How to Save Money & Still Have a Fabulous Wedding


Are you planning a wedding? Don’t waste your money on these 3 things that guests could care less about!

1. Trinkets as Favors- The majority of wedding reception favors are left behind once the night is over. Why? Well who really needs one silver 3×5 frame or one heart shaped place card holder? For your favors, consider an adorable edible gift. I do not mean a tulle bag of Jordan almonds either- there are so many options these days. Change to an edible favor and I bet that not too many will be left behind. Bonus- edible favors typically costs less which will allow you to increase your budget on more important things…..like flowers!

2. Personalized Embossed Cocktail Napkins- Yes, I had these at my wedding. Why? I have no idea because it was not 1980. Take it from me, save the $150 and put it towards something else (did I mention flowers would be a good place?). The solid, standard cocktail napkins will do just fine.

3. 200 Ceremony Programs- If ceremony programs are important to you, go ahead and have them. Just please, don’t order one for each guest. Order one for every couple (or just divide guest list by 2). Not every guest will even read your program and after your 20 minute ceremony, the ground will most likely be scattered with tossed programs anyway.

Hostess Tip- To avoid “running out” of programs, have your ushers or site staff place one program on every other ceremony chair rather than handing them out as guests arrive.

I hope these simple ways to save money help you stretch your wedding budget when you are planning your fabulous day!
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8 Comments on How to Save Money & Still Have a Fabulous Wedding

  1. Sarah
    October 25, 2008 at 9:33 am (6 years ago)

    Great ideas! Wish I would have thought about these simple things!

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  2. Laurie Stroupe
    October 27, 2008 at 2:34 pm (6 years ago)

    I think you are right on the money with these ideas. I usually take my favors or trinkets to be polite, but they usually end up in a drawer until I toss them out.

    I love unusual candies – not the ordinary fare. How about sweet raspberry hearts from Red Thread Confections? http://tinyurl.com/6mj9c9

    Or how about photo chocolates from Chocolate Inked! http://tinyurl.com/5kgo48

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  3. lenny
    December 31, 2008 at 5:33 pm (6 years ago)

    i am so happy these ideas are making it into mainstream!
    so much of what we do for weddings is totally unnecessary!
    we just do it out of habit/tradition.
    i always encourage my clients to make their own traditions–
    and if that means no programs or favors, so be it!

    thanks!

    lenny’s last blog post..good deeds

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  4. judy smith
    May 13, 2009 at 12:06 am (6 years ago)

    i agree with you on the cocktail napkins. i think this is a waste of money.

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  5. Clair (wedding-inspiration.com)
    June 17, 2010 at 6:01 am (4 years ago)

    personalised cocktail napkins? never knew such things existed! any other brides with money saving tips?

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