Do It Yourself
If you are having your wedding on the same day in the same place as another wedding, both of you can use the decorations and split the cost. One of you can take care of set-up and the other take-down, saving time and money for both of you. The wedding ideas on a budget are from the Dream Wedding on a Dime; 7 Secrets for the Budget-Savvy Bride ebook.
Often, one’s first inclination about desserts for the wedding is to go to the most popular local bakery that specializes in wedding cakes and order a cake large enough to feed everyone at the reception. While you can be assured of plenty of high-quality cake, it may also cost more than you have to spend. There are a few different approaches to “having your cake and eating it, too,” so to speak. Size Matters If you look at most price lists, you will see the smallest two-tier cake is considerably less than the larger ones with more tiers. By going […]
One of the ways to make an inexpensive wedding look more upscale is to have a cohesive look throughout. Here are some ideas from SimplyBridal…
When it comes to the flowers, DIY could mean buying all the components and literally creating every floral piece, or it could mean buying finished or semi-finished bouquets and decorations from various nontraditional sources. In either case, you take on the additional responsibility of assuring that the flowers are both perky and beautifully designed and that they remain so throughout the wedding and reception. To help you decide which is right for you, I’ve outlined some approaches below. 1. Buy finished florals from nontraditional sources. There are a variety of non-florist merchants, both local and online, where you can buy […]
There are several approaches to savings that apply to all (or nearly all) pieces of the bride’s ensemble. Here are some ideas, followed by tips related to the veil, headpiece, and slips (petticoats) … 1. Choose accessories you can reuse in everyday life. If selected with care, shoes, jewelry, ties, shirts, and even suits can be worn after the big day. 2. Donate your wedding ensemble to a local charity that helps those who cannot afford a wedding. Read 5 Wedding Tax Deduction Tips, Plus One to avoid, here, for details about how this can also help you save on […]
Ask a photographer friend or family to work the wedding as a gift. Then pay for the prints yourself. This tip is from the Dream Wedding on a Dime; 7 Secrets for the Budget-Savvy Bride ebook.
We sometimes think a small budget means doing everything ourselves and giving up on the dream wedding. Not necessarily. The good news is that the dream can survive the pinch! It will, however, require thoughtful spending. Planning your dream wedding on a dime entails a budget-driven mindset, coupled with strategies that flow through every decision you make—from whom to choose as a planner to where to buy the centerpieces or even whether you will have either. Here are seven secrets for making that happen: 1. Smart money works for you. Knowing where the money is coming from, finding ways to […]