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Last week on our Facebook Page someone asked for advice on how to plan and pay for a wedding on a budget. Now, it’s been almost 7 years since I was planning my wedding- but I still remember a few tips and tricks. My parents gave me a budget of $5,000 (which at first I thought was a TON of money, and then I realized it really doesn’t go that far!) My sister got married the same summer as I did, and is truly frugal (or is she cheap?!?). She was given the same $5,000 allotment, but wanted to keep the cash so she planned her wedding and only spent $2000.

  • One of the cheapest things I did was the decorations. I went the thrift stores and dollar stores and picked out frames in all sizes, and then I painted them all white and antiqued them.(SO easy and cheap!!!)  I printed tons of our engagement photos to fill the frames and these sat on the guest tables as our decorations.
  • Skip the DJ. Burn your favorite songs onto a cd and borrow a sound system. If you can’t borrow one, you can probably still rent one for cheaper than a DJ.
  • Find a free location. Do you have a friend with a gorgeous backyard?  Your wedding is one of the only times you can ask favors and not feel too guilty! 🙂
  • I didn’t have the foresight or patience to do this, but plan your wedding for the Off Season. January, February, March and November!

Photo Credit: Gwen in Love

  • Borrow a Wedding Dress or buy one second hand. My sister borrowed Joanie’s wedding dress and Joanie gave her permission to make changes and alter the size. For just $200 my sister had the dress of her dreams!  (and my dreams, it stands as my favorite wedding dress, to date!)
  • Don’t plan a 7 course meal for your reception, rather just choose one or two favorite dishes and serve those with a few yummy drinks.
  • Decide what’s important to you, and give yourself permission to splurge a little. I cheaped out on the photographer for my wedding and I am still haunted that I hate all my wedding pictures. I wish I would have hired someone really good- and cut back in other areas!
  • Elope. Seriously, take your money and run to the courthouse and have a fabulous honeymoon. Anyone with me on this one? 🙂

Tips From You:

Sara H Says: If you are doing a lot of the stuff your self sign up for the Michaels email and they email you tons of coupons..I never paid full price for anything I bought for our wedding.

Mandy M says: I am planning a wedding and I found these cute button bouquet ideas for my bridesmaid bouquets much better then paying for flowers. Also go to your local library and pick up the book Bridal Bargains by Denise & Alan Field,s I love this book. Plus I found a beautiful dress on Avon that my bridesmaids love and they were only $20 so I will be paying only $60 for all my dresses. Can you tell I love bargains!?

Michelle A says: Ask a family member or friend to help you with the food. Buy all foods from Costco, {and use your couponing skills to stock up on things you’ll need} which will save you on ton on a caterer!

Corri L says: I am a wedding planner, so I have tons of ideas….first off, don’t buy a planner!!! Look up planning sites, like theknot.com or pashweddings.com where you can print or download your own guides.

Gwen Says: The best advice I could give would be to choose one or two pieces that are big, bold and will make a statement.  The point is, to not whittle away your money on blah or so so pieces.  Let your personality shine through with something bold and the let the rest go.  You won’t even notice it’s missing.

Okay, now it’s your turn to share! What are your best Wedding on a Budget tips?!