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How To Save Money On Your Wedding and Not Look Cheap

Shannon Arney - Tuesday, April 05, 2016
How To Save Money On Your Wedding and Not Look Cheap

Prepare yourself.  This is going to hurt.  The Knot's last survey showed that couples were spending an all time high on weddings where the average is reaching a whopping $31,213! Yep, $31,213, more than the average American's income! With wedding costs constantly on the rise more and more couples are looking for ways to save a buck on their wedding extravaganzas without skimping on food and drinks.  Keep reading for some great suggestions on how to keep the costs down.

Don't use the "W" word: 

When contacting vendors (florists, venues, bakeries, etc.) keep that you are planning a wedding on the DL. Stick to telling managers that you are planning an event or party.  Alan Fields, co-author of "Bridal Bargains: Secrets to Planning a Fantastic Wedding on a Realistic Budget" says that eliminating the "W" word from your vocabulary can potentially save you 25-30% on your final total. So as much as you want to spread the excitement of your new engagement, we suggest keeping it under wraps until you get the vendor contract signed, sealed, and delivered.

Off Season: 

Plan your big day during off-peak months when vendors are seeking out clients and are more likely to negotiate prices.  Most brides seek out wedding dates falling between May and October.  Try selecting a day that is outside of these particular months to give yourself the advantage over vendors and increase the potential of saving money.

Brides bouquet and wedding flowers at reception

Seasonal Flowers:

This is probably one of the easiest and sure fire ways to keep to your wedding budget. When picking flowers make sure to stick to those that are in season during the time of your wedding. This is a great way to cut back on costs and make sure your flowers are lush and vibrant on your big day. Check out this guide from The Knot which covers wedding flowers and their seasonal availability to help with your budget friendly flower selection.


Venues are known for sucking the wedding budget dry, so finding a reasonably priced location for your wedding and reception is a priority to most couples.  The biggest pointer we can offer for this one is to really think outside of the box.  You can hold events at national forests, national parks, beaches, and backyards for as little to no cost!  So keep those thinking caps on and don't restrict yourself to the typical, overused venues and you will find ways to save money on your wedding location.

DIY Invites:

DIY is in big time with brides right now.  There are so many ways to help cut costs by rolling up your sleeves and getting to work.  One of the easiest wedding DIYs is making your own wedding invitations. Of course Pinterest has countless ideas out there for you.  A simple and beautiful method is to purchase a few rubber stamps and decorate your heart out.  If you are feeling a little extra daring you can even DIY those stamps.

Jack Daniels and coke wedding favors

Skip the Favors: 

This one is a fun extra, but can seriously break the budget in wedding planning.  You are already providing a fun night of great food and drinks so don't feel like you need to add more stress to this already huge event.  Take the extra cash you save on skipping wedding favors and put it towards your dream honeymoon. 



Been there, done that??? Can you make suggestions on how to save big on your wedding day?  Help us prepare newly engaged couples stick to their budget by sharing your suggestions in the comments.  We at Fusion LOVE to hear what you have to say!


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