Planning a Wedding on a Budget

Your wedding day is supposed to be one of the most amazing days of your life. The flowers, the cake, the dress, the gathering of family and friends…….. the expense…… However, a beautiful, memorable night doesn’t have to break the bank. Here are some tips and tricks that my family and I used to make MY special night amazing, while also saving money.

Shop the sale rack for your dress.

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Let’s be honest……. one of the biggest reasons we get so excited over weddings is to see the bride (or be the bride) in a gorgeous long white dress. Even if you want to buy a more expensive dress, don’t rule out the idea of shopping the sale or clearance rack. You could really be surprised about what you find! My dress ended up being around $360, which is incredibly cheap compared to the dresses that are 2 or 3 thousand. I also decided to add a belt which added $75 to the bill, but made the dress complete. Do not be afraid about getting something too plain, because it will look beautiful with the perfect necklace or belt.

Don’t let the dress shop do the hemming!

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This is completely up to you, but let me let you in on a little secret…… THEY OVER CHARGE! They wanted to charge us $140 to hem the dress. We decided this was ridiculous and took the dress home to get a close family friend to look at it. Ended up it did not need any hemming at all. It just needed a little bit of tulle cut off the bottom. Use your resources, because people are always willing to help you out!

ASK FOR HELP!

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For a lot of people, asking for help is the last thing they would want to do. When my wedding was being planned, I was at college which is over four hours away from home. My parents were both working full-time so we were already busy. I cannot tell you enough how much my family came together to get the wedding planned. Part of my family even took it upon themselves to take care of the reception completely, which is something that I am so grateful for, and cannot even put into words about how thankful I am for them and what they had done. I was always worried about inconveniencing someone, so asking for help is difficult for me. However, trust me when I say it was worth it 100%! People want you to ask them to help! They love being part of your special day.

Let Bridesmaids pick out their own dresses.

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Not only will this save you time, but it will also save your girls money! What I did was enclose a little hair tie in a card when I asked them to be my Bridesmaids. The hair tie was the same color that my husband (then fiance) and I chose as our accent color. They could then use that hair tie to go around and shop for dresses on their budget. This eliminates the “how will I afford this dress that I will never wear again?”  dilemma.

Be your own DJ.

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You seriously don’t need to spend money on a DJ when you and your friends can do it yourself! Create a spotify playlist that you collab with your friends on. That way, you can be sure you will love every song.

Shop at dollar stores for decorations.

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I got married right after christmas, and trust me when I tell you that dollar stores are filled to the brim with greenery, bells, wood decor, ribbon, etc. My mom became the Queen of Dollar General (even going to 8 Dollar Generals in one day for a certain decoration) during the planning process. She then used her creative abilities to recreate it into something beautiful! Decorating doesn’t have to cost you tons of money. You just have to know where to look!

Talk to people.

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A lot of my wedding was built on the connections my family and I had. Let me name a few…. The cake was done by a good friend’s family member at my families church. The cake was absolutely stunning and the most delicious cake I had ever tasted in my life! I am not even being biased, ask our guests! The cake was such a generous gift to us. The music during the ceremony was done by a very talented cousin of mine who was willing to help us out. Like I said, the reception was done by family willing to help out. Like when your job searching, you will be surprised about connections you have. Connections also have connections!

FLOWERS.

My mom bought fake flowers from all over and arranged them into absolutely GORGEOUS bouquets, boutonnieres, and corsages. What would have cost a load of money, ended up costing us less. They were absolutely beautiful, and now we have a keepsake that can be saved without the worry of drying out.

Don’t blink!

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People always told me that your wedding day is a whirlwind, and all your months of planning are done within a day. Boy were they right! I was blown away about how fast everything ended. You only get one day like this, so make sure you take it all in while it’s there, and enjoy every moment of it!

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Also, shout out to my cousin Tyler for stepping in for my brother who was in bootcamp!

 

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