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June 7, 2011

#6 – All Things Bridal – Saving Money

by z.lynn

when it comes to wedding planning, saving money is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. if anything, it’s the opposite. weddings are notorious for costing a lot of money. that is why some have elected to elope or have small ceremonies. however, with a little creativity and flexibility, you can throw a grand bash and still save money.

during your planning stages, you can create two separate lists to figure out what are your “must haves” and what are those things that you “can live without”. if you need to, create a separate “maybe” column for those things that you would like to have and will implement if they fit into the budget.

have you ever considered:

  • having your wedding during off-peak/off-season times – daytime or Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, anyone? or what about January through March?
  • make your own decorations, invitations, favors, etc – Martha Stewart is the queen of DIY and has some great options for low-cost, easy to assemble ideas. (all photos courtesy of marthastewart.com)

  • purchasing your dress from a sample sale or getting a pre-owned dress – check out the designer’s site for your local bridal boutique for the dates of their sample sales or trunk shows; the following websites are helpful for pre-owned wedding dresses: 
    www.preownedweddingdresses.com, www.bravobride.com/, www.encorebridal.com/, WoreItOnce.com
  • having a cake and punch reception or brunch reception
  • presenting a small 1-2 tier cake for display and/or cake cutting and then serving sheet cake (your local grocery can provide sheet cakes for a fraction of the cost of a wedding cake)

these are just a few ideas. here are more resources for other ideas:

http://www.realsimple.com/holidays-entertaining/weddings/budget/save-money-wedding-00000000006530/index.html

http://weddings.about.com/od/weddingplanningtools/tp/Costcutters.htm

http://wedding.theknot.com/wedding-planning/wedding-budget/articles/30-ways-to-save-money-on-wedding.aspx?MsdVisit=1

happy saving!

til next time,

z

😉

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