We had a ball at the SavvySugar and The Broke-Ass Bride Twitter party yesterday, chatting to savvy brides and experts about ways to save on weddings. To get up to date on tips, be sure to follow @SavvySugar on Twitter. Here are some of the great tips gathered from our fun chat:
- Save on venue. BrokeAssBride suggests to save on rental fees by hosting the ceremony and reception in the same place, marry on an off day or during the off season, and get the best value from package deals. smanukonda recommends to avoid hotels because from "what I've heard they make you pay a booking fee and a rental fee."
- Entertain out-of-town wedding guests on the cheap. BrokeAssBride suggests to plan a day-after picnic at a local park, make sangria with Two Buck Chuck, serve simple food, and play lawn games.
- Save on place settings. Buy your place settings at Ikea to save on rental costs, then give them to charity after the wedding, which is what powersmeg is doing for her wedding. Alternatively, instead of "renting or buying new place settings, try piecing together items from flea markets for a more rustic and vintage look," BrokeAssBride says.
- Get help from family and friends to save. Follow holalaurena's example and tap into your inner circle to save. Her husband's relatives had a vineyard and hosted their wedding for free.
- Save on shoes with these brands. Savvy CreditKarma bought shoes from Payless. She said since the shoes were covered by her dress, the appearance of her shoes didn't really matter to her. BrokeAssBride recommends to check out outlet malls, but keep comfort as a priority — she bought her shoes for $14.99 from Nine West.
Read after the jump for more great wedding saving tips.
- Save on flowers without doing them yourself. BrokeAssBride advises to "use inexpensive blooms like carnations or baby's breath or use succulents or potted plants." Meanwhile, holalaurena saved a lot of money on flowers by skipping "big table arrangements and going with orchids from Costco in lovely pots." CreditKarma suggests to "get in-season blooms and focus on fun colors of common blooms, instead of expensive flowers." For budget- and eco-smart vases, powersmeg says to "Hollow out fruits and vegetables for inexpensive and eco vase alternatives. Pumpkins, watermelons, squash — they all work great!" bakerbetty offers another great idea to "do a work trade with a local florist or flower farmer."
- Save on rehearsal dinner. Tweeter kissmytulle is doing a shrimp boil for her rehearsal dinner. She calls it an "inexpensive all-in-one meal that needs NO utensils or dishes." Such a savvy tip!
- Resell your wedding dress. There are plenty of places to sell your dress. BrokeAssBride says to check out Recycled Bride, Once Wed, 100layercake preowned wedding dresses, or most wedding community classified boards.
- Save on your dress as a wedding guest. Save on your dress as a wedding guest by wearing the same outfit and dressing it up with different accessories.
- Save on the morning-after breakfast. To skip the high costs of a morning-after breakfast, powersmeg is "making a box o'mini-muffins with jam for guests instead."
- Save on liquor. You can save on bar costs by asking guests to bring their own, relabeling more affordable yet decent wine, or making a signature cocktail like sangria or rum punch, says BrokeAssBride. Another option is to brew your own beer. holalaurena's husband is a homebrewer and made six different kinds of beer for the wedding. It was a huge hit and saved her a lot of money. CreditKarma mentioned that several states let you return unopened bottles of wine. She said that they made some money back by doing that.
- Save on food. bakerbetty is having a potluck wedding; however, she's offering an open bar of beer and wine in return for her guests.