The Ultimate Guide to the Budget: 6 Ways to Save $500 on Your Big Day

Guide to the Budget: Ways to Save $500 on Your Wedding

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Sticking to your wedding budget is an important part of the planning process. After all, who wants to start married life in the red? If you do find yourself towing the line, there are ways to cut back that will hardly change your big day a bit. This week, we're sharing six ways to shave $500 off your bottom line that are (almost) painless! Trust us, in the long-run you'll be glad you cut back, and we promise your guests will have no idea

Welcome Bags
If you're looking for a place to save, believe us when we tell you your guests won't mind if you skip the welcome bag. Instead, give your family and friends a handwritten note instead. Not only will you save big, but it's so much more thoughtful.

Who says tablecloths are mandatory? Cut back on linens if the tables are presentable and the look fits your wedding aesthetic. Another affordable option? Craft paper, which can be just as pretty, will cover less-than-perfect tables.

Imported Flowers
This one might be tough, but you'll have to give up your love affair with imported garden roses (or another pricey bloom) and let your florist choose local flowers based on your color palette instead. The look will be just as pretty and your wallet will surely thank you.

See More: 7 Inexpensive (and Pretty) Flowers to Use in Your Wedding Bouquet

While they're definitely mandatory, there is a way to send save-the-dates without bursting your budget. Consider digital options, which look great and will add up to a big savings.

Paper Products
You can forgo giving each guest their own ceremony program and menu card in favor of creating oversized chalkboards with all the necessary information. Not only are they beautiful (and a great DIY project!), they've become particularly popular at weddings, so no one will be the wiser.

In no way are we telling you not to have a photographer (seriously, don't skimp on pro photos!) but consider booking this vendor only until your first dance. They'll get the most important shots and you can rely on friends and family for the reception photos.

For more genius budget advice, be sure to check out our February/March issue, on newsstands now and available for download!

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