10 Ways to Save on Your Wedding, Part 2

by TTMK on April 2, 2014 · 4 comments

In the last post, we discussed four ways to save on your wedding including considering alternative wedding days and times and using alternative venues as well as enlisting the help of family and friends.  Today we’re back with six more ways to save on your wedding.  Please feel free to go back to Part 1 to see the first four ways in detail.

5.  Look for ways to save on the wedding dress.  When your wedding dress shopping, knowing your budget before you start shopping is essential.  Then, never try on a dress that isn’t in your price range.  There’s no use falling in love with a dress you can’t afford to buy.

Look for sales at bridal stores and shop then.  Another alternative is to shop at local wedding dress boutiques that aren’t part of a large chain.  That’s how I found my dress priced at less than $200!  Also, consider alternatives like Target’s low cost bridal line.

6.  Consider costume jewelry.  Patrick’s fiancee will be wearing costume jewelry on her wedding day.  I did wear pearl earrings and a pearl necklace on my wedding day but only because that was the wedding present my in-laws gave me.

7.  Look for vendors who are just starting their business.  If you choose vendors who are just getting their businesses off the ground, you can benefit from discounted rates.  Just make sure that you look at samples of the vendors’ work first to make sure it is professional and that you’ll be pleased with the results.

8.  Negotiate with the vendors.  Some vendors offer package deals.  You can negotiate with them and see if they would charge less if you forego some of the items in the package deal.  The vendor may also allow you to cherry pick the services you need so you can lower your overall price.

9.  Create your own boutiques.  When my husband and I talked to florists, we realized that the price of fresh flowers was out of our price range.  Instead, we choose to make our own arrangements out of artificial flowers.  My cousin Sarah made her own bouquets out of fresh flowers.  If you or a friend have an eye for detail, making your own bouquets is not that difficult.

10.  Be willing to compromise.  Decide what is most important to you.  If you want beautiful, artistic photos that you can look back on for years to come, then spend more on the photographer.  Maybe as a trade off you decide on a smaller guest list.  You must decide what is most important to you in your wedding, and that is where you should put the most money.

Despite contrary media reports, having a nice wedding on a budget is possible.  There’s no need to go into debt for your wedding as long as you’re willing to compromise on things like the day of the week you get married and the vendors that you use.

My Questions for You

Are there any areas that you recommend couples not scrimp on?  Are there areas where it’s not wise to go frugal?

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

DEBt DEBs April 2, 2014 at 5:30 am

Don’t scrimp on the food, even though I know it’s the most expensive part. Limit your # of guests instead.

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Mr. Utopia @ Personal Finance Utopia April 2, 2014 at 12:41 pm

Another way to save is to ask for “money donations” as a wedding gift. I guess this isn’t saving per se…more like getting reimbursed. That’s what we did and I’m glad we did it instead of getting toasters, can openers, waffle makers, and a whole bunch of other stuff we didn’t need. Even if each person/couple only gives $25 (many will gift more), it can add up fast!

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Peter H. April 3, 2014 at 5:18 pm

Being selective with your guest is the best way to save money. If you think about what wedding should be, it only makes sense to have a small special invite wedding. I’ve realized over the years that smaller the wedding, more special it becomes.

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Kasia April 4, 2014 at 6:57 pm

I agree with Peter’s comment above about being selective with the guests. I’ve been to so many weddings where the guest list was out of control because people felt they had to invite someone they went to school with but haven’t actually socialised with for years. Silly really. Invite the people who are most important to you and you’ll save lots.
The other thing not to scrimp on is a photographer. You want to have beautiful photos of your wedding day to remember it by.

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