Weddings are a day of celebration. Family and friends attend to witness the love of a couple and their commitment to one another. There’s dancing, food, decorations, music, etc. and every wedding is different. We dream of this day forever and plan for what colors to use, what dress style we like, what theme to choose, etc. but we don’t always think about the cost of a wedding.

Whether you want a huge wedding with 200+ people or a small wedding with those who are closest to you, weddings can break the bank quickly. Just the decorations alone can cost hundreds!

If you’re planning a wedding… don’t worry! I found 11 genius hacks for saving money and getting hitched on a budget.

  • Take your time
    A long engagement can save you a lot of money. Take time to find a venue and make some choices before the date gets close so you can save money by paying the venue early and having time to save more money. A 2-3 year engagement means 2-3 years of tax returns, time to save, and time to get discounts.
  • Pick a good date
    Believe it or not, there is a busier time in the year for weddings. Everyone wants the perfect weather and season so plan for the very end of the wedding season. Venues will be cheaper, more vendors are available, and you’re more likely to not share a wedding date with someone you know!
  • Do it in the same place
    If you are using a venue, have your ceremony and reception in the same place. You won’t have to worry about transportation and two separate bills for venues which equals less money. If you know someone with a beautiful house and property, ask to have your wedding there. You might not have to pay for the location which gives you more money to spend towards other things.
  • Skip the sit down dinner
    Simply hire a catering service and have hors d’oeuvres served on trays. This is less expensive than having appetizers, a main course, and dessert. If you must have a sit down dinner, offer a buffet for people to choose their food from. I recommend having everyone in the family make their best dishes to bring. You’ll have great home cooked food and save thousands!
  • Save on decor
    Go to Walmart, Hobby Lobby, or any other craft store and pick out what you like. Get your bridesmaids to help you put the decor together. This will save you so much money and it’s a great bonding experience for you and your bridal party.
  • Fake can be better
    Flowers are a staple at weddings but why spend thousands of dollars on flowers that will just die the next day? Go to a craft store or any store that offers fake flowers and make your own bouquets, center pieces, etc. If you’re not into the look of fake plants, then look for the realistic-looking faux flowers!
  • BYOB
    Having alcohol at your wedding can be fun but it will cost you more than anything to serve fancy drinks all night. Have family and friends pitch in and bring what they like and you can serve beer and wine. This will certainly save a lot of money.
  • Just find a white one
    Your dress doesn’t have to say wedding gown on the tag for it to be worn at your wedding. You can easily go to a prom dress store and find a beautiful white dress for less.
  • Pick up over delivery
    If you know someone who can pick up the cake, food, drinks, etc. then ask them to help out. Delivery services for weddings on a budget aren’t necessary and you’ll be happy once you skip over that extra bill.
  • All about the look
    Do your own hair and makeup or get your girl friends/family members to help out and make it a fun experience. Salons charge hundreds to do a simply braid and add some curls so have fun doing it at home to save money.
  • Bake it
    Wedding cakes are a must see at a wedding and they are apart of the celebration. If you know someone who loves to bake and decorate cakes… why not let them do it? You’ll spend hundreds on something that will be eaten so try to find an alternative to ordering one.

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