This post contains affiliate images. When I dreamed of the perfect wedding for my daughter, I really didn’t think about how much it would cost. That’s why I needed to find these 7 ways to plan a magical wedding on a budget!
Wedding Costs Can Be Staggering
Like the cost can be staggeringly out of this world. We just don’t have the funds to throw an extravagant wedding, so we decided to do as much DIY as we could for the wedding. Here are 7 ways to plan a magical wedding on a budget!
7 Ways To Plan A Magical Wedding On A Budget
Plan A Wedding On A Budget
Shave That Guest List: One of the biggest money suckers in planning a wedding is your food and drink. The more people you invite, the more grub you have to provide.
Don’t invite people you don’t know for the sake of pleasing someone else. This is your wedding, so invite only those people closest to you. We were able to cut our guest list to just 75 people.
It’s OK To Ask For Help
Ask For Help: Do you know someone who is a great amateur photographer? Someone who can sing or play a musical instrument? Don’t be afraid to ask friends and family to help in lieu of a wedding present.
My youngest daughter is a great singer, so she will be sharing her gift at the wedding. Chelsea’s cousins are great cooks, so they are throwing the rehearsal dinner at their house.
Where To Shop For The Floral Accessories
Flowers: Here is another area that can really hurt your budget. We have an awesome farmer’s market less than 3 miles from Chelsea’s house.
We are buying the flowers there and making the bouquets ourselves. We are cutting this part of the budget by 2/3.
Sprucing The Place Up
Decorations: Chelsea wants a more rustic look for her wedding, which fits right in with the old train station we found for the venue. We are making as many of the decorations as we can.
What we cannot make, we are getting from Oriental Trading. This company is THE place to go when you are planning a wedding on a budget.
Where To Say “I Do”
Venue: If you are going to do most of the wedding on your own, seek a venue that allows you to bring your own food, decorations, etc.
We found a cool historic train depot in Atlanta that was thousands less than other venues we found. I was able to get a great price that fit right in our budget.
Eats And Drinks
Food and Drink: If at all possible, reach out to friends and family to help with the catering. We have a pool of people who are offering to bring food, cutting our budget by at least $1,000.
We are stocking the bar ourselves, so that is another huge savings for us. We are making 2 signature drinks and offering beer, wine, soft drinks or water. Much of this we are getting from Sam’s Club.
Looking Great For Less
Dresses: There are a few great options to save you lots of bucks on the dresses. There are places you can rent your wedding dress or buy them used. If this is not something that appeals to you, many bridal shops have clearance dresses.
Don’t be afraid to do some digging in that sale department. You can save THOUSANDS on a dress when you buy it on sale.
For the bridesmaids, consider buying dresses off the rack at a department store rather than a bridal shop. I can sew, so making the dresses is another money-saving option.
Making The Space Beautiful
Decorations: When we were talking about doing our own decorations, we weren’t sure where to start. Chelsea had an idea of what she wanted to do, but not a clear vision. After spending a lot of time on Pinterest, we had a better idea of what we wanted to do.
What you will need to make the Purple Ombre Painted Mason Jars we made for the tables. They are the same jars we made in my post, DIY Ombre Painted Mason Jar Planters Craft:
- 3 Wide Mouth Mason Jars
- 3 Acrylic paints in varying shades of purple from dark to light
- 1 Can of white spray paint or primer
- Foam brushes
Here are all the supplies you need to make your Ombre Painted Mason Jars and Glow in the Dark Jars:
Step 1: Spray paint each mason jar with the white paint or primer. This will allow the acrylic paint to go on more easily and evenly. Allow drying at least 30-45 minutes.
Step 2: Using your foam brush, paint one of the mason jars with the darkest color. Repeat with each mason jar, with each paint, until you get to the very lightest color.
Allow drying at least 30-45 minutes before painting your next coat. I paint 2-3 coats in total. If you want to paint stripes, just use painters tape as I did in my Patriotic Painted Mason Jars.
Easy Mason Jar Glowing Fairy Lights
For some of the tables, we knew we wanted to make our own lighting, and Caitlin found a cute idea to make DIY Mason Jar Glow Stick Lights for the tables. They are super easy to make too!
All you do is cut 3-5 glow sticks in the color of your choice and bleed them into your mason jar. Next, you add glitter and shake, shake, shake! The result is a quaint glowing light that is perfect for our rustic wedding theme.
What did you think of these 7 ways to plan a magical wedding on a budget? Have you planned a wedding on a shoestring budget? I would love to hear how you did it!
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Jeanine saysMay 12, 2016 at 1:38 pm
All sounds great to me. We got married back in Feb ’07 but we didn’t have a real big wedding, I am hoping we can do something for a renewal in the next few years. These are some great ideas.
Jeni Hawkins saysMay 12, 2016 at 2:25 pm
I can’t believe how much wedding cost! My weddings were always low-key and I didn’t bother with decorations or flowers or anything. But if I marry again, I think these tips will come in handy for a cheap wedding!
Jeanette saysMay 12, 2016 at 2:28 pm
These are absolutely awesome steps in order to save money. My big safe was borrowing a wedding dress from a friend that I absolutely loved wearing. My mom did our flower arrangements and we had no alcohol at our wedding. It really saved us a lot of money.
William Sweeney saysMay 12, 2016 at 2:29 pm
I am kind of glad Pinterest wasn’t around at the time of our wedding I can only imagine what my wife would have planned. Great tips for lowering the cost of the wedding.
Amy saysMay 12, 2016 at 4:58 pm
I had quite a nice wedding with a large budge. If I had to do it again I would have just eloped with my close family.
Jennifer saysMay 12, 2016 at 8:26 pm
Planning a wedding can be very expensive trying to stick on a budget. I am glad we didn’t go over the top as we were able to spend the money on our future,
Shauna saysMay 12, 2016 at 9:11 pm
You know, we were spoiled for our wedding and really didn’t think about price and paid WAY too much. Now, I look back and think of how much we could have saved. LOL. Thanks for all of these tips.
Jennifer Williams saysMay 12, 2016 at 10:07 pm
I love the flower arrangements you made – not bad for saving 2/3’s of what it would have cost! My wedding was simple, we eloped so there was nothing to do really but get a license and find someone to perform the ceremony.
Ann Bacciaglia saysMay 12, 2016 at 10:37 pm
These are great ways to save money on your wedding. It is crazy how much some people will spend on a wedding. You could have a down payment on a house instead.
Stacie Vaughan saysMay 12, 2016 at 10:38 pm
There are so many great DIY ways to save money on your wedding. These are great tips.I will have to share this with a friend that is planning her wedding.
Winona Rogers saysMay 12, 2016 at 10:40 pm
I love the mason jar lights. They would be a great touch at a wedding. It is important tottry to stick to a budget when planning your wedding. It can be so easy to over spend.
Chelley @ A is for Adelaide saysMay 12, 2016 at 11:06 pm
I love that I spend just hundreds on my dress, shoes, veils, headpiece and jewelry! I cannot believe how much some weddings cost (as I planner, I’ve seen them go upwards of $50-75k)! Your tips are great- I love adding your own decor.
Kathy saysMay 12, 2016 at 11:19 pm
I love this! Such great ideas for a wedding. I’m always on a budget, so I’m always looking for ways to create things myself. I love all those decorations. They look so pretty.
Aubrey saysMay 13, 2016 at 12:47 am
Cute ideas. Thankfully, I’m done with my wedding days. I have a while before my daughter gets married too.
Peggy Nunn saysAugust 6, 2018 at 5:38 pm
These are great ideas for a wedding. They will work for a party too. I am making a list to do now for a birthday party.
Lynne B saysAugust 6, 2018 at 6:05 pm
Weddings are so ridiculously expensive. I love your suggestions. I looked for all kinds of ways to keep my wedding budget as low as possible. One of the ways was buying mini bottles of wine in bulk and decorating them myself for use as favors.
Dana Rodriguez saysAugust 15, 2018 at 10:49 am
These are great ways to save money on a wedding. It amazes me how much money some people will spend on one.