So the big day is coming up and there are a ton of things you have to get done. It’s an exciting time, anyone can see that.
Whilst planning your wedding is something that you only hope to do once in a lifetime you want it to be a perfect day.
What you don’t want is to be one of these people that has gone way overboard on the wedding day that when it comes the actual marriage you have nothing left to give.
On the other hand, no one wants to particularly have a McDonald’s wedding either!
The ideal situation is to have a frugal wedding on a budget that won’t break the bank.
Let’s take a look at some frugal wedding ideas that will give you the wedding you want without the price tag.
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15 Frugal Wedding Ideas That Are Truly Classy
1. Keep Your Guest List Short
One of the first things that couples tend to do when planning a wedding is to make a list of all the people that they know who they are going to invite to the wedding.
Unless you have a limitless budget for your wedding this is not the way to go about it.
In fact, it is more hassle than it is worth. The more people that you invite the more people that you have to cater for.
Aside from the cost issue, you need to think if all of these people really are your friends or not.
Yes, we all want to be able to celebrate such a special time with as many people as we can but that doesn’t count if we are inviting people that are not really our close friends and family.
Keep your wedding intimate by only inviting people that you would be upset if they weren’t able to attend.
What I mean by that is if your cousin Erica was unable to make the wedding and that would upset you then you know she is someone that is important to you.
If however, your friend that you used to go to secondary school with and now are only facebook friends doesn’t show up and you aren’t the least bit bothered by it then they shouldn’t be on the list.
You need to spend some time going through your list and making sure that you are only inviting people that are premium to you and not just those that will be offended if they don’t get an invite.
It’s a trap that we nearly fell into when I got married all those years ago and I’m so glad that we kept things simple in the end.
2. Search For A Budget Wedding Dress And Alter It
Purchasing a wedding dress can be one of the biggest expenses on your wedding day but it doesn’t have to be. There are ways that you can get a beautiful dress minus the price tag if you are willing to be a little creative.
Never try to buy your wedding dress at the last minute otherwise you will be forced to pay more than what you would have liked to just so that you don’t end up in jeans and a t-shirt on the big day.
Plan to start shopping for your perfect dress way in advance so you have a good idea of what is out there.
When I was getting married my budget was seriously limited. I didn’t even have a couple of hundred pounds to spend back then but that didn’t mean I didn’t want the perfect dress.
Using a few tips and tricks I was able to bag myself a bargain.
Look for shops where the wedding dresses are mass-produced and fairly generic looking. See if you can find a dress that is perhaps is a little dusty or marked in some small way.
Once you find one you have immediate grounds to ask for a discount. Never be to shy to ask for a discount!
Most people shopping for wedding dresses want everything to be perfect and want that dress to be whiter than white itself. If you are a little more flexible then you have an advantage.
That’s exactly what happened to me when I bought my wedding dress. in fact, it was a 2 piece dress, very simple looking in style but it was a little dusty from being hung up on the shelf for so long.
I asked for a discount and I got one. A dress that was meant to be £300 I ended up pay £60 for. Bargain!
All I had to do was to get it dry cleaned and it was perfect again.
Seeing as my dress was very simple in design I had a friend make a few simple alterations for me. She added some diamontes to the back of my dress and added in a few customised designs for me and that was it.
You can do the same if you are willing to scour the shops. There are always bargains to be had.
3. Make Your Own Personalised Invitations
Invitations are one thing that I think you should never spend huge sums of money on.
If you go to a shop and ask for wedding invitations that already comes with a premium because you have mentioned the word wedding.
Most people see a wedding invitation say “oh that’s nice” and then move on. There is not much lasting legacy in a wedding invitation. How many wedding invitations have you received that you can remember really well?
Probably not many.
Personalised invitations are far better and more memorable.
If you are crafty you can knock these out yourself but if not, not to worry you can get someone to design a simple invitation for fairly cheap on a computer and get them printed out at a fraction of the cost.
4. Get A Beautiful Budget Location
Location is another area that can get costly.
If you are already part of a church sometimes they will allow you to use the venue for free or at a fraction of the cost.
When it comes to the reception location you can certainly get creative here.
Consider having the reception in your own home or at a family members home that can easily be transformed into something mesmerising.
If the weather is nice you can even set the reception up to be outside in the garden.
There is lots of scope for creativity here.
5. Get Friends To Decorate The Location
I see people all the time trying to find elaborate ways to decorate the church and the reception venue. in all honesty, it doesn’t have to cost bucket loads of cash to end up with something beautiful.
We all have that one friend who is really into interior design. Why not rope them in to help you do the decorations?
Most people would be up for that challenge. Just give them a budget and a rough idea of what you are looking for in terms of style and colour then let them do the magic.
Remember because you have already cut back on your guest list it shouldn’t be too big of a job to handle.
6. Don’t Buy The Bridesmaid/ Groomsmen Gifts
I’m not sure where this tradition came from. I guess buying the presents for the bridesmaids and groomsmen is a way of saying thank you for the help.
I think if these are your nearest and dearest friends they will understand if you don’t have the budget to provide everyone with presents.
I think you could totally swap that out for a box of chocolates and a thank you card instead of anything expensive.
Remember you don’t need to have 12 bridesmaid and 12 groomsmen if you are having an intimate event. One bridesmaid and one groomsman is perfectly acceptable.
7. Make Your Own Favours
Every wedding has favours but I can never understand why people spend so much money on something so simple.
It wouldn’t take a lot of effort to make your own favours buy purchasing your own packaging and putting your own bits in it.
I did it for our wedding and I actually enjoyed being creative with it even though creativity is not my strong point.
8. Get A Friend To DJ
Don’t waste money on paying for a professional DJ that may not even provide you with music that you want.
You can easily get a friend to have a playlist set up for you with all the music that you love.
Take some time to plan out exactly what you want to be played on the day.
If that doesn’t tickle your fancy then you can see if any of your friends know a Dj that would be willing to do the job for a good price so they can make some side hustle money.
There is usually someone out there that is willing to make a little cash on the side for a simple job.
Ask around and see what you can come up with.
9. Hire Your Friend That Can Cook To Do The Food
Depending on the size of your wedding you can easily get family members to provide all the catering for you.
Make a list of all the food items that you want to see on the day and let your family members help you out. You can divide the food items between family to make sure that everything is covered.
I know this may not be an option for everyone so why not consider asking at some of your local restaurants how much it would cost to provide some catering for you.
You don’t have to tell them it is for a wedding as the word wedding always seems to put prices up.
If you can find a caterer in this way you could save yourself hundreds of pounds.
Its a much better option than looking for a specialised wedding caterer that will cost you a pretty penny.
10. Get Married On A Friday Instead
Saturday weddings seem to cost that much more money.
Think about having your wedding take place on a Friday instead.
Doing it this way will mean that only those that are very close to you will be willing to take a day off work and the overall cost of the day will be a lot cheaper.
Most people prefer to get married on a Saturday so everyone can attend.
11. Get a friend to do your hair and makeup
Unless you really want a professional makeup artist for the day of your wedding why not get a friend to help you instead.
I did this with my wedding.
I had a friend who was not a professional make up artist but loved to do makeup.
We went shopping for make up a few weeks before the wedding and got all the bits that we needed and even had a makeup session done in a department store so I could see what kind of makeup that I wanted for the big day.
My friend simply replicated what was done on the day and it worked out really well.
You can do the same thing with your hair too.
Get a friend to help you out. As long as you don’t have to do your own hair on the day you will still feel like a princess.
12. Ask Family To Contribute To Costs Instead Of Presents
I know some people may not have the room to make such a request to family members but if you don’t ask you don’t get.
Asking for help with the financial costs instead of presents is a great way to keep your wedding day frugal.
You can ask for anonymous donations online if people would feel awkward about you knowing how much they have or have not given.
13. Use Fake Flowers Instead
Fresh flowers can get costly consider using fake flowers in some areas for a fraction of the cost.
You don’t have to use fake flowers everywhere but you can certainly use them in some areas for decoration.
Most people will probably not even notice that they are fake.
As an option, you can think about using a single flower for the bride’s bouquet instead of a bunch of flowers.
Try to go for minimalism as much as you can here.
Fresh flowers will soon die after the wedding but fake flowers can be used again another time or donated to someone else to use.
14. Buy Your Own Alcohol Well In Advance
Buying alcohol for any day can get expensive but perhaps more so if it is for a wedding.
You can cut this cost down by purchasing your own alcohol well in advance. Shop when there are offers in the shops and buy a little at a time to spread the cost.
You can also choose to have a wedding where there is limited alcohol on the day and keep it to a few bottles of champaign and some wine on the tables for the reception. After that, it is soft drinks only.
It is definitely something that I would consider if my budget was very tight.
15. Alternative Wedding Cake
If you don’t know where you can get a cost-effective wedding cake from them you might want to consider letting a friend make one for you or try an alternative wedding cake.
These days not everything has to be so conventional.
You can use cupcakes to make a huge wedding cake instead.
This will be much cheaper to do than having a 3 tier wedding cake made for you.
Finance First Before Your Wedding Day
Weddings can easily spiral out of control if you don’t keep a careful eye on your budget.
The reality is that your wedding day is only one day. It is not your marriage.
It is smarter to invest your money in the things that your marriage needs rather than on the wedding day. I will never forget a friend saying to me when I was getting married, “why would someone spend so much money on a wedding day and then have no furniture in their new house because they can’t afford it.”
I never forgot that because really and truly your marriage is not in that one day of celebration. You should invest the money into your married that will last a lifetime instead.
Final Thoughts On The Best Frugal Wedding Ideas
These 15 frugal wedding ideas will help you to plan your perfect day at the fraction of the cost. Weddings are a great celebration but in reality, a lot of them cost too much money.
It’s one thing if you have the money to freely spend but if not why put yourself under huge financial strain?
Keep your day inexpensive and classy at the same time using the above tips.