Some out of the box ideas that also save money

Creative fresh ideas can also be money saving ideas. How wonderful! Here are a few ideas to consider.

Instead of buying a wedding gown, just buy a dress – a beautiful dress, a dress you love, a dress you could even wear again. With colors for wedding dresses coming into fashion you’ll be on the cutting edge and this offers an opportunity to be truly unique. Not only that, you will save hundreds or even thousand of dollars spent on a ‘gown’ you only wear once. Speaking of dresses: ask your bridesmaids to wear any dress they like within your color scheme.

The bride wore polka-dots!

Potted plants make excellent centerpieces and can double as favors. Put a small collection of potted succulents, short and tall, all together in the center, and then tell your guests to take one home.

Have a brunch instead of a dinner. Great for folks old and young! Not everyone wants to dance the night away.  A picnic also makes an excellent wedding reception, complete with games like horseshoes and lawn croquet.

Have a small but very special wedding cake and augment with cupcakes for the guests.

Forego the program booklet. Unless you plan to make it very special and it adds information not in the ceremony, it only encourages people to follow along and mentally check-off what has happened. I’ll write more about this soon!

Limit the bar. Serve beer and wine and perhaps a signature drink, but that’s it. Offer non-alcoholic beverage choices as well.  If you think weddings are about getting drunk, you may want to reconsider the meaning of your big day.

Something not to skimp on: a great photographer!  You will really value wonderful photos that you’ll have for the rest of your life. Don’t count on the guests or a friend. This is something that is truly worth choosing carefully and investing in.

Great food is also important to you, don’t skim here, but to save money you can cut down your guest list or move from a dinner, to luncheon, or full sit down meal to buffet.

A wedding should not put you in deep debt. A wedding celebration should feel right for you and reflect your values and taste. It’s not easy, but if you set your mind to it you can have a beautiful event without breaking the bank.

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Photo by Laura Ann Bailey, Plays With Light Photography

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