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Bride on a limited budget? Here are a few tips.

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Lower wedding budgets are today’s reality. Can a bride-to-be still have the wedding of her dreams? Absolutely. The secrets are prioritizing and being conscientious about what you spend. The ebook Dream Wedding on a Dime; 7 Secrets for the Budget-Savvy Bride goes into detail. Here are a few related thoughts:

Prioritizing Wedding Expenses

When dreaming of the perfect wedding, there are likely two or three elements you see vividly and are most important. What are they? The gown? Decor? Location? A jaw-dropping Cake? Whatever the aspects, these are where you should put your priorities. Similar to purchasing a dream home, every small detail of your original vision will not likely survive a small budget. But focus on the few elements that make the dream a dream and you will soon forget the insignificant pieces that did not happen as originally anticipated.

Be Both “Penny and Pound Wise”

Most all of us have heard the phrase “penny wise and pound foolish” as a description for someone who watches every little cent, but is wasteful when it comes to larger expense decisions. You can be wise on both fronts! Consistently saving dollars on the smaller expenditures adds up, as does making wise decisions on larger costs. Here are some tips:

Personalized service providers.

Pick and choose what you hire someone to do. Top contenders for personalized services are (1) aspects of your wedding most important to you (as mentioned above) and (2) those things you do not have the time or talent to do yourself.

Cut costs in areas you are less passionate about and/or are able to accomplish without the help of a professional. Before doing so, however, evaluate what quality you will give up by having your cousin do the videography or Uncle Walt running a boom box (for example). Expertise and experience do matter, so scrimp here with your eyes wide open.

Venue & catering costs.

There are two approaches to saving money here: guest count and cost for the space. In recent years more couples began having their receptions in unconventional spaces like empty buildings, barns, or the outdoors and many are using the space for both the ceremony and wedding. (For ideas, see 76 Unexpected Wedding Reception Venues.) Depending on the location, this can save on rental fees.

On the guest count side, a more intimate group of family and friends will both decrease your overall budget and increase the amount you can spend on each guest.

The visual details.

Do it yourself is trendy. Making your own chair sashes rather than renting expensive covers is perfectly acceptable, as is giving handcrafted and personally meaningful gifts to the wedding party. What you do purchase, harness the power of the Internet to keep costs down (Veils are a great example). Not only is the selection much larger than what you find locally, but lower priced options are more plentiful as well.

10 Responses to “Bride on a limited budget? Here are a few tips.”

  1. Guenevere Says:
    August 9th, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Pay for you honeymoon first! To many people wait untill they just don’t have it in the budget then opt out, which is sad because it’s so important to have that extended private time together.

  2. Kara Says:
    December 23rd, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Possibly reuse someone’s wedding dress! I know every bride wants her own PERFECT dress but not with todays pricing. My mother is letting me use her wedding dress and making any alterations that I want. I’m sure you can get a good cheaper dress online at ebay or some other website. Making alterations to make it the dress of your dreams is still cheaper than a $3,000 dress.

  3. Bobette Kyle Says:
    February 7th, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Great tip, Kara. Thanks for the comment!

  4. Lindsey Evans Says:
    July 31st, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Have an afternoon reception. You will save 30-50 per person by feeding them lunch instead.

  5. Bobette Kyle Says:
    July 31st, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Thanks for adding to the ideas, Lindsey!

  6. Barb Says:
    October 15th, 2013 at 9:13 am

    We are having a brunch reception with muffins and danishes & coffee

  7. Joanna Says:
    February 4th, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    Consider having a family potluck or carry-in. Assign different food groups to the different sides of the family. Any of the bride’s family can bring Entrees, groom’s family bring desserts, and friends bring finger foods. Put the assignments on your invitations. Families are more than willing to help and it is infinitely cheaper than a caterer. It isn’t as fancy but you definitely have more food!

  8. Allison Says:
    February 10th, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    If you’re religious, your church/synagogue/mosque/whathaveyou should let you have your wedding there for free, maybe asking for a donation to cover utility costs, and you can use the lawn or fellowship hall for the reception. Saves time and money. Also, instead of favors, have a dessert buffet and have little baggies for people to take home a few treats – they get fed at the wedding and a favor, but you only shell out for one thing.

  9. jacquie Says:
    March 14th, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    working in catering a lovely bride had a very small budget decided to do a breakfast wedding with the photos at sunrise alternatively the food was a lot cheaper and no one touched the booze! huge savings and was a lovely country style wedding :)

  10. Brittney Says:
    June 9th, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    Booking your wedding on a weekday is significantly cheaper than weekend. One place I looked at was ALMOST half off when doing the wedding on a weekday versus a weekend. It also cuts back on the guest count because not everyone will be available during the week. Also consider just inviting closest family and a few friends to the ceremony and then you can invite more to the reception. Consider dollar store decor like in doilies, fake flowers, mirrors, glasses, colored stones etc. you can find many things there that you would at the party store. Also maybe see what thrift shops have. I always find some pretty cool things there like an old suitcase for $10.

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