Where to Save & Where to Spend When Planning a Wedding

According to 'The Knot's 2014 Real Weddings Survey,' the average bride & groom will spend a whopping $32,00 on their wedding! And that doesn't including the honey moon! Most brides would agree that the idea of wedding planning sounds exciting but that actual planning itself can be quite stressful. Your pinterest board is filled with gorgeous pins of flower arrangements & centerpieces, but when you start pricing out these beautiful decorations your budget starts to cringe. There are many ways to save money when planning a wedding, the hard part is just deciding where to cut corners to save a few hundred/thousand dollars and where should you really invest your hard earned money. Although every bride and groom is different there are a few simple ways to do this. Here is a list of my suggestions on where you should save your money and where you should probably spend it!

#1 SAVE money by making your own flower arrangements!

I know what you're thinking, and trust me I get it. Not everyone is Martha Stewart when it comes to DIY projects and flower arrangements are a huge undertaking. However, flowers can and will be one of your biggest decor expenses if you order them pre-made from a florist. On the other hand, you can save hundreds or even thousands of dollars by ordering your flowers in bulk online or from a local grocery store and putting them together yourself. Chances are you have at least one crafty friend and they would be happy to help! People will almost always say yes to the bride when it comes to helping her with her Wedding! Take a look at these beautiful boquets below that were made by brides, bridesmaids & talented planners. Plus, here's a tip: Babys Breath is an amazing filler!

#2 SPEND money on good music!

So, if you're not the dancing type maybe this one isn't for you, which is great, you will save even more money! However, speaking from experience, music definitely sets the mood for the reception. A good DJ can not only help create a fun experience for you and your guests but they can also act as a coordinator by helping host your reception. Not all DJs will do this, but I've worked with many that are happy to run the show and they also help keep your other vendors, like the photographer, informed of any events about to take place. If you do not have a wedding planner or event coordinator, you definitely want a good DJ! Someone needs to help move things along and it shouldn't be the bride. You want to enjoy your day and not be worried about making things run smoothly.

#3 SAVE money on food!

Obviously you have to eat, however you can save money by doing a buffet instead of having plated meals. Buffet's are a lot more common these days and typically work better in my opinion. I would also go as far to say that the less fancy foods tend to be the most liked! So keep it simple. Pick food you know you will enjoy and is easiest on your budget. Most of your favorite restaurants probably have catering options that are cheaper than catering companies. You can also save money when it comes to the cake. Wedding cakes can cost well over $1,000 but a lot of people will choose to do cupcakes instead. You can still get a one or two tier cake to cut into & save for the one year anniversary. If you aren't crazy about the cupcake idea, you can still do the small wedding cake and have sheet cake in the back, another way to save money! You may even be able to find a friend or two that are willing to help make cupcakes & a small round cake for you! Don't forget what I mentioned earlier, no one wants to say no to the bride:)

#4 SPEND money on a good photographer!

C'mon, you knew this one was coming! But seriously, photography is one of (if not thee) most important things you can spend money on for your wedding! Besides the love you have for one another & the memories of the night, there isn't really anything else that you can take with you from the wedding day. Something most couples have heard but really don't realize is that your wedding day is going to fly by! There is so much going on, so many emotions & so many people to see that it's impossible to really take it all in. However, photographers capture all the little moments and details and preserve them for you forever! So not only will you get to see the little things that you might have missed, but you will get to relive the most important day of your life anytime you want, by simply looking through the photos!

Have any more great ideas on how to save money? Or where you wish you would have spent more on your wedding? Leave a comment below and let all our future brides know!

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