Planning a wedding can be stressful and expensive. But you can have a beautiful wedding without spending a fortune. Here are few tips that can help you save money while still having a memorable wedding.
Prioritize your expenses
After I got engaged a couple of years ago, the first thing my fiance and I did was come up with a budget. We knew that we wanted to have a fun, memorable wedding without spending a lot of money. So we came up with a budget early on and stuck to it throughout the planning process. This is also a great time to talk about what you want to spend money on and what you are okay cutting back on.
If you plan carefully and stick to what you agreed upon from the start, at the end of the day your wedding won’t bankrupt you.
Gone are the days of restricting yourself to a traditional church wedding. Today more and more brides are choosing other venues for their big days. When I started planning my wedding a few years ago, I knew that a church wedding wasn’t part of the vision I had for my big day. Instead, I wanted the location to reflect our lives as a couple and also fit in our budget.
Whether it’s getting married at home (or the home of a family member or close friend) or outside at a park, an alternative location can help decrease the cost of your wedding. If you decide on an outdoor wedding like we did, be sure to have a back-up plan in case the weather doesn’t cooperate.
Be mindful of your guest list
This might be one of the toughest parts of planning a wedding. In a perfect world you would be able to invite all of your friends and family to celebrate with you. But unfortunately, more guests means spending a lot more money. So instead of inviting everyone you know, go for a smaller, more intimate wedding.
When my husband and I started thinking about our guest list, we decided that we only wanted to invite the people that knew us as a couple. With a final guest list of about 100 people, our wedding was small and cozy.
While flowers help enhance the ambience and overall theme of your wedding, you don’t need to spend money on something that only lasts for one day. Instead of real flowers, you can use fake flowers for bouquets, table decorations and other décor. Or you can decide to use real flowers for your bridal party and keep it simple by only having a few flowers in the arrangements and using more flowers for your bouquet. This will save you money and give you an elegant look for your wedding party.
Let them eat anything else but cake
I have attended countless weddings where the bride and groom are left with large amounts of cake at the end of the night. Cake is one of those things that people either really like or really dislike. So if you want to save money and avoid having large amounts of uneaten cake, try another dessert option like cupcakes, brownies or cookies.
Since my husband is not really big on sweets, we went with a small cheesecake to cut for the reception, and we did a mix of cookies, brownies and mini cupcakes for our guests. Our guests really liked having more options and we saved a lot of money not buying a traditional wedding cake. And the best part was, there were no leftovers!
Become a DIY Bride
If you’re crafty or looking for another way to save money, then the DIY route might work for you. If need inspiration, check out Pinterest or The Knot for ideas on easy DIY projects. From making your own invitations, bouquets or décor, becoming a DIY bride has a lot of financial benefits.
Just remember not to take on too many DIY projects. Instead of taking on the DIY approach on your whole wedding maybe limit yourself to what you’re capable of.
Hopefully these tips will help you save time and money during the wedding planning process.
Jackie is an Ohio native who recently relocated to the west coast. A former Spanish teacher, Jackie is now pursuing her dream of working in television. When she’s not blogging or writing, she loves to travel with her husband, work out, spend time with their three dogs, and soak up as much sunshine as possible. Jackie is happiest when she is being active. To follow her natural hair journey and other adventures, check out her blog. Got a question for Jackie? Write to firstname.lastname@example.org.