Let’s talk money for a few minutes.
Now, I am a girl that likes to “ball” on a budget. So, the idea of spending tons of money on things that will be thrown away or looked over completely was a big struggle for me!
If you’re feeling pressured to do something, stop and ask yourself “am I doing this because I want to do this? Or am I doing this because I feel like I’m supposed to?” Once you’ve answered that question, you can move forward!
For example, Save The Dates were a no-go for us. We had a 6-month engagement and had a small wedding (about 100 people). I felt like spending the extra money on save the dates wasn’t necessary, so we didn’t do them!
Figure out what YOU want to do and do that! :)
Onto the Money Saving Tips!
One of my top money savers… ARE YOU READY?
AMAZON DOT COM
I can say with full certainty, 30%-40% of my wedding was provided by amazon (if not more).
We ordered everything from Napkins to the belt I wore with my wedding dress! The store I purchased my dress from wanted to sell me a belt (almost identical to the one pictured below) for $250.00. I got mine on amazon for about $25.00.
Another area we saved in was our invitations and thank you notes! I designed our Wedding Invitations and Thank You notes and had them printed through vistaprint.com. Vistaprint is an amazing website! They’re super user-friendly, have great printing and paper options and they ship really fast! If you’re unable to design your own invitations/thank you notes, check out etsy! There are TONS of different shops that offer downloadable invitations that you can customize with your information.
Flowers and greenery is another area we wanted to save in. Flowers, in general, tend to be expensive, depending on what season you’re in and where/who you’re purchasing them from. For my bridal pictures bouquet, I went to Kroger and picked up 2 discounted bundles of greenery, a bundle of baby’s breath, a discounted bundle of white roses and a single pink peony (because they’re my favorite), and a spool of white ribbon. I put all the flowers and greenery into a bunch and wrapped the white ribbon around. I AM NOT A FLORIST. Seriously, anyone could do this and I saved SO MUCH MONEY! I think that bouquet cost me about $30.00.
For the wedding decor, we purchased some greenery bundles from a local grocery store, and an amazing friend of mine (Taylor) foraged some greenery for us - meaning she went into the wilderness and picked greenery - FOR FREE! AMAZING!
I recommend reaching out to family and friends that may have some things that fit your vision! I was so thankful to have friends and family that had a bunch of mercury glass, Amber, and lanterns. We arranged all the different pieces on each table and added in some quotes I hand water colored. We also purchased gold picture frames and tea light candles from the dollar store.
Tip: More inexpensive items can look great paired with some classier pieces like mercury glass and candles.
We’re all familiar with Pinterest and the 9,000+ ideas on this amazing site! We DIY’d several of the decor pieces we used for the wedding. Look at your overall vision and see if there are some things you could DIY to save some extra money AND add a personal touch.
We also created a really cool wall installation using different sized Hula Hoops that we spray painted gold and wrapped greenery around. We then mounted them on the wall! Super inexpensive and such a great way to take up some awkward wall space.
**I’ll be doing a separate post about DIY’s for wedding planning - so stay tuned for that!
Here’s the thing no matter what your budget looks like, your day can be special! Remember this - The whole reason you’re having a wedding is to get married to the person you love! This is YOUR day. Don’t get so caught up in the planning and stressful times, that you forget to enjoy it!
If you have any money saving tips or hacks please comment them below! We’d love to hear how you made your day happen on a budget!