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How To Plan A Budget Wedding for less than $5,000

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You can have a beautiful wedding on a budget of less than $5,000 if you set a realistic budget, stick to it, and plan ahead. You can reduce the costs of venue, catering, clothing and more with DIY, off peak, mid-week wedding date and pot luck catering These are just two of many ways you can cut your wedding costs in half. Take a seat, pour yourself a cup of coffee, and settle in to enjoy this article that is packed with advice on how to plan a low budget wedding.

5 Things you can Ditch  

Quick Planning Guide     

How to Save on Venues 

Budget Wedding Cake    

How to Save on Flowers        

Save on Wedding Vendors    

2yr Wedding Timeline Guide

How To cut Clothing costs     

5 Things You Can Ditch without a Hitch 

and save $5000 plus!

If you want to cut costs without cutting back on the wedding's overall fun factor, you can skip some of the more expensive traditions. Read on for some ideas on when and how to ditch unnecessary items.

1. Ditch Wedding favors

Save $500

The first thing you should get rid of is this, as many married couples will attest to the fact that they are primarily left behind after the wedding. You could save as much as $500 (100 guests x $5) by ditching personalized votive candles, which range in price from $1 for some mints to $5 for a personalized votive candle.

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2. Ditch Save the Dates

save $200

You can get let go of these and go paperless by choosing to send digital save the dates or evites instead of traditional paper or card onswedding invitations. You can purchase a save the date template online from ETSY for as little as $3, edit the template on your computer, and then email it to your guests after downloading it as a PNG image. You might be able to save $200 as a result of this! (100 guests x $2 invite+postage).

3. Ditch a Venue

save $2000

If you host your wedding ceremony and reception at the same location, you can make significant financial savings. Having two venues will result in double the cost as well as additional transportation expenses for you and your bridal party. Depending on the distance, hiring cars and taxis can be expensive, and if you're driving yourself, you can't drink! You can save even more money by choosing an off-season and midweek wedding date. A weekday, off-season wedding date could cut venue costs in half.

4. Ditch the open bar

save $1000+

Guests at weddings typically drink heavily from the moment they arrive until the end of the reception. That's a substantial amount of money flushed down the toilet. You can implement a coupon system to cover the cost of your guests' first drink if you wish. After the ceremony, have drink trays available for guests, and then have them pay for the rest of the day's beverages. If you intend to self-cater, ask each guest to bring a bottle of wine (or their own drinks). Determine whether there are corkage fees and what guests can and cannot bring to the venue in advance.

5. Ditch the expensive Wedding Dress

save $1000+

There are so many wonderful wedding dress options that allow you to have your dream dress without breaking the bank. Your options are as follows:

Low Budget Wedding Planning Step by Step

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  1. Set the date
  2. Agree the budget 
  3. Decide on Guest numbers
  4. Choose your Bridal/Groomsmen Party

  5. Start looking at venues

  6. Plan your wedding Timeline


Step One  - Set The Date


Planning a low budget wedding for less than $5000 can be a challenge and the key to success is organization. Here to help you is a detailed low budget wedding planning guide which you can use to kick start your wedding planning process and dip into as you go along. Many couples set their wedding date on average two-years from their date of engagement. 


This allows a full year to research themes, color schemes, venues, consider your budget, location and all the niceties of wedding planning. The real work though starts a year ahead of the wedding date as those ideas are put into motion. View our detailed wedding planning timeline to stay on schedule and enjoy a free wedding website from Minted to keep you organized and help you to plan.


Step Two - agree the wedding budget


  • Who is paying for the wedding? 
  • If you're sharing costs across families, gather all those involved to discuss how this will proceed.


Things to consider:


  • There are different cultural expectations and traditions when it comes to paying for weddings. My advice is not to assume or expect anything and to be open to discuss it with your families.
  • Will all the wedding money be given in advance and put in a special wedding savings account/pot?
  • Alternatively will individuals settle bills as they arise?
  • Will different persons have different costs they are responsible for?
  • Are you required to save ... can you save enough to settle the bills within the given timeframe / pay deposits?


Main Wedding Expenses
  • Wedding Venue/s
  • Catering/Bar
  • Photographer/Videographer
  • Wedding Dress /Groom Suit
  • Rings 
  • Bridal party and Groomsman wear
  • Reception Band or DJ/Entertainment
  • H​oneymoon
  • Hotel bookings
  • Transport
  • Officiant

  • Florist / Decorations
  • Cake Maker / Cake
  • Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist
  • Transportation/Cars
  • Invitations/Stationery
  • Favors
  • Thank you gifts
  • Engagement Party/Photos
  • Bachelorette Party / Bridal Shower

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Step Three - Agree the number of guests


Deciding on the number of wedding guests will help determine the wedding budget, cost of the wedding or vice versa. If you set the budget before hand this in turn will dictate how many guests you are able to have for the ceremony and the reception. Your wedding budget and guest list combined will determine, large or small wedding, formal, informal wedding and lead you to selecting appropriate venues and so on. With a budget of less than $5000 to comfortably afford this you should be looking at a guest list of  75 or less. Catering alone can take a huge chunk of your budget when costed out per head!


Will your guests have plus 1's and what about their children? 

Step Four -

choose your Bridal Party & Groomsmen


The more bridesmaids, flower girls and groomsmen you have the more costs regarding clothing, shoes, hair, makeup, gifts, transport, hotel accommodation, flowers.

To keep your wedding budget under $5000 you should aim to have a small wedding party. A best man, maid of honor, bridesmaid or flowergirl may be enough.


Choose your bridal party and groomsmen and invite them formally to participate. Maid of honor, bridesmaids, flower girls, best man and ring bearers are sometimes given small personalized gifts when verbally asking them to fulfill that role. You can save money here by getting crafty and making your own proposal or thank you gifts. There are lots of ideas online, youtube videos to help you come up with some wonderful ideas.

Step five - choose a wedding venue


When the wedding date is set, the wedding guest list is decided, the wedding budget is agreed you can take that information and start looking at wedding ceremony and reception venues. The wedding venue has the potential to be your biggest wedding cost so read our detailed guide on keeping your venue costs low here.



Things to consider when deciding to host an outdoor wedding:

#What time of year is your event? Will the weather be good enough to have the wedding and the reception outdoors? Having an outside wedding can allow for greater savings as you can opt for a backyard or garden wedding. You or a close family member or friend may have a property that can accommodate a large outdoors party. With self-catering and guests 'bringing a chair' you can make magic happen for a low budget outside wedding! If the weather is variable you will need a contingency plan for any outdoor weddings in case you need to move the event inside.

If the wedding needs to be indoors consider your local community halls, library, sports hall or other large spaces that you could inexpensively hire for your wedding reception.

6 easy ways to reduce you most expensive wedding items

  1. Keep your bridal/groomsmen party and guest list small (100 or less guests)
  2. Consider a ready-made, previously owned, preloved, still white wedding gown or groom's suit.
  3. Reduce the cost of professional photographers and videographers with newly qualified, students or talented friends and family.
  4. Prepare to make your own wedding decorations, favors, and bouquets, use artificial flowers not fresh.
  5. Save money on catering with a Potluck (each guest brings a food dish), Buffet, or Self-Catered Reception
  6. Save money on venues with a backyard, garden, free beach, or community hall as a venue.

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6 FREE Ways to cut wedding planning costs

1. Research REAL LIFE Budget Weddings that cost less than $5000


Use Pinterest and Facebook Groups to discover REAL weddings with real engaged couples who have already planned and had their wedding on a budget for less than $5000. They often list their major expenses, how much they spent on each and how they managed to keep their costs at a minimum! There is often a lot of DIY, help from friends and family as well as bargain hunting on preloved sites and in thrift stores. Create your own Pinterest mood to save your favorite ideas.


You can use different terms to browse for weddings under $5000. Browse wedding ideas based on the time of year or the season, spring, summer, autumn fall winter.

Browse budget real life weddings by color or theme ie, rustic, barn, farm, woodland, outdoor, backyard, garden, micro wedding, zoom wedding, burgundy, blue, rose gold, red and black, gothic, vintage, boho, beach, destination and search via flower types ie: Sunflowers, Peonies, Hydrangea, Roses, Gypsophila, Lilys, etc.


Be Organized

2. Download and print one of the many FREE wedding planning guides for couples on a small budget, that comes with printable checklists, timeline planners and more. We have our own free printables and guides here ready for you to view and download. Wedding planners help you stay organized, let you know what steps you should be doing and when and help you to keep track of all your expenses and vendor contact details, quotes, etc. Store all your information in a handy wedding planning ring binder or folder for easy access.

Budget savvy couples understand the need to keep tight financial records, that are updated as you spend. You can also download a free wedding planning app that helps you to keep track of your expenditure if you prefer this to paper.


3. Join a wedding planning group

Our low budget wedding network group (over 21,000 members) is a great place to learn from fellow brides and grooms looking to make savings on their wedding. Share your experiences, ask for help and source wedding items from trusted sellers. There are also groups where you can obtain and gift, free wedding items, swap and trade.


4. Shop savvy

Visit our wedding storefront on Amazon where we hand curate lists of budget-friendly wedding items from wedding dresses to wedding rings and everything in between. Check out the reviews and see for yourself where savings can be made. There are lots of inexpensive, cheap wedding products on Amazon including custom wedding invitations, artificial flowers, favor gift boxes, bridesmaid proposal gifts, and more. Our store on Amazon allows you to look at niche categories so you're not searching through thousands of different product pages. We've done the hard work for you!


Other great places to shop for wedding bargains are Etsy and Wedzee. Etsy has wonderful handmade, unique and personalized gifts and stationery, decorations and favor idea and Wedzee is a cross between eBay and Etsy but for all things wedding. Lots of bargains to be had on both sites.


Thrift stores are also a great place to source preloved wedding items that may have only been used once and remain as new and in great condition. You can also pick up a lot of bottles, jars, and other bits and bobs that will be useful for any DIY wedding decorations you decide to make.


5. Make some money

Go through your clothes, garage, shed, attic, and basement to see if there are any items you can sell on the many places you can easily post stuff for sale such as eBay, Facebook Marketplace, and Vinted. You may surprise yourself with how much extra cash you can generate by just selling your unused items.

3 Ways to cut wedding costs and still impress your guests

  1. Have a late wedding so that you can have your reception dinner, buffet or sit down meal, right after. This not only saves money on the costs of a cocktail hour, snacks, and entertainment, but it also means that your guests will appreciate being able to skip straight to dinner and won't be hungry hanging around.
  2. Instead of printed RSVPS with costly return postage set up a FREE wedding website, generate a FREE QR scanning code to link to it. You can then add the qr code to your wedding invitation (on the back). Our wedding invitations have a template field for this and Zazzle has a free qr code generating tool in their design tools. Guests can then use their phones to scan the code, enter the wedding website and rsvp online! Easy and a modern touch.

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3. Instead of hiring a DJ or other entertainment, organise a sing-a-long with your family and friends' singers and guitarists. Set up a Karaoke, which will provide hours of entertainment and laughter, and stream music from Spotify or another music streaming platform. Set up a firepit, sparklers, and lanterns to create a lovely relaxed atmosphere for sharing music and stories.
Zazzle BUDGET Wedding Invitations 0.35 or LESS
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Low Budget Wedding Planning Ideas

First things first, create a budget, and then prioritize the items within that budget


With some ingenuity, forethought, and preparation, you can have the wedding of your dreams while sticking to a limited budget. This guide to wedding planning will provide you with the resources you require to execute a wedding that will result in memories that you will cherish for the rest of your life.



Visit our Amazon storefront for our curated lists of the most popular and cost-effective wedding supplies.  You'll need to put some money aside in order to cover the expenses listed below (this list is not exhaustive).

  • Wedding Insurance
  • Venue
  • Catering
  • Photography

    Videography

  • Entertainment
  • Drinks, toast
  • Decorations
  • Fowers
  • Favors
  • Wedding Cake
  • Registrar
  • Celebration (officiant, church booking etc. incl. flowers)
  • Bride and Groom wear dress / suit / jewelry/underwear/shoes
  • Wedding Rings
  • What the Wedding Party and Groomsmen Should Wear
  • Flowers, including buttonholes, the bride's bouquet, and the bouquets for the bridal party.
  • Decorations for the Table and the Room
  • Invitations - CLICK HERE to get 100 invitations for only $28!
  • Keep These Dates in Mind
  • RSVPs and any other stationery based on your preferences
  • Hair, Makeup, Nails
  • Gifts of appreciation for the bridal party and groomsmen
  • Cars


Make a decision (as a couple) about which of the items on this list is most important to each of you. The dress, the location, and the photographs are typically the primary focuses of a bride's attention, although she typically has a good idea of where she wants to get married. In light of this fact, you should set aside from your total budget the amounts that you consider to be necessary to spend on those two areas in order to achieve the best possible result that is in accordance with your 'wants.'  


This will provide you with an idea of what is left over in terms of all those other things, and you should concentrate your efforts in terms of saving money on those other things. It's not that you won't be able to save money on your dress or the location of the wedding; on the contrary, you absolutely can! On the other hand, the things for which you have the least amount of available money will motivate you to think of the most creative solutions.

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How to Limit the Number of Guests

Invite only those closest to you


You should invite your closest friends and family members who live in the area, and you should let anyone else who might be interested know that while you would be grateful if they could make it, the event will be a small and personal one. If refusing people's requests makes you feel awkward or embarrassed, make sure that news of your wedding doesn't spread beyond the circle of invited guests.


Exclusions


It may seem harsh, but excluding plus ones and children who are not members of the bridal party helps keep costs down. This is because you are not catering to people you do not know who may or may not show up at the event.


Streaming in Real Time


Those guests who are unable to attend the wedding or who you are unable to include on the guest list should be able to watch a live stream of the event. This practice gained popularity during the COVID19 pandemic, when guests at wedding parties were required to adhere to restrictions on number, social distance, and other factors. It is a fantastic method for including individuals who are unable to physically attend the event.


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How to save money on wedding venues

Backyard, garden wedding


It goes without saying that you are only able to accomplish this task if you possess the required amount of space. If you want to have your wedding reception in a garden, you will have to pay more money because you will need to make preparations for both good weather and bad weather. These preparations will include providing shelter, possibly heating the area, and waterproofing the area. Only if you have enough room inside in addition to space outside in the yard. 


A wedding reception in a garden, complete with a barbecue, a pig roast, or a potluck, is an excellent way to cut costs while also having a lot of fun and being in a laid-back frame of mind.


We have a detailed, helpful free Budget Rustic Wedding Planning Guide HERE


Your local pub, church, or community center


They might have a meeting room available.

It is possible to rent space for a wedding reception at a wide variety of locations throughout most communities, and the costs associated with doing so are not prohibitively high, particularly if you are willing to take care of your own floral arrangements.


Pay a visit to a neighborhood bar in which customers are required to pay for their own drinks.


You could negotiate a deal with your local bar and restaurant landlord to create a space for you, which they will be more than happy to do given all of the additional business that will be coming their way. This would allow you to avoid the expense of renting a space. After that, each guest is responsible for providing their own libations and hors d'oeuvres.


Make sure that your wedding takes place during the week and not during the peak wedding season.


If you follow these steps, you will be able to save a significant amount of money on wedding venues. If you plan your wedding for a less common time of day, weekday, or month of the year, you may be able to realize savings of up to fifty percent on the overall cost of the ceremony and reception combined. Before making a reservation, you should make sure that you have read their terms and conditions, and that any fee that was quoted will remain the same regardless of how the date changes!!


Hold a combined wedding ceremony.


Consider getting married alongside another couple in a shared ceremony. This could work out really well for both of you and cut both of your costs in half if you and the other couple get along really well. If you happen to have many of the same friends and family members, that is ideal because it will make it easier to manage the guest list for both weddings. Your guests will be thankful that they do not have to pay the expenses associated with attending two weddings thanks to you.


Elope


Eloping is becoming increasingly popular as a wedding option for couples, and it is no longer viewed with the same level of social disapproval as it was in the past. You are not obligated to hold the wedding reception until you return to your hometown.


Have your wedding at your dream location.

If you select a package deal for your destination wedding, and have your guests pay for their own travel and lodging, you may be able to reduce the overall cost of the event. If you do not go on a honeymoon after the wedding, you will avoid spending money on one.


How to save money on wedding invitations

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Over at Zazzle, we offer a huge selection of wedding invitations and matching items, starting at just $0.28 each, and our customers' reviews speak for themselves regarding the quality and affordability of our products. 


You could choose not to send paper or card wedding invitations and instead send invitations via social media, email, or text message instead. This is a cutting-edge approach that has no financial or environmental impact.


Handmade Invitations for Weddings

On the other hand, there are a lot of great tutorials for Do It Yourself favors on YouTube. Investigate them as a means of learning how to make them at a low cost. In comparison to those that are pre-ordered, wedding invitations that are created by the bride and groom themselves offer the benefit of being highly personalized and one-of-a-kind. Your guests will appreciate the thought and the gesture that much more because of how much effort you put into it.


Choose a straightforward pattern and have the text printed out if you do not have a lot of experience with handicrafts. Be sure to thoroughly check your work for spelling errors! Poor spelling is a blatant giveaway that an amateur is responsible for the work!


Invitations printed with your personal information

Zazzle is yet another website that offers reasonably priced and personalized wedding invitations. They may not appear to be inexpensive at first glance, but Zazzle frequently holds mega sales with discounts of up to fifty percent, so if you keep an eye out for those sales, you can save money on this site.


Wedding fashion does evolve from year to year and season to season, but the shifts aren't that radical. Therefore, it is possible to acquire a wedding dress during an off-season sale or a closing down sale that will still be considered fashionable when the time comes for your wedding, and the same is true for the majority of the other items as well. Think about selling wedding decorations (that won't go bad if they're stored), wedding invitations and stationery, and job-lots of favors and accessories on websites such as eBay.


Beautiful Future Brides, this is all I have time for right now! Please feel free to add to these wedding budget tips and advice in the comments section below, as well as share any stories you have about how you saved money.


How to save money on wedding food

  1. Reduce to a bare minimum the number of people who are on your guest list.
  2. A buffet can be served in place of a meal that has been pre-set.
  3. Prepare your own meals, and if you know any friends or family members who are good cooks, enlist their help! Even though it's served buffet-style, a traditional meal can still be enjoyed at a table. Ensure that everything is well-organized to prevent people from becoming hungry while waiting in long lines and to prevent food from running out. Check to see that there are sufficient chairs and tables for everyone who will be attending.
  4. If you want to save money on the cost of the tableware that will be provided by the venue, you should bring your own disposable tableware.
  5. If you're throwing a party with a bar, you should let your guests buy their own drinks and pay for them themselves. This is something that I have done at every wedding that I have attended, and I find it to be completely acceptable and something that I anticipate doing.
  6. Plan a wedding in the style of a potluck, in which each guest brings a dish to share. You have the option of specifying the type of food, which will give you an idea of what to anticipate. Create a list similar to a gift registry from which guests can choose what they would like to contribute to ensure that there are no duplicates. In addition to that, it is imperative that proper procedures for food hygiene be followed.


How to save money on wedding flowers

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I made the floral centerpieces for the reception tables myself, and I was able to recycle the flower arrangements that were left over from an earlier wedding reception that I had attended. I wasn't concerned with making sure everything was consistent, so I just accepted what was offered to me. If you go this route, you should make sure that you have done some practice runs first so that you are familiar with what you are doing and which flowers will work the best. You have a lot of room for innovation when you decorate with a rustic theme; some examples include utilizing glass jars as vases and stringing LED lights together.


Artificial Flowers


Silk, paper, and even rubber are just some of the modern-day substitutes for real flowers that can achieve an appearance that is visually comparable to that of their natural counterparts. Additionally, they have a longer shelf life and need less planning in terms of timing and storage space. You can save even more money on your subsequent trip to the store if you make these on your own by following a tutorial on YouTube.


Other options besides flowers


As well as dried flower arrangements, pampas grass is currently seeing a surge in popularity as a decoration option for wedding bouquets and centerpieces. You can acquire these things over the course of the year by going to secondhand stores and browsing the used goods section of Facebook Marketplace. In wedding groups, it is common for brides to sell off their own decorations at bargain prices; keep in mind that these decorations have only been used once. After you have finished using them, you can, of course, resell them to someone else.


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22 more ways to save money on your budget wedding

  1. Purchase wholesale flowers, market trader flowers, or artificial flowers. Fresh flowers, especially those that are out of season, are costly, as are bridal and wedding arrangements.
  2. Instead of serving dessert, set up your own dessert or sweets station.
  3. Don't drink or ask guests to pay for their own or bring a bottle of alcohol; alcohol is expensive, but unless you're a teetotaller, no alcohol is a no-no!
  4. Instead of the traditional tiered wedding cake, consider a cupcake tower with a main topper. 
  5. Instead of wedding save the dates and RSVPs, guests can be informed of the date via social media, text, and phone, and can RSVP via phone or email. Wedding invitations can be purchased for as little as 0.28 each from Zazzle, details HERE.
  6. Instead of a fancy wedding reception venue, consider a community hall, sports hall library, family function room at a local church, or, if the weather permits, a backyard in the garden.
  7. Provide your own catering, such as a potluck, BBQ, or cold buffet.
  8. Allow music to be streamed while skipping live entertainment and the DJ. You could organize karaoke, which is a fun and informal activity.
  9. Instead of champagne, serve regular house wine as a toast.
  10. Save money on photos by having a friend or family member step forward and ask guests to share their photos with you after the wedding using a hashtag.
  11. Keep your guest list small; not allowing plus ones or children can aid in this but can also cause drama.
  12. Purchase inexpensive wedding bands that you can later replace with something more expensive. Maybe on an anniversary or a vow renewal.
  13. Consider renting or purchasing used wedding attire. or through an online retailer like Amazon. View our hand-picked budget wedding gown recommendations here
  14. 15. Avoid hiring a wedding planner; with our helpful guides and the assistance of a friend, you can do it yourself. See if you can find someone to help you coordinate on the big day.
  15. Make your own wedding decorations and favors, though you can skip the favors because many are left behind after a wedding.
  16. Request that bridesmaids wear their own dresses in a color theme or contribute to the cost.
  17. Ask a friend or family member to officiate your wedding. You can now easily qualify for this through a variety of online sources.
  18. If you're having an outdoor wedding, request that guests bring a chair! It saves money on hiring them.
  19. Book your wedding outside of season; winter weddings are often less expensive, as are weekday weddings.
  20. Consider reselling your wedding items after the event to recoup some of your expenses. On Facebook Marketplace, you can also find a lot of used wedding bargains.
  21. Rather than hiring a car, have a family member drive you and decorate their car yourself.
  22. Combine wedding ceremony and venue. By having them in the same place you save money on two venues as well as transport between the two.

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How to lower Wedding Party Costs - Attire/Gifts

Members of the wedding party may include, but are not limited to, bridesmaids, maids of honor, the mother of the bride, groomsmen, the best man, the father of the bride, flower girls, and father of the bride.


There is an endless list of expenses, such as getting the ladies' outfits, shoes, grooming, hair, and makeup done, as well as gifts for the ladies after the event. Keeping your bridal party small or eliminating it entirely is the most efficient way to cut costs when it comes to your wedding, so do what you can to do that.


Compromise

If you have a large number of family members and friends who are interested in attending the celebration, it is possible that this won't be feasible. Therefore, what action should we take? You should let your bridal party know that you are working with a limited budget and that you intend to keep things as straightforward and classy as possible. Explain to them that you will not be able to buy their outfits for them, but that they should think about wearing something that fits into the color scheme that you have planned for the bridal party in order for them to be able to take their place in it.


This request is not unreasonable as long as you are not telling them what to wear (aside from the color scheme), as they will almost certainly buy something to wear to your wedding regardless of whether or not you want them to do so. They will be opting out of the bridal party if they are unable to do so, which will put an end to the whole "we want to be in it" situation!!


In some cases, you may be able to save money by purchasing previously worn bridal party attire; however, it may be challenging to locate a set of garments that is suitable for the members of your bridal party.


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How to save money on a Wedding Dress

Preloved, still white. handed down


Clothing that has only been worn once and has been cleaned by a professional can be purchased at a price that is up to 75% less than the price at which it was originally sold. If you go this route, make sure to give yourself plenty of time to find the ideal dress and set aside a small amount of money in case you need to have your dress altered. If you decide to go this route, it is important that you do both.


There are a large number of Facebook groups, Facebook Marketplaces, eBay lists, and other online resources, in addition to thrift stores and charity shops, that sell stunning previously worn wedding dresses.


Online Sellers - Amazon


If you buy your wedding dress online, you can make significant financial savings (no fittings). It appears from the feedback I've seen so far on Facebook groups about online dresses that, while the bride is delighted, the dress is often not quite like the promotional photo, so make sure you read the reviews and keep your expectations realistic! If you're shopping for a dress online, keep in mind that the bride may be delighted, but the dress may not look exactly like the photo! First and foremost, check to see that the measurements you submit to them are accurate. As Amazon Influencers, we have hand-curated a list of budget-priced wedding dresses with good reviews - check them out carefully.


Borrow


There is always a chance that a member of your family or a close friend will be willing to lend you their wedding dress for free, the only expense being the cost of having it professionally cleaned after the big day.


DIY - Make it Yourself 


If you have the skills necessary, there is no reason why not. I just recently came across a stunning wedding dress that the bride had crocheted all by herself! It was breathtaking in every sense of the word. However, the majority of us do not have those abilities; however, if you do, it is something that should definitely be taken into consideration, and what a wonderful sentimental keepsake that would be.


Prom Dress


The price of prom dresses is typically much lower than that of wedding gowns, and they have an appearance that is very comparable to that of bridal gowns.


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How to save money on wedding decorations

Throw a get-together for crafting


You do not need to be creative in order to participate; rather, you can enlist the assistance of crafty friends and family members. You can easily enlist the assistance of your creative friends for your do-it-yourself wedding projects by throwing a crafting party. This event, which is comparable to a wedding shower but has a different theme, is a great way to celebrate your upcoming nuptials. Bring in your friends, organize a space, supply wedding crafting materials, a workspace, and refreshments (but don't provide any alcoholic beverages; you don't want the fixings to get messed up or drinks to spill!)


DIY Centerpieces and Table Decorations for Your Wedding that You Can Create Yourself


Mason jars or recycled jam jars are popular choices for wedding decorations in 2022 and 2023. These jars can either be filled with small strings of LED lights or tea lights. Mason jars can also be recycled. You could also use pebbles and shells to create the look of a beach, or you could create a more straightforward arrangement by using water and a candle that floats in it, or you could use artificial flowers made of silk, wood, or plastic. There is a very wide variety of selections available.


The jars themselves may be decorated with a variety of embellishments, including ribbon, glitter, burlap, lace, and other materials. You can make your own centerpieces out of these jars and use them at an outdoor wedding, or you can hang them from the ceiling or trees (carefully).

You can also find one-of-a-kind vases at thrift stores, which is a great option if you like to decorate in a country or shabby chic style.


Make centerpieces out of teacups filled with candy or flowers, or turn the teacup into a home-made candle holder by filling it with an incandescent candle and some wax. You can find some very inexpensive pretty china at thrift stores that you can use to make cake stands (dinner plates for this), and centerpieces out of teacups filled with candy or flowers. In addition to the most popular craft materials, which can be used to make your own unique table decorations.


Make Use Of Antique and Vintage Bottles


Old vintage perfumes in glass bottles can be purchased for a reasonable price at thrift stores, carboot sales, and charity shops, in addition to online retailers such as Amazon (image). Create a one-of-a-kind centerpiece for your table by stuffing them with flower petals, colored sand, dried flowers, and colored liquid. 


A modest and understated rustic wedding table decoration could be as easy as a spray of cherry blossoms placed in a glass bottle and then filled with sand. The sand, rather than the water, provides the bottle with additional weight, which in turn increases its stability. You can coordinate the look of the sand at your wedding by using colored sand.


To further enhance the look of a rustic wedding, you could also incorporate lace and burlap ribbon into the decor. You can add even more of a personal touch by creating custom gift tags or stickers.


Bottles that have been decorated using decoupage These painted and decorated bottles look great, and you can make them yourself! Use any bottle you have, some thin gift wrap that you have torn into pieces, and paper glue (PVA) to create a lovely vintage decoupage wedding table decoration.


For a one-of-a-kind take on a rustic wedding table decoration, write on old bottles that have been painted with chalkboard paint and then set them out on the table. Alternate the color of the glass bottles and add single stems to create a straightforward yet sophisticated decoration for the wedding table.


Stunning blue bottles with white flowers and pearls will make an excellent table decoration for beach or blue themed weddings because of their combination of colors and themes.


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How to save money on wedding entertainment

Create an audio recording of your preferred wedding songs and dance music, then use the music device at the location of your reception to play the recording.

Employ a local band that is eager to gain exposure and is willing to work for a reduced rate in order to take advantage of this opportunity.


Find talented people among your friends and family who are willing to work with you for a set amount of time.

Let's sing some karaoke!


How to save money on wedding transport

In almost every family, there is at least one member who possesses a vehicle that is more luxurious than the others' vehicles combined. Inquire about the possibility of them tying a ribbon around it and transporting you on the specific date in question. Make an offer to cover any costs associated with cleaning, as well as any other expenses that may arise, such as fuel costs, etc.

How to save money on wedding cake

The following are some advantages of having cupcake towers at weddings:

  1. Wedding cupcake towers and arrangements can be adaptable with regard to number of guests rsvps.
  2. It is possible to replace individual cakes without negatively impacting the overall presentation of the confections.
  3. There are no duties that require "cutting and wrapping in napkins."
  4. Leftovers can be easily packaged in boxes.
  5. Can still have a top tier for decorative purposes.
  6. Can be prepared in a variety of flavors, including those that are vegan and gluten-free, to cater to a wide range of preferences and dietary requirements.
  7. Can have an appearance that is just as stunning as a conventional wedding cake.
  8. You are free to enlist the assistance of more than one person in the baking of the cupcakes.
  9. Your children can help bake cupcakes for the tier, which will make the experience very memorable and heartfelt for everyone involved.

How to save money on wedding photography

Family and close friends


Be aware that this person will not want to spend the majority of their time (despite the fact that it is your day) taking photos, and they may not take the photos you want them to take; as a result, even if you rely on a friend or family member to take your wedding photos and videography, DO try to have an element of the organization agreed with them beforehand, re what group photos you want them to take, and DO try to have an element of the organization agreed with them beforehand, re what group photos.


Wedding Hashtag


Create an online presence for your wedding by inviting all of your guests to upload the wedding photos they took on the big day to Facebook. This will help you build an online presence for your wedding. You can rest assured that there will be a few that surprise you in a wonderful way and are worthy of being included in your wedding album. Picking your favorites, saving them, and then uploading them to a website such as SnapFish in order to print them at a low cost is totally doable! Make sure you can find everyone by using a wedding hashtag. To ensure that your guests are aware of your preferences in advance, you should consider displaying a sign at your wedding that includes your hashtag.


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Booking a student photographer, a qualified new business owner, or booking outside of the peak season will all result in lower photographer rates than booking a seasoned professional photographer or a business owner with a well-established reputation, and booking outside of the peak season will, of course, be less expensive.


Photographing an Engagement


There has been a recent trend among engaged couples to have a photo shoot prior to the wedding in order to create engagement photos, which they then use for their save the dates or as a memento of their engagement. You'll find some photos of couples here, as well as some great location ideas to use as motivation for your own engagement photo shoot.


Our advice on how to plan a wedding with a budget less than $5000 concludes here. If you had a wedding with a limited budget and would like to share how you cut costs, please do so via our online community facebook group.

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Wedding planning can be a daunting task, and if you're like us, you want to be organized and keep all of your information in one place, which could be a device, wedding app, or wedding planning binder!  We adore wedding planning binders because they allow you to cut out your favorite images from wedding magazines, add clippings from other sources, and store all of your printed receipts, wedding vendor pamphlets, and business cards! When you're finished, the wedding planning binder makes an excellent keepsake for your special day! After the wedding, keep track of all the gifts you received so that you can send personalized thank you notes and cards. 

With all this in mind, we've created a variety of themed wedding planning guides, checklists, and dividers to help you have fun while organizing your wedding planning binder! We add new themes on a weekly basis. Have fun and share your wedding planning binders and how you used our printables with us in our wedding planning group!