Ten Cost-Saving Ideas for Your Wedding
With the tough economic times we are experiencing, many brides find it necessary to reevaluate their wedding budgets. The following ideas will aid you in your effort to keep costs down and keep more of your hard-earned dollars in your wallet.
1). Purchase flowers that are local and in-season. Incorporating orchids into a winter wedding is going to cost you a pretty penny. Instead, visit your local flower market and select seasonal white Calla Lilies or deep red roses to form your bridal bouquets or table centerpieces.
2). Have your wedding favors double as your place cards or guest escort cards. Indicate the guest’s name and table assignment on a label or hang tag and attach it to the favor box or bag. Place the wedding favors / place cards on a central table at the entrance of the reception room. As guests collect their wedding favors, they’ll also find out what their assigned seats are.
3). Avoid couture bridesmaids’ dresses and instead peruse through the clothing racks of popular national clothing retailers. By choosing a style and color that your gals can wear again, you increase the longevity of their dresses while stretching their hard-earned dollars. Best yet, your bridesmaids can shop at their convenience at their local retailer.
4). Think about holding your wedding on a Friday night or on a Sunday. This alone can save you tons of money.
5). Print your own wedding invitations. Many discount stores now offer stylish wedding invitations, thank-you cards, and wedding ceremony programs that you can print yourself in the comfort of your own home. Purchasing a box of inexpensive embossed wedding invitations is now as easy as shopping for copy paper and staples.
6). Have several family and friends arrange your bridal bouquet, bridal party bouquets and boutonnieres as well as table centerpieces. A word of caution: to avoid wilting, make sure to arrange the flowers no later than the night before. By assigning this task to a group of trustworthy individuals, you can certainly save hundreds of dollars.
7). If you know a friend or family member who has great interest in photography as a hobby, they may be willing to photograph your wedding for free.
8). Avoid using invitations with an odd shape. They only increase your postage which will add to the cost. Use standard-sized invitations instead.
9). Consider doing your own hair and makeup.
10). Limit the size of your bridal party to family members and best of friends. Have the others take tasks that are just as important, such as passing out the programs and escorting guests to their seats.