The average cost for a wedding in the US is over $30,000!. Yikes. Here are some great money saving tips to help you be within your budget!
1. Eloping or having a very small intimate wedding is a great way to save money. The average person eating at a wedding is over $68! When you keep your head count, it will save you tons! If you still want to celebrate with a large party, do it after the wedding at someone's backyard and have a barbeque!
2. Vintage dresses and consignment stores are really in right now. I have seen many a bride find a dress for under $300 through Etsy or a local consignment store. I even had a friend just buy a fun white dress from J.CREW for $98! Couple it will a cool hair piece and some funky heels and your in business!
3. Have a cookout complete with lawn games, bear and even a food truck! Don't forget about corn hole!
4. You can save on stationary buy using your phone to make a really cool save-the-date. With apps like Canva, Enlight, Adobe Spark, Phonto and more- you can put a really cool text on a picture! Apps like Free Prints gives you .. 1001 FREE printed photos (you only pay for shipping!)
5. Artificial flowers are awesome because they can last forever! Find a crafty BFF and make your own bouquets!
6. PLEASE don't skimp on a Pro photographer! But I know they can be expensive. Try to find one that does hourly shoots. Do a one hour session with just your spouse and your immediate family! At the reception/party, you can set up a DIY photobooth for the candid shots.
7. You want a sweet cake or alterations for your dress? Try to find someone locally that you can trade services with.
8. Make your own invites with some simply calligraphy, a xerox machine, some fancy paper and some little ribbons or doilies:
9. Especially if you get married during the day (which I highly recommend).. You can set up your own photo booth with a simple backdrop make of balloons, fringe table cloth, paper chains or anything else you can think of!
10. Do you know someone with a sweet vacation home or a beach house? Ask them to have your wedding there! Pay for the clean up and any other incidentals that might happen though, just in case.
11. A state park is a great and cheap place to get married at! Try to find one with a great gazebo or an overhang, just in case it rains!
12. Spaghetti jars and wine bottles can be saved from family and friends to make some awesome DIY vases!