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Planning an Inexpensive Wedding – Cheap Wedding Ideas

Updated on June 30, 2010

I’ve never been the girl who dreamt of her wedding day.  Honestly, growing up, I never wanted to get married.  Career, yes.  Kids, yes.  Husband, no thank you.  As we all know, life doesn’t always work out as planned and I got married.  When it came time to planning the wedding, we were both in our 30’s with established careers and a house.  Paying for the wedding was our responsibility.  Since I never wanted the big wedding I thought it would be easy.  Unfortunately, the in-laws wanted a big fancy wedding.  So, I did what I had to do to make it as big and fancy as I could with only $7,000.  This is how I managed to stay within my wedding budget.

Free Wedding Websites

There are many websites on the Internet that offer free wedding websites. These websites allow you to share the wedding planning process with family and friends. Most wedding websites allow you to post pictures, name your bridal party, help you with your budget, and allow people to view where you registered, and some also help you search for local businesses such as bands, djs, and florists. These wedding planning websites can be a great tool to enable you to share and connect with friends and family at a time in your life when you are focusing on other things.

Headbands, Tiaras, and Jewelry –Oh My!

I was one of the last of my friends to get married, so I got to see where a lot of money was wasted. One of the things my best friend spent a lot of money on, in my opinion, was on her rhinestone tiara. She paid close to $400 on her wedding tiara. Seriously, when trying to cut your budget, $400 on a wedding tiara seems kind of excessive, right? You know what I did? I got mine off of eBay! Yup, I did. Before I tell you how much I paid for it, let me first start off with this: I have a lot of hair. When we got married, my hair was down to my waist and it is thick. I had half of my hair up and the tiara sat on the crown of my head. In addition to all that hair, I had a veil on the back of my head as well. I paid, with shipping less than $9 for my tiara. It looked beautiful and the only way anyone could tell it was that cheap was if they held it, which they weren’t going to do anyway. Keep these things in mind when you are looking for accessories. Check eBay, craigslist, and other types of pages.

I also got all of my wedding jewelry on eBay. Not everything on eBay is cheaply made and/or used. You can get quality jewelry online for reasonable prices. I got beautiful calla lily sterling silver earrings and necklaces for my brides maids. Each of them had a pearl centered in the opening of the flower. Each set was about $20 each. Wedding earrings for me were a gift from a great aunt, so always open yourself to items passed down from previous generations; it just adds a special touch to your day.

Budget Wedding Resources

The Wedding Pictures and Flowers

Our decision was to not have a professional photographer at our wedding. We decided to buy the disposable cameras and let our guests click away. We got some really great shots, and were very happy with how they turned out. I know this may not be an area where you want to skimp on money, but for us it was one of the best decisions we made.

Wedding flowers; again, another area my husband and I decided we did not want to spend a ton of money. But, guess what? There are a ton of floral designers on eBay, they do made to order arrangements in artificial flowers that are just amazing. They can create custom packages for you and most are very friendly with a quick turnaround. My theme was Calla lilies and my Calla lilies where off white with wine ribbon. My girls had wine Calla lilies with white ribbons. Nobody even knew they were artificial flowers, it was amazing. And, I have my bouquet looking as fresh as it did when I walked down the aisle.

Don’t Stress!

The main thing you need to do when planning your inexpensive wedding, is relax. It will work out as long as you keep your head about you. Decide with your future husband on the things you don’t mind spending money on, when that is decided on start making a list of cheap wedding ideas for everything else. For us, the reception was the biggest thing. We had to invite 300 people, feed them all with the best food, have the DJ and we also got a 20 piece big band to play. This is where we concentrated the biggest portion of our budget. It is all about what the two of you want. Have fun with it, and get creative!

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    • TamCor profile image

      Tammy Cornett 7 years ago from Ohio

      Great ideas for a wedding on a budget--goes to show the best weddings aren't always the most expensive, right?

      Thanks for a terrific read!

    • Better Yourself profile image

      Better Yourself 7 years ago from North Carolina

      Nice hub! We'll get by with a little help from our friends :)

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      pinkboxer 7 years ago from Louisiana

      I did the same for my wedding. My mother did all of the catering. I actually made my own wedding dress!

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      Ivorwen 7 years ago from Hither and Yonder

      I managed to plan my wedding for $1000, by calling on the talents of friends and making a lot of things myself.