Being Frugal, Not Cheap

Most people are not aware what the average wedding costs nowadays. Newly engaged brides are full of joy and giddy, but once they see the “sticker price” of planning a wedding…bring out the tissues!


Don’t panic because there are many ways to cut corners to save money in planning your wedding.

What Does A Wedding Cost?


Couples today spend around $19,000 to $32,000 for an typical wedding. Those that are frugal-minded in planning their weddings spent less than $15,000 on their wedding, minus the honeymoon.


Setting a budget and following it precisely is the key to having a successful wedding!


A Frugal Bride’s Tips



  • Keep your Guest List to a minimum.
  • Remember that every unnecessary guest attending is an additional cost for you. Do you really need to have Joe Schmo that knows your father from work to be at your wedding?
  • Your family and close friends are the perfect guests to have in attendance to help you celebrate.
  • Overindulging in inviting people can result in more expenses as well as the guest list growing to the point you can even afford the wedding.



  • In lieu of wedding gifts, ask for help with the wedding.
  • You will be surprised at how both family and friends love to feel needed and included.



  • Ask for someone to play music such as piano, harp or guitar.
  • Someone may even volunteer to be a DJ for you!



  • With camera technology today, anyone can take professional looking photos.
  • Have a friend or family member help you with this.


  • You may have a cake decorator in your family or circle of friends that is talented in cake decorating. Ask them to make your wedding cake.


  • There are always people that will step up to help decorate! Don’t be afraid to ask.



  • Just as it was in the old days, have a few ladies help serve cake or food.



  • If you have an intimate wedding with family and close friends, you can always opt for a potluck meal and have everyone bring a dish!
  • Have your wedding at someone’s home or in their backyard. By doing this, you are saving a big chunk of money. Wedding venues are very costly.
  • Have family members help you cook the reception meal or have a local family owned restaurant do it for you. You save on the cost of hiring expense catering companies.



  • Be a minimalist when it comes to wedding flowers.
  • Do single roses for your bridesmaids. If you have a flower market near you, oftentimes you can purchase a bundle at a discount price.
  • Another alternative is to use silk flowers.


  • Opt out of giving groomsmen and bridesmaids gifts.



  • DIY invitations are the way to go.
  • Many sites have templates to do your wedding invitations. Craft and office supply stores stock the invitation stationary to use in your printer.
  • com is a cheap option for wedding invitations also.
  • Do digital invitations. It’s the latest trend in invitations.



  • If you are getting married in a church, most churches have ladies groups that will volunteer to help with the reception.



  • Shop thrift stores or wedding gown outlets for your dress. You will be surprised to find designer wedding gowns in thrift and consignments shops.
  • Rent tuxedos for the guys instead of buying.


  • Save on alcohol by having a BYOB.



  • Plan a very simple local honeymoon and save up after you’re married to go somewhere dreamy!



Being frugal with a few things can save big bucks!

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