Everybody wants to have their dream wedding and there’s practical ways to do it. I spoke with three women to get their advice on being practical while planning their days. Two are already married and one will walk down the aisle April 5. Each had some helpful advice for other young brides.
Each of the three women had a favorite detail that just happened to double as a money saver. Fun fact – Dayna was married on campus at Purdue Christian Campus House during her senior year as a Boilermaker.
I loved that The reception had a sitting area where you could relax away from the dance/tables and chairs. And that there were scrapbooks of micah and i for people to look at. Do i specifically remembering enjoying those things? No, honestly I only remember dancing and drinking some good wine with good friends! I did not plan these things for my wedding, but I liked them and thought it was unique. Also, one thing I did plan was an ice cream bar and I liked it.
My favorite detail, besides my handsome soon to be hubby of course, is that we will be doing a different kind of ceremony where the guests will be sitting at tables instead of rows (the reception and ceremony are in the exact same spot – so this saved us from having to set up and tear down.) The tables will already be decorated for the ceremony.
One of my favorite details about my wedding was out of our six groomsmen four played the guitar so those four where able to practice before hand and play our processional music as well as a few songs during our ceremony and our recessional music as well. Not only was this extremely memorable and meaningful for both my husband and I but it was also a great money saver since we did not have to hire any specific musicians.
The three also gave tips on budgeting. Each mentioned the necessity of shopping around and two even suggested hiring a wedding planner – even if it’s a friend.
PLAN AHEAD. ORGANIZE. Find out what you want early on (and make room for changes) and try your best to take the time (if you have it) to research different options. Also, if you want something at your wedding that you have dreamed of since you were 5 years old (like a purple wedding cake-or a hummer limo) by all means put more money towards that! You wont regret it. You will regret skimpping out on that something later … Trust me I know. We decided to try and save some money on photography and not that I had awful photos but I really would have liked to have had really nice photos and videography … Micah and I saved a TON on food (and decor for that matter) because the lady who did it went to his church and cut us a huge discount.
Get everything on sale, there is no reason to pay full price. Hobby Lobby has half off wedding stuff every other week, and then the off weeks everything else is on sale, like candles. Also, try to make things or have others help you make things.
My biggest budgeting tip for a soon-to-be bride is SHOP AROUND. It is amazing what kind of deals you can find, especially online. I will say staying on a budget is extremely time consuming but very rewarding when you find a great deal. I was able to go try on bridal gowns in the store, and when I found one I loved I got fitted for it and ended up ordering it online saving me hundreds. This might not be the most polite way to shop but when you get married while in college and are on a strict budget, you do what you have to do to get a great deal. I also ordered my bridesmaids dresses online, resulting in about a $100 price decrease from the store per dress. Additionally, I was able to get my shoes for free for attending a Bridal Fair and many companies offer the grooms tux for free if you rent the groomsmen tuxes from that same company. Make sure you are doing your research before spending any money.
What are some of your money saving tips?