Guest Post from Saving Money & Living Life | The Budget Savvy Bride
The Budget Savvy Bride

To start off the week, I’ve got a guest post from Heather and Jessica from Saving Money Living Life! They have been doing a series of wedding related posts on their blog over the last few weeks and I am delighted to have them contribute here on BSB today! Hope you enjoy their tips and tricks! Thanks ladies! -Jessica

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Hello, Budget Savvy Bride readers! We’re Heather & Jessica from Saving Money & Living Life & we like to still consider ourselves newlyweds even though we’ve been married to our husbands for over a year. Do we still count? Anyway, we are so thankful that Jessica is letting us guest blog for her as we think her site is just simply FaBuLoUs! We blog about our lives as newlyweds, our domestic challenges, how to save money, recipes, and DIY projects. Since we love to save money and consider ourselves pros at it, we thought we’d share a few of our favorite budget savvy wedding tips with you. So here it goes, our top 5 tips & tricks for not breaking the wedding bank!

If you like the look of big, tall centerpieces, do ΒΌ of the arrangements at your reception like that while the rest are smaller and reflecting the same colors. See examples above from Jessica”s wedding. It was so beautiful that I decided to emulate them at my (Heather) wedding!

Consider doing a candy bar as a savvy favor. A friend of Jessica’s purchased several jars from Hobby Lobby with the 40% off coupon that comes out monthly in their weekly sales flyer, filled them up with candy matching the colors of the wedding, and placed little snack bags for guests to fill up on their way out. Check this post out for more how to”s.

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VistaPrint. We beat this into the ground on our blog. But you can find some beautiful invitations that are often free, and pay only the cost of shipping! Here are some of my (Jessica) favorites from their site, from traditional to more contemporary designs. With the plain invitations, you can always embellish with a ribbon matching your wedding color to dress it up!
image via We Heart It

One thing that both Jessica and I did was make sure our venues allowed us to bring in alcohol on our own, versus having their servers or their alcohol used. This saved hundreds of dollars. It”s ridiculous what a rip off it can be. Both of our venues let us bring in our alcohol that we got from Costco, or Trader Joe”s. It is DEFINITELY worth asking about this if you plan on having alcohol, trust us!

As far as venues and caterers and bands go, just make sure to price compare until you want to scream and try to think outside of the box. Both of us called around to try to find vendors from a few miles outside of the city we were getting married in to find the best prices. It”s amazing how much less someone who lives 30 minutes outside of the “bigger” cities asks for. I (Heather) used Jessica”s church as my reception spot upon her suggestion, which happens to be an event rental space with beautiful old brick and murals on the walls still from years ago. You can see some of the beauty of the old building behind us in the above picture.

Thanks again for having us, Jessica! We”d love for you all to come “like” us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to stay up to date on all the latest deals, happening and recipes going on at Saving Money and Living Life. Have a great week & please come visit and say hello! Let us know what your favorite money saving tips are and what you think of ours listed above!

Jessica is the creator of The Budget Savvy Bride; she launched the site in May of 2008, shortly after becoming engaged. Jessica has been recognized as a budget wedding expert by various media outlets and continues to share realistic inspiration and actionable tips to help brides save money on their weddings. Google

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    • monica
    • May 31st, 2010

    great tips. one tip that i recomend that really helped as i was planning my wedding is to get a seperate wedding cell phone. i got a pay as you go samsung from Net10. this way, all things wedding went to my pay as you go instead of my contract cell phone. it was 50 dollars a month, but saved me money in the long run, since i did not have to waste my minutes. the phone was also a camera phone, which enabled me to send pictures of wedding decisions to my groom.

    • that's a really interesting idea!! I know I went over my minutes ALOT when I was planning, between talking to vendors, my fiance and my mother!!

    • Maggie L.
    • May 31st, 2010

    Love these ideas! Especially the one about making sure that your venue allows you to bring your own alcohol–that is a great way to save money.

    • That's one of my biggest pieces of advice as well. It saved us THOUSANDS on our own wedding!