21 Hacks All Budget-Conscious Nearlyweds Should Know

1.
Opt for a Friday or Sunday

Saturday night weddings are prime time! To save money on venues and vendors, consider having your "I dos" on an off day. Your big day will still be oh-so-fun, and with a Friday or Sunday wedding, you can host other celebratory activities over the rest of the weekend.

2.
Stock Up on Coupons for Crafting

Craft stores like Michaels and AC Moore offer discounts each week. If you're planning to do a little shopping in their wedding sections or if you want to get your DIY on, stock up on coupons or download the app to get the best deals. Insider tips: Both stores honor each other's coupons, and on the Michaels app, you can use the same coupon every day until it expires.

3.
Buy a Pre-owned Wedding Dress

To stay on budget, consider buying a used dress or a floor sample gown. These gently-used versions retail at a fraction of the price.
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Photo by Charisse Kenion on Unsplash

4.
Opt for a Standing Ceremony

Electing to use no chairs (save for a few chairs for elderly or disabled guests) can save money on the rental furniture costs. Just make sure your ceremony is short and sweet if attendees will be standing.

5.
Find a Venue That's Flexible With Vendors

Look for a space that allows you to use caterers, florists, and bakers outside of their preferred list. If you choose a location that requires you to use their partners, you'll be locked into using vendors that might be out of your range.

6.
Follow Vendors on Social Media for Discounts

Sometimes, businesses will give special promotions or discounts to their Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram fans! Follow along to see if they offer any deals.
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Photo by Pedro Durigan on Unsplash

7.
Use Credit Cards to Purchase Services and Get Rewards

Invest in a card that offers cash rewards or airline miles. Then you can spend your perks on other "I do" items or put those bonuses toward your honeymoon.

8.
Have Your Ceremony and Reception at the Same Place

If you opt for one wedding site, you'll cut the costs associated with renting two venues and the transportation between spaces.
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Photo by Al Elmes on Unsplash

9.
See if Your Favorite Market Can Caterer

Some supermarkets, like Whole Foods, offer specialty catering services (and flowers too). Check your local store to see if they provide any services you can incorporate into your reception.

10.
Get Creative With the Bouquet

Ask your florist to use a few impactful flowers, and then fill-in with less expensive blooms, like Queen Anne's lace and baby's breath. This will help make each arrangement cost less.

11.
Purchase Flowers Wholesale Online

If you're planning to DIY your flowers, look into purchasing them online. A retailer like FiftyFlowers helps cut costs and increases the variety of blooms available to you.
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Photo by Niklas Ohlrogge on Unsplash

12.
Provide Your Own Alcohol

If the caterer allows you to purchase alcohol for the reception, you could potentially save some big bucks. By eliminating the vendor's markup, your finances will stay intact. However, you'll be putting in extra time to purchase and deliver the alcohol to your big day venue.

13.
Serve a Signature Cocktail Instead of Having an Open Bar

Get crafty with your mixed drinks to ensure that you don't over-spend on liquor. Serve guests beer and wine with one specialty drink, like a mint julep or a martini to wet their whistles.

14.
Create Wedding Signage Instead of Printing Hundreds of Paper Items

Display the menu or program on a canvas or in a frame as opposed to printing one for each guest. Trust us, it'll be totally cost-effective.

15.
Consider a Buffet

With guests serving themselves, it can considerably cut some of the waitstaff fees.
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Photo by Eddy Ymeri on Unsplash

16.
Sometimes Buying is Cheaper Than Renting

When it comes to décor items, table settings, and linens, sometimes it's better to purchase outright. Once you get a quote from the rental company, determine whether it's more cost-effective for you to purchase them. You may even be able to sell the items after to make a little money back.

17.
Keep Stemware Simple

Instead of going overboard with your glassware, go for minimal and classic. You'll keep more money in your pocket.

18.
Use Bouquet Flowers as Centerpieces

After the ceremony, have your florist or coordinator place the bouquets in vases for your tables.
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Photo by Photos by Lanty on Unsplash

19.
Have Your Baker Create a Faux Cake

Ask your baker to make the top tier of your cake real (for cutting). Then, create other tiers out of styrofoam and decorate it accordingly. Your presentation cake will still be gorgeous while saving a few dollars—and you can have sheet cakes in the back for serving.

20.
Serve up a Spread of Delightful Sweets

Creating a dessert bar can be a cheaper alternative to the wedding cake. You can purchase the treats from local establishments, set up a candy or cookie bar, or even ask friends and relatives to bake some tasty confections for an on-budget dessert display.

21.
Be Your Own DJ

Create a playlist on Spotify or iTunes and play music through the venue's sound system. We've pulled together some awesome wedding playlists to get you started.