Bridal Budget - Wedding Cost-Cutting Tips

Save Some Money for the Honeymoon!

  • Engagement photos are not a must, they are a trend and an added expense. Skip them if you can resist.
  • Get your dress on EBay! It sounds crazy, I know. I found the new dress I wanted on EBay at half the retail price in a current style. Sure enough that was the very dress I wore down the aisle.
  • Veils are so overpriced when embellished with beads and whatnot. Try a plain veil (about $20 or make your own) with flowers in your hair instead, or a pretty comb. The flowers will show through the veil - it's a nice effect.
  • Dye your own shoes.
  • Get a friend to buy/make your favors as your wedding gift. Tea bags with cinnamon sticks and a truffle or tea cookies are a nice favor and can be slipped into a pretty organza bag for less than a dollar each.

  • Wedding cakes - my goodness, did we taste some cakes that were so very expensive! Go to your local grocer, find a regular cake that you like (take it home to try it first), and place an individual cake on each table. (I did this and spent $89 on 11 cakes for 85 people.)

  • Cake toppers are so lavish now. Buy your initials, spray paint them to match your theme, and stick them in the cake. It's simple and elegant.

  • Cake plates are expensive. Use a large but short pillar candle holder with a charger plate hot-glued to the top (or use putty) - you'd be surprised how nice this can turn out, and can be disassembled afterward. Borrow what you can!
  • Bands are great, but you probably know somebody who can work a CD player and a few speakers. Besides,nobody does Brick House justice like the Commodores. : )
  • Luminaries can be elegant and simple. They are easy to embellish with cutouts or painted initials. Tea-lights cost next to nothing, and the luminaries will add a romantic glow to the room.

  • Stringed instruments for walking down the aisle are lovely, but one talented musician can play the keyboard beautifully if live music is required.
  • Alter flowers can be brought in to decorate the reception area.
  • One of the largest expenses is the food for the reception. Sneak around meal time by having an early afternoon wedding - if the reception is at 2pm, no one will expect a meal. Serve afternoon tea instead - fruits, cheeses, breads, cookies and teas or lemonades can actually provide quite a bit of food and still be well presented.
  • Why pay officiant fees when you can get a close friend or relative to perform the ceremony! For about $50 you can get someone you know licensed to be deputy marriage commissioner for a day. It's a nice personal touch to your day, your memories, and your photos.
  • Linens can also run up a bill. Instead of covering every chair at the reception, just get chair covers for the bride and groom - it makes your chairs look very special.

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MrMarmalade 8 years ago from Sydney

Good hub past my due date.

thank you

NeedaWeddingCar 8 years ago


A fantatic hub. I greatly thankful to you for posting such a great hub. I got the idea about saving money. My younger brother is getting married and I could suggested him for the same. This is done only due to this hub. Infact, as wedding is important event but honeymoon is a great and memorable time for the newly wedding couple also. The photos in the hub are so pleasant and beautiful selection. Thanks for the dress and cake design.

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Kat07 8 years ago from Tampa Author

Thanks for the compliments! My brother is also getting married, I passed these tips along to the new happy couple. Hopefully they can put more cash toward a special honeymoon by saving some money on the actual wedding!

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