Planning A Wedding On A Budget – For The Frugal Brides & Grooms
Planning a wedding on a budget is stressful as many of the costs can be so high, which is why I’m here to give the best tips on planning a frugal wedding (on the cheap) for all my brides and grooms on a budget.
Each section of this blog will have an overall area of the wedding planning (i.e. the venue & the catering) and under that heading will be several different ideas to help you achieve your budget-friendly wedding.
Finding the perfect wedding venue that fits your budget.
Have your wedding on any day but Saturday.
Consider places that aren’t actually wedding venues. Some places like local gardens will accept donations for using the property.
Go to a small town rather than a big city (these venues are generally much prettier anyway) for budget-friendly venues.
Find the venue who will allow you to BYOB, talk about weddings on the cheap!
Try to stick to the actual amount of space that you need. If you only have 50 guests, don’t plan for enough space for 200.
Shorten the reception & amount of time needed at the venue. The costs of a wedding can be increased quickly when more time is spent at the venue.
Why not get married in your back yard? Skip the cost of a wedding venue altogether!
If you decide to shorten the reception, you can always have a party later! This way the cost isn’t on you.
If you’re comfortable with it and able to do so, ask your venue if you can pay in full for a discount on the cost.
If you find a new venue, or someone looking to start a venue, chances are their costs will be lower as they enter the market. Do your digging, find that cheap venue!
Finding an all-inclusive space to host your reception can save you some big bucks, as well.
Get married in the off-season. If you’re somewhere warm, chances are the summer is the busiest for weddings. With more competition, you have less bargaining power. Whereas in the off-season, you have more ability to shop around.
Tell the venue manager that you’d like to rent the location for a PARTY. Not a wedding. Telling them that it’s for a wedding will immediately jack up the price.
Catering, drinks & dessert.
Ask your favourite local restaurant or food truck about catering! Bonus points if they don’t already offer catering, you may just get the price knocked down even more.
You and your wedding party can collect natural items like pinecones, moss, baby’s breath and other flowers for your decor. These are absolutely beautiful and cost nothing.
Repurpose the bouquets used in the wedding ceremony as table centerpieces during the reception.
Check out Facebook for used decorations! There are likely buy/sell wedding groups local to your area or a town nearby, and there will be others selling their used wedding decorations who understand there are others looking to plan their wedding on a budget.
See if you can purchase someone’s entire wedding decor soon after their big day!
White Christmas lights (something your wedding party can pool together) are always already on hand. Ask around, label the lights, and return them after your wedding day.
See what other brides who have already had their wedding day are ready to give up! Perhaps you can make a classifieds post in the wedding section.
Pick a naturally beautiful setting that doesn’t need much work. Planning a wedding on a budget is easy with venues like botanical gardens (which usually only charge a donation) or a mountain-top view.
Buy lots of tulle. You can use it everywhere and it’s gorgeous.
Get potted plants! Or, ask your wedding party for potted plants as gifts (if you like them) and ask them to bring them as decoration!
Use candles instead of flowers, or simply replace some of the flowers with candles. Flowers are expensive!
Check out this guide by The Knot for decoration ideas that are inexpensive but elegant.
Other frugal wedding hacks.
Don’t send physical invitations – go digital! Make a fun video and send it via email or messenger. Printing paper & buying ribbon gets pretty costly!