How to Plan (and Stay Under Budget) for a Large Wedding in 10 Steps


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Weddings are expensive, and staying within a budget is challenging. Being able to give certain items and services up will save your bank accounts and help you stay not only within, but under budget for a large wedding.

1. Buy a Used Wedding Gown- or Hit the Sample Sales

Buying a used wedding gown is one of the easiest ways to cut down on your wedding budget. Used gowns being sold through BravoBride is a sure way to keep your costs down, and offers many different dress styles and price points that are sure to attract any bride. Hitting sample sales of your favorite designer is one way to buy your dream dress at an inexpensive price.

2. Choose an Inexpensive Wedding Venue

Choosing a wedding venue that also acts as the reception venue not only cuts down on commute time for your guests and the cost of arranging transportation, but also cuts down a ton on price.

3. Don’t Get Married on a Saturday

Saturday is the most popular day of the week to get married, which means there will always be a high demand at venues on this day, which also means that the price will be bumped up quite a bit. If you are willing, getting married in the middle of the week is your cheapest option. Choosing to wed on a Friday will also help to cut down on your budget as well.

4. Limit Your Guest List

A wedding is meant to celebrate both the bride in the groom, not one or the other. So try and invite people that both of you know, this is the easiest way to cut down on your list.

5. Beer and Wine Only

By offering only beer and wine, you not only avoid the unavoidable costs of an open bar, but you are also able to physically limit the amount of alcohol available to your guests. Buying beer by the keg, and wine by the case is also another way to help stay within budget.

6. Give Your Food Caterer a Firm Guest List so You Don’t Overpay

Giving your caterer a firm number of people attending your wedding is crucial. On average, you’re paying $35-65 per plate at your reception, by giving your caterer a number too high, you risk over spending hundreds of dollars and wasting a ton of food!

7. Stay in Season with Flowers- or Buy from a Grocery Store

Buying flowers that are in season is going to be your cheapest bet, when you want a certain flower that isn’t in season, shipping them in creates a large price tag. Being willing to have your local grocery store put together flower arrangements and bouquets for your big day will save a lot of money.

8. Make Your Own Cake

Baking your own “cutting cake” for the reception is an easy way to save a quick few hundred dollars. This doesn’t mean that you can’t order a different item for your guests from a professional bakery, but being willing to bake one of the larger items involved in the reception will save your bank account.

9. Make Your Own Invitations

Making your own invitations, or recruiting a friend to help you design them cuts a few hundred dollars off of your budget. Hiring someone to custom make invitations for your wedding is not only unnecessary, but also very expensive.

10. DIY Reception Centerpieces

Creating your own centerpieces for your reception is not only cheap, but also very fun. Check out our Mason jar centerpiece ideas here!

By following a few of these ideas, staying within your budget and having the wedding of your dreams is possible.

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