Weddings are expensive, there is no escaping it. If you are of the mind that there is no sense in spending a small fortune on a single day, you'll be glad to know that there are plenty of simple things you can do to plan a frugal wedding without making it cheap. Keep reading to learn more.

Simple Tips to Trim the Budget

Before you start calling vendors and making reservations, you need to think about a few of the more practical aspects of wedding planning. How many people are you going to invite and who? It may be tempting to invite everyone you know from the childhood friend you haven't seen in over a decade to your coworkers at a new job.

Just remember that the cost of your wedding will increase exponentially for each additional person you invite. To start your wedding planning on a frugal note, trim down your guest list as much as possible, keeping it to only the people you actually want to be there.

Just as important as your guest list is the venue you choose. Wedding venues can be very expensive - especially if you book through a country club or hotel. If you're having a smaller ceremony anyway, however, you might think about having the wedding at your home or at a friend's house. Look into outdoor venues such as wilderness reserves and public parks. The more you save on the venue, the more you'll have to put toward other things.

Other Simple Ways to Save

Once you've chosen the venue and trimmed down your guest list, it's time to get into the nitty gritty of wedding planning. If you give yourself enough time, there are plenty of things you can make on your own. For example, you can take advantage of seasonal sales on silk flowers and craft your own bouquets and decorations for the ceremony.

If you have a bit of a flair for design, print your own invitations! When it comes time to choose vendors, see if they'll give you a discount for booking on a certain day or for placing "vendor cards" on the tables. You could even stock the bar yourself and rent stereo equipment to use a friend as a DJ!

Another thing you can do to save money is to enlist the help of your friends. Do you know someone who plays an instrument? Ask them to play at your service! Do you have friends who love to make crafts? See if they'll design the flower arrangements or centerpieces.

To give your friends some extra motivation (aside from their love for you, of course), ask them for their help in lieu of getting you a wedding gift. That way you'll both enjoy some savings!

Your wedding is your time to shine and it is your special day! But you don't have to spend a fortune to make it so. By following the tips above and using a little of your own creativity you can cut costs but still make it a day to remember.

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