Wedding Wednesday: Tips for Brides on a Budget
As anyone who has ever planned a wedding knows, costs can add up quickly. From flowers to food to your dress to the perfect venue, there are a lot of different expenses that go into making your dream day a reality. And whether you’re working with a generous sum from your parents or your own modest, hard-earned savings, almost every bride has some sort of a budget to stick to.
I recommend creating a list of the things that are important to you and prioritizing them with numbers. Spend on the things that really matter to you, and find a way to save on the things that don’t. Once you have your priorities straight, refer to the list of penny pinching tips below.
-Opting for a smaller cake for cutting, then serving a sheet cake to your guests after will save you a lot of money. I've been to too many weddings with wasted cake laying around. I promise, no one will know the difference. You can also get a family member to bake you a cake as a gift.
- Real flowers are beautiful, but frankly too expensive and are only good for the day of. I recommend looking on Kijiji for DIY centerpieces. Opt for silk floral arrangements and enhance the atmosphere by adding lots of candles on the table to give it a beautiful glow. I found all my silk flower centerpieces on Kijiji for $8- $15 each from a lady who recently got married and they are beyond beautiful.
-I know it’s tempting, ladies, but you don’t need to break the bank on shoes that no one is going to see. Don’t splurge on expensive wedding shoes if your gown will cover them completely. I really wanted designer shoes so I bought a pair of Jimmy Choos on consignment for $120 from the RealReal.com and bought a Bagdley Mischka pair for my traditional wedding from the Nordstrom sale rack on sale for $110.
-Trim the guest list. It’s a hard thing to do, but it’s also the surest way to save money when you’re paying per head. My rule to inviting guest was simple. If I haven't seen, talked to you or had dinner with you in two years then I can automatically eliminate you. I also had to come up with some guidelines for determining who gets a plus-one. A plus-one is a must for anyone who is married, engaged, or in a long-term relationship. No exceptions there! A plus-one is also thoughtful for anyone who is single, but won’t have any other friends attending.
- Don't be afraid to ask family to help with certain aspects of the wedding if they don't voluntarily offer. I asked my brother to take care of the drinks for the big day and he joyfully accepted. That automatically saved us an easy $5000. It doesn't have to be something this big. It could be the dress, shoes or whatever you feel comfortable asking for.
I hope these tips can help you save big on your upcoming wedding. I have implemented them for my upcoming wedding and it has definitely helped with sticking to the budget. It's true that you only get married once and I think that every girl deserves to have her dream wedding, but keep in mind that you don't want to start off your marriage in debt.