As a mother of three girls, I can attest to the fact that weddings can indeed be expensive! But, they don’t have to break the bank. Here are 12 ways to cut costs and still have a beautiful wedding.
- Print your own invitations – buy wedding card stock from a local craft store and use coupons.
- Get both cakes (bride’s & groom’s) from a grocery store. Be sure to order ahead of time, they should be able to do almost anything and the cost is unbelievably less! Make sure they can set it up at the site, but if not, have a trusted friend or relative do it.
- Instead of a limo or hired card, if you want a fancy car, rent what you want and have a close friend or relative be the driver.
- Check the deli at the grocery store for food to be served at the reception (they will cost a great deal less and taste just as good). Ask if they can set it up. If not, you can buy some nice looking “silver” serving trays from the Dollar Tree and have them place the food on those trays to add elegance and no one will know! Get a friend to take care of setting up the food at the reception.
- Order your flowers from the grocery store florist – you won’t believe the difference in price and they are just as gorgeous. Will they set up at wedding site? If not, get a friend to take care of that for you.
- Make your own favors. Example: print candy wrappers and then wrap around Hershey’s minis…or buy Ghirardelli squares and wrap them individually in shiny paper with pretty ribbon.
- Instead of hiring a photographer and/or videographer, ask a close friend or relative to do the honors.
- Instead of having a formal engagement photo taken by a photographer, enjoy a “photo session” with a close friend or relative (you’ll probably be more relaxed anyway).
- When buying a ‘wedding’ dress, look at the formals – they are a lot less expensive.
- If using rose petals (flower girl or table decor), buy roses at a warehouse store (like Costco) and pull the petals off yourself.
- Generally, a dessert reception costs less than an hors d’oeuvres reception.
- Purchase cake toppers from your local craft store…and use coupons!
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