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5 Ways to Save Money on Your Wedding

While we sup­port going all out for your wed­ding, we also under­stand that some­times that just isn’t pos­si­ble. Espe­cial­ly if you’re pay­ing for the wed­ding by your­self, bud­get can be one of those things that makes you want to cry just think­ing about it. If you’re look­ing for some areas where you can cut cor­ners, here are a few ideas on how to save mon­ey.

1. Smaller Guest List

This is a tough one, as it requires some care­ful con­sid­er­a­tion, but in the long run it could save you hun­dreds of dol­lars on cater­ing alone. Think of all the peo­ple you want to be there to cel­e­brate with you and don’t feel guilty about cut­ting those ran­dom cowork­ers or fam­i­ly friends you haven’t spo­ken to since you were six. Fam­i­ly friends are great to cut if you are pay­ing for the wed­ding your­self. When mom and dad don’t have a say if they are not con­tribut­ing. For oth­er ideas on who to cut from you guest list, if you’re real­ly try­ing to slim it down, take a look at this blog post.

2. Flowers

Real flow­ers are absolute­ly beau­ti­ful, but they are also crazy expen­sive and hav­ing real flow­ers for every aspect for you wed­ding is not a neces­si­ty. Go real for the bou­quets and bou­ton­nieres, but fake for the decor. Even if guests look close­ly at your table cen­ter­pieces or pew arrange­ments, chances are they won’t care if they are real or not. Or use more green­ery in your dec­o­rat­ing. You can use live green­ery for a frac­tion of the cost of flow­ers. If you are using real flow­ers for any­thing, def­i­nite­ly stick to flow­ers that are in sea­son. These flow­ers are much eas­i­er to get a hold of and, there­fore, cost less to use.

bride holding bouquet of flowers and balloons

3. Borrow and Find Friends

Hav­ing a friend or fam­i­ly mem­ber offi­ci­ate is a big trend right now, plus it will save you some mon­ey. Or do you know a friend who will do your hair and make­up for free or for a frac­tion of the cost? An ama­teur DJ? Or a friend who recent­ly got mar­ried and still has all their can­dles and vas­es? It’s a great way to buy things for way less than you would at a retail­er or from a pro­fes­sion­al. Or if these friends might offer their ser­vices free of charge in lieu of a gift. You nev­er know who you might know. For any­thing major like your pic­tures or music, you may want to check out your friend’s work before ask­ing them, though. While sav­ing mon­ey is impor­tant, so is hav­ing a great wed­ding expe­ri­ence.

4. Rent

You can rent any­thing from suits to table­cloths. While this may not be the cheap­est option for every­thing (look around at a few places before com­mit­ting), it is a guar­an­teed way to save mon­ey on at least a few things for your wed­ding. Plus, with rent­ing, you don’t have to wor­ry about reselling after the wed­ding.

5. DIY

Things can real­ly start to add up if you’re get­ting every­thing from invi­ta­tions to cen­ter­pieces pro­fes­sion­al­ly done for your wed­ding. So why not do it your­self? You would be sur­prised how much you can actu­al­ly do on your own. Don’t believe me? Do a quick search of “DIY Wed­ding” on Pin­ter­est and watch the thou­sands of ideas appear. Plus, if you do DIY for any of a num­ber of dec­o­ra­tions and oth­er ele­ments for your wed­ding, you’ll real­ly get to show off your style. Even if your cal­lig­ra­phy is a bit rough, sure­ly you have at least one brides­maid who can help make signs. And cheap glass vas­es from thrift stores and Dol­lar Tree are easy to dress up. This has the oppor­tu­ni­ty to be a source of stress, but if you start ear­ly enough and get all hands on deck, it can turn out to be fun.

backyard wedding decorations and cornhole baords

If you’re already freak­ing out about your bud­get and all the things on your to-do list, don’t for­get to take a breath every once in awhile and remind your­self that every­thing is going to turn out great. Your bud­get may not be $50,000, but your wed­ding is still going to be gor­geous. Sav­ing mon­ey does not equate tacky and cheap look­ing. Hun­dreds of peo­ple every year pull off pic­ture per­fect wed­dings with DIY dec­o­ra­tions and the help of friends and fam­i­ly mem­bers. So can you.

There are so many small details that go into cre­at­ing your dream wed­ding, but that does­n’t mean you should have to stress. Gen­er­a­tion Tux lets you sam­ple your cloth­ing before the big day, in the com­fort of your liv­ing room. See what we have to offer to make your union extra­or­di­nary.

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