No, but really cutting down on your guest list can save you hundreds, sometimes thousands of dollars. Besides there’s nothing more romantic than an intimate setting with the people closest to you.
2. Shop the department stores.
You’ll be surprised to find MANY bridesmaids dresses for under $100 at stores like Macy’s, Dillard’s, and Nordstroms. J.Crew even has reasonably priced gowns and bridesmaids dresses. Long gone are the days of having to shop at a bridesmaids’ dress shop. Besides, your girls will appreciate the ability to wear their dress over and over again.
3. Buy bulk invitations, and customize them yourself.
When purchasing invitations, Christopher and I found beautiful ones on sale for $0.75 a piece! Sure it takes a little bit more time, but just think! You’ll be able to put the money you’ve saved into you dream dress. (OR! More wine and dessert!) Check out Michaels.com for some of our favorites.
4. Ask for airline miles and hotel points instead of gifts.
You’d be surprised just how many people are willing to give away the points they never use. This will help cut down on your honeymoon cost tremendously and will save you time with having to “register” at every store.
5. Skip the Blooms.
In the end, flowers make up a HUGE part of a wedding budget. Have your bridesmaids carry a fancy clutch purse instead. Some costume yet classy clutches can be found at Forever 21 and H&M and won’t break the budget. Have the flower girl hold a sparkler or a few balloons. She’ll keep her darling appeal and will like the entertainment value. Plus, you’ll save money.