Saturday, December 27, 2008

Frugal Wedding Tips

No matter how bad the economy gets, people will still have babies and get married. You don't have to spend thousands to have that wedding of your dreams. The first step is to figure out a realistic budget. You don't want to start out your new life still paying on your wedding years later. We saved a lot of money by doing many things ourselves. We had a buffet style lunch, which is actually very common in this area, and we were able to buy the items at a good discount through a food distributor. You can save money on alcohol by getting kegs of beer and boxed wine or skip it completely. I know some people have saved money by having a cash bar.

There are many great sites that have quality wedding invitations at a fraction of the cost. Many of these sites also have wedding favors like napkins and such. You can buy your dress on clearance or it might be cheaper to have it made. Of course this would be cheaper if you know someone that might offer a discount, and if you want a simpler design. We also saved money by skipping the limo since the hall was so close to the church. You can also save money by doing the bouquets yourself or someone you know. You might be surprised at how many people have a talent that can help you. Many people will offer a nice discount or do it for free as a wedding present. I got our wedding cake this way. My mom had a cousin that owned a small bakery, and we asked her to do my cake. She offered to do it for free as a present to us. All we had to pay for was the topper which cost us $25 at her cost. I also saved money by using a tuxedo shop that offered us a great special. If we rented 10 tuxes, then my husband got his free. That wasn't a problem since we had 8 groomsmen, and both the dads also wanted to rent a tuxedo. We did pick simpler tux but it still saved us $80. There are many great ways to save money and still have a wedding you will never forget.


Jason from Money Theory said...


My fiance and I are getting married at the end of 2009 and are striving to have a wonderful wedding without spending that much money.

First of all, we decided to wait a year to get married so we'd have enough time to save money...we want to pay cash for most everything.

We are having an outdoor wedding so we are saving a lot on reception locations.

As for caterers, since the local catering companies are soooo expensive, we shopped around a 100 mile radius and actually found a place that was inexpensive, with great food, and that was willing to travel 50 miles to cater our wedding.

We are going super light on decorations and flowers (which we will do ourselves) and using more of the outdoor setting as a natural decor.

Another main thing that will be saving us a lot of money, is that we're only having close family and friends. We really didn't want to have (and pay for) more than 50!



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Bonnie said...

Congratulations on your engagement and upcoming wedding Jason. You are doing very well with the planning aspect. It sounds like you are going to have a wonderful wedding but didn't pay a fortune for it. I personally would rather have a nice down payment for a house than an extravagant wedding.

Menstrual Poetry said...

I couldn't agree more with you, when it comes to weddings there are always a great deal of corners that can be cut to save potentially a great deal of money. Me and my boyfriend have been talking about marriage and how we would like our wedding to be and because we've never really had money, sometimes not even enough to swing rent and bills in one month, we decided that we would keep is simple, invite our families to a bed and breakfast in Vermont (breakfast is paid for that way, right!?) in the middle of winter when everything is all shiny and white and magical. Sounds perfect, quaint and cheaper than a big wedding!

The Fitness Diva said...

Just dropping by to wish you a Happy New Year!

Health and much prosperity to you in 2009!

Fitness Diva