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5 Ways to Save Money on Your Wedding Day

Updated on August 26, 2011

Tips for Saving Money on Your Wedding Day

Since weddings are so expensive, you might find yourself in the position where you need to cut some corners. Here are a few small things you can do to save a little money. Some might sound bad at first, but keep an open mind.

1. Purchase your wedding cake at a grocery store—I had my cake picked up at Target the day of my wedding. Guess how much it cost? $100. Guess how it looked? Just like the dream wedding cake I wanted that would have cost a million times more. Guess how it tasted? Like Heaven.

2. Mix in some artificial flowers—Fresh flowers are beautiful. But you pay dearly for that beauty. Now I’m not saying you shouldn’t purchase fresh flowers. Just mix in some artificial flowers in not-so-obvious places. If done correctly, none will be the wiser and you’ll save a few dollars.

3. Use your friends—Is one of your friends a wiz with a camera? How about a musician with an angelic voice? A wedding DJ? Perhaps a gourmet cook? Figure out your friends’ talents and put them to use. And if your friends are talentless, they’re bound to have friends who aren’t. Do some research and put them to work on your wedding day. You'll be surprised how many of them are really into wedding planning.

4. Cash bar—This one might not be popular. But heck, alcohol is expensive. Do you really want to pay for all of your friends and family to get drunk? This is your day—not theirs. Supply a bartender but make your friends buy the booze.

5. Buffet style with pizza for the kids—You can have really nice food in a buffet style line. How does it cut costs? Easy, you don’t have to pay waiters. And since you pay for a certain amount of food, cut down further by buying pizza for the kids. They won’t like the fancy food anyway.

What about you? How are you cutting costs on your big day?


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      eventsyoudesign 6 years ago from Nashville, Tennessee

      You should never spend more than you can afford. That is one of the biggest mistakes people make when they get married. Instead of a cash bar buy a couple of cases of wine from a discount liquor store and some beer. Always provide non-alcoholic choices and a designated driver.

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      capalynn 7 years ago from Roseville, CA

      Great idea about the pizza buffet! And yes, flowers will put huge holes in your pockets. My tips are that you really only need the bouquets used for the bride and bridesmaids. And perhaps 2-3 larger ones in the ceremony. But, be creative with centerpieces in the reception. There are so many other ways to decorate. If you insist on flowers, however, at least have a friend who knows how to arrange bouquets do it for you rather than paying a florist.

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      ericabrooks 7 years ago from Maryland

      Pizza buffet for the kids. Very creative. Kids were welcome at my wedding but they ate what the grown ups ate. This would have been fun for them.

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      Hummingbird5356 7 years ago

      Some good tips. A nice wedding is what everyone wants but you still have to live after the wedding. I knew someone years ago who had a huge wedding then had to go and live with the parents in the spare room because they had no money left for somewhere to live.

      In my opinion that is just plain stupid.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      You missed the biggest tip of all.....ELOPE! Haha!

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      Paula 7 years ago

      @Alexa it may seem tacky to you, but not everyone can afford the wedding they want and decisions need to be made on where to save money. Switching from open to cash bar may allow some brides to get the photographer they want or the catering they need.

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      Alexa 7 years ago

      In my opinion, cash bars are tacky (unless it's a morning wedding or something like that). Alcohol is expensive and it is YOUR day, however, all the guests are there to support and celebrate with you. They bought new outfits, took the day off work, bought you a gift (and most likely a shower gift too), and dealt with your wedding drama for probably several months. The least you can do is buy them a cocktail or two... or at the very least have beer and wine for them to drink...

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      Meghan 7 years ago

      ha, pizza buffet for the kids, not a bad idea, fun and practical

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      Jennifer 7 years ago

      Great advice Andrea!!