How to Save Big on your Big Day
Weddings are a celebration of love and romance. But the anticipation and planning can be a time of elation and frenzy. The decor, the dress, the flowers and the cake are just a few things that might make a bride’s head spin and someone’s bank account suffer. Regardless of who is footing the bill for the occasion, a wedding can quickly become a very costly endeavor. Especially with the plethora of creative ideas floating around on social media these days, weddings are becoming larger, grander and more expensive.
Brides on a budget, I have great news for you! There are a many ways to pull off your dream wedding without spending a ton of money. All those extravagant centerpieces, exorbitant decorations and lavish meals can be emulated in a way that is both cost-effective and equally stunning. After all, a memorable wedding is not about how much money is spent, but about creating an atmosphere that is fun and entertaining.
- Consider renting your decor or borrowing items from friends and family instead of buying.
- Shop around for coordinating or complementary centerpieces at thrift stores and consignment shops. Glassware, antique china, mismatched tea sets, old frames, costume jewelry and fabric strips from old dresses or textiles are just a few of the things that can be scooped up for next to nothing from a resale store. Also look for silk flower arrangements or bouquets that can be broken apart and recreated into something more modern.
- Consider the free decor offered by Mother Nature: sand, seashells, branches, leaves, wild flowers, etc.
- Fill in empty spaces with DIY pom poms made out of tissue paper.
- Smaller items like glass beads, votive candles, tulle and even some silk flowers can usually be picked up for super cheap!
- Put together your own floral arrangements and accessories with help from your bridal party.
- Buy wholesale flowers from a local warehouse (Sam’s Club, Costco, BJ’s, etc.) or buy the silk variety that tend to be more affordable in the long run.
- Have members of the wedding party carry just a few stems instead of a large bouquet.
- Check with friends and family for potential sources of fresh cut flowers from personal gardens and yards.
- Keep your menu simple and offer affordable snacking options like crackers, cheese and fruit.
- Go for something unconventional, but still satisfying. Pizza, spaghetti or pancakes are always a great way to feed a crowd without breaking the bank.
- Be conservative with your drink offerings. If you must have alcohol, keep it to beer and wine or a single signature drink.
- Instead of spending a lot of money on a large designer cake, have a baker create a simple single-tiered cake for the cutting, but serve guests from a classic sheet cake.
- Offer homemade cupcakes.
- Make a sweets bar with various cakes and pies – made by friends and family or purchased from a local wholesale club or grocery store.
- Pre-slice your dessert options into smaller portions.
Other Cost-Saving Advice
- Get the legalities out of the way at the courthouse and have a friend or close family member lead the ceremony instead of hiring a priest or pastor.
- Prepare a playlist ahead of time instead of hiring an expensive DJ.
- Get in touch with photography students at a nearby university instead of paying a professional big bucks for pictures.
- Consider renting your wedding gown or buying second hand – after all, you only wear it for one day!
This is just a sampling of the tips, tricks and ideas that will help you save money on your wedding day! There are plenty of other ways that you can help reduce the overall costs of your event, but remember that regardless of how much money you spend (or don’t), your big day is all about celebrating the union of two people that are in love.