50 tips to save money on your wedding

Are you looking for ways to save money on a wedding?

Well, you’ve come to the right place! Here at The Budget Savvy Bride, we love helping you save money on your wedding. We believe that you don’t have to spend a fortune to have a fabulous wedding – heck, we can prove it! Just check out our Real Weddings Gallery for hundreds of examples of weddings pulled off on budgets far less than the national average. We practice what we preach and we speak the truth!

We’ve rounded up 50 of our very best wedding budget tips to save you money on your big day, which you can find below. Just click on a post to read a thorough explanation and examples for each tip! We hope you find these helpful! Without further ado, check out these wedding budget tips:

Wedding Budget Tip #1: Create a budget and stick to it!!

Wedding Budget Tip #1

Create a budget and STICK TO IT!

Setting your budget is the very important first step in ensuring you actually stick to it! But where do you start? Read this post to learn more about how to set your wedding budget and get some tactics for sticking to it!

Wedding Budget Tip #2: Cut the guest list.

Wedding Budget Tip #2

Cut the guest list.

One of the biggest ways to cut costs is to reduce the size of your guest list. Having a small wedding can save you on every item of your wedding. Learn how having a small guest list can save you tons of money on your big day!

Wedding Budget Tip #3: Choose a wedding date during off-peak seasons.

Wedding Budget Tip #3

Choose an off-peak wedding date.

Did you know your wedding date can actually affect the cost of your celebration? From choosing an off-peak month to a mid-week day, learn how to choose a date that saves you money in this post.

Wedding Budget Tip #4: Use Fresh Flowers Sparingly

Wedding Budget Tip #4

Use fresh flowers sparingly.

Fresh florals are absolutely stunning, but they tend to come at a steep cost. There are so many ways to make your wedding look beautiful without an abundance of pricey blooms. Check out some beautiful examples of non-floral decor on a budget!

Wedding Budget Tip #5: DIY Projects can save you big money

Wedding Budget Tip #5

Do DIY projects to save money.

If you're looking for a way to save money on your wedding, consider tackling some do-it-yourself projects! Make your own decor, bake your own wedding cake, or create personal wedding details yourself for less than buying new!

Wedding Budget Tip #6: Find a Venue that will allow you to Bring Your Own Booze

Wedding Budget Tip #6

Find a venue that will let you BYOB.

Alcohol is a large expense for many weddings, so having control over the cost-per-bottle is key to keeping that expense in check. Seek out venues that allow you to purchase and supply your own alcohol so you have control over the cost.

Wedding Tip #7: Choose a simple cake design.

Wedding Budget Tip #7

Choose a simple cake design.

Big, elaborate, or ornate cake designs come at a premium cost because of the time and artistry required to create them. Choosing a simple and chic cake design can save you hundreds on your wedding cake!

Wedding Budget Tip #8

Choose a naturally beautiful location.

Opting for a wedding venue that doesn't require a ton of decoration will save you on rentals and decorative elements. Outdoor locations with beautiful views allow nature's beauty to do the work for you!

Wedding Budget Tip #9: Consider a local restaurant instead of a caterer for your meal.

Wedding Budget Tip #9

Consider a local restaurant instead of a caterer.

Traditional caterers often come with all sorts of additional fees. Consider choosing a local restaurant for a more casual and affordable food option for your big day. Who doesn't love barbecue or a taco bar?

Wedding Budget Tip #10

Do what feels right for YOU.

It's so important to remain focused on the priorities of you and your partner, rather than letting obligations or other opinions impact your decisions. Do what actually feels right to you, not just what other people expect.

Wedding Budget Tip #11: Prioritize what is most important to you.

Wedding Budget Tip #11

Establish your priorities.

Be intentional about setting priorities for your wedding day with your partner. Your wedding priorities should reflect your own personal and shared life goals and values, so the day can serve as a representation of the two of you!

Wedding Budget Tip #12: Recruit talented friends and family for help!

Wedding Budget Tip #12

Recruit talented friends to help.

Explore your network of family and friends and call in some wedding favors. Whether it's having a friend design your wedding invitations or an aunt bake your wedding cupcakes, utilize the resources you have in your network to save money.

What's an easy way to utilize friends and family for your big day? Especially if they insist on helping? Borrow items for your wedding!

Wedding Budget Tip #13

Borrow what you can.

One way to get some great wedding decor for less is to borrow items from family and friends. Like bringing a pair of velvet chairs from your parent's home for wedding portraits or borrowing vases for your candy buffet.

Wedding Budget Tip #14: Shop for affordable wedding decor at thrift stores!

Wedding Budget Tip #14

Find affordable decor at thrift stores.

Want affordable wedding decor? Go hunting for decorative items at your local Goodwill or thrift stores in your area to build your collection. It's especially great for centerpiece vases, linens, old books, or other accents to make your decor shine.

Wedding Budget Tip #15: Upcycle items you have around your home to use them as wedding decor!

Wedding Budget Tip #15

Upcycle items to use them as wedding decor.

Upcycling is a great way to create wedding decor on the cheap! You'll be amazed what a coat of spraypaint can do to glass jars or bottles. Raid your own recycling bin for items that can be transformed from trash to treasure!

Wedding Budget Tip 16: Choose flowers that are in-season to save money.

Wedding Budget Tip #16

Choose in-season flowers.

Many flowers are more readily available during certain times of the year, and the seasonality can affect your spend. Check out this post where we share which flowers are in season in different months of the year so you can choose budget-friendly blooms!

Wedding Budget Tip #17: Consider Choosing a Pre-Owned Gown

Wedding Budget Tip #17

Consider buying a pre-owned wedding dress.

Have your eye on a designer gown but can't fit it in your budget? Consider purchasing a pre-owned wedding gown from a reputable reseller. You can easily save 50% or more on a designer gown by buying from a former bride!

Wedding Budget Tip #18: Be your own DJ

Wedding Budget Tip #18

Be your own DJ.

Running your own reception playlist (or getting help from an outgoing friend or family member) is a doable project to take on without the help of a professional. Check out this post on how to be your own DJ and save yourself hundreds!

Wedding Budget Tip #19: Consider a Brunch Wedding!

Wedding Budget Tip #19

Consider having a brunch wedding.

Who doesn't love brunch? Not only will you likely save money on your venue rental for a daytime celebration, but your food costs will likely be less as well. We can't think of anything better than a beautiful brunch celebration with mimosas!

Wedding Budget Tip #20: Serve a signature cocktail instead of an open bar

Wedding Budget Tip #20

Skip the open bar, offer signature cocktails instead.

If you're worried about bar costs busting your budget, consider offering a few signature cocktails instead of a full open bar. Alcohol costs can easily get out of control, so this is a great way to offer your guests libations without going overboard.

Wedding Budget Tip #21: Try the Wedding Cake Switcheroo

Wedding Budget Tip #21:

Try the wedding cake switcheroo.

Consider renting or crafting a display cake but serve your guests slices of a simple sheet cake to save money. Sheet cake will taste just as delicious but won't need as much work to decorate, therefore saving you money!

Wedding Budget Tip #22: Skip the favors, or just make something simple and edible.

Wedding Budget Tip #22:

Skip the favors or make something edible.

If you're looking for ways to cut costs, consider skipping the personalized favors. Tchotchkes and knicknacks are often a waste of money and end up in the trash. If anything, consider making something simple and edible to avoid a large cost.

Wedding Budget Tip #23: Skip the Pricey Limo

Wedding Budget Tip #23:

Skip the pricey limo rental.

Renting a limousine to transport the bridal party or to deliver you and your partner home at the end of the wedding day is an unnecessary expense. Have a family member or friend drive you, or consider taking an Uber or Lyft!

Wedding Budget Tip #24: Serve only wine and beer to cut costs on the bar.

Wedding Budget Tip #24:

Serve only wine and beer to cut bar costs.

If you're set on serving alcohol but don't have the budget for a full bar, wine and beer is more than fine. Your guests will be glad to have options to drink, so don't stress if you're not able to afford pricey liquor and spirits.

Wedding Budget Tip #25: Sign up for a rewards card to earn points towards your honeymoon!

Wedding Budget Tip #25:

Sign up for a credit card to earn rewards points.

If you're able to be responsible with paying off the balance each month, signing up for a rewards credit card could be incredibly beneficial. You could put your wedding expenses on your card and earn points to put towards your honeymoon!

Wedding Budget Tip #26: Shop Sample Sales to score a major discount on your dress!

Wedding Budget Tip #26:

Shop wedding dress sample sales.

One way to score a wedding dress for less is to shop the sample sales at your local bridal salons. You can get a gently worn designer gown for up to half off by purchasing a bridal shop's sample gown.

Wedding Budget Tip #27: Consider renting wedding items or attire rather than buying them.

Wedding Budget Tip #27:

Rent wedding attire and decor instead of buying new.

If you hate the thought of purchasing a wedding dress that you'll only wear once, consider renting your wedding attire! Check out this post with resources for rental attire for brides, bridesmaids, guests, and more!

Wedding Budget Tip #28: Do your research. Always explore the options + shop savvy!

Wedding Budget Tip #28:

Do your research and explore all the options.

When shopping for literally anything, it's so important to do your research and shop around. Gather all the relevant info, options, and quotes and you'll be much more likely to find the best value.

Wedding Budget Tip #29: Choose items that you can resell, reuse, or repurpose after the big day!

Wedding Budget Tip #29:

Choose items that you can resell or reuse.

When choosing items for your wedding, consider if you can resell, reuse, or repurpose each item after the wedding day. From decor and accents to shoes and accessories, consider the use beyond the wedding day to be cost-conscious.

Wedding Budget Tip #30: Use inexpensive filler flowers like baby's breath for a chic look on the cheap!

Wedding Budget Tip #30:

Use inexpensive filler flowers like baby's breath.

Certain types of flowers are less expensive than others, but that doesn't mean they aren't beautiful! Opting for affordable filler flowers like baby's breath and greenery can create a truly gorgeous effect for less.

Wedding Budget Tip #31: Choose a non-traditional venue to save money. Think parks, libraries, and zoos, etc.

Wedding Budget Tip #31:

Choose a non-traditional venue to save money.

Think outside the box in your hunt for your wedding venue. Is there a special place that is meaningful to you? A public park, a college library, or the zoo you went to on your first date? Don't be afraid to explore the less traditional options.

Wedding Budget Tip #32: Choose a Location where you can hold both the ceremony and reception.

Wedding Budget Tip #32:

Choose a dual purpose venue.

Find a wedding venue that can accommodate both your ceremony and reception. Choosing a dual-purpose venue will save you on transportation between spots, as well as decorations on two different locations.

Wedding Budget Tip #33: Hold your wedding at home or at another no-cost venue.

Wedding Budget Tip #33:

Hold your wedding at home.

Have a big backyard? Does someone in your family have some open land? Consider hosting an at-home wedding. Even with bringing in items like a tent, tables, chairs, etc you could still come out spending less. Just be sure to crunch all the numbers!

Wedding Budget Tip #34: Consider a Destination Wedding

Wedding Budget Tip #34:

Consider having a destination wedding.

One way that you could cut costs is by hosting a very intimate destination wedding. Fewer of your guests will be likely to attend if you plan an international wedding, and you can basically have an extended honeymoon. Win-win!

Wedding Budget Tip #35: Remember to factor in the cost of rentals.

Wedding Budget Tip #35:

Remember to factor in the cost of rentals.

When considering all-inclusive venues vs raw spaces, you'll want to add up every line item to be able to accurately compare apples to apples. Be sure to get thorough quotes from several companies to make the best choice.

Wedding Budget Tip #36: Consider a day of the week other than Saturday.

Wedding Budget Tip #36:

Consider a day of the week other than Saturday.

Saturdays are the most popular days for weddings, so you can save big by choosing a mid-week wedding date. Even a Friday or Sunday could yield big savings, so don't overlook those other dates if you need to cut costs.

Wedding Budget Tip #37: Think outside the box for your wedding catering.

Wedding Budget Tip #37:

Think outside the box for wedding catering.

What better way to create a memorable wedding experience than with a unique meal? Think outside the box for your catering– who doesn't love a taco truck, pig roast or shrimp boil? Not only will it be delicious but your guests will never forget it!

Wedding Budget Tip 38: Use non-floral items as decor!

Wedding Budget Tip #38:

Use non-floral items as decor!

Explore options for decor that don't include flowers. From vases to candles to books to fruit, there are so many options to consider that can still make a beautiful impact in your wedding decor.

Wedding Budget Tip #39: Order Wholesale Flowers or pick them up from a farmer's market so you can DIY your wedding flowers.

Wedding Budget Tip #39:

Buy wholesale flowers and DIY your florals.

If your heart is set on displaying fresh blooms in your centerpieces and other decor, consider ordering wholesale flowers and DIYing your arrangements. Check out this post with tons of resources for DIY flowers.

Wedding Budget Tip #40: Skip the pricey champagne!

Wedding Budget Tip #40:

Skip the pricey champagne!

Champagne toasts are common at weddings, but don't fret if you can't afford the bubbly. Just skip the pricey champagne– your guests can raise a glass for wedding toasts with whatever they are drinking!

Wedding Budget Tip #41: Close the bar an hour early and offer a coffee bar instead!

Wedding Budget Tip #41:

Close the bar an hour early.

If your celebration is happening at a venue where they control the bar, ask to close the bar an hour early to put a cap on your spend. Maybe you could offer coffee or tea service for the last hour of the reception instead of booze.

Wedding Budget Tip 42: DIY Your Wedding Invites!

Wedding Budget Tip #42:

DIY your wedding invites!

One great and easy way to cut down on costs is to DIY your wedding invitations. Paper is super inexpensive and you can easily print your own invitations at home or at an affordable online printer. Check out this post for our tips!

Wedding Budget Tip #43: Choose flat printing over pricer methods to save money on your paper items.

Wedding Budget Tip #43:

Choose flat printing to save money on your paper items.

If you're opting to order wedding invitations from a stationery company, one way to keep costs down is to choose flat or digital printing. It's much more affordable than letterpress, thermography, or offset printing methods.

Wedding Budget Tip #44: Find a photographer who offers his or her services a la carte.

Wedding Budget Tip #44:

Find a photographer with a la carte options.

Finding a photographer that offers a la carte options for their services is a great way to save money. Instead of spending a ton on a package full of items or shoots you don't need or want, just hire a photographer for a certain amount of coverage.

Wedding Budget Tip #45: Choose a grocery store wedding cake.

Wedding Budget Tip #45:

Choose a grocery store wedding cake.

One affordable source for wedding cakes is none other than your neighborhood grocery store. They often have full-service bakeries and can create simple tiered cakes that are easily decorated with a few fresh blooms!

Wedding Budget Tip #46: Book your wedding photographer for fewer hours.

Wedding Budget Tip #46:

Book your wedding photographer for fewer hours.

If you're concerned about the cost of your photography package, ask your photographer if you can book them for a fewer number of hours. Trust me, you won't care about photos of the shenanigans on the dance floor anyway!

Wedding Budget Tip #47: Go for buttercream over fancy fondant. Tastes better anyway!

Wedding Budget Tip #47:

Go for buttercream over fancy fondant.

One tip for saving money on a cake is to choose buttercream frosting over fondant. Not only is it less expensive, it's also tastier! Fondant cakes are often ornate and beautiful, but come at added cost, so go buttercream or go home.

wedding budget tip 48: opt for a dessert buffet instead of a traditional wedding cake

Wedding Budget Tip #48:

Opt for a dessert buffet instead of a traditional wedding cake.

Instead of purchasing a big fancy wedding cake, consider offering a cute dessert buffet of sweets, pastries, cupcakes, etc. You can easily assemble something with store-bought goodies on the cheap!

Wedding Budget Tip #49: Save your receipts and stay organized

Wedding Budget Tip #49:

Save your receipts and stay organized

Want to stay on budget? Keep track of your expenses. We suggest keeping all your receipts and recording purchases in a dedicated wedding spreadsheet. Get more tips for staying organized and on budget in this post.

Wedding Budget Tip #50: Ask yourself, is this really important?

Wedding Budget Tip #50:

Ask yourself, is this really important?

If you're having trouble making decisions on purchases for the wedding, there are a few questions you should ask yourself to help make those choices. Check out these post if you're feeling confused about what to do.