After planning my own wedding, I found five wedding budget tips that can help you when planning your own wedding.
1. Let your venue do the work.
My wife and I knew from the start that we wanted an outdoor wedding. After spending weeks looking at parks and amphitheaters—whose rental prices were much higher than we could afford—we realized the perfect venue was a block from our apartment building. A park trail lined with gorgeous birch trees and lush foliage. It provided the perfect backdrop. The best part was that it needed minimal decoration. The natural light and flora were decoration enough.
2. Add small touches to personalize the space.
Adding a hand-painted sign, a couple of vintage lanterns, and wrapping the trees closest to where we would be saying our vows in fairy lights, we added just enough of a personal touch to make the ceremony truly our own.
3. DIY Projects
Rather than pay for costly floral arrangements, I opted to DIY my own bouquet (as well as bouquets for my bridesmaids and boutonnieres for my wife and her groomsman). Not only was it more our style, but I was able to add fun details that I otherwise might not have had the opportunity to add. The roses are hand-rolled book pages, all from a vintage etiquette manual, specifically, the chapters on what it means to be a wife.
4. Use items you already have at home – no single-use allowed!
For table centerpieces, I used books from my own bookshelves and wrapped them in ribbon to match our color theme. Each book was chosen to reflect something about me, my wife, and our relationship. Glass votive holders filled with more paper roses were given to guests as favors at the end of the night.
5. Plan ahead.
Yes, all this DIY sounds like a lot of work, but if you plan ahead and take on only a couple of projects at a time (and enlisting some friendly volunteers!) you can end with a wedding just as beautiful as you’d imagined, and for a fraction of what you thought you’d pay.
I hope you find these wedding budget tips helpful.