Trimming Your Budget Without Losing Your Style

So, it’s time to plan your wedding! Between poring over bridal magazines and pinning to your hearts content on Pinterest, it’s easy to get swept up in the trends, glitz and glam. However, with the glitz and the glam can sometimes come the shocking price tag. If you’re currently experiencing sticker shock, don’t worry – we’ve put together a few ways to trim your wedding budget while still maintaining your vision!

1. Fake the cake

A gorgeous wedding cake is likely to be expensive, so if you want all of the looks with less than half of the cost, have a baker create a cardboard or Styrofoam cake, decorate it and then make a REAL top layer for cutting! No one ever has to know that your gorgeous cake didn’t break the bank!

2. Save the (later) date

You’re going to spend the rest of your life with your significant other, why rush the big day? One way to save your budget is to book your venue and vendors well in advance! Prices go up the closer you get to the celebration, so save money and book early.

3. Limit your guest list

Of course, you don’t want to leave out the important people in your life, but sometimes it can be easy to get carried away with your guest list (your second cousin’s best friend’s brother doesn’t need to watch you walk down the aisle, for instance). You should really take time to sit down with your partner and decide who is essential to your celebration.

4. Speaking of invitations…

We totally understand, your invitation is the first thing your invitee’s will see! However, you don’t have to have the nations top calligrapher hand write each and every one – that can send prices soaring. Beautiful invitations can be made online or even on Microsoft Word!

5. Be smart about your wedding attire

You don’t have to go to Kleinfeld’s to get a beautiful dress. Pnina Tornai will not be personally offended if you’re not bedazzled in one of her couture masterpieces. You can definitely find a jaw-dropping dress at an outlet or department store – we promise.

We hope these tips helped you strategize a more budget friendly wedding! Just remember, working within a budget is not an impossible task, you just have to research alternatives to those break-the-bank options. Happy planning!

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