So, for those of you who don’t know, I got married last month and I’m super happy! 😀 I’ll be doing a post about that later, though.
The other day, I read that the average amount spent on a wedding in the United States is over $30,000. I don’t know about you, but I’m a super frugal gal. I didn’t feel comfortable spending a huge amount of money on my wedding. So I figured out ways to cut costs everywhere that I could when I was planning mine.
You don’t need to spend a ridiculous amount to have a pretty wedding. Plus, a lot of the stuff that people pay for at weddings, isn’t as big of a deal as you might think and you can probably go without it.
I thought I’d share some of the ways that I saved money on my wedding, so that you can have a beautiful wedding for a more reasonable price.
Keep in mind that this is just what I did for my wedding. Not everything on this list may be relevant to you, but you might find something helpful! 🙂
*If you’re just beginning to plan your wedding, you can find some more tips in this post right here.
The Guest List
I know you probably want to invite everyone that you know, but you might regret that. Keep in mind that every person that you add to your list is adding more cost to your wedding budget.
I know that things like lace and embellishments are pretty, but choosing a more simple gown can save you a lot of money. So if you check out the clearance rack of the bridal store and look for a simple (but pretty!) gown, you can probably find one for less than $200! That’s what I did. Oh, and try to find one that doesn’t need custom alterations!
Try to find a low-cost place to hold your ceremony. Maybe you could have it at your house, or a relative’s house. Maybe you could have it outdoors somewhere, like a park. Picking a cheap venue can save you loads of money. Remember, you can always decorate to make the place prettier! Also, consider comparing the prices of your potential venues before settling on one.
Instead of paying a bunch of money for a photographer, a DJ, a bartender, or anything else, consider people who you know. Maybe your friend is a DJ and he’s willing to give you a discount, or do it for free even. Maybe you have a friend that’s a cake decorator and they’re willing to make your cake for free instead of giving you a wedding gift. Fortunately, I didn’t have to pay for any vendors because my brother’s friend is a photographer, my mother-in-law decorates cakes, and so on. That played a big role in saving money for me.
I don’t know if this is something you’d want to do, but we catered our own wedding reception. Well, with a lot of help from our parents. If you don’t want to do this, another frugal idea is to ask a local family owned restaurant to do it for you. Even if it’s not something that they offer, the owner might be willing to do it for a fair price – if you ask him/her directly.
Alcohol is big cost when it comes to weddings. To save money, you can go to a discount liquor store and buy beer and wine instead of more expensive liquor. At my wedding, we weren’t able to have alcohol at the reception (because the reception hall didn’t allow alcohol on the premises) so we had a BYOB bonfire after the reception for our closest friends/family.
It’s safe to say that I’m a DIY-addict so pretty much every decoration at my wedding and reception was DIY. My mom actually made my veil too. 🙂 It saved me loads of money. If you aren’t good at making things, maybe you could enlist the help of any friends or family members that are good at this kind of thing. If none of this will work for you, you could always ask your friends or family if they have any leftover decorations from their wedding.
Try to keep your honeymoon simple. Instead of paying an arm and a leg to fly off to an exotic island somewhere, maybe you should stick to having a honeymoon closer to home. If you plan your honeymoon somewhere that you could drive to, that alone could save you up to thousands of dollars. Or, instead of wedding gifts, you could have your guests donate to a honeymoon fund so you can have that exotic island honeymoon.
The Other Stuff
You can also save money on the little stuff – which can add up quickly, especially if you’re having a larger wedding. Instead of going to the store, you can find a lot of cheap wedding items online. Like, you can find a lot of little things (like favor boxes, napkins, etc) that are actually cute at Oriental Trading. You can also look on eBay or Amazon for other random items.
Do you have any other tips to help save money for a wedding? I’d love to see your answers in the comments below!
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