January 13, 2020

5 Ways to save on your Wedding!

First comes love, then comes marriage.  After that is the huge bill for the wedding.  It doesn’t have to be that way. There are many ways you can save money on your wedding without skimping on the overall experience.  


You don’t have to spend a ton on fancy invitations.  There are several options that you can go with that will still get the job done.  If you want to go with the most affordable option, you can go paperless. There are websites that specialize in wedding invitations that will allow you to email out an invitation to your guests.  If you still would like a physical card to be sent out, design them yourself and print. Websites like Canva.com are easy to use and you can either download and print at home or even opt to have them print and mail them to you.  Either option is affordable and completely customizable. *You could always look on Etsy.com for designs or printable invites.

The Dress

There are many ways you can save money on the dress.  A great way to find a beautiful dress without the high bridal store price tag is to shop department stores.  If you can shop for your dress around Winter Ball or Prom season, you’ll be surprised at how beautiful the dresses are, but a few zeros less on the price tag.  Another option is to shop the sample dresses at the bridal store. If you are able to find one in your size, you can save a lot of money because it won’t be custom.  *You can always search online for used wedding dresses such as Facebook Marketplace.


The Venue

The venue you pick can be a huge burden on your budget.  When picking your date and location, think about what that price tag will bring.  If you really want to save some major money, skip a Saturday wedding. Most venues are marked up on Saturday because they are more popular.  If you are able to hold your wedding on another day, you can save a lot of money. When deciding on a venue, try to think of nontraditional options.  There are lots of options, depending on your area. Try restaurants, outdoor recreation areas or other local favorites. *Another great idea is to either look on Groupon.com or on Airbnb.com cheaper destination ideas.


Flowers are a big part of the wedding but they can very costly.  When thinking about your floral arrangments and bouquets, consider what type of flowers you choose.  Lilacs are pretty but will cost you quite a bit. Choose a larger, more robust flower that is not as expensive.  Often times you can reuse your flowers that decorated the ceremony and repurpose them at the reception. Arches are great to move into the next venue and get the most use out of them.  Place vases on tables for your bridesmaids to store their bouquets during the reception. * You can also buy fake flowers from places like Joann's & Michaels Crafts.

BONUS TIP: Create a Wedding and Reception board on Pinterest to help your vision come to mind! Make sure to follow the Nina Talks Pinterest account as I pin all things wedding regularly:

We hope that these tips have helped on your journey to wedding planning. Share in the comments any other suggestion you might have!

xo, Nina

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