So on to the free advice…
Not all ‘weddings on a budget’ advice has to focus on settling for the next best thing. There are lots of ways to save money and still get precisely what you always dreamed of having. For example:
– Once you’ve picked out the perfect wedding gown, go online and see if you can find a better price. There are several reliable, online bridal retailers that also operate their own bridal salons–so you won’t have to worry about fly-by-night operations and poor customer service. (And yes, they offer brand name gowns.)
– Do the same for your shoes and accessories. Many of these online shops have free shipping and no sales tax–so that’s money in your pocket.
– If you’re serving alcohol at your reception, ask your caterer if they charge a corkage fee. If they don’t, look in to purchasing it through a wholesaler, local retailer, or even online. You’re going to get better prices.
– Instead of hiring a professional videographer, get a friend or hire a student from your local university to do the handiwork.
– Ready-made favors can cost upwards of $3 per person. And most of the cost associated with these little tokens of appreciation is labor. So make them yourself…it’s not that hard and can be lots of fun!
– Instead of buying expensive, personalized thank you cards, buy boxed thank-you cards. You can find beautiful ones at a card store, bookstore, or stationer.
– If your guests aren’t big on dancing, think about skipping the DJ or band. Instead, hire a solo musician for a romantic touch.
– If you’re having an outdoor ceremony or reception, use potted plants instead of expensive floral arrangements. Not only will you save money, but you’ll get to take the flowers home and watch them grow through the years.
– Have your reception at a local restaurant. Many don’t charge a location/rental fee AND you won’t have to rent tables, chairs, or linens.