In this day and age, there are not rules or traditions that you have to follow for your wedding. Whatever you say goes. With this in mind, there are ways to save money and still have an gorgeous wedding. 

Pick an Off-Season Month

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Most vendors in the wedding industry charge more during the most popular wedding dates. An easy way to cut cost is to get married during the off-season. The most common months to get married are June, August, September, and October. During the winter is are when most vendors see a decrease in business, so think about having a December, January, or February wedding. You can also save money on having a Friday or Sunday wedding instead of a Saturday wedding.

Avoid Products that Use the Word Bridal or Wedding

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There are a lot of products that are made especially for brides and weddings. These things can be more expensive than their counterparts. Why use Kate Spade Wedding Toasting Flute Pair for $85 when Target’s $25 champagne flutes look just as nice.

Use Postcards as Invitations

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Postage on postcards cost 15 cents less than first class postage. While this doesn’t sound like a lot this cost adds up when you are talking about sending out 200 to 300 people invitations.

Make a Website for RSVP

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Creating a website can save your from buying save the dates and invitations. Having your guest RSVP online can cut down on time as you will have everyone’s information in one place. Here are some examples of awesome wedding websites.  The Firewilks. Justin and Tami. Soojin and Issac.

Borrow Jewelry from Friends and Family

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Why buy jewelry when you can borrow some for your friends and family. This is the perfect time to ask your grandma for those earrings you’ve been eyeing for years. This can also be used for your something borrowed. 

Use Candles Instead of Flowers for Centerpieces

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Flowers can become very expensive, especially if you are having a lot of people at you wedding. Huge floral arrangement on every table can add up to very quickly. Instead of flowers, you could always use candles. Candles can be used to set the mood and create a romantic environment for you and your guest during your wedding. There is also not need to stock up on the same candle. Using different height and width candles is visual appeasing and can help with your budget.

Use Greenery Over Flowers

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If you still want some kind of floral element to your wedding, you can always use greenery. Greenery is way cheaper than actual flowers looks great as garland or a table runner. You can also use it as an inexpensive wedding backdrop.

Use Long Tables for Less Centerpieces

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By using long tables you can seat more people per table, which will cut down on your table rentals and number of centerpieces. It can also create a family style environments that is more conducive to talking than using round tables.

Have a Buffet

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Proving food for your wedding can take up a lot of a couple’s wedding budget. An easy way to cut down the cost of your food is to have a buffet. Caterers will charge more to have food plated or served in a family style dinner service.

Alternatives to Wedding Cake

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Using alternatives like cookies or pies for your wedding cake and have you money and give your guest some different than the typical wedding cake experience.

Have a Beer and Wine Bar

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Having a full bar can be very costly if you are having a fairly large wedding. Cutting the alcohol down to beer and wine can significantly give you more room in your budget for something else. If you think you guest will still want some kind of hard liquor include a signature drink or two.  

 

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