19 Feb 49 Tips to plan a budget Wedding
Planning a wedding can be a wonderful experience, but it can also be incredibly expensive. The good news is that there are plenty of ways to save money without sacrificing the quality of your big day. Here are 49 tips to help you plan your dream wedding while staying within your budget.
- Determine your budget before you start planning and stick to it.
- Consider having your wedding on a weekday or during the off-season.
- Limit your guest list to only those who are truly important to you.
- Choose a venue that allows you to bring in your own food and alcohol.
- Instead of a traditional wedding cake, consider serving cupcakes or a dessert bar.
- Buy your dress during a sale or from a pre-owned wedding dress website.
- Skip the save-the-date cards and opt for email or phone invites.
- Make your own centerpieces using flowers from a local market.
- Use in-season flowers to save on costs.
- Have a friend or family member officiate the ceremony instead of hiring a professional.
- Choose a location that requires minimal decorations.
- Use digital invitations instead of paper invitations.
- Rent tuxedos for the groom and groomsmen instead of buying them.
- Have a friend or family member take photos instead of hiring a professional photographer.
- Print your own wedding programs and menus.
- Skip the favors and instead donate to a charity.
- Purchase decorations from second-hand stores or online marketplaces.
- Have a cash bar instead of an open bar.
- Have the ceremony and reception at the same location to save on transportation costs.
- Use your own playlist instead of hiring a DJ.
- Buy vases and candles in bulk.
- Rent linens instead of buying them.
- Consider using paper plates and plastic silverware to save on rental costs.
- Opt for a buffet-style dinner instead of a plated meal.
- Rent chairs instead of buying them.
26 Ask for discounts from vendors if you pay in full upfront.
27 Have a friend or family member make your wedding cake.
28 Choose a venue that already has built-in decorations.
29 Rent a dress instead of buying one.
30 Have a friend or family member do your hair and makeup.
31 Use natural lighting for photos instead of paying for lighting equipment.
32 Have a small, intimate wedding instead of a large one.
33 Use seasonal produce for your menu.
34 Buy bridesmaids dresses off the rack instead of ordering them.
35 Use lanterns and candles for lighting instead of expensive fixtures.
36 Use a friend’s or family member’s backyard for the ceremony and reception.
37 Serve beer and wine instead of liquor.
38 Choose a wedding planner who offers a flat rate instead of hourly.
39 Rent a car instead of hiring a limousine.
40 Use inexpensive table runners instead of renting tablecloths.
41 Use a local florist instead of a high-end one.
42 Choose a venue that doesn’t require a rental fee.
43 Skip the printed programs and instead have a chalkboard or sign with the ceremony details.
44 Have a small wedding cake and serve sheet cake to guests.
45 Shop around for the best deals on rentals and decorations.
46 Use a website to create your own wedding website instead of hiring a web designer.
47 Have the ceremony and reception earlier in the day to save on costs.
48 Choose a venue that doesn’t require expensive transportation.
49 Consider having a brunch or afternoon tea reception instead of a dinner reception.
With these tips, you can save money on your wedding without sacrificing the quality of your special day. Remember, the most important thing is that you are marrying the love of your life