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Top 6 Wedding Saving Tips for Your Dream Wedding

In some ways, getting married is like buying a house; it’s a significant milestone in life and–almost always–there is initial sticker shock. (“It costs how much?!”)

For those of you who cannot afford the “average” $25,000-ish wedding, wedding saving tips for keeping both the dream and piggy bank intact are below.

6 Money Saving Tips for Your Dream Wedding

1: Invite close friends and family; send announcements only to more distant acquaintances.

Guest count is the single most significant determinant of wedding costs because more guests require more food and drink. And more space. Therefore, you can spend less by inviting fewer guests.

Also, a more intimate wedding is more likely to live up to your dream, since you will be able to share more time with those most meaningful to you.

2: Find an inexpensive, unique wedding location.

Keeping the guest count intimate opens up many venue opportunities. Your parents’ or others’ backyards, walk-out basements, fields, barns, parks, unused buildings, and rooftops all become potential–and inexpensive–wedding venues.

Also, when not constrained to often bland reception halls, you open the door for the venue itself to add character to your wedding. For some ideas to get your creative juices flowing, see 76 Non-Traditional Wedding Reception Venue Ideas.

3: Have the entrees catered, but you provide the side dishes for a buffet.

You can do everything yourself, of course, but that can be much more stressful for you (i.e. good for the budget, not so good for the dream).

  • If you hire a chef to prepare your favorite specialty and assign side dishes to those willing to help, you get both a culinary treat and family & friends’ signature dishes.
  • If you do opt for having the full menu catered, buffets often cost less per person than equally elaborate sit-down meals. But not always! Compare before you decide.
  • One or more food trucks are another consideration if you are having a fun, casual affair.

4: Hire a planner for a la carte services or day of coordination only.

A wedding planner plays a crucial role in taking the pressure off you so you can enjoy the day. If hiring a full-service planner is out of your price range, there are other options as well.

Identify the parts of your wedding most vital to you and those with which you are least experienced. Then find one or more professionals who will focus on those elements.

Day-of coordination is also critical. To do everything yourself is like both directing and starring in your production.

Fully DIY is doable, for sure, but it is a lot more work and likely to be less than dreamy. Your wedding day should be fun for you.

5: Look for products that will serve dual or triple purposes.

Items that play two or more roles in your wedding, or those that will play a role in your everyday life afterward, often cost less than buying each separately.

  • Some favors, for example, can also serve as centerpieces, desserts, or both.
  • Buying shoes you will also use later is another example.
  • Finally, if the groom wears a suit or other clothing he can also wear to work, that’s one less purchase later.

6: Make liberal use of the Internet.

By now, the Internet is a big part of our daily life. You can use it to your advantage for budget wedding planning.

  • Product selection is more substantial, and the potential for cost savings is more significant online compared to what you can find locally. Veils are a good example.
  • This are Facebook or other forum where you can collaborate with others planning a low budget wedding.
    Using Pinterest to build inspiration boards and find ideas to inspire your wedding is more fruitful than printing or cutting out photos. Follow My Online Wedding Help on Pinterest.

There you have it! Six approaches to saving money on your wedding. I know yours will be fantastic!

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Mia

Sunday 27th of April 2014

Ithank you for these great tips! Would like to add another one- instead of throwing lots of money on expensive photographers, let your guests be the photographers. We did it and it was great. We even broadcasted all the photos live on a big screen during the wedding. It saved us lots of money and it was a unique experience for our guests.

Diana

Sunday 21st of July 2013

Ideas I used to save money: Wedding dress: shopped end of season sale since I was a year out and found a beautiful perfect dress for $100. Flowers: had bridesmaid bouquets serve as long table centerpieces at reception so they didn't have to carry them around and saved money on center pieces. Church: made tulle and artificial flowers sewed onto elastic to easily place over ends of pews. Had a party with friends to make them ourselves. Also, used 2 beautiful potted Boston ferns at altar on wicker stands, used them again at reception, and kept them to decorate our new home after the wedding. Had mid-afternoon wedding and reception so just served appetizers (4 hot/4cold) rather than full sit down meal. Created a CD ahead of time (would now use iPod) for our favorite songs, and used that with our own sound system for music, rather than hiring DJ.

Bobette Kyle

Sunday 21st of July 2013

Thanks for sharing, Diana!

Diana Thornton

Thursday 7th of June 2012

I shared this on my blog! Thanks for posting this (:

Bobette Kyle-Wagner

Thursday 7th of June 2012

Glad you liked it, Diana. Thanks for sharing! ~Bobette