Last year, the typical American wedding cost more than $30,000, according to the popular wedding website The Knot. Fortunately for brides on a budget, this number can go down significantly if you know where to cut costs. Brides by Alejandre, for example, offers custom wedding gowns in satin or lace at a substantial savings over the average $1,500 that brides spent on their dream dress in 2017.
We’ve compiled a list of helpful ideas for how to plan a wedding on a budget. You may be pleasantly surprised at how you can still have the wedding of your dreams without spending a fortune!
Go paperless or print your own wedding invitations
Wedding evites are becoming more commonplace. You can send electronic invitations through websites such as Paperless Post, Punchbowl or Evite. If you're not quite ready to go fully paperless then emailing your save-the-date reminders will still be a cost savings.
If you want to hang on to more traditional wedding practices, you can print your own wedding invitations for significant savings. Enlist the help of a friend who has graphic design skills or buy a downloadable template on a site such as Etsy. Then print your invitations at home or at your neighborhood office supply store.
Choose a date that is during off-peak season
Just like resorts and hotels offer lower prices during the off-peak season, so do wedding venues. If you live in a larger city or metropolitan area, especially, then planning your wedding during a less popular month like January or February can save you money.
Buy (or borrow) gently used decorations
Search your local Facebook buy sell trade groups to find (and later sell) low-cost wedding decor. There are also several online resources for buying and selling wedding decor and other items, such as Tradesy and BravoBride. Another great way to save is to simply ask a friend whose wedding is prior to yours if you can borrow their decorations (and perhaps you can even split the cost!)
Choose a nontraditional venue for your big day
Consider choosing a nontraditional venue such as a state or community park or even a college campus. We have a list of several great ideas here on our blog!
Plan a weekday wedding
Check with local venues on weekday wedding costs. The fees related to a non-weekend event can be considerably less costly!
DIY your centerpieces
If you have a talent for decorating or DIY, consider making the centerpieces for your reception. You can order wholesale flowers online and then reference Pinterest for ideas. If you’re not quite ready to go that route, but still want to save money, check out Costco’s bouquets and centerpieces that can be shipped to you for huge savings.
Get creative bridesmaid and groomsmen flowers
You may want to focus your floral budget on a more traditional bridal bouquet, but feel free to get creative with your attendants’ flowers. Some creative ideas we’ve seen have been bridesmaids carrying lanterns (perfect for an outdoor more informal weddings or even the holidays) or groomsmen wearing boutonnieres made from greenery.
Cut back on alcohol
Having an open bar at a wedding can be a huge expense. Simply serving wine and beer or even limiting alcohol to the champagne toast is a great way to save money. You can also opt for a brunch or lunchtime reception and serve up a budget-friendly cocktails such as Mimosas or Bloody Marys.
Whatever wedding budget you have to work with, Brides by Alejandre will make a dream wedding gown customized to your specific measurements!