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Tips for Planning a Wedding on a Budget

Updated on May 17, 2011

When you think of planning your wedding on a budget, you might think that this means that your wedding has to be plain, short, and boring. Fortunately, this is not the case at all! You can plan your wedding on a budget, and still have an absolutely beautiful and memorable wedding. When I was planning my own wedding a couple years ago, I was on a tight budget, and with the help of my mom and other friends and family, my fiance and I had an absolutely beautiful wedding that didn't cost us a fortune.

Carefully Choose Where You Will Book Your Wedding

One great way that you can save a huge chunk of change from your wedding budget is by booking a cheaper venue. Wedding chapels are incredibly gorgeous, and so are fancy hotels and clubs. Unfortunately, these type of venues often come with a fairly hefty price tag. Booking your wedding at your local church or place of worship is almost always much cheaper, and it can be decorated just as beautifully as any wedding chapel. If you do not wish to get married in a church, there is always the option of getting married outside, in a large backyard or beautiful garden, or even on the beach! Of course outside weddings are very dependant on the time of year and part of the country that you will be getting married in. I was married in the church that I grew up in. This was very meaningful to me to be able to get married in such a special place. Honestly, if you put your mind to it and give it some serious thought, you may be able to come up with several other great affordable options that will still allow you to have a beautiful and memorable wedding ceremony.

Make Your Own Centerpieces

If you love doing arts and crafts, you may be able to design your own centerpieces for much cheaper than you could if you were buying them already made, or having them made for you. There is a plethora of books and magazines that will give you hundreds of ideas to get you started on designing what will be your perfect centerpiece. If you have any creative members in your family or the wedding party who may be willing to help, that would also save you time, and you would have a blast creating beautiful centerpieces for your wedding together!

Reuse Items If Possible

Do you know of anyone who was recently married before you? As long as they don't mind sharing, they may have some decorations that you would be able to use in your own wedding. I have some friends who have done this before, and I actually was able to use some of the decorative materials that were used in a friend's wedding a couple of weeks before mine. These can be items such as flowers, (fake, of course) tool, lights, table clothes, clips for hanging decor, and anything else that you can think of that might work in your own decor. This can really help to save you money, and if you think of it far enough in advance you can even plan ahead to split the cost of some things that you might both be able to use. This is beneficial not only to you by helping you to save money on the wedding, but it will also help to make your wedding more green and Eco-friendly since you will be reusing items and not buying everything brand new.

The Wedding Gown

Of course, many brides prefer to go out to different stores and boutiques and try on sometimes hundreds of different dresses until they find the perfect one. If this does not sound like sokmething that you would enjoy, or you are simply trying to save money, find out if there is anyone in your family with a wedding gown that you could wear. Many brides will wear the dress that their mother, grandmother, sister, or aunt wore on their big day. This can be extremely special for the bride and the person the dress is borrowed from, and can even be the brides "something borrowed" or "something old".

In Conclusion

Planning a budget on a wedding is possible! It might take a little more effort on your part in looking for the best deals for what you need, and not simply buying the first items that you see without shopping around to see if you can find a better price. I believe my wedding turned out beautifully. Although it may not have been over the top or extravagent, it was still beyond amazing and, in my unbiased opinoin, perfect.

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      8 years ago

      Hi Donna really great hub I have marked it useful. I also wrote about wedding but the tips which I learnt from your hubs are valuable. Thanks for writing nice hub.

    • Donna Janelle profile imageAUTHOR

      Donna Janelle 

      8 years ago from Oklahoma

      That's a great idea to book on a Friday instead of a Saturday! I hadn't thought of that, but I bet any day would be a little cheaper than a Saturday! :) Thanks for commenting!

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      Giselle Maine 

      8 years ago

      We took our friends' advice and got married on a Friday instead of a Saturday. More venues are not already booked up, and also more wedding vendors are available too(photographers etc) allowing you to save money by shopping around. We even got a cheaper rate on our reception venue because a Friday night booking was cheaper than a Saturday night one. I really liked your idea about re-using decorations etc from friends weddings - we did that too.


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