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For the Bride On A Budget

The average wedding in the States will cost the happy couple (or their generous parents) $30,000. While the amount is minimal compared to the wedding of newlyweds, Wills and Kate, it is also close to the annual salary made by many. It goes without saying that with the high costs involved, financially conscious couples are looking for ways to cut costs. Check out these helpful tips that can help you to save anywhere from a few bucks to thousands!

General:

  • Marry during the off season.

Wedding season begins in April and typically runs through October. If you're looking to save some money, considering a date outside of these months should make a noticeable difference.

  • Avoid getting married on a Saturday.

If the majority of your guests are local, avoiding a Saturday wedding is a great way to save some money. Unfortunately, if your guest list has a large number of out-of-towners, you may want to forgo this option... or at the very least, expect that the turn out may be less than you'd hoped.

The clothes:

  • Consider renting a dress.

Many brides may cringe at the thought, however, as big a deal as we make over a dress, realistically speaking, it's still a dress you'll only wear for one day. And let's face it... not only is this one option that can save anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dollars, it may well enable you to wear that designer gown you'd always dreamed about.

  • Something old, something new, borrowed, and blue.

Look to your family and close friends to see if they have anything that will work for you. Not only is it a way to save, it's always a wonderful way to embrace a tradition, as well as honor those in your inner circle.

  • Bridesmaids dresses? Look during/right after prom season.

A formal dress is a formal dress, right? This is a fantastic way to score some great deals, often for far less than you'd pay at a bridal shop.

The Flowers:

  • Unless you plan to preserve a bouquet and display it at home, don't buy another just for the bouquet toss.
  • Consider fake flowers.

Depending on the fabric, this may be worth your consideration if you do want to save your bouquet. It will also save on the cost of preservation.

  • Consider ditching fresh flowers for your centerpieces.

A fun alternative would be to put together a bunch of origami flowers/shapes and build a centerpiece off of that. You can make it a fun project, and use a whole variety of paper colors, printed pictures, and more. The sky is the limit to the personal touches this can bring!

The Cake:

  • Buy a plain wedding cake and decorate it yourself with flowers or origami shapes.
  • Consider alternative desserts.

Cupcakes, fruit & cookies, tarts, and mini pastries can often help you to cut costs, yet still have a delicious dessert bar.

  • Look outside of your city.

There may be bakeries in neighboring areas who can help you to meet your budget in a way that a city bakery may not.

  • Something else to consider...

If you're a foodie and the groom has a major sweet tooth, consider that perhaps splurging on the cake really is the way to go. You can always cut back in another area such as those detailed above, or on the other one that's a real budget killer: the open bar. 

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