you ditched or DIYed. Share your tips and insight in comments or in our How Do You Save? group.

If you are planning a wedding, already happily wed, or still looking for Mr. Right, start sharing your big day with our community. Don’t forget to check the wedding content box on your post.

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bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 5 years
Like insanitypepper - I also skipped just about everything except the rings.
lauren lauren 5 years
I skipped wasting a bunch of money on favors. I hate getting crappy candy or trinkets at weddings, so I the minute I was engaged, I started to grow my succulents, so each of my guests could take one home. I used these small metal pots that I found at Ikea for cheap. The best part is when we visit, people still are growing them and ask for growing tips. It is really nice to always see people still enjoying them.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 5 years
We skipped everything but the rings and champagne.
Spectra Spectra 5 years
We didn't have an open bar, which saved a lot of money. We instead had unlimited soda and free beer, so people could still drink if they wanted. We also recorded our ceremony music on a CD and played it over the church loudspeaker system instead of having a professional organist. It worked great! Also, we didn't buy favors; we made our own and it was both fun and creative.
bsglrok132 bsglrok132 5 years
Pretty much all of them. We mostly paid for food and an open bar, but I didn't buy a fancy white dress or expensive flowers, invitations, or venue. We had the ceremony at my in-law's house and then moved to a private room at a restaurant. Our rings are just gold bands. Our whole wedding cost less than $2000! When we have good jobs we'll have a big celebration, someday.
Deidre Deidre 5 years
We opted not to use pricey flowers as centerpieces on reception tables or as decor elsewhere. Instead, we purchased a bunch of different sized lanterns and candles. It was a cheaper upfront expense, we were able to sell them on eBay afterwards, and it had the added bonus of being more distinctive decor! Worked out well for us :)
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