Wedding On a Tiny Budget – Part III


Wedding On a Tiny Budget – Part III – Still looking for more ways to save money on your wedding?  Multiple ideas are out there.  Dessert Tables, heavy with decadence are a trend, although a declining one.  Do you really need it?  The answer is no.  I got sucked in when my two daughters were married.  Along with wedding cake, we had macaroons, pastries, chocolate covered fruit, cannolis, Italian cookies, etc.  Were they needed?  NO.  Would I serve them again at another family wedding, again, no.  But live and learn.  Save yourself some money, and serve wedding cake alone.


And speaking of wedding cakes, do you really need one?  We attended a wedding over the summer where wedding cake was NOT served.  Was it missed?  Not by me!  Maybe the bride and groom will have regrets on their first anniversary when they don’t have ‘year old cake’ to defrost…but maybe not…So…how about a “Fake Cake”?  Sound intriguing?  It is.  If you’d like to read more about it, click not the link Fake Cakes, and you will discover ANOTHER way to save money – and still serve cake!
Another expense brides don’t think about is the cost of the officiator.  They can cost anywhere from $ 250.00 to $500.00.  Unless you’re religious, and want a member of the clergy to marry you, you could save money and ask a family member or close friend to obtain an “0n-line” certificate to perform weddings.  The cost of the certificate would surly be less.  And just think, you could have a someone close to you MARRY you!
One of the newest, and I think, coolest ways to save money is to register with an on-line site such as honey (see the link above).  On this site a couple can register for such things as ‘home down payments’, ‘honeymoons’ or ‘home improvements’.  Instead of a traditional wedding registry, the couple basically request their guests give them money to use as they wish.  A little awkward and gauche?  Perhaps, but practical.

Wedding On a Tiny Budget – Part II


Wedding On a Tiny Budget – Part II  Still looking to save money on your wedding?  Consider wearing a family wedding dress and veil.  Not only would it help your budget, think of the sentiment.  How lovely to wear your mother, grandmother or sister’s gown.  Would it have to look exactly the same as the original owner’s?  NO!  Find a local seamstress, (A good place to look is a bridal salon.  Often, seamstresses will moonlight on individual gowns), who is willing and ABLE to make minor alterations to make the borrowed gown your own.  Make sure the changes are ok with the original owner first! :-/

Do you desire your own gown, but can’t afford it?  Maybe your parents will consider your bridal attire their wedding gift to you…


Other ways to slash the cost of your wedding? Cut out the professional nail, makeup, and hair styling appointments. Many brides who use professionals, also have trial sessions for at least the make up and hair.  If you perform all services yourself, or enlist a trusted friend, you could save several hundred dollars.


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Forget favors for your wedding guests, and a wedding gift to your groom.  All expenses that are not necessary.  If you DO choose to have attendants, however, you need to honor them with a gift.  It doesn’t have to be grand, just some small token.

Pinterst bridesmaids gifts Click on the link and you will be directed to a cute site that offers bridesmaids gifts for under $20.00 each!  An example: A gift bag for the bridesmaids with supplies for “Before” “During” and “After” the wedding.  (exp: snacks, gum, shoe pads, advil, mouthwash, etc.  🙂


And a final thought…consider a “Staymoon”.  It’s just as it sounds…stay home.  Save your money, and plan a honeymoon for a year or two down the road when you’re more financially stable.  More tips tomorrow!

Interested in reading part one of “Wedding On a Tiny Budget”?  Click on the link!

Wedding On A Tiny Budget

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Can it be done?  A wedding on a tiny budget?  Yes it can.  But realize…as with everything in life, you can’t have it all.  You have to make some sacrifices.  The very first compromise is your guest list.  If you funds are very limited, your guest list will need to be small. Your biggest cost is the reception.  Try to find an outdoor setting, either family land or a park which will require no fee.  (This requires a season for good weather!) Where to seat your guests?  Well, if you have gorgeous furniture, you can tote it outside like the photo above — realistic?  Doubtful.  But it sure is pretty! Next-food.  If your budget is tiny, you have two options – “A Cake And Punch Reception” like tge weddings of the 50’s and 60’s or you could ask family to bring dishes, i.e. “Potluck”. c2131bcba330be5a48577edb68364997

The cake above…is GORGEOUS!  But it doesn’t look too complicated.  I bet you could twist a talented family member to create something similar.  The fresh flowers add to its beauty.

Entertainment?  Another big investment.  We all have playlists on our phones these days.  Grab another talented family member to rig up some music.  My advise? Ask a teen 🙂

Beverages?  Either a dry reception is called for, or BYOB! a49429e84b67c3bb410a347bc4910db5 found on Tumbler

Professional photographers can break the bank.  Once again, call upon a good friend or family member who has an eye for photos. My favorite pictures from my daughter Maggie’s wedding were taken by my son-in-law’s aunt, the beautiful Patty Cloherty.  And don’t forget to enlist your guests.  Cell phones have fabulous cameras, and just the sheer numbers of photos guests will take will ensure several good shots. 5408830a65a9daaffae51bce5e522468

Flowers and other decorations can cost several thousands of dollars. But they don’t have to.  Consider just a bridal bouquet and no other flowers.  Do you REALLY need all your attendants to carry them – do you even need attendants?  What about using something you already own to decorate?  I love the use of Christmas lights above…  More tomorrow!