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Tips to Planning a Wedding on any Budget

You’ve probably scrolled through Pinterest a lot and read a few blogs (or a few hundred) about gorgeous ceremonies and receptions, but not everyone can afford a celebrity-style wedding day, so I’ve put together some tips to planning a wedding on any budget! Everyone deserves to have a beautiful wedding, regardless of budget. 

Pick a stunning venue.

If you want to get amazing photos of your big day, booking the right venue is a step in the right direction. A gorgeous venue will require less décor and will already have the perfect background for your wedding photos. 

When you’re touring potential venues, take note of the lighting, as well as architectural details in the walls, ceiling, and even the floors. These details may not seem important, but they will show up in every photo of your wedding day. 

If you’re planning to have your ceremony outside, take note of the lighting at various times of the day and keep an eye out for a venue with beautiful natural details, like a mountain or lakeside view.

Scour your local thrift stores.

While you’re looking for wedding décor, be sure to stop into your local thrift stores on a regular basis to look for secondhand pieces that could work for your reception. This is the time to get creative! Look through Pinterest for ideas or enlist a craft-obsessed friend to help you turn old vases into stunning centerpieces.

Also, reach out to family and friends, especially to those who have married recently. You might be surprised by how many people you know have boxes of gently used wedding décor stored away. Ask if you could borrow a few items or even purchase them for a low price.

Add pops of color.

Keeping everything all-white may look elegant, but it’s also costly—and makes for dull photos. Instead, add little bursts of color on simple items to brighten up your décor. Whether it’s colorful ribbons tied around your centerpieces or even bright dessert plates or placemats, a pop of color will bring a more unique look to the setting.  

Craft a signature drink based on your relationship.

Want to add extra elegance but can’t afford the cost of an open bar? Consider creating a signature cocktail that fits you and your fiancé’s personalities. Choose a fun glass to serve your drink in and give your friends and family something fun to try and talk about. Don’t forget to create a non-alcoholic version as well, so everyone can join in on the fun.

Invest in the things that matter most.

While it’s important to be thrifty and creative, there are some items in your wedding budget that are worth the cost. Your wedding photos—and video, if you so choose—are something you’ll cherish for the rest of your life, and you definitely don’t want to go for the cheapest option. Find a photographer you can trust to capture your big day. 

Talk to your fiancé about what other details of your wedding are important for the two of you to invest in. It may be your gifts to each other or your wedding party or your flowers. Regardless of what it is, choose the two or three things that are most important to you and direct the majority of your budget toward those items, finding cheaper ways to accomplish the rest.

No matter your budget, you can create the perfect wedding you and your partner have envisioned—one that captures your unique personalities and feelings for each other. 

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