Saving Tips for Brides:
are emotional and spiritual, they also represent a series of
business transactions that take place leading up to the big day.
Bride Rite has put together some ideas that can help you save money
when planning your special day.
This page is
dedicated to money saving ideas for brides and event planners of all
types. If you have a money saving idea that you would like to post,
please email us here to
have it posted.
* Ask for the discount. When dealing with wedding vendors, always
ask for any bridal show discounts. When dealing with general vendors
(e.g., hotels, rental companies) always ask for a discount. The
worst they will say is no, but more often than not, you will get a
deal just for asking.
Save your money on Save-the-Date. If you really need to save
money on your wedding, avoid little extras like save-the-date
notices. These little announcements before the announcement may seem
necessary, but they are not. If you send your invitations 6-8 weeks
before your event, those who really want to be there will already
know to save the date.
dresses. An experienced seamstress can often create a design
from a magazine picture at a savings of about 50% of what you would
pay for an almost identical brand label dress in a bridal boutique.
Gowns. If you aren't particularly sentimental about your wedding
dress, consider renting a wedding gown for a fraction of the cost of
a new dress.
Gowns left behind. Check
with bridal shops to see if they have gowns that have never been
picked up. Sometimes the wedding is cancelled the bride never
returns for the gown. The shop may be willing to sell the gown for a
Many bridal shops offer a discount on your gown when you purchase
the bridesmaids dresses from them.
Choice of fabric. Order
the gown in a less
expensive fabric. If the dress style you like is out of your price
range, look for the same style in a more affordable fabric.
gown. Go shopping for bridesmaids' dresses during prom season
and after New Years. Not only are the dresses on sale, but you get a
break just for not calling it wedding apparel.
* Seasonal flowers. Out-of-season, exotic, or imported, or flowers can
bust any bride’s budget. Consider substituting some of flowers for
* Share floral costs. Find out if there will be another wedding at
your church or synagogue on the same day. You might be able to
arrange to share the cost of floral decorations with another bride.
You’re not the only bride on a budget.
* Less types, more stems. Decreasing
the number of types of flowers in your bouquet can help decrease
floral costs. You can get wholesale pricing on lots of the
* Use what is there. Hold
your wedding during church holidays when it will already be
* Renting large potted
plants. You can decorate palms, ficus trees, or ferns with
lights to fill space and help frame your ceremony site or warm up
your reception. You may consider even want to purchase large plants
and put them in your home afterwards to get more use out of them.
flowers. For crafty brides, consider creating your own flower arrangements
and bouquets. Local craft
store have all the floral supplies you need to create gorgeous
flowers for yourself and your bridesmaids. You can save even more
money by using local flowers and foliage (e.g., lilies, magnolia
leaves) that are in season.
* Consider flowers
wholesalers. Online companies have great flowers at outstanding
prices. Unlike at a florist, you will be responsible for all of the
prep work of cleaning and trimming them, and keeping them alive
until the wedding.
* Make history. Check local Historical sites for potential wedding
locations. Some of the Older Historical houses have fabulous gardens
that set the scene for your wedding and you can rent them for the
day for next to nothing.
* Keep it under wraps. When you look for a reception site, do not tell
the establishment that you are searching for a wedding reception
site. Ask about rate for a family event. Many places will charge
more just because it’s your wedding. Sad, but true. (Be sly
ladies, wearing your engagement ring when you go to check out the
place may tell on you.)
back to nature.
Look at local, state, and national parks. Finding a natural setting that
provides all the beauty of nature means no money spent on flowers
for alters and doors.
the weight. Reduce the amount of “stuff” in your invitations. Forgo the
inner envelope and blotter paper. This is a tradition from days of
slow-drying ink. It’s likely that no one will notice the missing
extra envelope from your joyous announcement.
RSVR. Rather than having an RSVP card, ask guests to reply
electronically (e.g., e-mail, Website, telephone). Not only will you
save money from the printer bill, it should also reduce your postage
Maybe you’ve seen these invitations as you’ve been looking.
There is no envelope, the invitation and the RSVP card are all
attached and fold into a little packet held with a nice sticker
seal. The RSVP card is a perforated piece that tears off and
requires only post card-rate postage. This saves two ways, one on
the invitations as they are usually much less than traditional
invitations, and two on RSVP postage.
invitations. DIY kits are some of the best money savers! You can get
them almost anywhere and all they take is a little time, a computer,
and a sensible bride.
Throw a “party” inviting your girlfriends, aunts, grandmas,
cousins, (whoever enjoys a good time) to be a special part of your
big day by helping you assemble favors, make invitations,
centerpieces, and other homemade inexpensive touches. Make it fun by
providing some scrumptious brownies or other snacks, music, and if
all are of age and not going anywhere soon, maybe a glass or wine or
a frozen margarita.