10 Ways to have a budget Friendly Wedding
It’s wedding season! Having a budget friendly wedding is a balancing act between trying to save money and trying to not take too many projects on. Depending on the timeline of your wedding you might be able to take more DIY projects. When my Husband and I were planning our wedding I worked full time, we moved twice, and we had only 10 months to plan. Here are 10 tips on how to save money when planning your big day.
1) Make items
There are so many things you can make when it comes to your wedding. Balancing your timeline and your projects is really what makes it complicated. There are a number of items you can make for your wedding to cut down costs.
2) Buy your wedding dress used or on clearance.
Please, don’t buy your dress online. It is so risky and I have heard horror stories. However, there are great steals to find for wedding dresses. Goodwill and your local vintage store is a great place to find beautiful vintage or gently used wedding dresses. Buy cheap and make the dress your own. David’s Bridal also has a great Clearance and “As Is” section. I bought my dream wedding dress for $275 and the original price was $1,100 at David’s Bridal. I got it at the discount, all because the original owner returned it after the dress had already been altered.
3) Garage Sales
Sometimes, you can find people getting rid of things from their wedding at garage sales. I found my flower basket and ring pillow at a garage sale, then I just altered it to the way I wanted it for my wedding. Keep you eyes open for decor items like candle holders and dinnerware these can help make your wedding unique and you can use the items later in your home.
4) Craigslist and other used sites
These are also great places you can find wedding items for less. You can often find decor, table linens, men’s used suits and tuxes (make sure that you can always try on before buying). You can also find local vendors from Craigslist that can help cut down cost.
5) Goodwill and Salvation Army
Goodwill and Salvation Army sometimes has gems hidden within the wedding dress area. Some of the dresses just need alterations or cleaning. Mismatched bridesmaids dresses can be found here as well and can be tide together beautifully.
6) Bridal Shows
Bridal shows are great for freebies and discounts. Make sure to RSVP before hand and check sites like Groupon for discounts.
This is a great site to find local vendors. You can set your price and then the vendors will contact you and negotiate prices and packages. I found both my DJ and my makeup artist on Thumbtack.
8) Use Ipod for music instead of hiring a DJ
If your budget doesn’t allow for a DJ an Ipod playlist might be a great alternative. You are then in control of your playlist and your songs. If you have a song system or, your venue has an adequate sound system this is fairly simple to do. You can either choose to have the playlist go or have a friend moderate it.
9) Ask friends and family for help or expertise.
Originally, I didn’t want friends or family to help with my wedding. I was scared that if I didn’t like something they did I would risk offending them, which could cause stress during an already stressful time. However, my friends and family who helped with my wedding were more professional and listened to me more than the people who were professionals.
10) Get married at a place where everything is a set package
Sometimes, having a packaged deal is better than having to multiple venues and vendors for things. For example, we saved money by packaging our rehearsal, ceremony, and reception. They also took care of our catering and we had a day of coordinator. These all can add up when you buy them separate and can also cause a headache because now your are dealing with twice as many people which means more that can go wrong and get lost in translation.