The Best-Kept Money-Saving Secrets for Weddings

Planning Tips
Unexpected Wedding Costs

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No matter what kind of wedding you're planning or what budget you're sticking to, chances are, you want to save money wherever and whenever you can! Even a small, intimate affair can become a drain on your finances. Since the best money-saving tips are learned by real brides, we asked women planning their weddings on Facebook to tell us the best ones they've learned through experience!

"Getting married on a Friday or Sunday is usually half the price of a Saturday wedding." —Jennifer Lightcap

"I went to a semi-annual sale for my wedding dress. Got half off my bridal gown and I'm in love with it." —Kasi Foster

"I made DIY invites, veils, candles etc., plus I asked a dear friend to be my on-the-day coordinator, and my husband's friends to take care of our photographs and videos." —Rah Castañeda Salonga

See more: 50 Ways to Save $500

"Don't invite anyone if you don't actually want them to be there." —Christine Nokta

"Rather than using a florist, use someone that does flowers out of their home!" —Melinda Sprueill

"Having everything in one place (ceremony, reception, and hotel) means there's no need for a limo and the guests can come and go from their room as they please." —Rosalyn Mai

"Bridal consignment shops...I bought and resold so much of my décor there!" —Tina Collins Foye

"Downloadable and printable wedding invitations from Etsy! I had mine printed at Staples for a fraction of average priced invitations!" —Cheyenne Simmons

"Know your intention of your wedding celebrations. I put more effort in making my guests comfortable with good food to celebrate the day. When the banquet company said they provide complimentary chocolate as wedding favors, I chose not to spend further on favors and got a simple cocktail reception with good wine and simple décor." —Jasmine Lee

"Negotiating prices with the big vendors." —Morris Stephanie

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