So you’re getting married; congratulations! However, now the reality of planning a wedding is setting in and you realize your budget is tighter than you thought. You can’t afford your dream wedding. You don’t have to sacrifice your dream for your special day because of money. Here’s all the secret ways you can save money to make your dream wedding possible with your guests being none the wiser.

The Venue

It’s no surprise that wedding venues tend to be one of the biggest expenses for your special day, but they don’t have to be. Do your research before settling on your venue because there might be a location just as beautiful for half the price. Outdoor weddings are another budget-friendly way to go, as well as backyard weddings.


From bouquets to flower arrangements, flowers are a big part of most weddings and they’re not cheap. Consider substituting real flowers for paper flowers; they’re equally, if not more, beautiful and can save you a lot of money. Plus, if allergies are a concern for any involved in the ceremony, it eliminates that worry.

DIY Decorations

You can save a lot of money when you make your decorations yourself. With websites like Pinterest, you can find all sorts of DIY guides so you can have the look you’ve dreamed of for your wedding at a fraction of the cost. There are several blogs out there devoted to simple step-by-step guides for making decorations even when you’re not a crafter. Sites like Pinterest and Ravelry are central searching sites that make it easy for you to find the guides you need.

Party Favors

Party favors for bachelor/bachelorette parties and for the wedding can be expensive. However, there are several cheaper options for favors. You could make adorable tea light candles by putting printed Washi tape around the outside of tea light candles that can be purchased in bulk from the dollar store; personalized bookmarks with the date of the wedding with stamps or sharpies and cardstock; buy donuts in bulk and place an individual one in a treat box (can be found at dollar store and Walmart or craft stores) for wedding favors. All of these options cost less than a dollar and will seem unique and personal to your guests.

There are many ways to save money in planning your wedding that won’t make you miss out on having your dream wedding. DIY blogs can help you save some serious dough on decorations and getting creative with party favors and flower alternatives can save you a pretty penny as well. Don’t give up on the hope of your wedding being all you wanted it to be.

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