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Weddings on a Budget

Posted on Wednesday, May 16th, 2012 at 8:53 am
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Weddings are special.

 

Everyone wants their wedding to beautiful, and to go exactly as they planned it.  Sometimes, the dream wedding that you have been thinking about for years is too expensive for you to afford.  Don’t worry!  There are plenty of ways to do weddings on a budget.

Look for sales on gowns.

When my sister got married, she got her wedding dress from David’s Bridal. She also had the bridesmaids get their gowns from there, too.  One of the great things about this particular wedding store is that it seems like it is constantly having a sale.  Scan over their website, and you will see what I mean.  It has sales scattered over it like glitter!  She ended up saving a lot of money on the dresses for herself and her bridal party.

Check out the thrift stores.

I have noticed that a lot of brides donate their gowns to Goodwill, or other thrift stores, after the wedding is over.  If you don’t mind wearing a wedding dress that has been worn once before, than this is a great way to stay under your budget.  Suddenly, a thousand dollar dress can be purchased for maybe $100.

Do it yourself.

When I was in college, a friend of mine had a really fun way to save money on the wedding reception.  Instead of renting a reception hall, or making a reservation in the party room of a restaurant, the happy couple had a backyard barbeque.  They put up streamers, placed nice tablecloths over the folded tables, and had the most relaxed wedding reception I’ve ever been at.  This was also a great way to stay under budget on the food served to all the guests.

Another option is just to elope.

My husband and I did this, and it cost us almost nothing.  I wore my favorite denim skirt, and a white shirt that had a little bit of a lace pattern in it.  He wore clothing that was appropriate for him to wear to work.  The entire wedding cost us nothing more than the fee for the marriage license, and the gas to drive to the courthouse.  For us, this was absolutely perfect!

Shop around for wedding rings.

We got ours from Sears.  If I remember correctly, it only cost a few hundred dollars for the engagement ring and both of our wedding rings.  The rings don’t have to come from a fancy, expensive, jewelry store in order to be beautiful.

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