1. Set a budget and stick to it! Write your financial plan out on paper and keep track of what you're spending, otherwise your costs could easily spiral out of control. If you have a written plan and a realistic amount of money in mind that your committed too your way ahead of the game!
2. Keep a level head and focus on what's important. It's easy to get caught up in planning the perfect wedding, but what about the actual marriage? What about the man your committing your life to? Focus on your future husband and forget about the ice sculptures and the $5,000 dress that you just have to have! (People don't actually want those things do they?) It's OK to fore go the expensive caterer in favor of cupcakes and homemade snacks because no one really cares anyways. Besides it's your wedding and you can do whatever you want.
3. Don't hire people to do something you can do yourself! The only thing we hired people for was to style the bridal party's hair and to make the cupcakes. (And boy were they worth every penny!!) Everything else was done by us and our family and friends. Our loved ones operated the sound system, video recorded, took pictures, made and served food, arranged flowers, and decorated the venue. We also printed our own invitations. By doing most of the grunt work ourselves we saved lots of money. Most people are more than willing to lend a hand and a lot of people volunteered without us having to ask. Take advantage of willing family and friends and remember to repay them down the line when they need a favor!
5. Skip the florist and buy in bulk. It's awesome that carnations are my favorite flower because they're basically the cheapest! We about fell over when we priced them at our local florists because they were 1.50-2.50 per flower! We ordered our flowers from Sam's Club in bulk and arranged them ourselves. I believe we got 300 flowers for around $120. That's .40 per flower. Keep in mind that choosing something like roses or lilies is going to cost you more, but ordering in bulk can definitely save you some money.
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