How to Plan a Beautiful Wedding – Without Breaking the Bank!
When my husband proposed to me we had been dating for several years, throughout all of our college years, and since we had been dating for so long we decided we wanted a short engagement. So we set our wedding date three months from the date of the proposal, which left us a mere three months to put everything together.
Here’s what we did to create a small, personal, yet classy, wedding that we still cherish to this day:
1. Location, location, location: My advice is to think outside the box on this one! Initially I was thinking of typical wedding sites when my husband’s aunt suggested a historical and beautiful building. The rental fee was a steal compared with typical wedding sites and it was absolutely perfect for our day.
2. Music: I splurged a little on this one because I really wanted live music for the ceremony. We hired two professional orchestra players to do the prelude, processional, and recessional music. Total time 2 hours; charge $350. For the reception music we borrowed a family member’s equipment (he’s in a band) and he also acted as our DJ.
3. Flowers: The only flowers we had professionally done were the men’s boutonni?res. I did the women’s corsages (mothers and grandmothers) and used artificial (but real looking!) flowers so they were able to keep their flowers as mementos of the occasion. The bouquets for my maid of honor and myself were elegant bunches of white roses tied with ribbon, which I did myself. These are very easy to do! The tables had simple glass vases filled with white roses. The roses were bought in bulk at Sam’s Club online – this saved a ton of money!
4. The Dress: When you see THE ONE, you’ll know. My ONE happened to be on a mannequin in the store (it was the only one in my size) and because it had a small fabric blemish in the train we were given 40% off upon request. If you find a small flaw you can fix or have fixed, definitely ask for a percentage off! We were able to get the seamstress who did my bustle to also fix the blemish in the train.
5. Cake and Food: We did pay for a wedding cake from an excellent caterer, but for our small wedding we bought and set up all the hors’ dourves and drinks ourselves. This saved us a lot of money!
6. Invitations or announcements: We bought an invitation kit at an office supply store and made ours using our printer at home. These looked every bit as detailed and elegant as professionally printed invitations at a fraction of the cost!
Remember, you can have a beautiful wedding on a small budget – you just have to look for bargains and do some of the work yourself. Your wedding should be one of the best and most memorable days of your life, but it doesn’t have to be the most expensive!
What are some of the ways you saved money while planning your wedding? Share in the comments section below!