Planning a wedding can be stressful, especially when working with a tight budget. You don’t want to run yourself dry before starting your new life together with your spouse! Here are just a few creative things you can do to save money putting together your big day.
DIY as much as possible.
There are so many options out there for DIY projects for weddings, and doing things by hand adds a personal touch to your wedding while helping you save money. Even the cost of the small details add up! There are so many great ideas out there on Pinterest, so try putting together a board of ideas to help you organize too.
Enlist help from your family and friends.
You might be surprised to see just how far your family and friends can reach to help you out in putting together your own wedding! Instead of hiring a wedding planner, consider asking someone you know for help who might have worked on a lot of weddings in the past. Ask around to see if anyone has items stored away from their own wedding that you might be able to reuse. Perhaps your mother or grandmother has jewelry saved from their own wedding that you can wear. If any of your friends are good at styling hair or makeup, ask them to be your stylist on your wedding day.
Arrange your own flowers.
One of the expenses that can catch people off guard is the cost of all of the flowers for the wedding. Between the bride’s and bridesmaids’ bouquets, corsages and boutonnieres, and decorative flowers, the price can be pretty high. Instead of going to a florist, consider ordering the flowers you want wholesale and arranging them yourself for the wedding, which can save you hundreds of dollars.
Hire students for wedding services.
Another easy way to save money on your wedding costs is to hire experienced students in place of professionals for wedding services. Finding photography students for pictures and filming, or a group of culinary students to do your catering can make a huge difference, and often students will appreciate the opportunity for experience. Always offer to be a reference for them in applying for future wedding gigs.
Forgo the traditional wedding cake for a fun dessert.
Wedding cakes can punch quite a big price tag, so instead consider a more creative dessert for your reception guests. Build-your-own ice cream sundaes or decorative cupcakes are delicious and creative ideas that your guests are sure to enjoy as much as they would wedding cake. You can always do personal size wedding cakes for you and your new spouse to enjoy as well!