Think you can't pull off your dream wedding on a budget? Think again. Sure, not all of us can splurge on a custom-etched marble table and golden toilet tower (looking at you, Kimye), but it's easier than you think to stretch your budget without giving up the things you love. Want a farm-to-table menu and the venue of your dreams? Or a designer dress and a five-tiered cake? It's possible to make it happen — the key is compromise.
A few dollars here and there doesn't seem like a lot when you're shelling out thousands total. But a few hundred bucks — $500, to be exact — will make a major difference when it comes to your bottom line. Find a few places where you can trim half a grand from your budget, and suddenly that gorgeous destination wedding venue you've been obsessing over will seem a lot less out of reach.
We asked top planners, caterers, bakers, florists, and bloggers to share their best-kept secrets on how to get your vendors to come down big time on their prices. Plus, we got real Brides readers to weigh in on the most genius ways they saved money. Even if you've never haggled at a flea market in your life and supermarket coupons look like they're penned in a foreign language, you can nail these budget hacks without thinking twice.
Read on for the 50 best ways to save $500 on your wedding!