4 Tips for Saving Money on Your Wedding

Ah, you're wedding. What a special day! For many people, their wedding is the best day of their life. Not only are they marrying their best friend, but on top of that, they get to wear a beautiful dress/snazzy tux, get together with all of their closest friends and family, eat good food, take fun pictures, and dance until they drop.

But what if the planning for this event is very stressful? What if the excitement of this day is clouded by the stress of how you are going to pay for all of this? Many people are on a very tight budget when trying to plan for their wedding. They still want the dress, decorations, food, etc to be as nice as possible. But they aren't working with an unlimited amount of money.

If you are like most people, and you are trying to save money on your wedding, there are many things you can do!

4 tips for saving money on your wedding:

1. Use your friends & family.

Maybe you have a friend or family member who is great at photography. Maybe your roommates love to cook. You might have a sister that is gifted at photography, or an aunt that has some experience working at a bakery. In any case, use the talents of your willing friends and family members. You can save so much money by having your friends and family members help you with your cake, the food, decorations, flowers, photography/videography, even making your wedding dress. These things can still be beautiful and exactly what you are looking for, but will save you a lot of money over hiring a professional to do it for you.

2. Go to bridal shows.

Weddings are a huge money-making industry. Because of this, there are always bridal shows going on. The vendors at these shows offer generous coupons, discounts, and giveaways to entice people to come to the shows and their booths. So, take advantage of these opportunities. Go to the shows. Put your name in all of the drawings that you can, and pick up all of the coupons and discounts that you can. Just using these coupons can save you hundreds of dollars. On top of that, you could save thousands if you win one of the prizes or prize packages.

3. Buy it used.

Don't buy everything new! Buying everything new for your wedding can be a huge waste of money. These days, you can buy almost everything used for your wedding. Instead of buying new tablecloths, linens, chair pads and covers, plates, etc, buy them used! You can still find very nice, new looking, good condition, high quality items at a fraction of the cost of buying them new. If your budget is very tight, you could even consider buying your wedding dress used. Again, just like with the linens, there is a huge variety of beautiful, great quality dresses that you can buy used.

4. Use mixed tapes or playlists.

Don't hire a deejay or band. Deejays and bands can cost hundreds of dollars for your wedding. There is no reason to spend this type of money on the music for your wedding. If you want to save money on your wedding, consider providing the music yourself. While planning for your wedding, create mixed cd's of your favorite music and play those cd's at your wedding. Have a friend or family member be in charge of making sure there is always a CD playing. Or create a playlist online and have that playing on shuffle or repeat during your reception. You get music that you love and will provide a great background environment for your party, but without the added cost of a deejay or band.

Author Bio:

Nicole writes for bbjlinenstore.com. They sell used inexpensive, high quality linens and dinnerware. View their table cloths for sale.

One Response to 4 Tips for Saving Money on Your Wedding

  • Megan says:

    As a venue owner, I have to completely disagree with this advice. I have seen countless brides use inexperienced "friend/family member" cakes/DJ/photography and have it end in disaster. Several brides have been so unhappy with the quality of their photos and decided to recreate the wedding day in order to get at least one photo worthy of hanging on their wall. Not everyone with a camera is a photographer. DJs can make or break a good party. A DJ does a lot more than push play on the mixed cd. They are the MC for the entire event. They set the tone and either get your guests excited/involved or bored out of their minds. DJs help the event run smoothly from the introductions to the toasts to the last song of the night. A stacked wedding cake is not the same as baking a cake in your home and there are a lot of health issues that play into taking a homemade cake into a venue. We have had cakes covered in dog hair, cakes with shards of wood in them because the "baker" used bamboo skewers to hold up the cake. I have had brides in tears because their friend did not deliver the cake that they had envisioned.
    Are their ways to cut costs for a wedding, yes, but some things need to be left to the professionals.

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