Nifty How Things Vary

In the last three years, I’ve been to everything from 350+ guest weddings with ceremony, hor d’oeuvres, and banquet to small-ish wedding with a catered dinner. Both types are equally as fun and offered ways to cut costs.

Tips from helping in these weddings —

350+ Guests:

  • family/friends helped out wherever possible (sign in, ushers, emcees, dj, etc)
  • alcohol was purchased directly from the supplier, no middle man mark up

Small Wedding:

  • proactive family — catered meal but family helped serve, family made sure drinks were flowing, converted the ceremony area to the dance area, prepped centerpieces, helped setup the decorations beforehand, etc.
  • photographer, no videographer
  • affordable location – local community center

A lot of the cost cutting I’ve seen have revolved around finding the right people to help you with your big day.

Bridesmaids

You may also consider having your bridesmaids buy non-traditional dresses. As far as the dress and bridesmaids, make sure you check the clearance racks at the expensive bridal stores before trying cheaper options.

I got a $1000 gown and was expecting to pay up to $800, but it was on clearance for $299. I know you can get a gown for $100 or $200 at some places, regular price but it’s way better to get a $1000 gown for $299. Mine was stunning. Same with bridesmaids dresses, especially if you don’t need them to match perfectly. Overall, just don’t worry about impressing people. They really don’t care, believe me. And a lot of people are kind of put off by really fancy over-priced weddings.

I know we are.

We’re always commenting “they’re going to be paying for this for years.” People will think you are smart and not over-doing it and trying to impress if you are thrifty.

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