Whether it means getting crafty with your besties or doubling your décor as favors, a few adjustments here and there can make your wedding day a lot less expensive. So what are you waiting for? Pin this post to your wedding inspirations board and get ready to save!
Try the Barter System
"The church where we married let us use its wedding ministry for free in return for my volunteering at other weddings. The ministry did everything—decorating, flowers, catering, and coordinating. We saved thousands of dollars, and the day was so much less stressful for everyone." —Bekah S., Fairbanks, Alaska
Involve Your Guests
"I wanted to make a brooch bouquet for my walk down the aisle, but buying the seventy-five pieces I needed would have been expensive. So I asked my loved ones to help with the hunt. Soon I had brooches pouring in—some from personal collections, some from thrift stores, some from department-store sales. The best part? Now guests are buzzing in anticipation of seeing the finished bouquet." —Lauren C., New York City
Plant Some Memories
"In keeping with our antique-garden theme, I potted cheap flowers in clay pots and used them to brighten up the reception tables. After the wedding, we decided to plant the perennials in our yard. Now we have colorful mementos in our garden that we can enjoy for years to come." —Nancy C., Lafayette, Ind.
"I designed our wedding invitations using Adobe Illustrator. Then I sent them to CatPrint.com to be printed—it's awesome and super-cheap." —Amanda S., Brooklyn
Pick Blooms Online
"I ordered my flowers in bulk from Fiftyflowers.com and put them together with my family. The site also has premade bouquets and centerpieces."—Chetna K., Houston
Do a Dessert Table
"We created a homemade dessert buffet instead of ordering a wedding cake. My husband and I asked all of the ladies from his family to make their signature dessert, and we put their names next to each one. Everyone loved the variety, and it saved us a lot of cash." —Kristin S., Irvine, Calif.