How to plan a wedding on a budget

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Written By BruceOrange

To inspire and guide couples worldwide on their unique wedding journey.





How to plan a wedding on a budget

Today, the average American wedding costs $26,645. This is a huge and expensive day! It’s no surprise that more grooms and brides are looking for ways to cut down on their wedding costs. These are some easy tips for hosting a wedding within a budget. You can make your wedding memorable while still keeping your plan a wedding budget in mind.

Although it may seem obvious, you should start planning your wedding with a dollar figure in mind. What amount will the groom, bride and their families contribute financially? Next, create a list of all the expenses that you expect. You’ll be better able prioritize the most important things for you and identify areas where you can cut corners to save money. These budget-friendly wedding ideas are a great way to start saving money.

Day of the Week

For Saturday evening events, most venues charge a premium rate. You may be able save money by holding your reception on a different day or time, such as Friday night or Sunday. This is one of your most expensive items.

Reception Centerpieces

Reusing your bridesmaids’ bouquets for centerpieces is a simple way to save money. This can be done for the head table and for the guest tables. This is a good idea. Make sure the bouquets match the decor. Consider a DIY arrangement for guest tables that uses candles of various heights and accented with a few rose petals and flowers.

DIY Bridal Party Favors and DIY Bridal Party Presents

It doesn’t have to cost a lot to thank your guests for coming along and also thank your bridal party members for their support. Pinterest has tons of great ideas for DIY favors and DIY gifts for bridal parties. You can save money by ordering favors in bulk online for your guests.

Special Talents

Family members and friends may be gifted and would love to help. Perhaps your family has a skilled musician, a part-time caterer, or an amateur photographer. You might also have artistic friends who can help you design your invitations and bouquets. These services can be found on sites such as Etsy. You can make your day more personal by asking your family and friends to help you. This will also reduce your wedding costs.

The Wedding Dress

It’s possible to get the look you desire with your wedding planning gown while saving money. You can take advantage of sales and choose a style from a previous year. An expert tailor could be hired to make a new wedding gown for your mother or create one that is similar to the designer you have. Keep an open mind to all the ways you can save on your wedding dress. It’s likely to be the largest expense you make, after all.

Dessert: Serve cake

You don’t have to spend more on dessert when you can give a piece of your wedding cake to your friends. A friend or relative may be a skilled baker and would be happy to make your wedding cake as a gift. If you are happy with the result, it will be a sweet way to remember your special day. You could also choose to make a different dessert, and then have each slice individually wrapped for your guests.


To save money, manage the playlist and make sure that guests are entertained throughout the reception, many brides and grooms choose to hire a DJ rather than a band. Some prefer to hire a professional band, and this is something they consider a priority. Although hiring a DJ is often less expensive than hiring a full band for your wedding, you should still budget for other musicians for your ceremony as well as your cocktail hour.