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8 Tips to Have a Dream Wedding on a Budget

June 27, 2017

It’s every girl’s dream to have the perfect wedding. However, funds often seem to put a damper on things. When it comes to weddings, it seems that even the cheapest item is marked up in order to get plenty of profit. It’s truly not necessary to spend your life’s savings in order to have the perfect wedding. You would be amazed at the things that can be cut or adjusted in order to save you money without skimping on your dream. Here are just a few ways to have a dream wedding on a budget.


  1. Skip Save the Date Cards – I still am not sure why people send these out. I guarantee you sending out an invitation around 1.5-2 months before the wedding is plenty of notice for people. Even if it involves travel, that period of time allows them to request off from work, etc. Save the date cards are not necessary for a dream wedding and for people to attend.
  2. Skip Engagement Photos – People like being real these days. It’s ok to not have some elaborate or posed engagement photo in order to have cute invitations. I had a friend who had her sister take a picture of her and her husband being goofy as everyone knew them and they used that. Everyone still talks about how cute it was years later and they didn’t spend a dime to get it done. In a world of selfies galore, you will have tons of photos already pre-wedding, so just focus your sites on your wedding photos since that truly is a one-time occurrence.
  3. Make Your Stuff – Instead of buying already made centerpieces, etc. make your own. Sometimes, making your own things doesn’t turn out cheaper, however, for a wedding, you needs things in bulk which does make it cheaper to do it yourself.
  4. Cutback on the Food – Many people enjoy having a full meal at their reception. It’s definitely ok to have food but having things such as nuts and appetizers works just as well. Don’t think your wedding will be a bummer without a three-course meal afterwards. I promise you, unless they’re stuck up, they won’t care one way or the other. They’re there for you and to support you so as long as you are happy.
  5. Have a Wedding Fund – One of the best ideas I’ve ever had was discovered by my friend back in the day. They didn’t need much in the way of presents so when they sent out their invitations they included a little note that requested people give to their wedding fund instead. They also included a URL to a website that helped them collect the funds. They were able to completely cover the honeymoon with the fund which made the overall wedding cost, much easier to swallow.
  6. Forget About Name Brands – I know that some women have a specific name brand in mind for their dress and accessories. However, you would be amazed at other brands and their much lower prices, who have a look-alike dress to name brands. I promise people aren’t going to be searching for the brand of your dress, all they’re going to see is how beautiful it is and how gorgeous you look in it. I have a friend who found the dress she wanted and then got online and ordered one just like it from a lesser known brand and saved a thousand dollars.
  7. Set Priorities – Sit down and be honest with yourself on what aspects of the wedding mean the most to you. Does the brand of the dress really matter to you? If so, put that on your list of things you’re not going to compromise on. However, be truly honest and not stubborn with yourself and make a list of the things that would feel like your wedding was lessened if you didn’t have them. The things that don’t matter, either nix or cut corners on.
  8. Give Yourself Plenty of Time – Sometimes, if you have a dream wedding in mind but only have so much money, give yourself plenty of time before the wedding so that you can continue to save until you have enough to have the wedding of your dreams. Planning ahead also is nice. Putting a bit of money aside here and there even before you get married or planned on it, makes for a stress-free time leading up to a wedding because you already know what you want and you’ve already got the money set aside for it.

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    Sarah Honey
    June 30, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    Great tips! Weddings can get pricey quickly!

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    Katie Kinsley
    June 30, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    I am working on a couple DIY’s over this long weekend. I like to make things, so it definitely fits into my budget. Although, some people might now have the skills for this and it may cause stress.

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    June 30, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    I love all of this. My bf and I are getting married (2nd for both) and we’re scaling way back on everything. Now that i’ve done it once, most of it seems so unnecessary now.

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    Cherri Megasko
    June 30, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    Thank goodness all three of my daughters have had their weddings and that stage of my life is over. Because man! Have things changed since I was a young adult. I totally agree with most of what you’ve said. Regarding “Save the Date” cards … I’ve received many and I don’t know that I’ve ever actually put the date on my calendar as a result of receiving that card!

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    June 30, 2017 at 11:12 pm

    I’m getting married April 2018 so I’m definitely going to hang on to this post. We are doing engagement photos because our photographer offered them as part of our package!

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    Betty Boiron
    July 1, 2017 at 3:37 am

    Wedding and budget are very difficult to get to work together, but I think most of your tips are quite good. However, I love my pictures a lot and not sure I could have skipped the engagement pictures!

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    Angelic Sinova
    July 1, 2017 at 3:47 am

    Everyone I know who has gotten married has always taken about how having a wedding fund and allowing themselves enough time to save really helped them out on their big day. I’ve also heard that it’s best to only splurge on one or two things (like flowers or food) and keep the rest simple.

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    Rebecca Swenor
    July 1, 2017 at 11:53 am

    These are great tips for having a dream wedding on a budget. It is so important to plan ahead and the longer you wait to be married the more you can save. Buying something less know instead of a brand name can really save a lot of money and these items are usually just as good for a cheaper price. The priority list is something I thought was a great ides too. Thanks for sharing the information.

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    Sue Reddel
    July 1, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    Thanks for sharing these wonderful wedding tips. It always surprises me that people spend so much money on weddings. As you’ve shown there’s plenty of ways to save and still have a great time.

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    Olivia Douglass
    July 1, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    Weddings can add up fast but these tips are great. We skipped engagement photos but didn’t skip the wedding photos! I am so glad we made that money saving decision.

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    Tim B
    July 1, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    I wish after the fact that we had spent less money on our expensive wedding and used it instead for things like household expenses and traveling. So I really endorse couples trying to save money through tips like these.

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    Claudia Krusch
    July 1, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    Save the date cards are not really needed if you are planning on sending our invitations. I never understand why people spend crazy amounts of money on a wedding. You could have a nice down payment on a house with the money. You can still have a beautiful wedding at half the cost.

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    Maurene Cab
    July 1, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    These are great ways to stay on budget. I’m a firm believer that weddings don’t have to be elaborate or expensive to celebrate love.

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    Jenn Mitchell
    July 1, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    These are such great tips! Wedding season is upon us and so many people are stressing the cost.

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    Jenn @ EngineerMommy
    July 1, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    These are great tips on having a wonderful wedding on a great budget. With the right mindset and some creativity, it’s possible to save money.

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    July 2, 2017 at 8:16 am

    These are great tips! I don’t think it’s necessary to spend all our life-saving for a wedding.

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    July 2, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    I am getting married next year and could use all the tips I can. Always good to save money whenever you can when it comes to wedding planning.

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    Debra J Hawkins
    July 2, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    We skipped save the date cards and it really helped! The extra postage and cards really adds up and it was a great place to save!

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    A Busy Bees Life - Sheri
    July 2, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    Wedding are expensive and I think these are great tips especially nowadays when it is so important to save for other things in the future. You can have a dream wedding without going into debt.

    Sheri –

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    Gisele Gamble
    July 19, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    I like the wedding fund idea to pay for the wedding and honeymoon. You’ve got some really good ideas about doing things yourself. Things cost way too much these days!

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