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5 Wedding Saving Tips

We heard you, DIY brides... Still looking for ways to save on your wedding? Well, here are some tips we gathered that will help you do just that. These tips will keep you focused on the things that are important to you in planning your dream wedding.

Here are a few things that you should keep in mind when planning your wedding:

1. Avoid peak season
Wedding season starts May-June + September-October. Therefore, any dates inside of those months are considered peak seasons for weddings. So, think about a date that is outside of those months.

2. Cut in packs - shrink your guest count. Use the 'Five-year/ Five-minute rule of thumb'. Consider rethinking your guests' list. Rule of thumb - The number of guests, determines your cost per person.


Related: (previous post) Where to Save on Your Wedding Day

3. Choose local flowers
Purchase your flowers wholesale and just pay for the labor of a professional florist to arrange them. Arrange the flowers yourself. A bouquet made of roses or succulents with a little eucalyptus filler and tied with a ribbon makes a stunning bouquet and you do not need to be a professional to put this together.

4. Have fewer VIPs - cut your posse in half (a large bridal party equal a hefty florist bill) Consider reducing your bridal party or opt to not have any.

5. Sorry, no shots - flat bars (no alcohol, only sodas, water, sparkling ciders, etc.)

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23 comments:

  1. These are great tips. I was shocked at how expensive weddings can quickly get. I ended up going with a Sunday wedding which was cheaper than Friday or Saturday.

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    1. Good for you. Weekend weddings (Saturdays) are usually very expensive compared to weekdays. Congrats! Thanks for visiting and sharing your feedback.

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  2. Weddings are so expensive nowadays. I got married 27 years ago, and it was expensive then, but it's so much more so now. Your tips will be helpful to people.

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    1. Thank you. I think it's good that couples have an options on how to get that wedding they so dreamed of. Thanks for visiting and sharing.

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  3. these are such great tips! my boyfriend and i will probably get married in the next year or two but have been putting it off because nice weddings can be so expensive. the good news is, we both don't do alcohol so will probably definitely be on board with your tip #5 ;)

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    1. Congrats on your upcoming wedding. It's good that you have an idea of what you would like at your wedding. So, start with creating a budget, set your wedding date and save towards your wedding date. You can get more tips from our blog on how to do that. Thanks for visiting and sharing.

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  4. Thank you for your post. But your last tip may not resonate well with the guests. You can do BYOB or BYOD. Having a flat bar is more like you have issues with people that drink. Just my opinion

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    1. Your opinion is valid. This will be stated in the invitations as to the type of reception that is to come. Thanks for sharing and visiting.

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  5. We saved a lot on our weeding by cutting out cousins and kept it to immediate aunts and uncles etc. We also got married off season which helped.

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    1. Yes, this is a great way to cut back on wedding costs. Thanks for visiting and sharing your feedback. Congrats on your wedding.

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  6. Great tips! I did the ultimate cost effective wedding at the courthouse 😁

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    1. Thank you. Your way works, too. You can think about planning a small party to celebrate with your families and friends eventually. Thanks for visiting and sharing your feedback. Please share

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  7. Choosing the off season is great, but also consider choosing a different day of the week to help save money. Saturdays often book early, but Fridays and Sundays are usually available.

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    1. This is so true. Weekdays are readily available due to low interest for venues. We did an article on this also. You should take a peek at it. Thanks for visiting and your offering your feedback. "How to Save on Your Venue - The 3 Advantage to Weekday Weddings"

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  8. My friend's daughter's "dream" wedding is now up to $60,000! I think that's insane. I'm sending this link to her now!

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    1. Thanks for sharing, you can add this, too - "How to Save on Your Wedding Venue - The 3 Advantages to Weekday Weddings".

      You can find more tips for planning and saving on planning your wedding on our blog.

      Thanks for sharing and I hope your friend's daughter find these articles useful.

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  9. One of the things I did was arranged my own flowers (other than the ones for the guys). We bought plain white roses which I arranged for myself and my bridesmaids (using some great DIY techniques from YouTube) and then paid a florist to do the ones for the guys. Saved us a bunch of money! We also used our talented friends to do things like the catering (one of the groomsmen owned a restaurant) and photography. Then we found a church venue that allowed us to use the whole building for the entire weekend (so this included our rehearsal dinner space). We had such a great wedding and didn't spend nearly what some of our friends did for similar experiences. Where there's a will, there's a way! :) Great tips!

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    1. Great! Having options to plan your wedding, especially when you are on a tight budget comes in handy; less stress and choas. Thanks for visiting and sharing your feedback. Congrats on your wedding!

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  10. Good lord how I would do things differently! I had the BIG Long Island wedding which I adored and most certainly wanted. But of course hindsight is another story....

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    1. I can imagine it was beautiful. Congrats! Thanks for visiting and sharing your feedback. Please share.

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  11. Awesome tips. I’ve never heard of the 5 year/5 minute rule. I’m going to use this from now on for all big social situations. Thanks!

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    1. You are welcome. It's the best way to keep your guest count down. Thanks for visiting and sharing your feedback. Please share.

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  12. My husband and I spent about $10,000 total for our wedding. It was expensive at the time but I'm so glad we spent the money. However, I was shooting for only spending $5,000 lol These tips are great especially for those who are overwhelmed with the process of wedding planning!

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