Weddings are expensive. According to The Knot, the average wedding is now around $32,000. For those on a budget, that price is insane…and out of reach. So do you just scrap the plans of “I Do?” Do you save for years and hope to put enough together for a dream wedding?
You could. Or you can take the day into your own hands and DIY aspects of your wedding! If it sounds like a lot of work, don’t freak out. It doesn’t have to be labor-intensive. The key to taking a DIY approach to your wedding is to keep the guest list manageable and focus on your big day as an intimate affair meant to celebrate your union.
Here’s how to save money while hosting the day of your dreams:
Dress on a Dime
You don’t have to buy an insanely expensive wedding dress. Let’s face it, you’re only wearing this once. You can find less expensive options online at popular retail sites—some of which feature traditional wedding apparel. Also, consider renting a dress for your big day or checking out local thrift stores. You can buy a thrifted wedding gown and have it altered and cleaned for a frugal option. As for buying affordable jewelry to go along with your dress, this guide contains all the things you need to know.
Check out online sites or even the photo section of local drug stores and discount stores for options on printing and creating your own invites and thank you cards. Yes, personalized stationery is gorgeous, but it’s also expensive. If you’re crafty, then design and create your own amazing and personalized invites.
When hunting for the perfect reception venue, look into local parks as options. There may be a hall or facility that can be rented cheaply. Or host your reception in your backyard. Picnic receptions also are really fun and can be inexpensive.
Skip the Spirits or BYOB
Alcohol is an expensive addition. And we’ve all been to weddings where guests have been a bit…under the influence. If you want to lower the cost of your reception, offer alcohol alternatives and skip the spirits. Another cheap option, though, is to buy your own spirits…just be sure to have your venue serve the drinks. And, if you’re hosting in a public space, be sure to check any alcohol restrictions or requirements.
Cut the Guest List
You don’t need to invite hundreds of guests to your wedding. Intimate ceremonies and receptions are just as memorable and amazing. If your wedding budget is tight, begin by trimming your guest list. If you’re afraid of offending friends or relatives, opt to host a family-only event. Then stick to immediate family, including any close cousins.
Design Your Own Bouquet
Basic bouquets aren’t that difficult to create. Purchase your favorite flowers and arrange them for your own personalized DIY bouquet. Opt for ribbon, twine or lace to tie the base. Play around with flowers ahead of time to discover what you like and find your ideal design. Never wait until the last minute!
Where to Splurge
While you can opt to ask a friend to take pictures at your wedding, it’s always best to splurge for a professional photographer. This is the biggest event of your relationship, so you’ll want to capture all the special moments. Just be sure to set your budget and shop around for a photographer that’s in your price range.
While the typical wedding costs about the price of a nice new car, you can still host a frugal affair. Get crafty and DIY aspects of your wedding or reception to cut costs and keep the bill from exceeding your comfort zone. Money doesn’t buy love…and it also doesn’t always buy the perfect dream wedding!
Author: Uma Campbell