Nothing is more exciting than seeing your wedding day come together and knowing that it is going to be one of the most memorable days of your life. You have been planning your wedding for years, but now the time has come to make it a reality. You have found the perfect venue and you know what you want, but unfortunately making your dream wedding become a reality has proven to be more expensive than anticipated.
So, being the do-it-yourselfer that you are, you have decided to find some innovative ways to cut costs and yet still enjoy the wedding of your dreams.
1. Make Your Own Centerpieces
Professionally made centerpieces are lovely, but they are also extremely expensive. Instead, consider some DIY centerpieces. Not only would it make a great project for your monthly bridesmaid meetings, but it will look as beautiful as ever while saving you a ton of money.
2. Skip the Photographer
Of course you have to get pictures of your wedding day, but do you really need to hire a professional photographer? First, you might check with friends and family to see if you know anyone who is exceptionally talented with a camera. However, for a great and innovative experience you may wish to consider purchasing a number of disposable cameras and placing them strategically on each table and sitting area so that your guests can take pictures. You might be surprised to see some of the interesting, fun and natural moments that your guests capture.
3. Recycle & Reuse
To save on decorations, consider what you already have or can easily acquire that could be repurposed. Many common decorations that are stowed away for the holidays could easily be recycled for wedding decorations and no one would ever know that you didn't hire a professional wedding planner.
4. A Non-Traditional Cake
As much as everyone loves the classic multi-tier wedding cakes, many brides are going for the more non-traditional. One of the biggest money-saving, and still amazingly beautiful, cakes for weddings is cupcake cakes. Cupcake wedding cakes cost much less than your traditional wedding cakes, but they can still be designed in multi-tier to look amazing and most would never know that you didn't pay full price.
5. Skip the DJ
Naturally the bride is not going to spend her wedding reception manning the DJ booth, however, who is to say that she can't be in charge of her own music? Most of us already have an iPod, MP3 or computer that is full of our favorite music for all occasions, so putting together your own playlist for the reception is pretty easy. The bride already has to choose specific songs, such as for the first dance, so just create a playlist of all your wedding music choices and choose someone special to man the DJ booth to ensure music transitions go smoothly.
Your wedding is the biggest day of your life, just because you may need to cut some costs is no reason to think that you have to cut quality. With some smart DIY cost saving tips, your wedding can be everything that you ever dreamed of and more. So stop worrying and get ready to live the rest of your life.