Regardless of what your budget is, it's never a bad thing to save money. And low prices doesn't have to mean low quality either. Here are some simple tips to help you save big on all the different parts of your wedding, without having to sacrifice your style:
A simple way to save when considering your stationary is to go digital. Sending out e-cards or creating a website or Facebook group for your wedding is a great way to stay in contact with your guests and get them all the important information. If electronics aren't really your thing, that's okay too! Opt for only sending out the invitation and nix-ing the save-the-date. A phone call is a much more personal and cost-effective way to let your friends and family know about your big day!
When it comes to the venue, there are super easy ways to save yourself thousands of dollars. The biggest and best way to save on the venue is to avoid getting married on a Saturday. Most venues will offer other days of the week for lower prices. Consider picking a Sunday during a long weekend to give your guests extra time to relax after your big day!
Don't go crazy with the decor. There are so many beautiful venues out there that won't need any added decorations, which can save you all the hassle and money that usually goes into wedding decor. Or pick a venue that need little added decor so you can get quality items that you really want. If you absolutely LOVE to decorate, try buying things secondhand — yard sale hunting can be a super fun activity for you and your spouse! Not to mention that you should always try to sell as much as you can after the wedding. There are plenty of brides- and grooms-to-be hunting around for the ideal wedding decor and more, just like you!
The best way to save on a venue, or really any part of your wedding, is to make sure you do your research. It may take you a little extra time, but hunting around for the perfect venue, decor, and more for your budget before making any solid decisions. In order to get the best deals, it's ideal to find a venue that doesn't require you to use their pre-selected vendors as well.
Obviously, when most people think of saving money on a dress, they think of buying one secondhand. This is always a great option, and there are tons of gorgeous dresses out there just waiting to be worn. Not everyone wants to wear someone else's dress though, and that's okay! One easy way to find a less expensive wedding dress is to search for white dresses that may not necessarily be considered a wedding gown.
As with any part of your wedding shopping, there are a few days of the year – like Black Friday and Cyber Monday – that offer great deals on all kinds of items! Keep an eye on your favorite dresses around these dates and see if you can snag as sale or two!
You don't have to serve a sit down dinner! Plenty of couples have had the reception at a bar instead so people can eat if they want to. Or you could go for a later wedding and only serve hors d'oeuvres instead of a full meal.
If you set on serving your guests food, try thinking beyond simply chicken and fish. There are a lot of other food options that are much less expensive (one bride even had a a baked potato bar)!
When it comes to your wedding cake, many brides choose to have a "fake cake" where this is a small, real cake on top of cardboard that has been frosted to look like a cake. It may sound weird, but then you and your spouse can still have the thrill of cutting your wedding cake together, without having to pay for an expensive fancy cake. You can then serve your friends and family a less expensive sheet cake.
Don't forget that you don't always have to stick to the status quo: most people love all kinds of dessert, not just cake. You can hunt around for delicious alternatives to satisfy your sweet tooth.
If alcoholic beverages are going to be a part of your big day, there are still plenty of ways to save. Even though our hearts may desire a variety of cute custom cocktails, instead opt for one or two signature cocktails and supplement the rest with quality beer.
It can be easy to save when it comes to your wedding flowers. Again, make sure you do your research and find a wedding florist that really fits your budget. Make sure you're only getting the wedding flowers that you really want, and not overpaying for extra flowers simply because other people do. Many florists, like us here at BeMyRose, offer wedding packages that have the perfect amounts of flowers for a great price that can save you a lot of money in the long run.
If your going to create floral centerpieces, opt or ask for plastic containers as opposed to glass. They'll look pretty similar, be much more durable, and way more affordable.
Talk to your wedding florist to figure out which flowers are going to be in-season for your wedding (unless you stick with BeMyRose, as all the flowers we offer are always in-season in Ecuador)!
Don't fret about buying real flowers because you think they'll only be good for that one day. There are plenty of flowers that can last for several weeks, especially when they are high-quality and receive proper care. Not to mention that flowers can always be repurposed, and even re-gifted to your guests. Succulents are an especially great way to go, as they can be re-gifted and then re-planted and will last practically a lifetime!
Let us know in the comments below how you were able to save money while planning for your wedding!
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