When it comes to planning a wedding on a small budget, there are plenty of ways to cut costs without compromising your sense of style.
Here are 8 ideas for saving money on your big day:
Make your own invitations. Office supply stores have wedding invitation paper that you can put in your printer and look fabulous for a fraction of the cost of engraved invites. You may also find some great paper at your favourite stationary store's paper selection
Borrow toasting glasses and knives for your cake cutting ceremony from you parents or another relative nstead of buying new ones. This will add a touch of sentimentality to the day knowing you're using the same set as your parents.
Buy simple dinner napkins in bulk at a wholesale or party store. No one will notice or care if the napkins aren't stamped with your names, the date and swirly hearts.
Reuse your flowers. Order floral arrangements for the tables at the rehearsal dinner, and then place them on the tables at your reception site. After the ceremony, set the bridesmaids' bouquets along the front of the head table at the reception.
Forget about disposable cameras on each table at the reception. The cameras aren't cheap and the development costs multiply quickly. A better bet is to ask your photographer to get candid shots of each table.
Save money on your Wedding Dress. If a fancy puffy wedding dress just isn't your style, browse through the selection of bridesmaid or evening gowns. Find a flattering style, order it in white or ivory, and you've just slashed several hundred dollars from the bill.
Don't go overboard with the bouquets. Choose smaller and unique bouquets rather than elaborate ones. Bridesmaids might carry a few striking stems rather than a bouquet. The impact can be stunning.
Make your own favours. You can save a lot of money by creating your own favours using boxes and ribbon from craft shops and chocolates or candy. Or alternatively don't bother with the favours at all.
With a little creativity and shopping in the right places, planning a wedding on a small budget is achievable and most people won't notice the difference!