Looking for ways to save money on your wedding? You can save yourself a purse full of cash by doing a variety of wedding tasks yourself. My best friend got married this past August and she had a wine-themed wedding. For her table place cards, she envisioned using corks to hold the cards. Sure, she could have purchased pre-cut corks from a wedding supply store or online, but she took it upon herself and employed friends to save corks over the course of the year. When her wedding day arrived, she had her supplies, cut the corks herself, and her cork cards were no longer a dream, but a perfectly paired reality with her theme.
There are a variety of things you can do yourself when it comes to weddings. Craft stores are a dime a dozen, and if you have an idea, chances are, you can do it yourself. I’ve seen ideas for homemade bridesmaid cards for inviting your friends to be a part of your wedding party. There are so many opportunities to be creative. On the opposite end of the spectrum is your music. Sure, you can hire a DJ or a wedding band, but you could also create your own personalized playlist for your iPod and simply have it play through the venue’s sound system. An iPod on a dock is money in your pocket.
As for props and decorations, if you have a vision, you can make it happen with the use of discount stores like Ross, Marshall’s and TJ Maxx. Or, make your way to a local flea markets, hit up garage sales, or root through your family‘s stash of heirlooms in the basement or attick. And when you’re done with the items you’ve bought, return them to your family, or sell them on Ebay, Craigslist, or at consignment to put some money back in your pocket.
Speaking of Ebay, if you have a particular wedding dress in mind, I would urge you to troll the website to see if you can find it at a discount. Many brides are willing to part with their dress post-nuptials, and Ebay has become a popular marketplace for peddling lightly-used gowns. Find your size and save a bundle. The same goes for shoes, veils, tiaras, bridal purses, and more.
The DIY bride is a brilliant bride because she realizes that her wedding day is just that– a single day. And while some gals feel okay about spending a small country’s GDP on their big day, it’s not in the cards or DNA of others. With a little planning and thought, you can find yourself with a pocket full of green that can be put towards your new life together. How fabulous.