Let’s be real, weddings are expensive. Even if you plan something small, the costs can add up quickly. And since not everyone can afford to go all out for their big day, here are 5 ideas for easy cost-cutters that will still make your big day feel extra special!
1. Trim your Guest List. Creating a more intimate wedding with your absolute closest friends and family is going to save you a good chunk of change. Think about the people you could absolutely not do this day without. If you still want to celebrate with a big group of people, throw a more casual affair at a local restaurant after your honeymoon!
2. Utilize your Friends’ Talents. Have a friend with great handwriting? Ask her to help you address the invitations! Your coworker is taking floral design classes? Have her make your bouquet! If your soon to be aunt-in-law the best baker you know, ask her if she’d like to make your cake! And while you can’t expect these things to be free, you may be able to save money compared to traditional vendors.
3. Shop Secondhand. Vintage is huge right now in weddings, so why not take a trip to your local Salvation Army store or Goodwill to see what treasures you may find! You can also check online for bulk wedding decor that people are practically begging to have taken off their hands! Sites like Oncewed and Nearly Newlywed allow brides to buy and sell their gently used wedding gowns!
4. Say “No”. Nicely, of course! I recently had a friend who didn’t say no when her wedding planner brought her ideas, and it’s costing her more than she budgeted. Vendors can always try to upsell and your guests may ask if they can bring a friend when you didn’t plan for them to. The easiest solution is to stand your ground and don’t be pushed to spend your money if you don’t want to.
5. Remember What’s Important. This one isn’t so much a trick as a state of mind. Remember that the wedding is just Day 1 in a marriage, and the marriage is what the wedding is about in the first place. Don’t lose sight of your life with your fiance for the sake of having the perfectly mismatched tablescape or extravagant floral arrangements.
My fiance and I are employing some of these tricks as we plan our own wedding right now! What other tricks do y’all have for saving money on your big day?