The most important thing about a wedding is the love between the couple, family and friends, and a gosh-darn good celebration.
You don’t want money to be a hindrance. Who says you can’t have an awesome wedding on a shoestring budget? According to The Knot, the average wedding cost is more than $31,000.
Not everybody has that kind of money. Here are some ways to spend significantly less than that and have just as memorable of a wedding.
Your wedding flowers
Flowers are a very important part of any wedding, but you don’t need to spend an arm and a leg just to get gardenias and garden roses.
First, you can do some price shopping. Try your local flower shops, or even the internet. Flowers are everywhere.
Second, you can reuse the bridesmaids’ bouquets as centerpieces, you can use the flower girl’s rose petals and spread them on the table; you can use any flowers from the ceremony for the reception.
Third, have a flower-picking day. Grab some friends and family, find a field of flowers, and pick away. Just make sure you’re not trespassing first.
The little stuff
“Couples tend to waste a lot of money (and time and stress) on tiny details that no one else notices,” says Kimberly Morrill, owner of Your Perfect Bridesmaid. “Couples see these details on Pinterest (usually from unattainable styled shoots), and they spend a ton of money trying to recreate. Details like custom cocktail napkins, signs for everything, favors no one wants, additional pieces of stationary, etc. Guests notice the food, the bar, the energy, the love between the couple. They truly don’t notice, and don’t care about, the Pinterest-perfect touches.”
Your wedding gown
We’ve all seen “Say Yes To The Dress,” but you can say yes to a cheaper yet beautiful wedding dress.
“At the end of each season, bridal salons and designers will typically sell their gowns ‘off the rack’ at a deeply discounted price,” says Katherine Oyer of Aisle Planner. “Brides will need to give each gown some extra time and attention while shopping to ensure there aren’t any unfixable tears or major stains, but typically, most loose beading or threading issues can be taken care of during the alterations process. The money saved will be huge, and the best part — you can take your dress home that day!”
The wedding venue
Shop around for the best-priced, most stunning venue, but don’t forget your thriftier options: a family member’s property, your church’s building or grounds, your own backyard (of course, it depends on the size of your wedding).
“The biggest thing brides waste their money on is the venue,” says Michele Velazquez, owner of Pop The Knot. “Venues can be extremely expensive, as high as $30,000 and up. To get a better deal on the venue, the bride should try to book it during off-season or on a weekday. If the bride is open to a pop-up wedding — which is where the couple come in and have a quick ceremony with little or no set-up — this opens all kinds of doors for a very inexpensive venue.”
There you go. We hope these tips help for when you find yourself planning your big day!