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Planning Your Wedding on a Budget: 20 Brilliant Saving Tips

Updated on October 30, 2019

When planning a wedding, the possibilities are almost limitless, unfortunately, most wedding budgets are not. We have 20 of the best saving tips for you that really help save money without you having to make big sacrifices.

Planning Your Wedding for Mr & Ms
Planning Your Wedding for Mr & Ms | Source

1. Marry in the off season

As far as the cost issue is concerned, picking the right time is right at the top of the list. The high season includes the months of May to September. Similar to holidays, not only temperatures but also prices rise. Popular wedding dates such as 20.06.20 are costly. Fortunately weddings in the off-season can be just as nice.


Winter weddings are not only completely romantic but also quite unexpected thus special for everyone (in the summer there are always weddings). Service providers have fewer inquiries, meaning you can bargain a lot on the price side, as they are happy to get customers in the off-season.

2. The right location

Probably the biggest cost point concern is the wedding location and the catering. A fairytale castle wedding is likely to be unrealistic with a low wedding budget. In order to find the optimal location that suits your wishes and your budget, it probably needs some research. Here you should pay attention to the type of location.

A location with minimum turnover and no extra rent is often the cheaper option, as long as you do not have too many guests. With 150 guests or more, probably a buffet package is more economical. Even a location in the garden sounds tempting, but it does not necessarily get any cheaper if you have to rent for tables, chairs and cutlery for 100 guests.

So it depends very much on the number of guests and your ideas. Therefore, you should set yourself a framework and discuss this together with the organizer, caterer, etc.

3. Not everyone has to be invited

Less guests mean less costs. Be self-confident when it comes to invitations and invite only those people who are really important to you. No one is angry if you do not invite cousin Susie, whom you see no more than once a year. A wedding just with the loved ones is also much less stressful.

4. Monitor costs and prioritize

Monitor your budget, the costs already spent and prioritize. What must be in the budget? What can you do without in an emergency? For this very purpose you can use a printable wedding planner.

5. Homemade appetizers

It's clear that not everyone has a baker in the family who can conjure up a professional wedding cake for you. If your location allows, you can save a bit on the buffet, for example, if you have desserts for the candy bar you can let your mom, aunt and grandma help prepare some of it. This will allow you to lower the total cost of the food.

6. Drinks

Offer only basics like water, juices, beer and wine at the wedding. Expensive drinks guests can pay for themselves. In addition, a sparkling wine is enough to toast with instead of an expensive champagne.

7. The Reception

For the reception you can also provide a DIY welcome drink instead of having it served by the innkeeper or the caterer. Sparkling wine in small cans or bottles, for example, which you can buy in large quantities and decorate yourself with something (for example with individual labels) is possible.

8. Origami flowers

A wedding without flowers will just not work, that's clear. However, you can save a lot on the budget for the florist if you make some of the wedding flowers yourself. On Pinterest & Co you will find countless crafting instructions for beautiful origami flowers, for example, made of crepe paper or of a vintage style. This involves some work, but the result can be amazing.

Table Decoration for Wedding
Table Decoration for Wedding | Source

9. Minimalism instead of lush table decoration

The wedding table decoration is where you can save a lot. A simple table decoration with candles, old bottles or small vases is cheap and does not need much greenery. The few flowers that are still needed, you can also get yourself from the flower wholesale market.

10. Greenery Wedding

Green leaves, ferns or climbing plants are cheaper than flowers themselves. In the rustic greenery wedding look, you can also use a few wild plants as a table decoration. Add a few candles, and you are done.

11. Buttons for groomsmen and bridesmaids

Groomsmen and bridesmaids do not need their own bouquets, but beautiful simple badges are enough for that. There is nothing bad about it, if there is only one clearly recognizable bridal bouquet.

12. Simple church decoration

Decorate the church with simple bows and a few candles instead of flower bouquets. You may also sprinkle some flowers in the corridor.

13. Renounce tradition

Of course, a lot of money can be saved if you do without certain traditional must-haves. Not necessary are fancy wedding cars or party favors. The latter, in any case, go unnoticed by a large number of guests or are left behind at the table. A chocolate candy with a nice "Nice that you are there" card is enough.

14. Melt old jewelry

Another big cost to a marriage are the rings. If you have old jewelry that you have inherited from Grandma, you can melt it at the jeweler and use it as material for your wedding rings. This saves costs and in the end you have your own unique pieces with additional sentimental value.

15. Second-hand wedding dress

Just because it has been worn before does not mean that it can not be just as beautiful. The wedding dress is a huge savings potentially. And those who do not want to miss out on the traditional appointment at a bridal shop will also find enough saloons which offer second-hand wedding dresses.

If you order second-hand bridal wear on the internet, you should do so advance. In order to better assess whether the cut is ideal and what changes are needed. However, a certain risk for a failed purchase always exists on the Internet.

16. Flowers in the hair

It does not always have to be a veil or a costly headdress. A beautiful braided hairstyle with a few flowers in the hair looks beautiful and is as eye-catching as a veil. Your hairdresser can easily incorporate them into the styling.

17. Nobody sees what the bride is wearing underneath

If you do not want to save on the dress, you can at least do the following. Under a long dress cheap shoes are quite sufficient (they must be comfortable!) And pretty underwear is much more expensive in the bridal shop than from other shops.

18. Wedding Parade - Save-the-Date and thank you cards as a photo

There are already a number of websites where you can design and print invitations, save-the-date cards, church books, etc. yourself. If you order everything together, the total price is often cheaper. But not everything has to be professionally printed. A great website for that is Keepsaked.

If you're planning an engagement photoshoot, whether it's with a friend or a professional photographer, then use special save-the-date photos or thank-you photos. This will save you the pressure of other wedding paraphernalia. You can send the photos by e-mail or have the drugstore print from 10 cents per photo. You can also have a photo of you printed in a Polaroid style and then add the date by hand. Tip: Use a personalized save-the-date stamp, which makes it even more professional looking.

19. Wedding DJ and photographer

When it comes to the wedding music as well as the wedding photos, saving is sometimes difficult. Asking a friend who is not a professional can sometimes backfire. Nothing is more annoying than a DJ who has no feeling for the mood of the guests or blurry photos that were snapped at the wrong moment. These are memories that you can not get back. Of course, there are also possibilities to reduce costs, e.g. the booking of service providers only for the most important hours. For the remaining hours you can ask some friends to take care of the music or snapshots in between.

20. Honeymoon

The honeymoon is the same as the wedding date. The high season is expensive. If you do not want to compromise, it's often enough if you postpone the journey. With a small wedding budget, you should avoid conventional destinations like the Caribbean, Mauritius or similar. Otherwise, the same "saving rules" apply as for any other holiday: Be patient and regularly look for cheap deals.

© 2019 Virginia Wilde

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