Budget Friendly Tips {Week One}

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If you’re like me, and you don’t have $20,000 or even $10,000 to hash out for your wedding day, this series should come in handy! Each Thursday for the next eight weeks I’ll be posting a new tip to help save you money and most importantly, stay within your budget.

To get us started, let’s jump right in to this week’s tip!

1. Take advantage of your friend’s & family’s talents.

Maybe your mom’s cheesecake is to die for. Or maybe your younger sister is the next Monet (but probably not). Or maybe your uncle plays a mean acoustic guitar. Whatever it is, most likely there are people around you, talented people, who would love to help you out on your big day. Take advantage of this! It’s amazing how much money can be saved when you “get by with a little help from your friends” (thanks, Beatles).

Here are some practical ideas to take into consideration:

– If you have friends or family who are into baking, have them provide the desserts for your wedding reception. The more the merrier, right? Fill your dessert table up for free, while creating a homespun feel to your wedding reception. I recently heard of a wedding where the bride had a “bake off” and the guests were invited to bring a homemade dessert, and at the end of the night everyone voted on their favorite. So fun!

{Image via Ruffled}

– Have an artistic friend or family member paint all of the signs for your wedding ceremony & reception.

{Image via Ruffled}

– If you know someone with beautiful handwriting, skip the calligrapher and see if they will address your invites (that’s what I did!)

{Image via Etsy}

– If you have friends or family members who are crafty, have them assist you with your DIY projects.

{Image via Green Wedding Shoes}

– Friends with a graphic designer? Maybe he/she would be willing to design your wedding programs or dinner menus!

{Image via Wedding Chicks}

– My maid of honor did my hair & make up and she did such a fabulous job. If you trust your sister/mother/friend, have them do your hair & make up (but make sure to do trial runs before hand!) and save the cost of a professional stylist.

{Nathalie working her magic on me… image by Erin Wegner}

– Another way to save money is to have a close friend perform your ceremony, rather than hiring an officiant. This also makes the whole experience more personal & meaningful as well.

{We had our close family friend Eric perform our ceremony… image via Erin Wegner}

– Musically inclined family or friends? Have them play your processional music, or music during dinner.

{Our buddy Jared on the far right playing acoustic guitar for us… image via Erin Wegner}

If your friends or family haven’t offered to help, don’t be afraid to ask! More than likely they will be very happy to help you save money and they will love being included in your special day.

Also, don’t forget to enter this week’s drawing, which ends tomorrow night!! Enter to win $20 to Be Something New right here!

Have a wonderful Thursday!

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