13 Tips for Planning Your Dream Wedding on a Budget

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You have been dreaming about your wedding ever since you were a little girl. Now, you’ve finally found the one and your dream is about to become a reality—a reality with very real budget limitations. If you’re worried you won’t be able to plan the celebrity-worthy wedding you’re imagining because of your budget, know that there ae small ways to save money without sacrificing on quality. We’ve compiled 13 tips to help you plan your wedding without breaking the bank.

 1. Be Conservative with Your Guest List

You want everyone who has made an impact in your lives to share your special day with you. Does that really include your Mom’s second cousin you haven’t seen since you were five, that college frenemy you still keep in touch with on Facebook, or your 16-year-old cousin’s on-again-off-again boyfriend? By taking a realistic, and conservative, approach to your guest list, you can save significantly on costs associated with the venue, meal, and favors.

Tips_For_planning-a-wedding-on-a-budget-flowers2. Take a Minimalist Approach to Flowers

Gorgeous flowers add an elegant touch to any wedding, but they don’t have to be huge to be beautiful. Consider small bouquets, or even single stem roses for your bridal party, and small centerpieces with lots of greenery (natural greens are very trendy right now!). Also, be sure to choose flowers that will be in season on your wedding day.

3. Celebrate Off-Season

Some venues may be most costly during wedding season (approximately April through October) because they are in greater demand. Consider an off-season wedding. Not only will you save money, you’ll be a trendsetter, and you guests won’t have to try to party hop between your wedding and someone else’s.

How-to-Plan-a-Wedding-on-a-Budget-Standing-Ceremony4. Consider a Standing Ceremony

If you’re planning on an outdoor wedding and a short ceremony, consider only renting enough chairs for older friends and family members, and asking the rest of your guests to stand. It will create an intimate feeling, and can save you hundreds.

5. Serve Champagne for the Toast Only

Rather than serving champagne all throughout the cocktail hour, order just enough bottles to offer each adult a few sips during the toast.

How-to-plan-a-wedding-on-a-budget-Jewelry6.Borrow Accessories

Rather than splurging on costly jewelry for your big day, borrow signature pieces from friends and family members. It may be the only time you’ll get to wear your great aunt’s amazing sapphire necklace, so go ahead and ask. After all, you need something borrowed and something blue anyway, right?

7. Offer Family-Style Dining

Can’t decide between sit-down or buffet? Plan a family-style meal (think pasta bar!). It will wow your guests, result in fewer unfinished meals, and save you money.

How-to-plan-a-wedding-on-a-budget-dress8. Shop Off the Rack

The importance of the right wedding dress is not to be understated, however there are ways to wear a designer gown for less. Ask boutiques if you can shop off the rack, watch for sample sales, or consider renting a designer gown. After all, you’re only going to wear it for one night.

9. Don’t Get Married on a Saturday

Due to the popularity of Saturday for weddings and other events, it’s typically more expensive to reserve a venue and certain event materials on a Saturday. Consider getting hitched on a Friday, or Sunday instead. Your friends and family will want to see you exchange your vows no matter what day of the week you choose.

Candy-Buffet-Gold-Pink-Candy-Jars10. Skip the Cake

Ever notice how many people at a wedding don’t eat the cake? Plan a candy buffet or dessert table instead. That way, all your guests can enjoy their favorite sweet treat, and you won’t have to splurge on wedding cake for 100 guests.

11. Hold Your Ceremony and Reception in the Same Place

You’ll save on rental fees and transportation fees. Some venues will also offer a better rate if you plan the ceremony and reception at their location.

How-to-plan-a-wedding-on-a-budget-wine-beer12. Stick to Beer and Wine

After the cocktail hour, plan to only serve beer and wine. You’ll cut down on the cost of hard alcohol, and the beverages will pair better with your guests’ meals too.

13. Make a Budget and Stick to It

Don’t be the victim of scope-creep as you start shopping for supplies and making decisions on your wedding. Make a budget at the start of your wedding and stick to it. Be disciplined, and you won’t have to cut into your honeymoon budget to pay for your wedding day heels.

How to Choose the Right Wedding Venue

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You already found the right partner. Now it’s time to plan your wedding, and you want every decision you make, from the dress to the napkins to be just as perfect. One of the most important decisions that couples need to make first is the venue. Believe it or not, deciding your venue, in more cases, will even have to come before choosing a date, since the date of your wedding may end up being dependent upon the availability of the wedding and reception location. When it comes to deciding on this crucial, cornerstone wedding decision, we’ve compiled the best advice that will help you ensure you’re able to pull off the wedding of your dreams. Follow our tips below to find the venue that will make you say “I do.”

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7 Things Every Bride Must Do When Planning Her Wedding

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Planning your wedding will be an incredibly exciting experience. It could also be time-consuming and stressful, depending on your approach. Talk to any former bride, and she’ll have plenty of wisdom and best practices to share, but you’ll quickly start to hear lots of conflicting tips based on each bride’s own experiences:

“Keep it simple.” / “Make it glamorous.”

“Get a wedding planner.” / “Do it all yourself.”

“Splurge on the venue.” / “Splurge on the honeymoon.”

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7 Paper Gift Ideas to Help You Celebrate Your First Anniversary

You celebrated a beautiful wedding shared by family and friends that was marked by your loved for, and commitment to, one another. You’ve spent your first year as husband and wife building the life you’ll share for years to come. As you reach the first major milestone in your marriage—your first anniversary—take the time to celebrate just how far you’ve come, and everything you have to look forward to.

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The 6 Hottest Trends in Wedding Invitations in 2017

You don’t want to just walk down the aisle, you want to own it and walk it like a runway. For brides who want everything about their wedding to be chic, modern, trendy, and on point, we’ve compiled a list of the hottest trends in wedding invitation designs this wedding season. From monochromatic color palettes, to ethereal calligraphy, to unexpected rustic accents, we have all the top trends that we’re seeing from this season’s most forward-thinking brides. Get inspired by these hot designs, and then call us for your own consultation.

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7 Tips for Writing Your Marriage Vows

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How do you capture the love you feel for your partner in a few short paragraphs? How can you possibly put on paper the feeling you get when he walks in the room? How can you explain, elegantly, how you knew he was the one? There is an inherent challenge and opportunity in deciding to write your own wedding vows. It gives you a chance to speak from the heart and make your ceremony even more personal, but it also means you’ll need to put your deepest emotions into words, and find the confidence to speak them in front of your friends, family, and most importantly, the love of your life. To help you write marriage vows you can deliver with grace and confidence, follow our seven tips below.

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When to Send Your Announcements and Other New Baby Etiquette

Whether you’ve just had your first or your fourth baby, you’re doubtless thrilled and ready to share your news (and the first photos!) with the world. To help you stay on schedule, and ensure you’re following new baby announcement etiquette, we have everything you need to know about creating and sending announcements. From timing, to the details to include, to your recipient list.

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