Love is in the Air 🙂 They say that Valentine's Day is a very popular day for engagements so I thought we should talk about planning a frugal wedding. I am going to have to admit that personally I did NOT have a frugal wedding. I am also very blessed that I did not pay for my wedding. I got married in 1998 to my best friend and planning our wedding and that day was was of the highlights of my life. With that being said, there are so many ways that you can save when it comes to planning a frugal wedding.
First of all create a budget and stick with it. You have to know what you have to spend so that you don't find yourself overspending and going in debt. Starting a life together in debt is NOT a good way to go. After you know the bottom line then you can use some of these tips for planning. A wedding can cost as much or as little as you are ready to spend. If you have $1000 - 10,000 to spend then you work within that budget and make choices based on that.
Planning a Frugal Wedding:
1. Guest List: Keep your guest list small
2. Date and Time: Selecting a date that is on an off night will be a great way to save costs. Also, if you have an evening wedding dinner will be expected, keep that in mind when you select the time and date.
3. Venue: Look for an affordable location. Keep in mind what they provide and what you would have to rent and or purchase (food). Look outside of the box when it comes to locations.
4. Bridal Party: Keeping the bridal party small will save you BIG! This includes flowers, gifts, food etc.
5. Dress: Buy a dress off the rack or at a local consignment store.
6. Invitations: Print your own and save big.
7. Photographer: In my opinion this is not where you should skimp. You want the memories that last a lifetime so hiring a friend may not be the way to go. However you could look for a good photographer who is looking to build their portfolio!
8. Cake: You can get really nice cakes from local bakeries including Walmart, Kroger and Sam's Club! Consider a small cake and supplementing with a sheet cake! Skip a grooms cake (they are over-rated) or bake it yourself!
9. Flowers: Choose flowers that are in season and local. You could even create your arrangements with whatever is on sale or clearance. I personally think flowers are very overrated and a great way to save is go simple!
10. DJ: They are not necessary! Find a karaoke machine and ask a friend or high school student to DJ for you.