1. Make Your Own Veil
Veils are one of the most overpriced items you’ll buy for your wedding. You will be amazed at how expensive they are (the one I wanted was $800, and I think I saved $790 by making my own), and seriously it is REALLY easy to make your own. Anyone can do it. And if you really aren’t up to it, I bet you have a friend who would be willing to help. And if you don’t have a friend to do it for you, we would even do it for you for the cost of the materials (we are that passionate about not throwing away money on a piece of tool…pun not intended, but very fitting)!
2. Minimize or Forget the Alcohol
You can easily save money by not having alcohol!! It costs more than basically anything else you’ll have at your wedding. But seriously. However, if you ARE going to have alcohol, which most people will, be creative with your choices. Rather than having an open bar and paying a bartender, how about doing what we did and buying your own bottles of 2 buck chuck (aka $2 bottles of wine) from Trader Joe’s and making your own wine labels to shnazz em up? Just sayin.
3. Make Your own Paper Products
Between the save-the-dates, the invitations, the programs, the table place cards, the menus, the guestbook, (the list goes on), there are a LOT of paper products needed for your wedding. These are all things you can easily do yourself, especially nowadays with Pinterest and blogs galore to help you! One way I found to easily personalize my invitations and other paper products was by downloading some cool, unique fonts to use on them. You can download tons of fonts for free on websites like DaFont.com (here is one tutorial that walks you step by step through downloading the free fonts if you are having trouble, and there are a million more if you Google it. And yes, I had to watch these).
4. Borrow, Don’t Buy
It takes a lot of decorations to decorate an entire wedding ceremony and reception. So DO.NOT.BUY all of the decor. You’d be amazed at how much stuff people you know already have, if you only ask. So, take advantage of Facebook, and ASK! Or, find some great places, like The Resplendent (yep, I said it) where you can just rent some decor! However, if you do decide to buy a bunch of stuff and find yourself stuck with a bunch of random decor and items you’ll never use after the wedding, the good news is, we’d be glad to take it off of your hands and buy it from you!
5. Stick to Your Guest List
Managing our guest list was one of the things that surprised me and caused a lot of arguments and disagreements, and a lot of increased expenses for our wedding. So, if you are newly engaged, discuss how many people you want to have at your wedding and set expectations for making changes to the guest list as early on as possible! Not only can disagreements cause issues between you and your fiance (guilty), but it can even cause disagreements and drama with your parents and soon-to-be inlaws (also guilty). Plus, guests cost a LOT of money. If you decide to have 150 people, and actually keep it at that number, you will avoid a HUGE unexpected increase in the cost of your wedding!
Welp, hope these tips were helpful! I know I’m not an expert (afterall, I’ve only done it once), but if I can help even one person save money, I’ll be happy!