When I was doing my wedding planning, it always amazed me just how expensive everything was. It seemed that if it had a wedding or bridal label on it, than it would cost twice the amount of everything else. Now, in all reality maybe it was just stress from wedding planning that made everything seem so expensive, but if you’ve done any kind of wedding planning, then you know what I’m talking about. The fact is, vendors realize that because they are in the wedding business and that brides will pay more for their products because it is for a special occasion. So, to keep from getting taken by all of those wedding vendors out there to make a buck, here are some great tips to saving money to use on something more important, like…the honeymoon!
1. Invitations – Most craft stores will sell sets of wedding invitations that you can print off from your computer. Get a hole punch, add some ribbon to tie off into a bow, and no one will know the difference. Another idea, create a free wedding website that guests can RSVP to, and you will save money in return stamped envelopes.
2. Flowers – This is one thing I should have done, but didn’t. I spent far too much money with my florist, and wasn’t real thrilled with what I got. On top of that, with the cost of my florist, I didn’t get as many flowers as I had wanted. There are many wholesale flower shops around, do some research in your area, you can purchase for a fraction of the cost as a florist. Create some hand tied bouquets the night before and refrigerate overnight, and place the others in vases for decorations. Also, boutineers and corsages are not difficult to make, check it out on the Internet or craft book. Another idea is to use artificial flowers as well as natural flowers for decoration. They can be made long in advance, and when done right can look just as beautiful.
3. Wedding Dress – I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, custom made wedding dresses are the only way to go! I had my dress made, and it was made to fit me, so there were no alteration costs, only the cost of the material and a flat fee to the seamstress. I was very pleased, and no one could tell. For other articles about a custom made wedding dress, check out The Custom Made Wedding Dress. If you don’t want to go that route, check out sales from wedding boutiques and shops, or look on the internet. You can find a great deal if you look hard enough.
4. Food – To save money, most brides make a dessert and coffee or a snack and punch reception. This is fine, there is nothing wrong with it at all. Just be sure you’re not feeding your guests crackers and cheese when the wedding is at a time when they would normally be eating a larger meal. Example, a friend of mine was married a while ago, and served a dessert and coffee reception, but the ceremony started at 6:30 pm and went late. Most of the guests were starving by the time the ceremony was finished, and the thought of only eating cake and coffee made them skip the reception and run out to a restaurant. Just be considerate of your guests. If you are set on a dinner, look for a nearby restaurant that will cater. They will typcially provide plates, napkins, cups and silverware, though they may be plastic. A caterer may set a fancier table, but you will pay dearly.
5. Wedding Favors – Most brides cut out the wedding favors to save money, but you don’t need to do that. You also don’t need to buy each of your wedding guests a silver frame or some other such extravagance. You can shop around on the internet or party stores near you and find a deal on containers, then fill them with candy, smelly stuff, or whatever you like, check out my articles with unique wedding favor ideas.
There are plenty of places to save money in weddings. These are the ones that stick out the most to me because they can easily be done yourself and cut down the costs of having a wedding. If you have any other ideas or tricks for saving money on your wedding, post a comment and let me know! I welcome ideas!
Check out Part 2 in this series, “Wedding Planning to Cut Costs Part 2“