We love helping you stay within your budget especially during these economic times. Here are some helpful tips to help save money and stay within your wedding budget.
10. Look to
cosmetology schools or students for discounted hair and makeup
9. Consider an
alternative to the full evening meal. Cocktail parties, brunches, tea
parties and lunch receptions are all less expensive than a full evening meal —
not to mention the liquor bill will be considerably lower. Don’t forget
personalized wedding napkins — they’re a cheap wedding reception decoration
that adds a lot of style!
8. Try a
potluck as a fun way to involve guests in the wedding as well as provide an
inexpensive and tasty meal.
6. Choose a
white bridesmaid dress instead of a
bridal gown — and don’t feel like you’re compromising style to save a few
dollars. If you find that simply perfect, white, silky smooth, A-line dress on
the bridesmaid rack, who’s judging? No one will ever know.
5. Choose in
season flowers and make your own arrangements. Find clear glass vases for
super cheap to create fantastic reception table centerpieces. Photograph: F Scott Kennedy
4. Go online
and look at local boards for sale items or free items. Chances are your
local area has the resources you need to find a variety of things for super
cheap if not free. Examples: Craig’s List and or state-run campaigns like
Eureka Recycling in Minnesota (http://www.eurekarecycling.org/reuse.cfm).
3. Choose a
date near holidays like Christmas or Easter since many places will already
2. Have your
wedding in the off-season.
Off-season is between November and April. January through March are good
months, but try to avoid a date near Valentine’s Day because flower prices
1. Choose any
day but Saturday. Weekdays, Friday evenings and Sundays are less expensive
than Saturdays. If you do celebrate on a Saturday, try a morning or early
afternoon ceremony. And always design your wedding to fit your style! Photograph: Julia Davis Photography via GetMarried.com.