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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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