Wedding Day Saving Tips
Everyone wants their wedding day to be perfect, but that doesn’t mean that you should have to get into debt or completely deplete your savings to pay for it. As you begin to plan your wedding you will quickly find out the hundreds of different aspects there are to plan; from bouquets to centerpieces to boutonnieres. From save the dates to invites to place cards and thank you notes. And you will find just as quickly how much extra a bunch of flowers are when you slap the word wedding onto the order. Everything goes up in price when you add the word ‘wedding’ into the mix.
So how are you supposed to keep the costs down if that’s the case? There are many aspects of a wedding that you can easily create yourself, and it’s simply your decision as to whether or not to spend the money on purchasing the items or to DIY them. You will probably end up with a mix of the two, and you will probably find that there are aspects of most weddings that you simply don’t need in yours.
Your perfect day is perfect because of the person you are engaged to and not because of the amount of money you spend on the day, but that’s not to say that you are wrong to want to spend the money. Just make sure that you are spending it on things that you actually want and not what you think you should have. Do you really want huge swaths of people at your wedding, or would you prefer to share the day with the people who you love and know, and actually spend time with?
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Creating your flower arrangements can be a great way to save a chunk of money. There are many tutorials online you can watch to teach yourself how to create the looks you want. You will still need to go and buy the flowers from a florist, so to keep the cost down further, choose blooms that are in season, like spring sunflowers and gypsophila.
Buying your flower arrangements means that you benefit from the florist’s arrangement expertise. You can still keep the costs down by choosing in season flowers, but you might find that traditional ‘wedding’ flowers like roses have a set price year round. Paying for your flowers can also cover the delivery of the arrangements on the day meaning that you don’t have to worry about transporting them yourself, or about fixing last minute breaks or dead blooms.
You can always cut out, or down, the presence of flowers on your wedding day. You can replace your bouquet with a bunch of flowers crafted out of paper. Or you might just replace the centerpieces with something other than greenery – like candles or photo frames.
Save the dates & Invitations
Creating your own save the dates and invitations will be time consuming no matter how simple you make it. You can easily create exactly what you want at home with the right materials, and can replicate fancy fonts with online tools and site. Again, there are so many tutorials online to help you.
If neither you or your partner are very creative then it might be the better option to buy your wedding invitations and save the dates. Keep the costs down by keeping them simple and by using a set template rather than creating a custom look. Luckily there are many different companies that do an array of styles so you will easily find the right one for your wedding. They will also be able to match your save the dates to your invites, and some even offer a discount on your invites if you buy your save the dates from them too.
You do need to invite people to our wedding, so cutting them out isn’t really an option. But do you need to send out save the dates? If you’re worried about people not being able to attend due to arranging travel or booking time off work, then why not just send your invites out a little earlier than planned? That way you only have to spend out for one sent of invites.
There are many interesting and creative ways in which you can DIY your wedding photography; placing disposable cameras around the room for people to use throughout the night, setting up a site for everyone to upload their photos from their phones, or simply asking a friend with a camera to do the photos.
You are going to want to remember every part of this day – and it will go by so quickly that you won’t remember half of it. So having good photos of the day is a must to look back on. Spending money on a photographer might be the best option here. You can easily find a photographer who works in the style you want – whether that’s traditional or casual.
Do you want to cut out having photos of your big day? Probably not.
Hair and Makeup
With the millions of tutorials out there for hair and makeup, you can easily practice the look you want for your big day. It doesn’t have to be complicated, nor does it have to be ridiculously simple. Rope in a bridesmaid for help if need be. Things like your nails can be perfected easily with some practice.
If you’re not great with hair or makeup then it might be a no brainer to pay to have it done. Plus, it’s always nice to be pampered, and what other day is better suited to start with a pampering session?
You might not want to have your nails done, or you might not be one to wear much makeup. Don’t change who you are just for one day – stay true to you and be your normal, beautiful self.
There are loads of ways to save money on your wedding day!