One thing I’m really passionate about is saving money! Finding good deals is something I get really excited and strangely proud about. Although our parents chipped in more than expected, we had a really low budget when it came to planning our wedding. And guess what!? I wouldn’t have had it any other way! I’m an incredibly practical person. Spending money on frivolous things is okay with me every once in awhile for special occasions, but within reason. Weddings should definitely be celebrated, but I don’t believe that starting out your marriage by going into debt over your wedding is a great idea. We just spent what we had, which meant getting really creative. Did you know the average wedding costs $26,444? With many people spending a lotttt more than that. (Source) That blows my mind. I literally can’t imagine spending that much for one day of your life. I know I’m an abnormal girl in that sense, haha, but like I said, I’m extremely practical! I actually wanted to elope with just our immediate families there, but I got vetoed. We still kept it simple and small, and I loved every bit of it and will treasure these memories for the rest of my life. Check out 5 ways we saved big money on our wedding!
1. Opt for Dried Flowers
These only work with certain themes, but if it works with your theme, its an awesome money saver! By ordering dried flowers, you can order them ahead of time and have one less thing to worry about picking up before the wedding! You can also keep them forever, which is one of my favorite things. I keep my bouquet in a cute decorative vase on the kitchen table. Its so adorable. I got many compliments on my bouquet because its so unique! Not a lot of people use dried flowers. Its perfect for country weddings, or shabby chic and rustic styles of weddings too. I got a dried bouquet, a dried boutonniere, and assorted dried flowers for my centerpieces. It went so well with my decor and saved lots of money! Here is the etsy shop I ordered my flowers from if you’re curious!
2. Go Dress Shopping in Unique Places & Find a Great Seamstress!