1. Get Intimate
For the rehearsal dinner, we threw a casual outdoor barbecue for just our family and closest friends. Keeping it low-key and super small meant we had more to spend on the wedding itself.
2. Bail on the Ballroom
Get creative with your wedding venue. Get married in a theater or on an “off-the-beaten path” venue. See if you can have the reception on site. Everyone will rave about how fun and different your festivities turned out to be. For those who don’t like it, you can always leave them off the guest list for anything else you’re having! Bottom line: you can save thousands of dollars…so consider taking this route.
3. Skimp on Stamps
Instead of putting stamps on the save the date/wedding invitations, use postcards. You will save a lot of money, especially if you have 150+ people to invite.
4. Go Local
Go to your local farmer’s market the morning of the wedding and buy all the flowers for the bouquets and centerpieces. You will save thousands of dollars for this DIY option. If I could make one more suggestion, it would be to send someone you trust to the market…like your Momma.