I have officially been deemed a “Wedding Planner”! My daughter Kristin is engaged to be married to a wonderful young man, Lucas. In February, 2020 my baby will be walking down the aisle. But, right now we are in full planning mode and I’m on budget duty!
I’ve created a list of 10 tips for you that will save you money on your wedding. These are all steps we’re taking with her wedding and I’ll probably come up with more before the wedding day.
- Keep the guest list small – Every new addition or plus one will add to the catering budget. Having a small intimate wedding leaves more money to spend on other parts of the wedding.
- Flowers – DIY’ing your own flowers will save you hundreds of dollars. Not into DIY? Check out Costco flowers online for pre-made collections at a fraction of the cost from a local florist.
- Wedding Dress – Shop sample sales at local salons or online shops like CocoMelody or Azazie for low-cost wedding dresses. If you’re not too sentimental, consider renting your dress.
- Cake – The bakery Kristin wanted to use was a bit out of our budget, so I convinced her to get a 2 tier cake from a local grocery store for only $70! No one will know the difference and you save hundreds.
- Selfie Station – Photo booths are fun and exciting, but also very expensive! $500 for 2 hours? I don’t think so! So, we are creating our own selfie station with a beautiful backdrop, fun props and some selfie sticks. They will even have a hashtag for guests to use on social media.
- Invitations – I designed their wedding invitation based on their wedding colors (burgundy, gold, ivory and sage green) on PicMonkey. Basic Annual Subscription – $7.99
We are having them printed on VistaPrint and saving a lot of money with this option. No need to spend $5 per invitation.
- Favors – Unfortunately, those cute little boxes or succulents you put out for favors, probably won’t get taken home by a majority of guests. Although I would never leave a succulent behind, not everyone wants to take a plant home. So, we are not doing any favors and I doubt very much anyone will notice.
- Decorations – Since their theme is Vintage Glam, I already have many vintage items in my home that we can use as decor. I have vintage books, vases, candle holders, even a suitcase for the cards. If we do buy something, it will be items she can use in her new home.
- Rings – You don’t have to go the route of diamonds and yellow gold for rings. Try something unique like gemstones and rose gold. Lucas got her ring from Etsy for a very affordable price and they plan on getting their bands the same way. This will save them thousands of dollars.
- Hair and Makeup – Thank goodness Kristin feels very confident in doing her own makeup and she even use to do stage or theatrical makeup. She’s blessed that she has several girls that are experienced cosmetologist and she can ask them to do her hair.
Bonus Tip: DIY your own signs. I will be creating and printing many of the signs that we will use to direct guests and present things. This unplugged sign is my latest creation that’s available in my Etsy shop.
We did sit down and created a video talking about all of these tips and Kristin also gives you some tidbits about their special day. Since we plan on doing several more videos on the wedding, bridal shower, shopping, DIY projects, I created a new YouTube channel showcasing these videos. You can find us at The Frugal Bride on YouTube.
Enjoy the video below and remember to subscribe to our new channel.
Have a blessed day friends!