6 Stylish, Budget-Smart Wedding Tips
1. Have your ceremony at the same location as your reception, advises Sarah Trotter, owner of Lasting Impressions Weddings and Event Coordination in Minnetonka, Minn. You’ll save money on rental fees, décor, transportation and more, in addition to cutting down on photography time.
2. If you’re crafty, buying a DIY kit or pattern instead of a pre-made item can save you a quite a bit, says Sarah Beth Smith, owner of accessories line Deeds & Petunia. You can find a variety of wedding-related projects for sale on Etsy, including Smith’s own kit for a birdcage veil and her pattern for a feather fascinator headband.
3. “I encourage my clients to cut the ‘extra’ items,” Trotter says. “Things like favors, save-the-dates and extra ‘fluff’ will not be noticed by most guests. Instead, put that money into late-night snacks, gift bags at hotels for out-of- town guests, or a signature drink – something they will really remember.”
4. Buy a vintage or second-hand dress, suggests Smith. “Not only will you save a bundle, you’ll also be doing your part to reuse, recycle and revive a fabulous dress that might otherwise be collecting dust in someone’s attic.”
5. Trotter’s favorite way to really personalize a wedding day – and give guests a “piece” of you – is in the place cards/escort cards. If you’re into the outdoors, try writing each guest’s names on a lake rock. For a vintage theme, consider using antique keys. Or, for a cheerful statement, tie or pin a name card to a piece of local fruit, such as an apple, pear, peach or lemon. All these options can also do double-duty as a favor.
6. Save cash on florals by doing a few submerged stems instead of large arrangements, paired with a variety of candles, Trotter says. Cheap has never looked so fresh and chic.
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