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Planning a Wedding on a Budget

Updated on September 1, 2011

Planning a wedding can drive a person crazy! Add to that budget concerns and you're likely to go loco! Don't fret. There are ways to trim costs and keep your wedding on budget!

Reception centerpiece and bouquet
Reception centerpiece and bouquet | Source

Target big ticket items

Take a look at your big ticket items and consider how you can restrain spending.

  • Location. Shop around to find the best deal. You may have your heart set on a specific venue, but find the cost prohibitive. You may be able to strike a deal if you can be flexible on your date or consider a day time reception.
  • Flowers. Get creative with centerpieces to limit your spending on flowers. A quirky lantern with coordinating ribbons can add a little fun to the table while cutting costs. Plus, you may be able to re-sell any extra items on eBay and get some money back!
  • Formal wear. Many brides want to pay for the bridesmaids' dresses and the groomsmen's tuxes while other opt for having individuals pay for their own outfits. If you want to cover the cost, keep in mind that things quickly add up. In addition to shopping around online, consider being flexible with styles. Having all the bridesmaids in the same color, but different style may open up ways to save. Or perhaps you can have them in the same style but different colors. Be creative! There's no one right way to dress your party.

Bridesmaids shoes
Bridesmaids shoes | Source

Details, details, details

You will probably get sick of thinking about all the little details while planning your wedding. Well, good news! There are ways to deal with the details and save a few bucks at the same time.

  • Ask for wedding items as gifts. If you have some creatively-minded friends, consider asking them for help in lieu of a wedding gift. A handmade guest book can be a meaningful, and beautiful, keepsake. Having a friend help out with linen rentals for the tables or decorating the location can take a load off your mind and keep some change in your pocket.
  • See what the venue can do. Most venues will have several packages to choose from. See what kinds of decorations they may already have on hand or how you can use the location to its best advantage before you spend a pretty penny on dressing it up.
  • Take advantage of your friends and family. When people offer to help, assume they mean it! This will just make your life easier. However, once you have assigned a task to a person, let them complete it without too much nagging. It's OK to ask for a status report after a while, but most people will check with you to make sure they're on the right track, anyway. If you're worried about time, give them a deadline-- one that's earlier than you really need it to give you some wiggle room in case things don't get done.

Walmart wedding cake
Walmart wedding cake | Source

Have a sense of humor

Things will go wrong. They always do. Just try to have a sense of humor about it. When I was planning my wedding the cake fell through 3 weeks before the date, the bridesmaids rebelled against my choice of footwear, and the florist evacuated because her place was infested with scorpions! And guess what? Everything turned out fine.

I ended up having a Walmart cake which was the cheapest option by far and no one could even tell! The bridesmaids changed into more comfortable shoes after the pictures and we all survived. And the flowers turned out gorgeous despite the florist's challenges.

Take a breath. Realize that what you want out of all this is to be married to your soul mate and that will happen whether or not there are bows tied to every chair.


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    • Cloverleaf profile image

      Cloverleaf 6 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Thats great! And Congratulations to you on your recent marriage!


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      amazingchild 6 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

      Thanks Cloverleaf! I actually got married just a year ago, so most of these tips are things I did or at least wish I had done!

      Thanks for reading!

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      Cloverleaf 6 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      amazingchild- these are good money-saving tips, thanks for sharing. I had a friend of mine bake my wedding cake for me and she only charged me for the cost of the ingredients which saved me a fortune!

      Are you getting married yourself?