Of course if you’re a regular reader here, then you know that I just got married last summer. It was a long time coming and it really was about time. After already having a family and being together for 14 years, we already planned to spend our lives together. It was just time to make it official.
One of the main reasons that we never got married before is finances. Weddings are expensive and with no one to help out with the expenses, it just wasn’t feasible. For us, having our wedding in our backyard was our most cost effective option. While there were still rental expenses and all sorts of other expenses, we didn’t have to pay a fortune for a hall and caterer. That saved us a ton right there. Below, you’ll find 5 Budget-Friendly Wedding Tips.
- Go for a cheaper venue. Does all that glitz and glam of that venue that costs thousands really matter to you? Then don’t do it! Opt for something a lot cheaper. Have an outdoor wedding in your backyard or the backyard of a family/friend; or even a park!
- Skip the catering. At a cost per plate, having someone cater the food can become expensive. Fast! Skip that and instead ask some of your family and friends to help with bringing a dish. You can do sliced or shredded meat in slow cookers and have sandwiches. Pick a few sides that you would like and ask someone to bring them. You’ll be surprised at how many people are willing to help. I know I was! The best part was everyone loved the food!
- Skip that expensive designer dress! I know all girls have dreams about their wedding day their entire lives, but spending thousands on a dress is just insane! Imagine what you could buy with all that money. Go for a simpler, less expensive or knock off dress. You can always add your own embellishments. I did and I just loved my dress!
- Decorate yourself. You can save a ton if you do your own decor. Check Pinterest, there are so many great DIY ideas out there! I have quite a few wedding boards on Pinterest that you might want to check out!
- Ditch the photographer! Of course you want great photos and memories, but you may not have to spend a fortune to do it. Instead of hiring a wedding photographer, look into other options. Some freelance photographers are far cheaper and do a great job. You might even be lucky enough to know someone, or know someone who knows someone that does photography as a hobby.
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