10 Ways to have a Budget Friendly Wedding


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.

7) Thumbtack

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.


38 thoughts on “10 Ways to have a Budget Friendly Wedding

  1. Lauren says:

    When I get married (if it happens) I want a small wedding, so I loved this! I just have no desire to put myself through stress for a day that is supposed to be bliss!

  2. Laurie says:

    I would add making your own bouquets. I ordered bulk flowers from Costco and just bought some smaller Bunches there and got the twine and bouquet ribbon and did them with my mom and maid of honor. Did boutineers too. 5 bouquets and 7 boutineers spent like $150 total and they turned out amazing

  3. Heather says:

    These are great ideas. I really am a firm believer that you don’t have to go all out and go into debt over a wedding. Small and simple I think should be the way, especially if you don’t have a lot of means.

  4. Elizabeth O. says:

    DIY! That’s what I learned, if you want a budget friendly wedding it would be a lot better to DIY stuff, from decor to invitations. And it’s always great to pick a theme that would help with the budget.

  5. Kathy Kenny Ngo says:

    I am one of those that really like this idea. Too many people spend too much money on their wedding when it should be the quality of life that they will have after the wedding that should matter and not chasing their dream wedding.

    • amberilys_steamcrafts@hotmail.com says:

      I agree. There are many creative ways to make weddings look nice and then you can focus all your time on spending the rest of your life with your spouse not just one day.

  6. Criz says:

    We’re lucky these days we have many options to go for package deals. It’s always exciting to prepare something for weddings, but at the same time it will involve a lot of stress, so having a supportive friends and families will be of great help 😉

    • amberilys_steamcrafts@hotmail.com says:

      I agree. We had a package deal for our wedding and it relieved so much stress from the day and if helped cut down costs.

    • amberilys_steamcrafts@hotmail.com says:

      That’s what I did too. I did so much DIY between decorating and invitations. Then our venue provided a day of coordinator.

  7. Tamason Gamble says:

    I am still completely astounding by the cost of weddings today. We got married 11 years ago and decided on a small budget knowing that for just one day we were not prepared to spend a fortune. I got my dress in the sale and saved nearly two thirds of the cost, we got friends to do the cake and flowers as wedding gifts to us and chose a location that was cheap but friendly. You would never have guested that our wedding was £15k less than my brothers and everyone enjoyed themselves just as much.

    Surely a wedding sohuldn’t be about how much money you can spend.

  8. Donnabeth says:

    Great tips! Yes it’s always best not to splurge on a wedding since there are plenty of more important things to spend on after the wedding. I am starting up as a florist and wedding coordinator, I will be sharing this on my page. Thank you!

    • amberilys_steamcrafts@hotmail.com says:

      Thank you so much. Saving money on a wedding means being able to save money for a house and start a life together.

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