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.
Make Your Own Invitations.