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.
Helpful Wedding Links - Inexpensive Details for your Special Day!
- Wedding Favors at Weddingthings.com
Unique wedding favors and elegant wedding favors.
- Wedding Planning Checklist at The Knot
Wedding Planning Checklist - Planning a wedding is easy with unique wedding ideas and resources online from The Knot.
- Wedding Planning with WeddingChannel.com
Wedding Planning - At WeddingChannel, you can get wedding ideas for wedding gifts as well as search couples' online registries.
- Martha Stewart Weddings
Invitation ideas, traditions, easy wedding planning, and more at marthastewart.com.
- Oriental Trading Company
Oriental Trading Company offers affordable and fun options for favors and decorations!
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