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Real Wedding Budgeting Tips–Candles, Farms, Frames, and More

Money Saving Tips

Real wedding are excellent for finding ways to stay within a limited wedding budget or save time (i.e. your sanity) while planning your own wedding. This week I’ve found three to give you inspiration.

Dana + Adrian’s Outdoor Wedding on Poppytalk

There are actually several tips to be had from Dana and Adrian’s intimate wedding. This couple created an eclectic tablescape I LOVE from mismatched candlesticks and vintage hardcover books. By planning ahead, you can find these inexpensively at Goodwill, garage sales, and flea markets.

They also served local food (oysters), community style, which has a three-fold benefit: it supports local merchants, the food costs less (versus those that have to be trucked or flown in), and there’s less labor required to serve it.

Jennifer + Josh’s At-Home Wedding on Oh Lovely Day

Jennifer and Josh chose the family farm as their venue. This means a zero venue budget, of course. But also, because they are intimately familiar with the property, there was no time required figuring out where (or if) there was electric, etc.

The succulents as both table-number holders and centerpieces are not only cute, but cost effective as well. I’m not sure if they bought or grew their own, but the latter is another way to cut back.

Destination Wedding Details

You can even pick up tips from more pricey weddings. In this destination wedding in Italy on Aphrodite’s Wedding Blog, they used elegant frames instead of escort cards, with the roster for the table listed in each. This could be a real time saver compared to assembling separate cards for each guest.

There are also some great photographs by Julian Kanz from this wedding. Take a look here.

I hope these tips helped prompt some ideas of your own. And if you see an especially helpful real wedding online, please let me know!

Enjoy! ~Bobette