How To Plan a Wedding On A Tight Budget


According to The Knot, the average cost of a wedding is over $30,000. That’s a lot of money to spend on one day of celebrations—but luckily, you don’t have to spend tens of thousands of dollars in order to plan the wedding you’ve always dreamed of. Follow these tips to stick within your budget while planning your big day:

Visit a sample sale

A wedding dress can account for a large percentage of your budget if you’re not careful. To save on this expense, don’t just buy a dress from a local boutique. Instead, research sample sales in your area so you can get a better deal on your wedding dress. Most bridal shops will have sample sales at the end of each season so they can quickly get rid of dress samples and make room for new inventory. Wait patiently for one of these sample sales and you may be able to save hundreds—or even thousands—of dollars.

Narrow down your guest list

Each guest you invite to your wedding makes your big day more expensive. Why? You will have to pay for food, wedding favors, invitations, and programs for each guest, so if you cut back on the number of guests, you can greatly reduce the cost of your wedding. Make your wedding more intimate by only inviting close friends and family members. Go through each guest on the list and ask yourself whether he or she should be included. If you haven’t seen someone in a long time, or if someone is just an acquaintance, it’s best to leave him or her off of the list.


Choose your flower arrangements wisely

Flowers can eat up a lot of your budget, but there are ways that you can decorate with beautiful blooms without going completely over budget . For example, instead of spending a lot of money on giant bouquets for your centerpieces, let a few blooms float in a bowl of water alongside floating candles. This is much less expensive than floral bouquets, but it looks just as romantic and elegant.

When choosing flowers, you should always ask what will be in season at the time of your wedding. Flowers that are not in season are much more expensive than those that are, so be sure to ask your florist for a list of seasonal flowers prior to making this decision.

Hold a “Stock the Bar” party

It can cost a pretty penny to serve your guests alcohol at your wedding, but not if you plan ahead. Many couples are choosing to host a “Stock the Bar” party in the weeks leading up to their wedding. At this party, guests are asked to bring their favorite wine, beer, or liquor that they want at the wedding. The couple will then save all of the alcohol that their guests bring to the party and use it to stock the bar at their wedding (hence the name). This is a great way to cut costs—and to make sure that your guests all have access to their favorite drink!

Skip the gifts

It’s tradition for the bride to buy her bridesmaids gifts and the groom to buy his groomsmen gifts. But, if you’re on a budget, you may not have the funds for this extra expense. Instead of buying gifts for your loved ones, write a meaningful thank you note that expresses how grateful you are to have them in your life. This will mean much more to them than a gift—and it’s far less expensive, too!

It doesn’t matter what your budget is—whether you have one hundred thousand, ten thousand, or even one thousand dollars, you can still make the wedding of your dreams a reality!

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Gwen Lewis is a writer who lives in California. She has been in the fashion and health industry for years and loves writing on the topic to give tips from experience. In her free time, she loves to stay active and has just taken on learning how to surf.

15 Top Tips for Planning a Dream Wedding On a Budget

Your wedding day should be the day of your dreams; whether bride or groom, you should make the most of this opportunity to be the centre of attention amongst your friends and family as your celebrate your love for one another. In today’s economic climate though, creating such a day is becoming increasingly more difficult as purse strings tighten and budgets are limited due to a lack of available funds. This scenario is not uncommon so if you find yourself in this position, don’t panic as help is at hand.

Detailed below are 15 tips for planning your dream wedding whilst always sticking to the pre-arranged budget you have set yourself:

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1. One Location, One Price

Attempt to hold your wedding ceremony and reception in the same venue or on the same estate as this will reduce the need for multiple bills as well as transport fees to get from one location to the other.

2. Compare, Compare, Compare

You will undoubtedly be viewing a number of different venues as options for your wedding day, so create a comparison chart that helps you keep track of the prices in addition to what each venue can offer. Once you have viewed all potential venues, you can then compare prices and see what you are getting for your money from each location.

3. Invest in Insurance Early

The importance of investing in wedding insurance early can’t be stressed enough as this will ensure that the investments you make, in many of the services associated with your wedding, are protected and should a problem arise, you won’t be hit financially.

4. Book a Weekday Wedding

Weddings at the weekend are renowned for being considerably more expensive than a wedding on a weekday, so if you want to save some money, why not book your big day for a Friday instead and see how much you could save?

5. Drinks Don’t Need to Be Free

There isn’t really a need to provide your guests with a free bar, which, if you do, can significantly eat into your budget. By all means provide wine and toasting champagne for the wedding breakfast, however for your evening reception, you will more than likely find that guests are more than happy to pay for their own drinks.

6. Book a DJ Not Band

Whilst the idea of a live band or singer sounds great for your evening reception, this is really an unnecessary expense as a DJ can play some great music throughout the night and can be anything up to half the price you’d pay for a live singer.

7. Downsize on the Cake

Traditional wedding cakes are usually tiered and very intricately designed, and as such come with a bigger price tag. Consider downsizing your wedding cake to something slightly smaller or alternatively go for individual cupcakes, which are becoming increasingly popular choices for frugally focused bride and grooms.

8. Cut Down Buffet Options

Buffets are a great idea for feeding large groups, however you do need to make sure you don’t go over the top on the food options your guests have. Cutting down on buffet options will cut costs per head and leave more money to be spent elsewhere. If you didn’t want to go for a buffet to feed your evening guests, consider a barbeque or hog roast which can also easily cater for large numbers.

9. Book Wedding Cars Early

You will of course want to arrive in style so to get the best deals on your wedding car, be sure to book well in advance. If you need more than one car or require your chosen car to make more than a couple of trips to and from your venue, see if you can get an even better deal by booking multiple vehicles or additional trips with the same provider.

10. Create Invitations By Hand

If you are particularly artistic or you know of a friend or family member who is, create the invitations you plan to send out to guests by hand to avoid the high prices associated with buying large numbers of shop bought items. A handmade invitation will also make your wedding more unique and be something that all guests will enjoy holding onto to remind them of the day.

11. Flowers on a Wholesale Scale

In a similar way to above, you can save huge amounts of money on flowers if you know of someone who is a particularly good DIY florist as you can buy the flowers you want for your wedding day on the local market to avoid paying expensive floristry and delivery costs.

12. Avoid Bridal Boutiques

Shopping for and trying on a variety of wedding dresses can be great fun, however a stunning wedding dress doesn’t have to cost the earth so if you are working to a tight budget, avoid the bridal boutiques and head for the independently owned bridal shops or factory outlets where you will find the best bargains on equally gorgeous dresses.

13. Hire Suits Not Buy

Whilst the bride will most certainly buy her dress, for the groom and his party, hiring suits is the best way to get a great suit at a great price. In some cases, hiring a certain number of suits can result in the groom getting his free, so shop around to find the best deal for you and your party.

14. Picture Perfect Recommendations

Photographers can be another expensive area of your wedding, so the best way of getting a good deal is to ask for recommendations from friends and family. Going to a photographer and saying you have been recommended to them may result in them being more inclined to offer you a reduced deal or a few extra treats for the money you are paying.

15. Book Honeymoon Well in Advance

After all the effort put in to planning your wedding, the honeymoon offers the perfect opportunity to get away from it all and relax, so book this well in advance to get the best possible deals. Letting your travel operator, chosen hotel and travel agent know that this holiday will be your honeymoon could also see you get a few little extras, like a room upgrade or free drinks on arrival.

Whilst weddings can be incredibly expensive, if you are working to a tight budget, making a few adjustments here and there can effectively save you pounds, so follow these 15 tips if you are readying yourself to plan the wedding of your dreams any time soon.


This post was written by blogger Oliver Kyle who, alongside his now wife, effectively planned a low budget wedding that was everything they could have wished for and more. Taking on all of the tips detailed above, they made sure to invest in Debenhams Wedding Insurance earlier to ensure all possible eventualities were covered and their finances protected.

  ♥   S P O N S O R E D    P O S T   

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Sweet Rustic Wedding on a Budget

This is not just a beautiful celebration of two people in love, but also a lovely celebration of their Dutch heritage! Janessa and Eric combined sweet rustic style, homemade DIY details and a pretty array of delft blue and white Dutch decor to create their perfect and personalized wedding day. What’s more, all this beauty and charm was budget-friendly with plenty of help from friends and family! Thanks to Lyn Ismael for perfectly capturing all the adorable details.

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Beautiful bride Jenessa shares the details: 

Wedding Theme

My vision was a wedding that was very personal to myself and my husband. We wanted every detail to reflect us and allow every guest to see our love for each other and our excitement for our special day. We went with a mix of themes to allow this to happen. When I looked through wedding pictures, I loved the rustic theme, and had decided to theme my wedding with rustic decorations. I also loved the DIY weddings, and wanted to have part in decorating my wedding. Finally, my husband and I both have backgrounds from the dutch culture. We chose a few dutch patterns (delft blue) and traditions to incorporate in our wedding.

Wedding Budget

We had a low budget wedding! I am proud to say our total wedding cost was just under $10,000!

Ceremony & Reception

We chose to get married in my church where I grew up. It was a beautiful space, very personal to me, and also traditional. We had decided to have our reception in a beautiful golf club with lots of wonderful details!

Colour Palette

We chose a dark navy blue colour mixed with a fresh green. We used lots of burlap and, of course, white!

Bride’s Wedding Style

My wedding gown was purchased at David’s Bridal. It had a sweetheart neckline and was a fit to flare style. The wedding party all wore TOMS shoes to the wedding! ( My accessories were all made by my good friends! I had a beautifully simple earring set and necklace with some pearls!


The bouquets were a mixture of fresh green and white flowers. They were wrapped with burlap and I carried two pins from my late Oma’s (great-grandmothers).


The bridemaid’s wore beautiful dresses from Macy’s. They were only $15! They were halter top style in a dark blue colour. They also wore handmade jewelry made by the same good friends that made mine. They used a delft blue bead for the earrings! Our flower girl wore a traditional white dress and carried a basket with burlap flowers, throwing white petals on the aisle.

Decorations & Flowers

We decorated with lots of fresh flowers (including baby’s breath). The reception tables had a white table cloth with a burlap square in the middle. Each table’s centerpiece was unique. We had a tree stump in the middle, a homemade table number (including pictures), and a variety of delft blue decorations and candles.

Wedding Cake

The wedding cake was made by my fabulous sister! It was white with little birds on top which were hand painted by my amazing mother to represent the bride and groom! We had sheet cakes made by my Aunt for a late night snack (decorated in a delft blue pattern!)


We chose chocolate letters as our favours. This is a dutch tradition! The letters we gave our were “J”‘s, “E”‘s, and “V”‘s! My mother sewed little burlap bags for each box and I attached a wooden heart burned with a message on each.

Congratulations Jenessa and Eric on your beautiful wedding day. You prove how it is possible to achieve a gorgeous look on a low budget!




Photography:  Lyn Ismael: Evocative Imagery of Love Stories / Reception Venue:  Listowel Golf Country Club / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Barefoot Casual Beach Wedding in Forster NSW by Bella Photo Art

We love the laid back blissful vibe of this pretty barefoot beach wedding. Captured by Bella Photo Art on the shores of secluded beach in Forster NSW, it’s a lovely blend of casual chic and budget beautiful with a dash of beachy bohemian thrown in for good measure. How can you not love gorgeous bride Hayley who is natural stunner in front of the camera, the cheerful bridesmaids in their short yellow dresses and the oh-so-pretty beach bridal sandals. Then, don’t get me started about the amazing beach bouquets and floral arrangements all beautifully crafted with real sea shells. Yes, this little gem is pretty much a beach babe’s dream wedding and I’m sure if you browse long enough, you’ll start hearing the fresh ocean breezes and white tipped waves rolling along in the distance . . .  

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Bride Hayley Shares The Wedding Details

Wedding Theme:

Ever since I was young, I had always wanted to have a beach wedding. This was influenced by spending most weekends on the water or on my Dad’s boat. I wanted to find a beach not many people knew of, as well as one which wasn’t difficult for guests to access. I had spent a lot of time holidaying at Forster when growing up, so we went to Forster one weekend with my parents to stay at their holiday house and went looking for beaches. That’s when we found the beautiful Burgess Beach at Forster. It was the exact beach I had imagined I’d find. 

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I wanted all of the decorations to be suited to the beach theme which I started by sending invites as a message in a bottle. I chose yellow for the bridesmaids because it’s such a fresh happy summery colour. My sister is a very creative florist and we worked together with coming up with ideas for the bouquets. I love my bouquet and still have it now. As it is mostly made of shells I could probably keep it forever. We created all of the decoration ideas ourselves to ensure they fitted well with our beach theme.

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Wedding Style: 

I wanted  a wedding dress which wasn’t your typical a-line wedding dress which would drag in the sand. So, I had an old family friend make my dress based off of several different photos I found on the Internet. Rick (my husband) isn’t one to dress up in a suit and decided he wanted to wear shorts. This idea took me awhile to get used to, but after we found the right pair teamed with the right shirts, I was more than happy with how the boys outfits looked. I also think the boys outfits went well the girls and the “fancy free feet” we wore on the day.

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Rick and I have been together for 10 years, so we wanted to keep our wedding fairly relaxed and low key. We didn’t want to let small details stress us out (like I had seen other people do). We just wanted an enjoyable day. We also wanted to make our wedding different to every other wedding we had attended as guests. To keep with the relaxed theme we decided to have the reception at my parents holiday house, which my dad had spent a lot of time fixing up. My husband Rick finished rebuilding his silver Torana just before the wedding so we could use it as our wedding car. His apprentice who owns the white Torana in the pictures could not wait to use his Torana as a wedding car as well.

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The day before the wedding the weather was some of the worst I had ever seen. The wind was howling and the rain was pelting down. Luckily, overnight the rain stopped, but we were still left with a very strong wind. Thankfully our little Burgess Beach was well protected by the surrounding hills and we only had the odd gust of wind to pick my veil up and wrap around my head (lol). The day was such a happy, fun day and everyone who attended said they had never been to such an enjoyable wedding. I think if anything the strong wind gusts made the day quite memorable (hehe). I am so happy with the way we did everything and I wouldn’t change a thing. It was definitely like they say “the best day of our lives!”  I was so lucky to have Bella as our photographer as well. I have known Bella since 1996 and would not of trusted anyone else to photograph and capture our wedding day the way she did.

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Thank you Hayley for sharing with us all your beautiful details and a special thanks to Bella Photo Art for sending us this gorgeous wedding.

Love all the pretty beach details in this wedding? Then you might like these beautiful beach theme decorations or beach favor ideas.


Photography:  Bella Photo Art – Photography by Bella / Flowers: Bride’s Sister / Hair Stylist:  Friends & Co Hair Design by Diana / Makeup Artist:  Forever Young / Officiant:  Megan Meadows / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Budget Beautiful Montreal Wedding by Ella Photography

This joyful budget Montreal Wedding by Ella Photography proves without a doubt you can have a beautiful wedding without a huge outlay. Eve and Ben celebrated their big day back in May. They were able to successfully keep their wedding costs to a minimum due to the wonderful support of their friends, family and local community. Eve, a volunteer at her church’s Mom & Tots class, was given use of the church for both the ceremony and reception free of charge. They also saved by renting the bridal gown and groom’s tuxedo, as well as by Eve’s mom supplying all the food. These smart alternatives meant many of the typical big dollar wedding items were practically eliminated. As you’ll see from their wonderful images, their clever planning and small outlay did not take anything away from their special day.Budget Beautiful Montreal WeddingThe whole joyous occasion is full of pretty details, bright pops of purple, simplistic style and loving moments. I also love the use of graffiti walls as a backdrop for their portfolio pics to give their wedding photography a modern city feel. Congratulations Eve and Ben on a beautiful wedding. You’ve reminded us how generosity and love are truly the essence of a magical wedding.

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Photographer:  Ella Photography
Floral Designer:  Boutique Fleuriste Coin Vert
Reception Venue:  River’s Edge Community Church
Bridal Dress:  L’amour Eternel
Makeup Artist:  Stephanie Torino
Tuxedo and Mens Attire:  l’entrepot du tuxedo
Courtesy of Two Bright Lights

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