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21 Wedding Budget Saving Tips: Plan Smart for a Beautiful Wedding


With careful planning and smart choices, it is possible to have a beautiful wedding on a budget.

Key Insights

πŸ’ Tens of thousands of couples have successfully planned their weddings on a budget with the help of these tips.

πŸ’ You don’t have to follow all 21 tips, pick and choose what works for you to save on your wedding budget.

πŸ’Έ Stick to your budget - β€œMy mom used to say this thing where she’d be like.”

πŸ’° Planning for miscellaneous expenses in the wedding budget can help avoid unforeseen costs.

πŸ’° Buying a used wedding dress can save you thousands of dollars without sacrificing style or quality.

πŸ’‡β€β™€οΈ Most members of your wedding party could probably pretty easily do their own hair and makeup, saving you a significant amount of money.

πŸ’‡β€β™€οΈ Avoid the luxury tax of having a hairstylist come to you by going to your regular stylist or a place like Dry Bar for your wedding hair.

🌍 Having guests RSVP online not only saves money on physical RSVP cards and postage, but also contributes to a more eco-friendly event.

πŸ’° Educating yourself on the wedding industry and working with a knowledgeable planner can help you save money in the long run.

πŸŽ‰ The number of people you invite can dictate a huge portion of your wedding budget, so be mindful of who you choose to invite.


How can I save money on my wedding?

β€” Wedding planner Jamie Wolfer shares 21 budget saving tips for wedding planning, offering advice to help couples save money and reduce stress.

What are some areas to cut back on for a budget wedding?

β€” It’s important to find areas to cut back on, such as DIYing certain aspects of the wedding, but it’s important to do so with intention and not take on more than 40% of the wedding tasks.

How can I stick to my wedding budget?

β€” The key to saving money is to stick to your budget and track your expenses effectively, using professional insight and tools like the master plan spreadsheet with formulas to determine category spending based on your specific budget.

What are some ways to save money on wedding attire?

β€” Consider getting creative with the material for your rings, buy a used or sample wedding dress, and have members of the wedding party do their own hair and makeup to cut costs.

What are some cost-saving tips for wedding decorations and services?

β€” Reuse florals in multiple ways, have a dessert table instead of a cake, and consider a budget bar instead of a full hosted bar to save money.

Timestamped Summary

πŸ’° 00:00 Stick to your budget, DIY certain aspects, and track expenses to save money on wedding planning.

πŸ’° 04:00 Plan for unforeseen costs, list all expenses, avoid all-inclusive packages, and compare vendors to save money on your wedding budget.

πŸ’° 06:24 Consider alternative materials for rings and buy a used or sample wedding dress to save money.

πŸ’° 08:27 Consider buying a used wedding dress, having the bridal party do their own hair and makeup, keeping the party small, skipping save the dates, and sending out invitations earlier to save money on your wedding.

πŸ’° 12:51 Cut vendor hours, ask for photography/videography package with fewer hours, reuse florals, and have a dessert table instead of a cake to save money on your wedding budget.

πŸ’° 16:26 Consider a budget bar with beer and wine only, skip champagne toasts, and opt for standing signs and skip escort cards to save on wedding costs.

πŸ‘° 19:40 Cut wedding expenses by skipping favors and reducing guest count, educate yourself on the industry, and consider hiring a local planner to save money.

πŸ‘° 22:54 Save money on your wedding with these budget tips and check out the course for more results.

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