Scanning through the hundreds (okay thousands) of wedding articles out there it is easy to find a lot of repetitive and out-dated advice. Business Insider recently published an article though that veered away from the “traditional” budget advice and gave some intriguing suggestions for new age brides. We found it so very helpful that we wanted to share some of it with our Hawaii Wedding Match community!
New Age Ways To Cut Your Wedding Costs
Skip the Paper Invitations: Beautiful wedding invitations printed on paper can be costly. You need to pay to have them printed, then pay for postage for the invitations and the reply cards.In today’s world, they can also be a bit of a inconvenience. Instead of going the paper and mail route, one of the best ways to save on wedding invitations is to send them electronically. Websites such as Evites let you send free invitations. If you have money in the budget for invitations, a website such as Glo offers monthly or yearly packages for your invitations.
Let Your Bridesmaids Rent Their Dresses: Nearly every woman has some ugly bridesmaid dress languishing in her closet. If the guys get to rent their tuxes, why do the women have to pay full price for a dress they will wear once? Luckily, bridesmaid dress rental services are becoming an option. Little Borrowed Dress is a company that specializes in bridesmaid dress rentals. You pick the dresses you want your bridesmaids to wear a few months in advance. The bridesmaids receive the dress in the mail two weeks before your wedding. The company will send two sizes for the price of one rental, just in case one dress doesn’t fit. After your wedding, the bridesmaids send the dresses back to the company.
Rent Your Rehearsal Dinner Dress: You not only want to look great for your wedding day, you also want to look great for the rehearsal dinner. As with the bridesmaid’s dresses, you can rent a dress for yourself for the dinner. Rent the Runway is a company that allows you to rent beautiful designer dresses and accessories. You pay around 75 percent less than the cost of purchasing the dress to borrow it for either four days or eight days.
DJIY: Long gone are the days when hiring a DJ meant having someone bring in a few turntables and fancy sound equipment. Many DJs work off of iPods or other MP3 players these days, which you most likely own yourself. Instead of paying a DJ by the hour, spend $1.99 to download My Wedding DJ , an app that runs on iPod Touch or iPhone. With the app, you can program playlists for your entire wedding.
Be Your Own Florist: Flowers can add to the cost of your wedding considerably, especially if you choose fancy flowers from a high end florist. For example, Calla lilies and peonies tend to cost twice or three times as much as roses or daisies. One of the easiest ways to cut costs on your wedding day is to purchase cheaper flowers and arrange them yourself. If you aren’t comfortable in your floral arranging skills, you can get an app for that. Florista isn’t free, but it will teach you a new skill you can use long after your wedding day is over.
Get Creative with the Meal: Do you need to serve your guests a formal, three-course meal on your wedding day? The answer these days is no. The meal you serve at your reception can be whatever you want. If you are looking to cut costs, schedule your wedding for the middle of the day and have a cocktail hour themed reception. You can still serve drinks, but instead of a formal meal, serve appetizers and snacks. You can also hold your reception in the afternoon and serve a lighter, cheaper lunch instead of a pricey dinner.
To read the full Business Insider article, click here.
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