ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

10 Ways to Save Money on Your Wedding

Updated on June 16, 2018
RooBee profile image

Arby has been a professional writer and researcher for over 10 years, and her areas of interest are shamefully diverse.

This little piggy saved money on his wedding.
This little piggy saved money on his wedding.

Weddings can be expensive for the bride and groom no matter how you slice it. If you have tens of thousands of dollars available that you want to spend on a wedding, more power to you! If you want to save as much as possible - while still having a beautiful and memorable wedding, read on.

  1. Consider Alternative Wedding Venues There are lots of places to have a wedding and reception that won't cost you thousands of dollars. You may have to forego the reception hall in favor of a more un-traditional space, though. Many couples find that aside from all the moolah they save, having a wedding in a unique place can allow for more creative freedom, as there are often less stringent rules.
  2. Keep It Intimate Frankly put: the more people you invite, the more it will cost. Think about having a small wedding and reception where only your family and very close friends will be in attendance. The less space, food, and entertainment you have to pay for, the more money you'll have to begin your new life together with. You could even hold a party later to celebrate with friends who you weren't able to invite to the wedding.
  3. Have a Mini-Moon Instead of doing the extravagant tropical honeymoon, take a quick mini-vacation after the wedding. You could hole up in a local hotel (with strict instructions to friends and family that you are not to be disturbed) for a weekend. Or take a road trip to a fun destination within a few hundred miles of your hometown. You could even get a discount flight to the coast nearest you for some less expensive beach frolicking.
  4. Postpone the Honeymoon You could skip the honeymoon altogether and use the money toward the wedding, or - better yet - as a down payment on a house or something along such practical lines. Gift each other with the "honeymoon you never had" down the road when you are in a better financial position. It will give you something to look forward to once the excitement of the wedding has subsided.
  5. Do a Dry Wedding Alcohol is expensive - especially if your venue requires the use of a bartender. Nixing booze from the menu will save you big bucks, and it will also seriously minimize the risk of bad speeches and inappropriate dancing. If you are determined to get your wedding-day groove on, hold an after-party in a local bar or restaurant where you can let loose with some of your closer friends.You won't have to foot the bill, or be responsible for everyone's behavior.
  6. Fake Your Bling Instead of spending a load of cash on wedding bands, use fakes for the ceremony and replace them with the real thing later. You can free up a lot of wedding money if you get a fake (read: cheap) wedding set. Nobody will know except for you - and then you can look forward to getting each other better ones as an anniversary present one day.
  7. Falsify Your Flowers Florals can easily be one of the most expensive parts of a wedding. Many brides on budgets have had stunningly beautiful ceremonies and receptions using fake flowers. They are far less expensive, you don't have to worry about them wilting or dying, and you can sell or reuse them afterward. If you're really pinching pennies, there are lots of very cute alternatives to flowers like crepe paper pomander balls and vintage button bouquets.
  8. Skip The Pricey Dress Many brides have donned stunning gowns that didn't set them back thousands - or even hundreds - of dollars. Think about finding a used dress; they've usually only been worn once and are offered at very steep discounts. You can also use a white or light-colored formal gown or bridesmaid dress as your wedding gown. Just don't be surprised when everyone wonders where you got your unique and beautiful dress!
  9. Forego Favors Most guests don't really care whether you have favors. The wedding industry would like you to believe otherwise, but it's the truth. Really. While they can be a nice touch if you have the extra cash to spend, your hard-earned dough could be better used on another aspect of the wedding. Nobody will lose any sleep if there are no favors at your wedding reception.
  10. DIY the DJing Nothing against DJs, of course, but many couples these days are doing their own wedding and reception music. This saves hundreds of dollars, and many people find that they prefer going this route. You can be sure that every song played is one that you actually like, and there's no fear of "cheesy DJ syndrome" happening at your reception. It's just one more way that you can really personalize your wedding.

Most importantly, remember to step back and remember why you're doing all of this: because you want to get married to the one you love. As long as that is accomplished, your day will be a success. Sit down at the outset of planning and set a budget together. Pick an aspect or two of the wedding that you aren't willing to compromise on, and also decide what things you are willing to be flexible about. Try not to let wedding planning woes overshadow the joy of your union. The strength and durability of a marriage is not determined by the amount of money spent on the wedding.

Happy Planning!

Many couples later wish they had nixed the booze from their wedding plans.
Many couples later wish they had nixed the booze from their wedding plans.
Today's fake flowers look just like the real thing. Can you tell that the roses weren't just cut from the bush? C'mon, admit it - you can't.
Today's fake flowers look just like the real thing. Can you tell that the roses weren't just cut from the bush? C'mon, admit it - you can't. | Source

Cost and Compromise

What Is The One Thing You Refuse(d) To Give Up at Your Wedding?

See results

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)