I think you can have your cake and eat it lol. Using silk flowers – I rather doubt tehy were silk isn’t necessary usually. Think and plan smart.
1. i take index cards and write down all the categories or expenses for a wedding from wedding dress, groom outfit to food, venue, dj, invites, cake, flowers, decor ceremony costs, transport, photography, etc. Prioritize in order the importance of them. This will give you some guidelines.
2. I admit some areas where you can save big time include food, venue by carefully choosing ie some Bees will tell you picking certain dates can lower costs, bringing in your own alcohol – and things like on a recent wedding I am working on we convinced the 4 star caterer to let us bring in appetizers which greatly reduced costs – a shrimp platter from costco verrsus their shrimp platter was like 3 or4 times the price difference.
3. The dress – I know this is a big deal but smart choices can save tonnes and give the desired effect. Besides truth be known a lot of brides pick dresses which we assume they like but do very little for themselves or their wedding theme. Most Bridal stores have clearance dresses and many are wonderful dresses that might need some work or not but if you factor in dry cleaning or alterations can be a steal.. David’s Bridal always has some dressees for 99dollars and most other retailers do the same or something like that. I know I saw at one place dresses for $150 to $300 regularl up to $2000. Be open minded and see potential a plain dress with a vintage $10 rhinestone belt or that $150 dress with a 100 applique can still be a deal – just watch things don’t add up too much.
If a second or third dress is necessary, really?? lol, try Lulu’s or places like TJ Maxx, Winnters which may have on eoffs. New year’s sales after the holiday season might be a great evening gown to switchu up. Better yet skip the dress change – really more changes means more time away from the party.
Flowers and decor – some people it is not a huge thing but play it smart. You don’t need to have fake flowers. For drama try having the bridesmaids carry a single blow with a nice ribbon tied to it – DIY ie a rose, garden rose, peony, hydrangea – make sure you carefully prep this bloom to l ast, , DIY some or all of your flowers. 4 hydrangeas perhaps with 3 to 5 stems of dendrobian orchids from Costco will cost under $20 with dollarstore ribbon for a bouquet. Or utilize those $15 to $20 premade bouquets from costco for bouquets or centerpieces – throw in a $2 Ikea vase. If tat is too much a dollar store square vase and a hydrangea is cheap. Re use flowers from the Ceremony to the REception ie small floral tributes used for pew markets throw them into a vase or two or cut the heads off and sprinkle on the head table or cake table – or take those petals and do your decorative magic.
Lights and tea lights are cheap or often borrowed. Think bling so dollarstore mirrors or glass holders add to the lue fator Lights aroudn posts, existing plants, on the ceiling or as a back drop or around even topiaries are a great way to decorate – just gather christmas li ghts – label discreeetly and keep tabs so you can return. [
transport decorate your own car and have a friend or family member drive
Photography – figure out if you need two photographers and if you can limiit the time
Cake – wedding cakes really add up can you do a small cake for cutting and cupcakes which are pretty and don’t have to be cut – saving lots as a lot of venue have cake cutting costs/charges. Or instead of a tiered cake can you have separate cakes or a big cake – considerably cheaper. Consider decorating the cake with fresh flowers – fondant is pricey.
Groom wear – Most rental companies will have some kind of discount where you rent 5 outfits one (groom) will be free. If you look carefully most will also discount the groomsmen rentals by $30 to 40 dollars as well and still get a free outfit for groom.
alot of make up stores will do you make up for a minimum charge or sometimes free if you buy their products – which can add up
Do your own photobooth for $20 worth of suppliles people can snap away on their phones or you can have an easy to use digital camera.
Skip the favors and do a personalized note for each guest of how and why they are special to ou. Leave that on their table setting
Alcohol – consider a dry wedding – not possible Consider limiting the choices, a dollar/looniebar, limiting serving time ie closed during speeches or whatever, Is it cheaper to bring in your own liquor? Check the return policies of unused liquor. Use sparkling wine instead of champagne for toasts.
Go back to nature – look at what is free and cheap. Pine cones perhaps spray painted in gold or silver sp rinkled on tables? Leaves – write in a gold or silver pen names for seating plans or name place card. Bare tree branches /trees with lights are gorgeous, a vase of just greens can satisfay a lot of bees wedding decor.
Food / venue -everyone knows the date of the wedding can effect price as well as the day. See what freebies or add ons you can have added ie appetizers or an extra dessert. use your wedding cake and add ice cream to make it a dessert. Choose wisely your main course Chicken breast with brie cheese and cranberries sounds exotic but as we found out the guests would have preferred chicken breast with mozzarella and brocoli better. Limit the choices and think some fancy braised beef may be cheaper than a striploin and just as delish.