Weddings can be so expensive. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the process and end up starting this new chapter in your life with you and your partner in a pile of debt. Below are four simple tips for saving money while still planning the wedding of your dreams.

  1. DIY What You Can

Pinterest is a beautiful thing. If you’ve never wasted hours scrolling through crafts, recipes and fashion tips on Pinterest, I don’t know what you’re doing with your life. Probably something way more productive than the rest of us. There are many projects you can take on that are fairly fool-proof. You don’t have to be a craft genius to figure out how to paint a mason jar and wrap it with twine. You can look up centerpieces, decorations, wedding party gifts, ceremony programs and even flower arrangements that you can make yourself after a quick trip to Michael’s or Hobby Lobby. Here are a couple of posts to check out for motivation: 

DIY Pallet Collage:

DIY Photo Booth Backdrops:

DIY Flower Arrangements:

2. Consider Your Venue

Venues can take up a huge chunk of your budget. When considering your wedding venue, be sure to see what’s included and weigh the pros and cons. For example, if a venue comes with tables, chairs, a dance floor, a coordinator, etc. it may be worth it to spend a little extra dough. If it doesn’t come with any extras, or you find that the price tag wouldn’t be worth it, consider your alternatives. Do you, your parents, or a close friend have a big backyard you could use? How about a small wedding in the forest or in the mountains? Venues that are less traditional can save a lot of money that could be used on other things like decorations or food.

If you have your heart set on a certain venue, consider your wedding date. Booking a venue for a summer wedding will almost always be more expensive because that’s wedding season. The venues are getting less requests for fall and winter and may lower prices to get brides to book during their slow season.

3. Enlist the Help of Friends

Ask your friends for help or trade favors for their skills. A friend with a talent for baking may be willing to make cupcakes for the big day, an organized friend might help you with the planning process instead of hiring a wedding planner, if anybody is skilled in the art of hair and makeup they may be willing to be your beauty team on the big day. A photographer friend can also be a great help, though the photos are one of the things I wouldn’t recommend skimping on. All you have after the big day are the photos (and your new spouse, obviously!) so you want them to be high quality.

4. Lower Your Guest Count

This is the absolute easiest and most effective way to cut costs. A smaller wedding is a less expensive wedding (almost) every time. By lowering your guest count you can save money on tables, chairs, centerpieces, favors and food. Plus, small intimate weddings of just family and close can be so special.

A beautiful wedding doesn’t have to cost $30,000. I hope these tips will help you plan a wedding that’s everything you want and more. If you have any other tips, please let me know!