So, I’ve decided to share some tips on how to throw an amazing wedding – while still staying within the budget. I’ve listed 5 budget-friendly wedding ideas to help make your dream wedding a reality.
Pick a date on an off-peak season
Where you live generally determines what off-season is, but for instance, in Florida I found out that the summer months are off-peak and that is when you get the biggest discounts. For instance, limo services are generally less expensive when there is not much going on (ie. prom, on-peak weddings, etc.)
Hire a wedding planner
This may seem like it would cost more, but honestly in the long run you are saving money! By hiring a planner, you not only get their discounts from vendors, but they can offer great ways to cut corners and put your mind at ease on your big day.
Reuse ceremony flowers
When you purchase flowers for your ceremony – reuse them! We are using our flowers that are on the pews at the church and putting them on tables at the cocktail hour and the remaining flowers at the ceremony will be used at the reception. This saves you tons of money!
Make your own menu cards, place cards and programs
We didn’t want to skimp on the invitations or save-the-dates, but we bought templates at a craft store, like Michaels, for the place cards and are designing our own menu cards and programs. Again, you can get the paper for these projects at any craft store and it still comes out beautiful!
Put more guests at bigger tables
Think of it this way: the more tables you have, the less you will be spending on centerpieces, linens, etc. Having tables of 10 or 12 will save you more money in the long run then having tables of just 8.
So, if you are in the process of planning your wedding or just helping out a friend, get creative and look where you can skimp. You can still have a beautiful and elegant wedding without shelling out tons of cash!
Do you have any great budget-wedding tips?
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