‘I Do’…Want To Pay Less: Money-Saving Projects For The DIY Bride

June 22, 2015  |  

Congratulations on your engagement! It’s an exciting and very stressful time as you prepare for your special day. In many ways, planning a wedding is like having a second job — minus the pay. After a hard day’s work, you’ll most likely spend countless hours trying to figure out the details to make your day perfect. Too bad things tend to cost more than a pretty penny.

As a one-time bride myself, I had a champagne taste on a sparkling cider budget. I also didn’t want to rack up a ton of debt when it came to my wedding. Luckily there were tons of diy projects that made my wedding dreams a reality.

Sometimes the best approach is a handmade one.

Take a look at these money-saving wedding projects for your special day.

DIY photo booth. Photographers are an asset to your wedding, but can cost additional money the longer they’re there. Fun add-ons like a photo booth can set you back several hundreds of dollars. Work with your bridal party, family and friends to create a cute backdrop you can use for a DIY photo booth. Lay out some props and task someone with taking photos of your guests. You can email them as favors or hand them out via a smartphone printer.

Buffet display. Cut back on the amount of food your venue will prepare by bringing your own. Find someone in your camp who has a wholesale membership they can use to purchase items you’ll need for your buffet. Examples include a cheese display, candy buffet, or whatever else whets your appetite. Your buffet display should be something that represents you and your personality.

Wedding cake. If you or a person you know has a knack for baking, you might want to consider baking your own wedding cake. There’s a good chance it will taste better than the one done by caterers as it’s made with love. Even if you aren’t great at using fondant, and other fancy items, you can always take the rustic approach with a simple buttercream frosting — or a “naked cake.”

DIY flowers and centerpieces. Fresh blooms are almost guaranteed to cost a ton of money. In most cases, you lose out on optimum freshness as flowers tend to travel from the farmer to a third party who sells them to a florist. Cut the middle man out by ordering wholesale. Fifty Flowers is an example that will have fresh flowers arriving on your doorstep. I ordered garden roses from this company that I used for my bouquet and centerpieces. What I loved about this option was the ability to add as many florals without worrying about paying some crazy premium. Add some burlap, pearl pins and you have something wonderful for your special day.

Of course there are many other ways to save money on your wedding. Since I had the time, I wanted to add additional touches that weren’t a generic option at the store. Sure you can hire a professional, but why not save a little money and have fun creating items you can use on your special day?

Those interested in trying DIY wedding projects should check out Pinterest for inspiration. It might sound cliché because everyone is on it these days, but trust, there are some wonderful ideas you need to see.

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