Tips to Trim Thousands off Your Wedding Budget

With the average wedding costing just over $30,000 these days, brides are often looking for crafty ways to cut down on their budget wherever possible. Many vendors know they can upcharge for their services, and brides can easily get taken if they aren’t savvy spenders. Did you know more than 45% of couples go over their planned wedding budget? Sure, many people can easily spend upwards of $50,000 on their big day, but it’s seriously a waste of money. If you are able to get creative and think outside of the box a bit, you can save yourself in the long run. Remember: this is just one day of your life and you don’t want to start out your marriage in financial ruin because you decided you needed to have peonies, a grand ballroom at the Ritz, and a horse-drawn carriage. * This post contains affiliate links through Etsy. While we can receive commission through these links, opinions are entirely are own*

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I’ve compiled a list of ways to save money on your nuptials; you don’t have to use every tip, but utilizing even just 5 or 10 of these ideas could save you thousands on your big day! 1. Keep your guest list small. With catering costs at about $68 a person, the difference between inviting 120 or 150 guests can cost you a couple thousand dollars. Any unfamiliar business associates of your parents, long-lost relatives whom you haven’t seen in 20 years, or anyone else that you wouldn’t truly miss on your big day probably won’t be offended if they don’t receive an invite. I have a few friends who have not extended an invitation to me for their nuptials, but I can’t say I’ve been upset over it because I know how pricey occasions like these can be. 2. Don’t break the bank on your dress. It’s a myth that a gorgeous gown has to cost a small fortune. You’d be pleasantly surprised by some of the beautiful, affordable designs on the market today. The Wedding Shoppe offers an incredible variety of designs in the $500-$1000 price point. Some of my favorite designers in this range are Mon Cheri Bridals, Penny & Pine, and Blu by Mori Lee.

3. Shop sample sales. You can save thousands of dollars on gorgeous designer dresses by shopping the out-of-season floor samples. My older sister was able to score her designer bridal dress for a seriously great price at a sample sale and it suited her perfectly. Call your local dress shop to find out if they have any sample sales coming up. Be sure to research ahead of time to figure out exactly what silhouette, fabric, and designer you are interested in, since you’ll need to make your decision quickly on these sale days. 4. Don’t buy two bridal dresses. Many brides are now buying two designs for their ceremony and reception, which can be a significantly large added cost for most women. Instead of purchasing two separate dresses and totally blowing your budget, try shopping for a cocktail length or tea-length dress, then add a full skirt over it. Many designerseven offer convertible dresses, which provides the wearer with two looks in one dress.
5. Host your event on a Friday or Sunday. By skipping Saturday receptions, you can automatically trim thousands off your venue rental. Try throwing your celebration on Memorial Day weekend or another 3-day weekend; this way, you can host a Sunday ceremony and people still have the next day off of work or reserved for travel! 6. Skip the seated dinner. One of the most expensive aspects of your big day will be catering. A great option for casual daytime receptions is passed hors d’oeuvres with a generously appointed appetizer station. You can also offer cocktails and a cake cutting ceremony, too. You’ll easily save thousands on a plated dinner and your guests will enjoy all sorts of delicious nibbles.

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7. Find a venue that is flexible with your vendor and catering options. When choosing your venue, be sure to find out if they allow outside vendors to operate on their premises. Venues with fixed vendor lists essentially offer a monopoly to the bride, not giving you any flexibility in terms of price or menu options. If you can choose your own photographers, caterers, etc., it will be easier to customize everything to your taste and budgetary needs, and you may be able to bring in your own alcohol and bartender, saving you even more money. 8. Get creative with your cake and desserts. As we all know, wedding cakes are insanely overpriced. One of my favorite tricks that I’ve seen friends do at their receptions is to order a small one or two tiered cake for the bride and groom to cut into, then have a large sheet cake in the back, which can be cut and served to guests. Nobody will ever know your secret, and everyone will still get a delicious slice of cake! Many couples are even foregoing the cake altogether and opting for a dessert station equipped with tasty macaroons, cupcakes, cookies, and other sweet treats – often homemade!

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9. Keep tasting crowds small. Most people don’t realize it, but many caterers will charge per-person for food tastings. Instead of inviting your parents and attendants along, enjoy this occasion with only your fiancé and you’ll save some money in the process by keeping the crowd small, too! 10. Opt for a digital photography package. Many professional photographers will charge an arm and a leg for prints, bound books, and framed photos. Ask for your photographer to just provide you with a digital package of edited photos. You’ll save hundreds (sometimes thousands) off of the photographer’s prints, and you can use one of many online services to make your perfect, personalized book at a fraction of the cost. 11. Skip the professional hair and makeup. If Kate Middleton can do her own bridal makeup, you can too! Okay, this tip is really only for those who are actually adept at cosmetology. For my best friend’s wedding, she went to a few makeup trials, but was unhappy with the results each time. The makeup was too heavy and she didn’t feel like herself, so I volunteered to do her hair and makeup. I knew her taste and I know a thing or two about styling, so I felt comfortable enough doing this. I gave her a simple curled updo, which looked gorgeous with her veil. For her makeup products, we went to the cosmetic counters at our favorite department store and picked out the perfect products for the occasion. She was able to keep all of the makeup after, too! Once again, only do this if you are comfortable applying makeup and styling hair. Otherwise, this is definitely something worth paying a bit extra for.

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12. Have a daytime ceremony and reception. You can save thousands of dollars if you like the idea of a brunch or afternoon tea reception. Event spaces will charge less for use of their space in the daytime and catering will be significantly less expensive, too. You can also get away with just serving mimosas and save on the open bar. 13. Make your own wedding bands. Not only is this idea adorable, it is extremely creative and makes for a memorable experience, too. There are many studios across the country that offer couples the opportunity to create their own wedding bands by hand. You’ll save money on your jewelry too, as many engagement ring stores upcharge their inventory by ludicrous amounts. 14. Hold your ceremony and reception at the same venue. Only paying for one venue is one of the easiest ways to save! Not only will it cost less, but your guests won’t have to worry about hauling themselves across town to get from one place to the next. This will save on transportation costs for everyone and will take away stress from your celebration, too.

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15. Skip the open bar. Okay, before you start freaking out, I’m not suggesting you offer a cash bar or no liquor at all. A great option that many couples are opting for is to provide wine, beer, and one or two specialty cocktails. This can save you a good chunk of change and your guests will still have access to tasty libations during your party. See if your venue allows you to bring your own liquor in and shop for all of your supplies at a discount liquor store. 16. Block off a set of hotel rooms for a discounted bulk rate. Hotel costs can be truly prohibitive for some, but most hotels will offer group discounts if you block off a set of rooms for your party. You can include this information on your official wedding website, so guests can call the hotel and book a room under your group rate. 17. Use your creative friends for DIY projects! Yes, DIY can be stressful if you decide to take on a bunch of projects on your own, but if you enlist your trusty bridesmaids, friends, and family to help, making some decorations from scratch can be a fun activity and will save you some serious dough, too. 18. Hit up your local wholesale flower market or farmer’s market. Your DIY-savvy group definitely comes in handy on this one, too. If you are on a serious budget but don’t want to give up having beautiful flowers, you could opt to do your own arrangements. Be warned, though: this is a time-consuming and stressful operation if you are ill-prepared for this or if you don’t allocate proper time. However, if you can get all of your bridesmaids together right before your nuptials to do a floral assembly line, you could save hundreds of dollars by purchasing your flowers directly from a wholesale flower market.

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19. Book an off-season date. If you are flexible with dates, consider having a late autumn or winter ceremony. Venues will generally have more openings and may be willing to come down on their prices if demand is low.

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20. Don’t pay for a full-service coordinator. Most of the time, all you will need is a day-of coordinator. If you have people in your life who are hyper-organized and committed to making your day perfect, it’s definitely possible to get by without one, but having someone looking over all of your details on your big day will take a lot of stress off of you and will allow you to enjoy your special celebration. 21. Look into free or low-cost venues. Looking for an affordable or free place to host your celebration? While it’s difficult to find, it’s not impossible. State parks are great options for outdoor enthusiasts and provide gorgeous backdrops for photos, too. Or you could call on a friend or family member with a large house to host your reception at. Be sure to keep in mind linens and furniture rentals will be an added cost if you go this route, so you’ll want to compare the added costs of vendors decorating a place from scratch vs. a full-service venue.

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22. Get creative with wedding favors for guests. Favors can quickly become expensive, especially if you are hosting a large celebration. Most people don’t expect a favor, but if you are insistent on providing your guests with a small token, try to budget no more than $3 per person. Some great, economical options are a self-serve candy bar area or a code to a digital download with the couple’s favorite tunes.

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23. Utilize your friends and family who offer creative services. Do you have a cousin who is an aspiring photographer? Maybe he’d like to take photos of your big day at a reasonable cost! Is your best friend a graphic designer? Hello, personalized invites! Maybe your circle of friends includes a band, seamstress, baker, singer, officiant, or other creative genius. Not only will your loved ones be thrilled to provide services to you, they’ll likely be willing to give you a lower price than other professionals. They’ll appreciate the business and will be honored to take part in your big day, and your money will be supporting a creative freelancer! 24. Ask your vendors if they offer any freebies. If you are paying thousands of dollars for flowers, ask if your florist is willing to include the groom’s boutonniere for free. Perhaps your venue will include an extra hour of set-up time in the beginning. The more you are spending, the more bargaining power you generally have. 25. Choose a venue with included amenities. Look for event spaces that provide linens, chairs, tables, and wait staff. This will help you save money on small add-ons and will take the stress out of your day. 26. Choose a buffet style dinner instead of plated dinner. Buffets are a great route to go, as food costs are generally lower with buffets. Be sure to have a catering person manning the stations and serving people their food, as portions can easily get out of control with people serving themselves.

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27. Re-sell your items afterwards. If you spent a small fortune on decorations or your dress, much of this can be re-sold online to other brides looking for a deal. As long as you aren’t attached to these items, it’s a great way to make back a bit of money after your big day. 28. Skip the engagement party and day-after brunch. With so many events from the engagement party, bachelor party, bachelorette party, bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, and morning-after brunch, it’s easy to see how things can get to be so expensive! Try to skip the unnecessary events. By eliminating the engagement party and morning-after brunch, you’ll easily save yourself a few thousand dollars in catering and event space costs. 29. Save on postage and paper. While many people still like to send invitations via snail mail, you can save a bit of money by issuing your save-the-dates by email. You can also save a small fortune by foregoing paper RSVPs and have your guests RSVP through your wedding website.

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30. Simplify your décor. One of the most beautiful and effective decorative elements is candles. Luckily, these can be bought for reasonable prices in bulk and will add a romantic and intimate feeling to your event. You don’t need grandiose statements or swinging chandeliers to make an impact – just decorate with beautiful flowers and lots of candles—you could even string some bistro lights on the ceiling, which can be purchased for reasonable prices.

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31. Look into renting an estate or villa. I’ve always loved the idea of renting a large villa for a few nights and letting my close friends and family stay in the house before and after the celebration. The amount you would spend on a venue for a few hours would likely be the same as renting a large house for a few days, and you’d have time to set up and decorate just as you like (plus, you’d save on hotel costs!). Just be sure to communicate ahead of time and check with the owners of the home that you are able to host a celebration there, otherwise it may cause some issues. 32. Hire music students to play processional music. Contact your local university’s classical music department and see if they could recommend their favorite music students to provide processional music for your big day. They’ll cost a fraction of professional musicians and they will be thrilled for the performance opportunity. Many university music students are extremely talented and capable musicians already!

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33. Take your honeymoon a few months afterwards. Many couples are choosing to wait a bit before taking a costly 7-day honeymoon trip across the world. Rent out a local hotel suite for a night or two and pop a bottle of champagne to celebrate in the meantime. You’ll thank yourself that you waited a while and you’ll feel less guilty about splurging on your honeymoon if you are a bit more financially stable. 34. Choose a DJ over a live band. On average, DJs cost less than half what a live band will charge you. Find someone who is willing to play music that is suited to your taste and don’t feel bad if you want to forbid the chicken dance or YMCA from the playlist.

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35. Keep your bridal party small. These days, it is customary to give your bridesmaids and groomsmen a small gift to show appreciation for their participation. If you have 10 bridesmaids and 10 groomsmen, you’ll be purchasing 20 gifts for your attendants! Try to only include your very best friends in the party (who will still be in your life in 5-10 years) and opt for homemade gifts. I helped knit wool scarves for bridesmaid gifts and it was a heartfelt and appreciated token.

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36. Skip some of the unnecessary pre-wedding pampering. While a manicure and pedicure may be important services to feel groomed and pretty, you probably don’t need a massage right before your ceremony (keep that for the honeymoon!). Try to eliminate any extra grooming services that aren’t required, as salon treatments can add up very quickly. 37. Remember your bridesmaids’ budgets, too! Did you know that participating in a friend’s nuptials as a bridesmaid can cost up to $1,700 or more? From hosting the bridal shower and throwing the bachelorette party, to purchasing a bridesmaid dress, accessories, hotel costs, beauty services, and more, it is expensive to be a bridesmaid! Be sure to provide your ladies with fun, affordable, and versatile choices for their gowns. They’ll be sure to appreciate your consideration of their budgets. Some of my favorite designers at the Wedding Shoppe for budget-conscious but fashionable styles are Kennedy Blue, Mori Lee, and Bill Levkoff. There are so many other ways to trim your wedding budget and save big – just remember to shop around, explore your options, and never feel pressured into making a big purchase without being sure of your decision!

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Amy
October 28, 2019 11:43

Some great cost-saving tips here, thanks!

One thing I’ll mention, though. This article uses the terms “overpriced” when perhaps “costly” would be more appropriate. For example, I actually own a wedding cake business and while these cakes certainly are expensive, there’s a reason for that. A LOT of time and resources go into making something custom. Consider the time used for the tasting as well as the back and forth email discussions, not to mention the extraordinary time and care of actually making, assembling, and delivering the cake. All of this is expensive for the service provider (same goes for caterers, calligraphers, florists, etc.) so the customer is expected to pay a fair price for a product made just for them.
That said, if a small cutting cake and “kitchen cakes” is in your budget, by all means! There’s no shame in that whatsoever! But that just means something isn’t in your budget, not that it’s necessarily “overpriced”.

Johnny McCarron
September 26, 2019 14:28

I really appreciate your tips for saving money on your wedding budget. I think that wedding flowers are one of those things that can really spruce up your wedding without breaking the bank. If I were having a wedding, I’d want sunflowers. https://bellafiora.com

Alyssa
May 16, 2019 09:28

Such helpful advice!

Sarah
May 16, 2019 09:28

Helpful ideas; we’ve checked many of these off already (Sunday, brunch, 1 venue…), but I love new ways to be $$$ savvy! Thanks!

Lindsey
May 16, 2019 09:28

So many good suggestions! Some I already have planned for and others that I will be adding to my planning process!

Ashley
May 16, 2019 09:28

All of this information is so helpful and will hopefully help me save a lot of money! Thank you!

Natalie
May 16, 2019 09:28

These are all fantastic! My fiancé and I are having an off season wedding which has already reduced costs.

Shawdi
May 16, 2019 09:28

These are great tips that are actually realistic!

Stephanie
May 16, 2019 09:28

I’m always looking for ways to save some money when it comes to wedding planning! This gave me some ideas I hadn’t thought about. I love it!

Lori
May 16, 2019 09:28

Love this list! Going to do a Friday wedding and during the day so hopefully that helps! Also trying to convince the fiance that a wedding party 5 deep on his side is not necessary!

Courtney Irvin
May 16, 2019 09:28

I can use all of the cost saving tips that you have to offer. Thanks for all of the help!

Chrissy J
May 16, 2019 09:28

Such a helpful article! Thank you so much for the advice. These tips will definitely come in handy while planning our wedding! <3

Courtney Irvin
May 16, 2019 09:28

I can use all of the cost saving tips that you have to offer. This is now my go to blog as I plan my wedding. Thanks for sharing on Instagram @kennedyblueofficial

cori Smith
May 16, 2019 09:28

wish i’d seen this sooner!

Sandra
May 16, 2019 09:28

Great advice for my wedding at the end of this year.

carlee
May 16, 2019 09:28

We aren’t doing wedding favors or papering before. I just want my wedding to be a big fun party that won’t break the bank!

Chandler
May 16, 2019 09:28

This blog is so helpful! I love all of the suggestions! They are so creative!

April Ferguson
May 16, 2019 09:28

Very helpful ideas

Amanda
May 16, 2019 09:27

So many great tips!! I will definitely use some of these ideas!

Stefanie
May 16, 2019 09:27

So helpful! Thank you!

Julie
May 16, 2019 09:27

These are great tips for keeping costs low for a wedding. They get expensive really quickly! I’m using some of these tips currently for my upcoming wedding including doing a buffet dinner, and simple decor. Sometimes less is more!

Courtney
May 16, 2019 09:27

Yes! These are good tips; some of them I have not thought about yet.

Makayla
May 16, 2019 09:27

The guest list is seeming to be the hardest part. Mainly our parents guest lists!

Naomi Hancock
May 16, 2019 09:27

Wedding planning is a lot of fun, but I can appreciate these budget saving tips as it can get crazy expensive, crazy fast!

Caroline
May 16, 2019 09:27

So helpful! Love these tips

Cheyenne
May 16, 2019 09:27

These were some awesome tips that I didn’t even think of! I definitely do not want to spend thousands and thousands of dollars on our wedding. I’m bookmarking this blog for future reference. Also, is it honestly okay to not give out wedding favors?

Abigail
May 16, 2019 09:27

We’re paying for ours on our own and so I’ve been super thrifty/budget conscious but this had some awesome tips I didn’t even think of! Thank you!

Lydia
May 16, 2019 09:27

Planning my wedding for May and a lot of these tips are very helpful!

Annie
May 16, 2019 09:27

Don’t under estimate a dress. When you try it on you could love it!

Sarah
May 16, 2019 09:27

Personally, I’ve never seen the reason for wedding favors. That’s a cost-saving tip right there.

Brittney
May 16, 2019 09:27

One thing I’m most stressed about is figuring out how to afford a wedding. These tips and ideas were great! I’ll for sure keep them in mind while planning.

Emily
May 16, 2019 09:27

I love this budgeting is going to be the hardest parts

Alexea Sexton
May 16, 2019 09:27

Love this! Having a small wedding at a waterfall so these tips really help!

TAYLOR
May 16, 2019 09:27

LOVE THESE TIPS!!

Sarah Ely
May 16, 2019 09:27

Interesting read and discouraging opinions/comments. We’ll have a memorial day weekend wedding, and have worked hard to accommodate guests needs. We’ve found it will make it easier for our guests traveling from afar and allow them to avoid taking time off work to attend. If you don’t feel it’s a priority to attend a holiday weekend wedding, don’t “ruin” your family time by attending, it’s that simple.

Kalie
May 16, 2019 09:27

So many great tips!

Savanna Mertz
May 16, 2019 09:27

There are some really great suggestions in here. I think a lot of it boils down to determining WHY certain things on this list are even expected. The best money saving tip is not to spend money on anything unimportant to you or your partner. Just because someone else “expects” something doesn’t mean you have to spend money just to please them.

Elizabeth
May 16, 2019 09:27

So helpful! Thanks!

Jannelli Valadez
May 16, 2019 09:27

Thank you for the info! Appreciate this post!

Emmaline
May 16, 2019 09:27

Very helpful article!

Monica McNamara
May 16, 2019 09:27

These tips are super helpful and will really help as I start planning!

Amber Saulsbury
May 16, 2019 09:27

Great post! Lots of good ideas to save $$!

Sami
May 16, 2019 09:27

This was very helpful!! Thank you!

Stacia
May 16, 2019 09:27

Great article, thanks!

Amanda Rae
May 16, 2019 09:27

So true!! I’m getting married in Vegas because it’s cheaper than the local places we’ve found and we are keeping our party small and the guest list even smaller! We are also turning our wedding into a vacation, not a honeymoon, and it’s still cheaper than getting married locally. And we want to enjoy it for more than one day.

Mackenzie
May 16, 2019 09:27

I am planning my wedding for Veterans Day weekend, and think it’s a fantastic money saving opportunity, and really great for our out of town guests.

We definitely wanted to stay away from the big weekends where people traditionally have plans i.e. 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, but felt like Vetrans Day was an acceptable option.

If guests can’t make it then so be it, but it’s worth the risk to make it more convenient for out of town guests plus the added bonus of cutting costs in a reasonable way.

Sarah
May 16, 2019 09:27

So useful! I’m definitely using some of these tips for my big day!

Larissa Anderson
May 16, 2019 09:27

Good advice!

Kristina
May 16, 2019 09:27

It’s crazy how much money people spend on weddings. Thanks for the advice!

Hannah Tong
May 16, 2019 09:27

This was some majorly good advice!!!

Ashley Niemann
May 16, 2019 09:27

Love all these ideas!! Super helpful

Theresa
May 16, 2019 09:27

So many great and useful tips. I will be saving this page for my planning use. We have already decided that we will marry on Friday as opposed to Saturday to save some money and we are also looking at venues to bring in our own caterers. I like the idea of skipping an engagement party and pampering such as massage. There are so many things I have seen from other weddings that I just don’t feel are necessary – happy to see a little validation here.

Breon Oliver
May 16, 2019 09:27

My Fiance and I used some heirloom rings. We saved money and kept the tradition in the family!

Emily T Battles
May 16, 2019 09:27

I don’t think I’d have my wedding on a weekend! I do like the point of how costly my wedding could be to the bridal party… something I didn’t consider previously.

Kristen Bartlett
May 16, 2019 09:27

My brother and his fiance are trying to have their wedding as low budget as possible and some of these are SUCH great ideas! My mom and grandma are doing most of the food so they cut out a HUGE chunk there, but I will definitely share the rest of these ideas. Thanks!

Ashlyn
May 16, 2019 09:27

Thanks for the wonderful information..very helpful!

Raquel Ritter
May 16, 2019 09:27

Very useful!

Melody Claassen
May 16, 2019 09:27

Great tips! Thank you!

Laurel Huntoon
May 16, 2019 09:27

A lot of these tips are great. We’re doing our wedding on a Friday night and it saved us $8,000. It’s all family and a few close friends so they’re all fine with taking a Friday off and then we have the whole weekend to hang at the beach after. We also are going to have mini decorated cakes as our centerpieces and then just a small bride and groom cake. That will save money on centerpieces :)

Olja
May 16, 2019 09:27

Who the F is Kate Midllton?! She can also be naked on her wedding day if she wants, that doesnt mean I must do the same

Angie
May 16, 2019 09:27

Great and useful ideas! I will have to keep some of these in mind while planning my wedding.

Rohan Jaiswal
May 16, 2019 09:27

Nice n use full

Rohan Jaiswal
May 16, 2019 09:27

Nice and very useful not only for bride while for planner too

Tammy
May 16, 2019 09:27

I agree with Laura. And for those of you who say its easy to “just say no”, it’s NOT easy. If you say you have other plans then you’re scrutinized by the family and the couple. I’ve said no before for a wedding on a Friday because I had started a new job and didn’t want to ask for the day off and risk a “strike”. A year later the family is still pissed we didn’t go (and mention it frequently). Also, I don’t agree that a wedding is JUST about the couple. The attendees are GUESTS and should be treated as such. As a bride, I would rather have a smaller guest list then to hold it on an inconvenient day.

Girl
May 16, 2019 09:27

Laura, Josephine, and Darilyn… You do all realize that someone else’s wedding has NOTHING to do with YOU, right? If your “Traditional camping trip” is so very important that you’ll be indignant about missing it PER YOUR DECISION, well… maybe just stay home, cuz yall don’t sound like you’re much fun at parties anyway.

Cynthia
May 16, 2019 09:27

Jeez Laura, glad i don’t have to worry about inviting you to my wedding!

Kari
May 16, 2019 09:27

I liked some of the cost saving tips. We’ve already taken advantage of off season rates. That saved on venue, limo, and photographer. We seriously considered a Friday wedding, but took into consideration the traffic in the area on a work day (did not think of it until we went there to sign the contract on a Friday) and would rather not risk anyone being stuck in traffic. It would not be worth the 200 saved if the minister, musician, parents, or even guests was sitting in traffic made worse by a fender bender.
In regards to holiday weekend weddings…. there is nothing wrong is saying “I’M sorry, but we already made plans.” Roughly 20 -30% of invited guests don’t go. Just be courteous and RSVP. Just because you’re invited doesn’t mean you have to attend. Have you ever thought about the fact that maybe they knew it was your rafting weekend, but didn’t want to hurt your feelings by not inviting you?

Darilyn
May 16, 2019 09:27

I have to disagree with Laura and Josephine. Your wedding will only happen once people can go camping next year. Why should the bride and groom not save money because you don’t want to miss one year of a family tradition? That’s just as selfish

Mari
May 16, 2019 09:27

This was all great info. I had no idea that you could make your own wedding bands. That is awesome!
I’m currently planning my wedding and I can assure you we have considered people with families/obligations but its our day to be selfish and if our friends and family want to be there they will. If not then we save money by having those that don’t want to be there skip out. Weddings are meant to celebrate our union not to be worried about others problems. A bride and a groom have enough to worry about.

Sandy
May 16, 2019 09:27

We were invited to a wedding that was on July 4th weekend. We wanted to go but couldn’t find a babysitter because everyone was out of town for the holiday. Since kids weren’t invited we couldn’t make it to the wedding. That was probably not something that the couple even considered. Overall I think it’s a bad idea to have a wedding on a holiday weekend because it does force guests to chose between their wedding and what may be long standing plans on holidays.

Chanelle
May 16, 2019 09:27

Uhm yeah, I agree with Judi .

Maybe attending weddings isn’t your cup of tea Laura . Lol

Josephine Parrish
May 16, 2019 09:27

Sorry, going to have to agree with Laura. With tight schedules within families, especially with school age children, many of them take mini vacations and family camping trips that are often an annual tradition. I don’t think it is considerate to your guests to have to pick your wedding over family time-or miss out on celebrating your happy day due to traditional events.

Vanessa
May 16, 2019 09:27

I agree with You Judi!!!

Lola
May 16, 2019 09:27

This article has some great money saving ideas I will probably use for my wedding x
I agree with Judi.
Laura, if you were so unhappy to go to the wedding why did you go, I’m sure they would have understood! Also if you are that much of a friend to the bride and groom you would have been happy to go! Bad attitude for a so called mate!

Judi
May 16, 2019 09:27

I would not go if I felt that way. It can be the bride/groom were trying to save travellers the need to take a personal day. Honestly, I would rather guests not come with an attitude. Of rather they spend the weekend the way they would like to and save me some money!

Laura
May 16, 2019 09:27

Having a wedding on a grew day weekend is about the most inconsiderate thing I can think of. It ruins the entire weekend for families who may want to use the three day weekend for family time not sitting around your wedding on a Sunday. We attended a super lame wedding Labor Day weekend, Sunday and it cost is a whole weekend of camping, floating and anything else we wanted to do. We were pissed and a lot of other wedding guests were too

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