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12 Tips to Plan Your Frugal Wedding

On July 31, 2010, it’s a day that changed my life.  It was the day that I said “I do” to the love of my life.  We had a lovely wedding but at the same time we did not spend a ton of money.  The months leading up to our wedding we made a budget, a list of wants and needs, and being to search around for the best deals out there.  Planning a frugal wedding doesn’t mean you have to have a cheap wedding. There are plenty of ways to cut cost for a budget-friendly wedding.  We spent about $5,000 for a wedding weekend with over 200 guest.  Don’t still be paying for your wedding years after the ceremony. Here are some tips for your frugal wedding.  Here are a few tips that I would recommend when planning your wedding that my wife and I used to keep the cost down.

1. Avoid the Strangers

When getting married, many times a couple feel obligated to invite people because of what a parent may request.  When taking the route to invite out of obligation, you end up inviting (and paying for) people that you really don’t even know.  Although you might want to invite everyone you know, that isn’t always a great idea. With each addition you make, you’re adding additional costs.

2. Use Your Talented Family and Friends

You will be surprised by the connections and talents that your family and friends may have.  Asking family and friends to offer help or services that align with their talents in lieu of a gift is a great way to keep your wedding on a budget.

3. Look for Free Locations

There are plenty of parks or backyards you can borrow to have a wedding — and the best part…they are free! Sure, you may have to rent a few things to pull it off, but you’re saving plenty of money not paying for a venue.

4. Hire a Family-Owned Restaurant.

Look around your community for a family-owned restaurant and ask the owners directly to cater your wedding. Family-owned restaurants will almost always go the ‘extra mile’ to make your wedding special and are generally more understanding of your particular budget needs.

5. Go Minimal With the Flowers.

If you know someone with a rose bush, you can actually make your own bouquets the day before the ceremony by cutting the roses yourself and trimming away the thorns.  Flowers are extremely expensive. If you can, do the wedding flowers yourself, or better yet, see if you can pull off a wedding not using flowers at all.

6. Skip the gifts.

Instead of buying gifts they may not even want or enjoy, consider writing them a special note to say “thanks” instead.

  1. Make Your Own Invitations.

With a quality home printer and some time, you can make very classy invitations on your own. Design your invitation and send them to be printed at your local print shop.  Or you can get stationary ones from the store.

8. Borrow Stereo Equipment or Use Yours From Home.

Create a playlist from your iPod.  If you have a family member willing to help, put them in charge of the music.  This is a great way to personalize the music!

9. Buy Dresses on Sale.

Instead, head to a few stores with dresses on sale and see if you can all find something “off the rack.”  Or instead of buying new dresses, have every bridesmaid wear a particular color dress they already own (they’ll thank you).

10. Wear Matching Suits.

If you don’t want to go the tuxedo route, you can also have all of your groomsmen wear a black suit from home or other matching formal wear (they’ll thank you).

11. Choose Affordable Rings.

Wedding bands are traditionally an important part of the marriage ceremony, symbolic of your commitment to each other. That doesn’t mean they have to cost you a fortune.

12. Budget.

When you’re trying to have a wedding on a budget, it’s important to plan ahead. List everything you can think of and walk through these items step by step.

No matter what you do, don’t think you have to go cheap to have a frugal wedding.

Just_Frugal_It! and Congratulations!