Plenty of engaged couples can tell you that making (and sticking to!) your wedding budget is one of the hardest parts of planning your big day. But since no one should ever have to go into debt planning a wedding, we're sharing ways to help you save on your ceremony and reception that won't feel like sacrifices. Last week we shared 6 ways to save $500 on your wedding, and this week we're taking it even further. Here, 5 expert tips to shave $1,000 off your budget without even batting an eye.
It's best to avoid asking guests to shell out for drinks at your reception, but that doesn't mean you are required to offer a full open bar with top-shelf booze. Cut out hard liquor and serve beer, wine, and a signature cocktail. It's a cost-effective alternative that still lets friends and family imbibe without blowing through your budget.
Even if your mom gasps, it is acceptable to send digital invitations to guests. You'll see a big savings, but it's important to ensure everyone you're inviting will actually get that electronic invite. So if you don't think your grandparents or a less-than-tech-savvy bridesmaid will see it, get a few paper one's too!
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An iPod reception can be tricky to pull off (a pro musician will read the room and play the right music to get guests on the dance floor) a playlist of your favorite tunes is a great idea for the ceremony. You can still walk down the aisle to a classic harp or your favorite symphony without having a live entertainer present.
You can scale back ceremony déor without losing the look you love. Instead of building a gran ceremony structure, consider lining your aisle with flower petals. Everyone will be focused on the two of you and the gorgeous venue anyway!
Your Wedding Dress
Good news: Your dream dress is definitely available at your dream budget somewhere! Start by hitting trunk shows and sample sounds to find a designer gown for half the cost of a made-to-order version. No luck? Go for the custom dress, then resell it after the big day.