Weddings, weddings, weddings! Everyday, you see amazing weddings and all the great elements that make them unique. It's no wonder when yo do decide to get married, you want the best. Cara Davis, author of Cheap Ways to Tie the Knot shares a few simple tips on how to save money without minimizing the look and feel of your wedding.
1) Start with the guest list. There’s no need to invite your mother’s third cousin twice removed to your wedding. Inviting fewer guests to your wedding is a simple way to cut down cost. Don’t go overboard and slash your entire list. Just consider sharing your day with close friends and family instead.
2) Don’t be a dress Nazi. Let your bridal party pick out their own frocks. Not only will your bridesmaids thank you when they’re not stuck in matching dresses they will never wear again, giving your friends the freedom to choose their own looks can be wallet friendly too. Think about choosing a color or give your friends certain parameters to work with instead of forcing them to shell out wads of cash on matchy-matchy gowns.
3) The dreaded registry. Instead of registering for things, create a gift card registry. Not only will this cut down on shipping costs – for friends and family mailing you gifts – it’ll also eliminate the risk of getting duplicate gifts which will save you and your honey a trip to the store for returns.
4) Make accommodations affordable and comfortable. More than likely, you’ll have some out of town guests. Check with hotels to inquire about their special rates for wedding parties. If some of your attendees don’t want to pay for a hotel, maybe you have a friend or two with a spare room to share for the weekend.
5) Give thanks. Make sure to acknowledge your friends and family for sharing your special day with you. A simple wedding program note, a toast and a cute wedding favor can make all the difference. Remember, your friends and family sacrificed time and money to celebrate your wedding, so let them know how much you appreciate them.