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Tips For Saving Money on Your Wedding

Ten Money Saving Tips For Your Wedding

Because everything you need for your perfect wedding can add up quickly, it's important that you come up with ways to save in some areas so that you stay within budget. It's really amazing how many small details go into making a wedding memorable for everyone attending, from the bridesmaids' luncheon to the aisle decor and dessert, every aspect of the event requires thoughtful attention. Creating a wedding that makes all of your guests comfortable and happy to be there is the goal, not to mention throwing a fabulous party in honor of your new marriage! I've gathered a list of party tricks that will help you save money on the big day, and you'd be surprised how cutting back here and there can save big in the end. Find out useful ways to save when you

The Bridal Guide published a list of their top 75 tips for saving money in their May /June issue, but that's a ton of tips to sort through. Big lists like this usually lend themselves to skimming because processing all of the ideas at once can be a little overwhelming, but I've chosen what I think are the best saving tips from their list. Hopefully you can use a few that will save you more than a few bucks.

  1. Book one location for your ceremony and reception to avoid multiple site fees and having to provide transportation between venues.
  2. Cut out the champagne and let guests toast with whatever drink is in their hand.
  3. If you're a stickler for tradition and can't live without a wedding cake, choose buttercream or cream cheese instead of expensive fondant.
  4. To save on flowers, use lush greenery in your centerpieces.
  5. Buy in-season flowers wholesale and then pay a florist to do simple arrangements (or you're crafty, then you could DIY!).
  6. Hire a student quartet from a local music school to play during cocktail hour or during your ceremony.
  7. Instead of paying extra for your invitations to arrive assembled, gather friends and set up an assembly line.
  8. If a photographer whose work you love is out of budget, ask if you can wait until after the wedding to order proofs and albums. Save up, or use some of your gift money later.
  9. If fancy wheels are a must have for you, a limousine will be cheaper than a stretch SUV. And if you don't mind taking your own ride you could hire a private chauffeur to drive your car, which would be much cheaper than hiring a limo.
  10. Do you have a relative who never puts his video camera away at family occasions? See if a professional videographer will edit amateur footage — it will cost a fraction of the price for having the professional shoot the wedding.

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Russu Russu 8 years
Nice article and great tips. Thanks very much. Here I will give a tip for invitations At present, e-invitation is more popular with wedding and party, because it is green and saving your money and time. Most guests now are glad to receive an e-invitation and respond to it as soon as receive it. It is a simple and fast way to invite people. Friends around me has changed their minds and try to use e-invitation and got some nice experiences.Maybe it's your turn to change your minds and take e-invitations. I want to introduce a free website:, where you can easily make an animated invitation in a few minutes and manage the invitations you have sent.
ladydanaj ladydanaj 8 years
I have a blog devoted to saving brides money. All of these tips save money and sound great. Instead of having a full bar, serve just wine and beer, ask the caterers if you can bring your own, etc.
graylen graylen 9 years
I guess this will sound bad, but I hate alcohol at weddings and know that I will have to have it at mine. I have been to sooo many weddings with extremely drunk people and I think it takes away from it. My family doesn't really drink, so just offering champagne would be fine. UNfortunately, by SO's family drinks... a lot. Every time we go to dinner, etc they get so wasted. He actually told me that a lot of his family wouldn't go to weddings if alcohol isn't offered. I'm sorry, but being upset because of no alcohol? Are weddings soooo painful that you absolutely can't make it through without a drink? I think that's insulting to the people getting married (the attitude, that is). Argh!
jkatie jkatie 9 years
these are great. I'm Jewish and when i was born my parents started a bat mitzvah fund. not a college or wedding fund so its gonna be pretty tight for out budget
cellabear cellabear 9 years
Instead of using real flowers. use artifical flowers. They will last a long time and cost alot less. Have family do stuff for you. I have family members doing my cake, flowers, mints, and being the DJ at the reception. Oriental trading has some wonderful wedding items that are so much less then alot of other places and they personalize for free. As for alcohol, make it a cash bar if you are somewhere that has a bar. Granted the guests came out of town and brought you a nice gift, but if you are paying for their dinner and probably giving them mementos, then you shouldn't have to pay for their alcohol.(some people can drink alot more when they don't have to pay for it, I learned that a long time ago.)
CaffeePants CaffeePants 9 years
Some things I did to save more- +Avoid Saturday weddings-most sites and vendors jack up the prices for the more in demand days and many places will hold more than one wedding on a Saturday-We picked a Friday night and not only did we save a ton but all of the vendors we wanted were available. +if you have a large guest list, consider a smaller presentation cake and a sheet cake. Both taste just as yummy and your guests probably won't even notice. +Fondant doesn't taste very good and its more expensive than butter cream. Use less on your cake. +Enlist aunts, grandmothers, and other family/friends to help make the centerpieces. Also, get creative and consider using non-floral centerpieces. +DIY invitations-I got packs of blank invites that have a link to a website that has templates and you simply print them out yourself. Before postage, I paid less than $40 for 200 invites. Most of these sets also come with envelopes and response cards. +Our reception site doesn't hold a liquor license which means we have to buy from a wholesaler who will let us return any unopened product for our money back! +I am making all of the jewelry for myself and my bridesmaids which double as thank you gifts for the bridesmaids. +My bridesmaids are all wearing black dresses. All different styles. They picked them out themselves. This saved me a headache and the girls a lot of money. Not to mention that most of the dresses can be worn for other events and will not face the same fate as most pastel-colored bridesmaid's dresses and live in the back of a closet!
VolleyJen14 VolleyJen14 9 years
I think it's ridiculous when people don't have liquor available, especially if people are flying in, paying for a hotel, gift, etc, to come to your wedding. Skimp on invitations or something else, but let's be honest, 90% of the people are just going to be annoyed.
carak carak 9 years
speaking as someone who works in a photo-lab: DO NOT do the disposable cameras on the tables thing. it's a total waste of money because none of the pictures come out. they're either out of focus or underexposed. you'll spend 200-300$ on pictures that are basically worthless. spending money on a pro-photographer who knows what they're doing is a lot more beneficial. and it seems like a lot of people know someone who has a nice camera and an interest in photography. check your local camera shops to see if any of the workers double as wedding photographers; a lot of people i work with shoot weddings & do a great job for a good price.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
Great tips. We had our wedding at my Uncle's house. He lives on a beautiful lake and has a huge backyard. It was gorgeous and best of all free. All the guest commented that he could rent it out for weddings. Keep your bouquet simple. Mine was just roses and it was prettier than something with too much going on. Consider doing a lot of the work yourself or have the family do it, such as setting up the venue. That way it'll look the way you want it to and you don't have to spend money.
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 9 years
Sorry about the cupcake thing. wow. I just must be lucky to find really cool ones for $2 each. I am buying mine from a huge bakery, and not from a independent cupcake bakery (whose tasted terrible anyway). If anyone is in the Pittsburgh area, check out Oakmont Bakeries cupcakes. WOW so good.
lickety-split lickety-split 9 years
i ordered my invitations online and was able to get them engraved for 1/2 the cost of in store. we got married where my dh graduated from college. the cost for the church and the dinner reception was about 1/3 of everywhere else. we had beer and wine only at the bar. the cake was decorated pretty plain and a bridesmaide added real flowers from a pix i found in a magazine. we didn't get those bride and groom minitures for the top of the cake (mostly because i hate them) we used flowers there too. a friend of mine used mini trolls and glued a bow tie on one and a viel on the other (very cute). we spent too much on pix, $3000. we never look at the album (once a year?) i think we should have bought about 10 pix and called it a day. the disposable cameras on the tables had zero good pix, skip those. have your bridesmaids flowers double as the flowers on the head table. they make holders for that. we had flowers on the tables, but also used candles to add atmosphere.
kikidawn kikidawn 9 years
Great tips! I am loving this idosugar site :) As far as the cake goes... when I get married I plan on getting a small two tier (or so) cake (for cutting ceremony)... and having that and a sheet cake. We won't have a lot of people there anyways.
ash_marisa ash_marisa 9 years
Cupackes are NOT always cheaper (trust me on this, i wanted cupcakes badly)...only if you make them yourself are they cheaper or have no design...They are actually MORE money because they have to be individually frosted and decorated. I was very sad about this, because I thought it was cheaper too...a simply designed buttercream cake is actually the cheapest route. A lot of people will say a cake with fake foam layers and sheetcakes to be served later are cheaper, but the designer still has to frost and decorate the fake layers, so it is not as cheap as you'd think. You are paying for the time for the most part.
IScienceGirl IScienceGirl 9 years
Great tips, thanks :D
sparklemeetspop sparklemeetspop 9 years
Here are some of my tips, as I'm in the thick of planning: *Negotiate! That's a huge money saver there. *Consider non floral centerpieces that can be resold later. *Check out eBay -- where I got my designer dress and veil. *Ask for off season/day prices. We're getting married on a Sunday at almost half the price of Saturday fees. *Keep "wedding" out of it for makeup, hair, etc. You'll be upcharged as a bride and not a bridesmaid. *Do your research: look online and join forums so people can help you find the best possible prices. And also, cupcakes, at least in my area, aren't always cheaper. Where you'll likely save is a cutting fee.
Phasekitty Phasekitty 9 years
Be careful on where you save- my cousin and his wife were not big drinkers, but the rest of the family is so when there was no alcohol or bar at the wedding, and none nearby, it was a little disappointing. Also, they used the same caterer, buffet-style, for the rehearsal dinner and the reception. I felt like I was eating leftovers the next day. These seem like great tips that will make a difference in the cost but aren't noticeable to the guests. Definitely going to keep these in mind!
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
I needed these! Thanks!
runningesq runningesq 9 years
- Beer and wine bar (and maybe a "signature drink") will save money on booze. - Candles are great for ambiance, and are super cheap.
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
Fabulous tips.
tiff58 tiff58 9 years
I am definitely thinking about doing the greenery rather than flowers as centerpieces. Also, green apples (or whatever fruit goes with your colors) are a great option. We are also looking into venues that are beautiful on their own and don't need much decoration. Also, a good thing to look into is whether the venue lets you choose your own caterer, and also whether they let you bring in your own alcohol. This can be a HUGE saver.
tweet-hotpants tweet-hotpants 9 years
my husband's family and mine aren't drinkers, so by cutting out all alcohol from my wedding, i saved $50 a person- and there was a bar right down stairs if any guests wanted a drink anyway!
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 9 years
Great tips! Thanks!
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 9 years
Also don't be shy about renting a location you think would be unattainable. Botanical gardens are expensive, but sometimes smaller public spaces are a lot cheaper. I am renting out the whole national aviary for $1600. -Those who can't afford a gift might be able to offer them doing a service instead -Cupcakes are so much cheaper then a wedding cake. -if you are paying for your rentals and someone else put together what you needed, call the rental place and go over piece by piece. Full length linens are more then 3/4. and besides people always trip on the full length ones anyway.
supercoolnat supercoolnat 9 years
A few more things that I did: -Consider a lunch wedding. Lunch is cheaper, and you could even cut out on the bar and only do a champagne toast (but only if it works your personal style and guest list - you don't want to insult your guests and look cheap!) -Choose a really beautiful garden location for the ceremony, so you don't have spend as much on ceremony decor -Explain your budget situation to your vendors. If you picked them well, and they're good-natured and professional, they will generally help you figure out a way to cut back. My florist was especially helpful with this, she helped me cut my centerpiece budget in half just with a redesign. And our guests still thought it was beautiful. -Read your contracts before you sign! Especially for the location! You don't want to get stuck with really expensive recommended-but-really-required vendors, or with crazy fees that you never budgeted for.
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