Big Day Dreams for Less

Eight great ways to stay within your wedding budget.

Bouquet of spring flowers via Shutterstock.

Bouquet of spring flowers via Shutterstock.

Don’t let your tight budget dash your Big Day dreams. Bring your vision to life with DIY projects and other simple ways to save:

Borrow bling
Incorporate your own jewelry, or family pieces, into your bridal look. Keep it classic with small studs, or go boho with layered necklaces and bracelets. Not only will your individual style shine through, but jewelry makes a great “something borrowed.”

Bouquet building
With a bit of research, and an assortment of blooms, you can create your own bouquets. Visit your local flower market in advance to find out what will be available, and when you should be purchasing the petals. Check out craft stores for finishing touches, like fabric and twine.

Cake from scratch
From tiered confections to cake pops, the options for homemade wedding goodies are infinite. Testing various recipes in small quantities will aid you in selecting your favorite flavors. Keep the frosting simple, and add some fresh fruit or flowers as a garnish.

Digital DJ
You don’t need a 50-piece orchestra à la Kanye West to get keep everyone on the dance floor. Create a playlist with your fiancé and load it onto an iPhone or iPod. Then, rent some speakers, and ask a friend or family member to make sure the music flows smoothly throughout the reception.

Dress deals
If you are looking for a designer gown for less, take advantage of sample sales. Ask local boutiques and designers for the exact dates so you can coordinate with your girls. Retailers like Ann Taylor and J. Crew also carry their own lines of bridal frocks that are well-made, and well-priced.

Thrifty gifts
Homemade treats and favors are a heartfelt way to say thank you to your guests. Decorate small boxes, or mason jars for family and friends to repurpose once they’ve enjoyed what’s inside. Check out our piece “Wedding Favors With Heart” for more inspiration.

Close to home
Who says you have to have your wedding in a ballroom? With the right décor you can turn a home, or backyard, into a beautiful venue.  It will give you an intimate backdrop for your “I dos,” and the freedom to dress the space exactly how you imagined.

Paper perfection
You can create your own table numbers, place cards, even invites. Whether you are a novice looking for free printables, or someone who is comfortable with design, and dabbles in Photoshop, there are options available for every skill level. Research what details to share with guests, and match the paper and font color to your overall theme.

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