17 Tips On How To Save Money On Your Wedding Day

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Pre-wedding jitters are common for both, the bride and the groom. Why should you also suffer from the fear of wedding expenses? Your wedding day is supposed to be the most important day, as a wedding is the turning point in our lives. This article will help you enjoy your biggest moment in life by ensuring you eliminate all unnecessary worries. Read on to find out how to save money on a wedding to make the most of your important day.

The first task in planning any wedding is setting up of the wedding budget. It’s a very important task, not to be taken lightly. There are many aspects in a wedding where the costs can be controlled greatly. Let us look into some of these areas in detail and find out ways to have a wonderful wedding.

How to Save Money on Your Wedding Reception

Wedding receptions follow every wedding. You cannot have a wedding without inviting your near and dear ones; family and friends who are important people in your life with whom you want to share your precious joy. But there are ways to cut corners in your wedding reception while taking care that it is still the best that people remember. Consider the following points to know how to save money on a wedding.

Venue & Menu:

The best time to have a wedding is festival time. The churches are already decorated for the festival, and you save yourself a lot of money on wedding decorations. Another idea to save money will be to have your wedding on a weekday or a Sunday night to get sufficient discounts on the wedding hall and from the caterers. Alternatively, you can go for a small town simple wedding. Don’t make the wedding meal an elaborate one. Go for buffets and simple recipes to cut the cost of wedding catering. Lunch or brunch instead of dinner can also help in savings. Having the ceremony and the reception at the same venue is another way to save money. Ask a family member or dear friend to officiate your wedding so that you do not have to pay the minister.

Guest List:

Special occasions are celebrated with special people. Cut short your guest list to only those intimate family members and friends who make a difference in your life. Don’t hand out the wedding invitations to everyone you know. When you send your invitations, ask the people to send in their confirmations through emails or by simply calling you. This saves you postage as you don’t need to include a RSVP card with your wedding invitation.


It is absolutely necessary to stick to the planned schedule. The band and the venue charges may increase if your wedding goes beyond the agreed time schedule.


A wedding is incomplete without wedding music. But its up to you to decide if you want the music to please your guests or your choice of music. If you want an expensive band only because your friend had it in her wedding, you will have to shell out the extra moolah. Instead, go for small bands that are good but not yet popular. You will definitely have the best first dance together as ‘Mr. and Mrs’.


Wedding decorations are another aspect where money can be saved. Call your friends, arrange for food, and have a fun weekend making your wedding centerpieces and wedding favors. Also, making wedding invitations at home with help from friends and family saves a lot of money.


Wedding decorations also include flowers. Don’t order exotic wedding flowers. Instead, use only one or two flowers for decorations. If you have artistic talent, make a simple wedding bouquet at home. Invite all your bridesmaids and let them help you in this project while they make their own bridesmaid bouquets too!


You will be surprised to know that when you buy your own alcohol for a wedding ceremony, you save a lot of money. It’s true. So, buy your own alcohol and also instruct the bartender to offer only a limited choice of drinks.

How to Save Money on Your Wedding Dress

Your wedding dress is the most wonderful and important part of your wedding. Since you were five, you planned this dress in which you say, “I do”. But when you think of saving money on your wedding, do you want to spend a lot on the wedding dress? Saving on your wedding dress is also one of the ideas of how to save money on a wedding.

Buy a Dress:

You can buy your dress online from various sites offering attractive discounts. Go for off-season and sample sales and get a good bargain. Various bridal chain stores can be good for shopping for wedding dresses as they have a variety of affordable price ranges. Just remember to stick to your budget and don’t overspend.

Rent a Dress:

You will freak out if I suggest this, but some stores even rent out beautiful wedding gowns. Go for it. When you think practically, you will realize there is no reason to spend so much on your dress. Instead, rent one for less than half the price, which is twice as beautiful. You can also rent vintage gowns from antique shops if you like.

Borrow a Dress:

I am sure you must have loved a wedding dress that your friend wore at her wedding. Borrow it from her and make a few changes so that it looks different when you wear it, and at the same time you save money. You can always have your mother’s or sister’s or any family member’s wedding dress altered according to your own designs.

Make a Dress:

If you have just loved a dress and want to buy it, but cannot afford it, here’s another way to have it at less price. Hire a seamstress, give her your design and tell her what you need. You may have to compromise on the type of cloth, but at least you will have a dress that is designed by you. The veil and headpiece can be made by your mother, grandmother or friend. You can skip these altogether and style up your hair beautifully in the latest style.


Avoid too many ornaments and accessories. While buying wedding shoes, remember that they are hidden below your dress. Remember that when you spend so much on shoes, you should be able to wear them on other occasions also.

How to Save Money on Your Wedding Cake

A wedding cake is an integral part of every wedding. But it also, unfortunately, forms an integral part of your expenses. However, there are several ways to cut down on this expense.

Save a Cake:

Get a small and beautiful cake for your ceremony and a sheet cake of the same flavor for the guests. The sugar frosting can be replaced with candied fruits or chocolates. This brings down the cost for wedding cake decoration. If you must have a tiered cake, you can ask your baker to create false layers of iced Styrofoam above or beneath the real tier of the cake. Avoid exotic flavors in the cake.

Buy a Cake:

If you buy the cakes at the supermarket and get it decorated at some bakery or a cooking class, you save a lot of money. Also, the cake ornaments can be bought cheaply at a bakery. Borrow the cake pillars or rent them instead of buying the crystal ones.

Bake a Cake:

If you have an accomplished baker in your family, like your grandmother, aunt, mother, or yourself, why not plan and bake the cake? It will be a cost-effective and a nice personal touch to your wedding.

How to Save Money on Your Wedding Photographer

Yes, you can not have a photographer at your wedding. But do you need thousands of photos? Well, if you don’t, here are some tips to save money in the area of wedding photography too, and help you in your quest of how to save money on a wedding!


Employ a wedding photographer for the wedding ceremony and only the first two hours of the reception. Pose for your photos first and then send him packing.


You have such a huge close-knit family; there is bound to be someone with experience in photography. Why not ask him to take your photos? I am sure he/she will be only too willing to help you out. You can also ask them to video shoot your wedding ceremony.

All in all, there are many ways to save money on a wedding. Apart from the above, there are other aspects like wedding themes, etc., where you can save a lot of money. Just keep in mind that this day is the start of a new and beautiful relationship. Don’t turn it ugly by thinking and fighting over the expenses of the wedding. All the best!