25 brilliant money saving tips for your wedding - 25 Brilliant Money-Saving Tips for Your Wedding

Every bride deserves a fairy tale wedding. Yet, your wedding shouldn’t break the bank. If you’re feeling the stress to plan an affordable wedding, know that you can have the wedding of your dreams without going into debt. Follow our 25 money-saving tips to plan your perfect, budget-friendly wedding.

1.  Set a budget.

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Sit down with your fiancé and decide your budget together. Discuss what aspects of your wedding you’re willing to spend the most on, and where you feel you can save. You may want to spend big on a specific venue, but then choose cheap wedding invitations.

2.  Consider the day of the week.

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Saturdays are the most expensive day of the week to get married. Ask your vendors if they offer reduced rates for non-peak days.

3.  Plan an affordable destination wedding.

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If you’re dreaming of a destination wedding, work with a travel agent/wedding planner. Such insiders are familiar with the venues and vendors that offer the best deals, and may be able to help you negotiate better rates.

4.  Move outdoors.

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Rather than renting a pricey venue, get married outside at a park, beach, or your own backyard. Outdoor weddings can be breezy, beautiful, and free.

5.  Avoid peak wedding season.

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Wedding season is typically April through October. You’ll likely find venues offer more affordable rates outside of peak season.

6.  Save money on wedding flowers.

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Choose flowers that are in season and that can be found locally. Talk to your florist to find out what varieties are most affordable that will fit your color scheme.

7.  Skip the sit-down dinner.

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Full course meals can be significant budget items, especially if you’re planning for lots of guests. Consider offering hors d’oeuvres or buffet stations instead.

8.  Save on photography prints.

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Choose a photography package that provides a small number of prints, and share digital copies with family and friends.

9.  Consider saving with cheap wedding invitations.

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Consider creating your own invitations. They will mean that much more to you because you designed them yourself.

10.  Address your own envelopes.

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A stationer will likely charge you for printing, or hand-addressing, your invitation envelopes. DIY with your bridesmaids instead.

11.  Save on ceremony programs.

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Instead of printing one ceremony program per guest, print one per couple.

12.  Swap flowers for candles.

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Save money on wedding flowers by replacing them at your reception with candles.

13.  Offer a limited bar or a signature cocktail.

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Limiting the variety and quantity of alcohol options can significantly help you save costs on your reception.

14.  Consolidate your ceremony and reception.

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There are cost efficiencies to be had if you hold your ceremony in the same location as your reception.

15.  Rent or borrow jewelry.

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Borrow a signature piece of jewelry from a family member or friend, or consider a service that allows you to rent jewels for a day. You’ll look divine for a fraction of the cost.

16.  Rent or borrow your dress.

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The gown can be a significant line item, but you’re only going to wear it once. Consider a gown rental service, or borrow from a friend instead.

17.  Consider your guest list.

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Invite only those people who have impacted your lives, especially if you’re planning an affordable destination wedding.

18.  Promote your vendors for reduced rates.

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Offer to display your vendors’ business cards, or promote them on social media, for reduced rates.

19.  Skip the bridal party gifts.

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Give handwritten and sincere thank you notes instead.

20.  Email your save-the-date cards.

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Announce your wedding with an email instead.

21.  Choose a small cake.

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A five-tiered layer cake may be beautiful, but it will cost you. A smaller cake can be just as beautiful and it can save you money.

22.  Choose larger tables for your reception.

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Fewer tables means money saved on tablecloths and centerpieces.

23.  Choose single page invitations.

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Another option for cheap wedding invitations is to select a single card instead of separate reply cards, direction cards, and reception cards.

24.  Skip the champagne toast.

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Your guests can toast you just as sincerely with whatever they choose to sip.

25.  Make your own menu cards.

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This is an easy piece to DIY and save the cost of a stationer.

Remember, the most important part of your wedding is the part where you say “I do” to the love of your life. Your friends and family will be thrilled to celebrate your special day with you, no matter how much you spend.

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Michelle Williamson

Michelle Williamson is a freelance writer with a fondness for cheesecake. She lives in Los Angeles, CA with her husband and two cats, Fred and Ginger.