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10 Tips for a Cheap Wedding

Updated on March 9, 2011

Ideas for Tying the Knot on a Tight Budget

The average wedding may now cost more than $20,000, but you don't need to spend that much to enjoy your special day. With a little creativity, frugal brides can plan cheap weddings that earn rave reviews.

1. Plan an "off season" wedding.

If possible, plan your wedding for sometime between October through April. This is considered the "off season" and typically when the best deals are available on facility rentals for cheap weddings.

2. Choose the right day.

Have your wedding on a Sunday. Since this day is less in demand, most locations will rent their facilities for a reduced price.

3. Keep it small.

Trim your guest list. Do you really need to invite everyone you've ever known to your wedding? One of the best cheap wedding ideas is to keep the list pared down to those who mean the most to you and your fiance.

4. Design your own cheap wedding invitations.

With a kit from your local office supply store, you can easily make your own wedding invites. For your programs, find a pretty script font online and type them up in your favorite word processing software.

5. Consider renting a cheap wedding dress.

They're not available in all locations, but an increasing number of businesses are allowing brides to rent their wedding gowns. This is a wonderful way to save money when planning a cheap wedding, since you're only going to wear the dress for one day!

6. Check out the prom dress selection.

If you're young and relatively slender, look for your wedding dress at a store that sells white prom dresses. The styles are almost identical, but you'll save a bundle. Prom dresses can also be a good option for your bridesmaids, since many will be $100 or less.

7. Save money on wedding photography.

Order the smallest possible wedding photography package, then supplement with pictures taken by a talented friend or family member. At the reception, place disposable cameras on the tables to encourage guests to snap candid pictures.

8. Look for a cheap wedding cake.

Consider buying your wedding cake from a supermarket instead of a traditional bakery. Or, if you have a culinary school nearby, ask if one of the talented students would be willing to design a cheap wedding cake.

9. Candles make cheap centerpieces for weddings.

Instead of using fresh floral centerpieces for your reception, light candles on top of mirror titles for a bit of sparkle. If your reception hall won't allow candles, consider using balloon bouquets.

10. Stick with cheap wedding favors.

Wedding favors can be a nice keepsake of your special day, but you don't need to spend a bunch of money in this area. Stick to your budget by keeping your wedding favors simple. Some chocolate candies wrapped in tulle and tied with pretty ribbon is sufficient. Cheap wedding bubbles are a good idea as well, especially if you will have lots of children at your reception.


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      Jeff_McRitchie 6 years ago

      This Hub contains some excellent tips on how to save money when planning a wedding. It's incredibly helpful!