15 Tips For Keeping Your Wedding On Budget - Part 1

Your wedding is the most important day of your life. Most people dream of their wedding day for years and have an image in their minds of what the perfect wedding is. In order to have the wedding of your dreams without blowing your budget, we have put together a list of tips from the experts. You will be amazed at what you can accomplish by making a few changes.

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  1. “First, hire a planner! Words can’t express how detail-oriented ---and potentially stressful--- weddings can be. You need a professional who won’t only keep you organized, but can potentially get you discounts from vendors and provide suggestions that you might not have thought about. Next, assign duties to your bridal party. You need your friends’ support beyond them showing up and looking beautiful on your special day. Finally, set a firm budget. If you don’t, you are guaranteed to overspend; you don’t want to have thousands of dollars in bills awaiting you after your honeymoon. Right?” - Heather Goodwin from An Inspired Affair.
  2. “DIY weddings are trendy as ever but it can get overwhelming really fast, especially as the big day approaches. My advice? Narrow down your projects to a few favorites that you want to tackle, and ask your wedding party, friends and family to help out in the weeks before and especially for setting up on the big day. Things like hand-stamped Save the Dates, DIY photobooths and this easy "guestbook" wood sign are great and simple ways to save some moolah. Another money saving tip? Ask your talented and creative friends to pitch in! We had a friend take video at our wedding, which not only saved us a lot of cash, but is now one of the most meaningful gifts from the big day. And last but not least, you don't need to serve your guests $32 plates to have a good time. We served Chipotle for $12 a guest and it was a huge hit. Think outside the box and don't forget to have fun!" -Lauren Thompson of Forever Fireflying.

  3. “Groomsmen are now enjoying pampering... I for one am a fan of spa day for men. It beats a round of golf and gets you ready for the big day”. -Chris Gialanella from Modern Luxury.

  4. “Hire a wedding planner. They will sit down with you at the very beginning and allocate the funds accordingly and help you find the right vendors to meet your needs. Plan ahead and you will know exactly where you stand and it's much easier to stay on track.” -Julie Paisley from juliepaisley.com.

  5. “Hire your calligrapher and stationer early to avoid costly spelling errors or rush fees on design/printing/addressing/postage. Stationery has many moving parts and takes time, so we suggest starting wedding invitations at the 6 month to wedding day mark to allow plenty of time for all parties included.”  - Nicole Black from The Left-Handed Calligrapher.

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  7. “Believe it or not, one of the very best ways to save money in the long run is to hire a planner. Planners not only streamline the time that you spend working on everything (giving you more time to live your life), but they also are infinitely more familiar with vendors pricing packages and how the general process of wedding days work. A planner will work to keep you on budget, will put out any figurative (or literal!) fires on the wedding day, and a skilled, experienced and personable planner is one of the very best values you can invest in!” -Perry Vaile from perryvaile.com.

  8. “After you’ve aerated your lungs and cleared your mind, think of the season. Research temperatures during the months you have in mind. While Summer weddings are divine with blooms and breezes, I’ve shot some mid July and mid August where the couple could barely tolerate the heat for the ceremony, let alone portraits. Think natural or artificial light both indoors and out. There is much that goes into the planning of your day. Make some sort of inspiration board. A large cork board from staples with printed images or ideas on good old fashioned paper works best for me. Regardless of anything, most of all, enjoy the journey!” -Denise Wine from www.denisewine.com.

  9. "Large wedding parties are a blast but they can also be a strain on everyone's budget. By keeping your bridesmaid numbers lower, not only are you & your fiance saving on wedding party gifts, flowers, rehearsal dinner & various other costs; but, you are also helping your friends save on dresses, hair, makeup, bachelorette party fees & more!" -Pat & Mahlia Dooley from Ivory Door Studio.

  10. “Soon-to-weds love to hear our practical wedding tips and real stories from brides. Offer them free ebooks, tools or any freebies because people just love getting free items easily, especially if these are of value to them.” (note: please visit this site for stories, ideas, and inspirations.) -Dominic Barrios from The Top Knotters.

  11. “Planning your own wedding from start to finish is the seasoned do it yourself person’s ultimate challenge! Get your favorite notepad, binder for research, Pinterest account to fill your tool kit. Don’t get me wrong, you can’t do it alone, accept help where you find it. Include family, friends and maybe even your partner, in your planning but be wary of over-involved or un-welcomed backseat wedding planners. My best advice is enjoy the planning. There is no use in being overly stressed, when your big day arrives it will go by in the blink of an eye!” -Karissa from www.hellodito.co.

  12. “Weddings are expensive – that’s obvious, but there are ways to keep your wedding on a budget and it starts with focusing on what’s actually required for a wedding: two people & an officiant. Yup, that’s all you really need to get married (in Washington, DC you don’t even need the officiant – you can marry yourselves!). The rest is really just EXTRA details. So focus on the things you can’t live without, focus on the things your guests will actually want/remember post wedding, and look for ways to reuse items as much as possible through the day.” -Bree from Capitol Romance.

  13. “Nothing gets under our skin quite like #sweatingforthewedding expectations. Almost no one enrolls in boot camp and emerges looking like a beatific bridal gazelle. However, if your upcoming nuptials inspire you to recommit to a healthy lifestyle, we’re fully on board. Stay on budget by skipping expensive trainers and boutique classes. An online search reveals a bevy of free workouts with minimal equipment required. Many well-known fitness streaming services even offer free 30-day trial periods! Get started today with our own Wantable Fit Workout Series.”-Lindsey Townsley from Wantable Style Blog!

  14. "There are two keys to self-funding and budgeting your wedding: Prioritization and Creativity. Creativity comes in two forms: resourcefulness as well as craftiness, including networking and finding vendors who meet your vision. Craftiness should sincerely only go as far as your abilities; pushing that will end in stress. If you're stressed, reassess your priority list and keep the list short. Being open enough to reset expectations is a virtue... overcome that while planning a wedding and you can take that with you the rest of your life."Amanda Kar from Manda Marie Photo.

  15. “I remember as an artist in school I had a limited budget on art supplies. But this didn't stop me from creating meaningful and beautiful things with the tools that I had. Planning your wedding on a budget is a challenge, but it doesn't mean that you can't have a beautiful wedding. Instead, budgets encourage you to think creatively with what you have. For example, you don't have to do typical floral arrangements or a large 3 tier cake. Instead, you could do garlands of eucalyptus with accents of florals, pomegranates, or tea lights. For sweets, opt for a dessert or donut bar. Both ideas could save hundreds!”  - Krizel Minnema from Krizel Photography.


You can have the wedding of your dreams with all the special effects that mean so much to you if you cut hidden expenses. Use the tips listed and add a few of your own for a wedding uniquely yours, that doesn’t blow your wedding budget.