When it comes to personalizing your wedding day, it's the little details that make all the difference—a reception playlist that includes handpicked songs from your friends and family, handwritten notes identifying your signature cocktails, a vintage clutch that does double duty as your something blue. These thoughtful items will be the things your wedding guests gush about, but they can also quickly add up to additional costs in your wedding budget.
As luck would have it, we happen to be "in the know" when it comes to how to save money without sacrificing style. (Consider these 30+ wedding dresses we love, all of which cost less than $1500!) In an effort to bring you the most creative ways to personalize your big day, we reached out to some of the wedding industry's most talented planners, florists and event designers along with a few of our favorite wedding bloggers for ingenious ideas that don't cost a thing. In other words, wedding freebies you can't live without! From a hardware store find that lends a colorful touch to your escort card table to printable drink straws that put a cheeky spin on your signature cocktail, we found affordable ways to let your wedding guests know you left no detail undone.
Here, ten extra-special ways to add personal touches to your wedding without blowing the budget.
At left: "Why not turn the walk from the ceremony to the reception into a parade? Have the band lead the way for you and your guests. The pictures—and the moment—will be priceless."—Maria Baer, Ritzy Bee Events, Washington, D.C.
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