August 25, 2017
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Dream weddings are expensive. Or so you thought. We're here to give you the inside scoop on ways to save without much sacrifice, making wedding planning on a budget easier than ever. The best part? With these money saving tips, you'll be saving thousands and guests won't even notice a difference.

1. Host Your Ceremony and Reception at the Same Venue

Avoid arranging transportation for the bridal party, family, and even guests by sticking to one spot. Not only will you lose the cost of limos, but you'll also cut travel time for those vendors you're paying by the hour. They'll be able to continue snapping photos instead of sitting in traffic.

2. Pick a Venue that Doesn't Have Required Vendors

Choose a location that doesn't limit you to a specific list of vendors. By selecting your own florist, band, caterer, and more, you can prioritize categories and decide to splurge or save on the areas you see fit.

3. Make the Most of Your Wedding Website

Forgo the cost of extra paper in your invitation suite by directing guests to a wedding website for more details. Everything from your weekend itinerary to accommodation information can be listed online. Include one insert with your website instead of multiple inserts with all details to save on the cost of printing and postage.

4. Be Purposeful with Color When It Comes to Paper

Little changes, like using a colored outer envelope instead of an envelope liner, can make a big difference – often $1 per invitation in this case. Other details, like sticking to just one color instead of a multicolored look, can also save on invitation suites.

5. Limit your Letterpress

If letterpress is a must-have, consider splurging on your main invitation but saving on other pieces. Flat print still looks polished on insert pieces and RSVP cards.

6. Recycle Ceremony Flowers

From bridesmaid bouquets to aisle flowers, there are plenty of blooms that can serve double-duty on your Big Day. Place bouquets in vases on your escort card or guest book tables. You can even quickly create a beautiful head table runner by placing ceremony stems on top of garland draped down your tabletop.

7. Feature Fewer Floral Varieties

Instead of sourcing a few stems of this and a few stems of that, help your florist buy in bulk at a lesser cost by reducing the number of flower varieties in your wedding. These chic, uniform arrangements that contain just one or two varieties can feature a cohesive collection of more expensive flowers, like roses, orchids, and peonies, at a lesser cost.

8. Pull a Sheet Cake Switch

Instead of creating a multi-tiered cake to feed your guests, design a smaller sized confection and serve sheet cake from the kitchen. The perfect cake in all of your pictures doesn't have to actually feed all of your guests on its own.

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9. Supply Your Own Alcohol

Buying booze at your go-to spot is a lot cheaper than purchasing drinks directly through a caterer for your wedding bar. If your venue and caterer let you supply your own liquor, wine, and beer, you can hand-select your favorite brands without breaking the bank. Better yet, buy from a liquor store that allows returns. You won't fret over how many cases will have you covered if your supplier allows you to bring back unopened bottles.