Ways To Save When Planning a Wedding on a Budget

Posted by on Aug 21, 2014

Planning a wedding is filled with ideas, choices and of course costs.  Your dream wedding could begin to be costly and stressful.  Attention to detail can often add expense but if careful could also cut cost and save money.

7 Ways to Save When Planning a Wedding on a Budget


The venue chosen for your wedding can greatly determine the style and feel of your wedding.  When considering your venue look closely at the pallet it creates.

Will many elements need to be brought in to create the feel and look you are going for?

Try to find a location that you will only need to enhance instead of building from the ground up.  This saves on budget and also cuts down on setup time.

Also consider what is included in the venue price such as tables, chairs and backdrops.

And when searching for venues think outside the box for uncommon places.  This not only adds a unique aspect to your wedding but also could be considerably lower priced.


When attention is paid to the lighting, glow can make everything look more expensive and cut cost when decorating.  Examine what overhead structure is available.  Hang chandeliers, lanterns or strung lights above the area casting a beautiful glow and instant elegance.

If no structure is available try adding candles to centerpieces.  This also adds an instant lighting effect to illuminate the tables and keeps expense down.


Flowers are such an important part of every wedding and a considerable portion of the budget.

Centerpieces can eat up a good part of the flower budget fairly quickly.  Instead of every centerpiece a full bouquet of flowers maybe add extra elements such as candlesticks with few loose flowers.   Another trick try adding more greenery which is much cheaper than most flowers.

You could also consider artificial flowers.  Many silk flowers look and feel just like the real thing and at a fraction of the cost.

Silk flowers also don’t wilt or brown so they stay beautiful for your special day.


Display your cake on a pedestal plate.  The added height and detail will give a more expensive look to a smaller simpler cake.

Also use a pub/cocktail height table to add drama to the smaller cake. Use a few single flowers to decorate the cake which adds elegance and saves on the budget.

Cut cost by having the smaller cake for official cutting display and serve separate ordered sheet cake to your guests.


Couples get married every day and have items from their wedding ready to pass on to others.  Craigslist, garage sells and thrift stores are great locations to look for gently used wedding items.

Also look for furniture pieces with structure you are wanting and repaint or refinish for the head table, sign in table or other pieces to stretch the wedding budget.

Those special pieces could be used in your new home together after as well making it a worthwhile investment.


One of the most powerful and inexpensive ways to make the wedding venue your own is by adding large 3 feet by 4 feet black and white photographs of the happy couple around the space.  This draws the eye and decorates your venue by keeping cost down.


A great portion of budget will be used for the food served.  Consider having a buffet style to eliminate serving expense.

Also to serve smaller bite items and smaller plates will cut down on the amount of food your guests each have.

Also presenting the silverware wrapped in the napkin even if you use paper napkins adds a more elegant look without additional expense.

Display food presentation on different levels and heights.  This adds a look of expense and elegance to the food.


These are areas where you can save when planning a wedding on a budget.  If you are on a tight budget then take some extra time to plan and think outside the box in order to find those areas where you can save, yet still make the wedding a beautiful event.