Money Saving “Tips of the Trade” when Planning a Wedding

by Myrna 5. September 2009 05:04

Be creative and you can cut your wedding costs. Here are a few ideas:


  1. Wear someone else’s gown. Ask a friend or a family member whose gown you loved, and honor her by asking to wear her gown. Make sure they agree that you can alter it if needed. 
  2. Stretch your flower budget by choosing in season, locally grown flowers.  Have bridesmaids carry a single flower instead of a bouquet. 
  3. Have the wedding on a weekday evening or a weekend afternoon. 
  4. Have the ceremony and reception at one site - save on rentals, decor and transportations. 
  5. Plan a wedding in the winter or in August.  Venues usually have availability  and can offer better prices.  If the wedding is in December, places are already decorated, so you will need less in the way of décor. Plan a Brunch or Dessert only wedding. By being creative with your time and food choices you can keep costs down. 
  6. Serve only wine, beer and soft drinks.  Many couples are opting for a specialty drink instead of liquor. 
  7. Don’t feel that champagne is the only drink to use when making toasts.  The beverage at one’s place at the time is certainly as good to use. 
  8. Order a small cake for the cake cutting and cut a sheet cake for the guests. 
  9. Find placecards that can serve as your favor. 
  10. One place not to skimp - hire vetted vendors who are professional and experienced.


Enjoy planning and make your special day as unique as the two of you while saving some money!


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