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A wedding is one of the most joyful times in a persons life.
It can also be one of the most expensive and stressful times in a persons life. Below you will find a collection of frugal tips to help you save money while planning your big day.
You don’t need to go over the top to have a wonderful wedding.
When my husband and I got married we had 130 guests. We got married in our backyard garden surrounded by family, friends and our pug dog. We opted for a home wedding so our son and our friends children had areas to play and be comfortable. We have this beautiful garden and large backyard and we decided why pay someone $2000 when we could host the wedding where we fell in love and where we are most comfortable.
We did the decorations, set up the tents, tables and chairs. I did the floral arrangements, we hired a local photographer and caterer. My Father’s friend preformed the ceremony. The men looked great in their rented tuxedos and the girls all picked out dresses in the wedding colour. We had a beautiful fall backyard wedding.
We spent 1/3 the cost of an average wedding.
Yes, we had a wonderful wedding and our guests said it was one to remember. But we spent way less than everyone assumes we did. We planned a beautifully frugal wedding.
Tips On How To Plan A Frugal Wedding:
The Wedding Budget:
Yes, you do need to set a budget when planning a wedding. This gives you a guideline on how much you have to spend and honestly if you get creative you can usually come in under budget.
Wedding rings are a symbol of your love. You could opt for traditional diamond engagement and wedding bands or you could be un-traditional and get plan metal bands or no bands at all.
Frugally when picking out your wedding rings pick out something you both love. Something timeless and something you will enjoy for a very long time. Look for ring sales or opt to buy a ring that is being resold by another person. Is there a wedding ring in the family that traditionally is handed down. Purchase rings that fit within your views and your budget.
The Guest List:
You could have four guests or 200 or more guests that is up to YOU! You are the one throwing the party and you get to choose how big and how many people.
You could throw an intimate cocktail reception and wedding ceremony for 20 people or you could through a big backyard barbeque for 150 people. You could invite only a certain amount to the ceremony and another amount to the reception.
Frugally less is more. Figure out the theme of your wedding, where you might want to get married and then figure out how many people you want to invite. Remember, you will need to supply seating, food and entertainment for those you invite. Budget accordingly. If you have a large family opt to not invite all the youth and children or opt to only invite those close to you.
You do not have to invite everyone. Invite the people you want to share your day with.
The wedding venue and fees can be one of the most expensive portions of a wedding. The venue is the location of the ceremony and the reception. Sometimes these are the same location and sometimes they are in two different locations. Choose a location that works for you and the theme of your wedding. Look at several locations, price out all the different options available to you. Ensure that the venue you choose will accommodate your guest list.
If you are looking for a more frugal venue you can try a friends backyard, the local hall or park, your backyard and rent a few tents. You could host a small wedding in a restaurant, or library, or coffee shop, or in a small banquet room. I have heard of barn rentals for weddings. Your venue options are endless, work with in your budget and price 3 or more options.
Homemade, store bought, classic, digital you have so many options with wedding invitations. Frugally stick within your budget. Your wedding invitation lets your guests know the who, what, when and where. I have received some of the most beautiful homemade wedding invitations over the years. We even received a digital wedding invitation one year. Opt for a wedding invitation that fits with your wedding theme and remember postage can be expensive.
If you do have lots of out of town guests make sure to include hotel options and directions in your invitation. If you are registering for gifts include this information in your invitation.
The vows are the words you say at your ceremony. Your pastor or head of ceremonies may write these for you. Or you can write these yourself. Look online, search out words that express how you feel for your partner. You do not have to pay for wedding vows. If you need help writing your vows ask a creative friend to help you.
Choose the dress that is right for you. The one you want. You will know when you find the right dress. Frugally you could opt for ordering a dress online, choosing a bridesmaid dress style as your wedding dress. You could purchase a vintage dress or wear a family dress that has been handed down in tradition. Or opt for something less traditional like a simple beautiful dress that is totally you.
Choose outfits that work with your wedding theme. You can rent tuxedos or suits for the men in the wedding party. For the women’s outfits you could opt for dress rentals, or cheaper dresses, or have someone make the dresses. You could also ask all the wedding party to choose their own outfits with the given colour and style in mind. This allows personal style, outfits that will be worn and used more than once and outfits that are cheaper in price.
The most frugal choice is to do the decorations yourself. If you aren’t very crafty enlist the help of a friend or hire an economical decorator that fits in your budget. Or look online for decorations that fit within your budget.
Where ever your ceremony is taking place ensure that the cost is written into your budget. Some churches will charge a fee for the use of their facility and their pastor. If you are holding the ceremony in a public park ensure you have the right permits and fees have been paid. When choosing your location look at all options and costs and choose one that suits you.
Are you throwing an appetizer and cocktail reception or a barbeque party or a four course meal. Will you and your family be doing the cooking? Will you be hiring a caterer? Every food option for a wedding can be done at any price point. The most frugal party option would be a cocktail or picnic reception or a potluck style buffet. You may have a large culinary family that wants to help out so you can cut the wedding costs. You may have a friend that is a caterer. Search out all your options and choose one that works for you.
You could go traditional or you could go cupcakes or you could go macaroons. You could hire a cake maker or hire a friend or you could get your caterer to make the cake.
You could supply alcohol, you don’t have to. You may have wine on every table or you may have a pay as go bar. You could simple opt to serve water, pop and juice.
If you are supplying all the beverages for your wedding opt to buy the beverages in bulk over a period of time leading up to the wedding so not to have a large bill two days before the wedding. Check with local breweries or u-brews and see if you can save costs on your alcohol for the wedding. Ensure that you have non-alcoholic beverages available at all times and that your servers are aware of your service limit wishes.
The most frugal choice for wedding photography is to hire a friend or family member. Or to hire a local photographer that specializes in weddings. See what they offer, get a few quotes. Choose a package that works within your means.
Will you hire a DJ or a band? Will a family member or friend do the music? Look online for a DJ in your area compare prices and options.
Let your guests know if you are registered any where for gifts or if you are requesting money in lieu of gifts. Ensure that there is a location for envelopes or a gift table at the reception location.
Time to celebrate, the ceremony and reception are behind you and you are beginning your life together. You can opt to delay the honeymoon till you can afford the location you choose. You can opt to plan a staycation honeymoon. Or go camping. Plan a budget for your honeymoon and work with in it. Enjoy the time you have together.
You can plan a frugal wedding.
Set a budget, compare your options. Plan a party that celebrates you as a couple. No you don’t have to invite everyone and plan a huge party. You could hire all your invitations, caterers, entertainment, planners and etc off online sites or hire local home based business. You could include your family and friends in the planning, making and preparations to save costs. Doing a few items or all the items by yourself, DIY your wedding will save you money. Set a plan for your wedding and look for options to save you money. If you set your frugal mindset you should come in under budget.
If you are looking for more frugal wedding planning inspiration The Bride’s Wedding Guide: Hundreds of Tips and Tricks for Hitting Your Budget or Your $1500 Frugal Wedding: A Simple Guide may help in your planning.
Have an amazing day.
Saving & Simplicity