Save on a Thanksgiving Wedding

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Autumn is one of the most popular times to get married. It’s rare you get a day off of work for you to get married and enjoy your honeymoon. Weekdays are cheaper than weekends. So why not have a thanksgiving wedding?

The fall leaves offer a beautiful contrast for a white dress, and makes for a natural backdrop for any photos.

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Dinner? It’s a no-brainer: turkey! Discounts are offered everywhere for less-than-perfect turkeys like small ones that no one buys. Go for them and save hundreds! Cheaper sides are rice, potatoes, carrots and of course gravy. Serve up traditional beverages, pumpkin pie and you’re all set!

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Thanksgiving is a time when family naturally gets together, so you can even have a surprise wedding. Invite a minister, make sure you have your marriage license already, and start the wedding with everyone present!

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You don’t even need decorations if it’s an outdoor wedding and there are trees nearby. The beautiful autumn colors are natural decorations. For centerpieces, you can use the beautifully colored leaves, some acorns and twigs and make a masterpiece. Even just some leaves and a mason jar makes gorgeous centerpieces.

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Backs of chairs can have autumn wreaths. You can get small ones at the dollar store. Hang them on the backs of the chairs and you have gorgeous pieces! Before the reception you can use them as aisle runners.

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Save on a Nighttime Wedding

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Wedding receptions often stretch out into the night. However, to get married at night and have the reception even later, now that’s not too often. Perfect for night owls, saying your vows under the stars can be incredibly romantic. How can you get your fantasy twilight wedding without breaking the bank? Here are a few ideas.

Get some tents. Have tents outside, thin enough to see the stars. See if you can buy used, or rent used tents. Those will come around cheaper than brand-new. Ideal for summer, thick tents usually make the interior stuffy. You can feel the night breeze to keep you cool.

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Watch the shooting stars. Have blankets laid out in august on a clear night and have guests lay down and watch the meteor shower. If you live up north, enjoy the northern lights at the reception. This is a peaceful, relaxing activity for guests and the couple to enjoy all together.

Look for discounts. Many venues offer discounts for off-peak seasons, months, and days of the weeks, maybe even times of day that are not often used. Who doesn’t want to save more money on their special day?

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Sparklers. They don’t stand out nearly as well in the daylight, and they’ve been increasing in popularity. There are even signs sold for weddings specifying the time for a sparkler sendoff.

Use your resources. Surround yourself with professionals, students, and talented individuals. Knowing you personally, they may offer you their services in lieu of a gift. Especially students, who haven’t gained enough experience yet and can’t charge you full price, but need the work on their portfolio.

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Lights. Light up the room, venue or outdoor area with lights. Yellow lights add a soft glow and a romantic feel to the ceremony and reception. They also make the wedding photos look gorgeous. Recycle your white holiday lights and decorate your backyard with them. Light candles in an indoor venue, or electric candles to avoid fire hazards.

Hire people you already know. Have your hairdresser do your hair. Have your dentist bleach your teeth. Use your local beautician to do your nails and pre-wedding care. Call up the deejay you used at your niece’s baptism and ask if they do weddings.

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Lanterns. Light lanterns and light up the sky at your reception. Paper lanterns can be bought for a low price. Have guests light them up and let them float away. Having a wedding by the ocean or a large body of water? Light floating lanterns and watch them drift away.

Use your own music. Hook an iPod to speakers, pick a playlist and set it on shuffle. There! You’ve saved hundreds on hiring a band or a DJ for your musical needs.

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Wear long sleeves. Nights are cold, and you can finally have an excuse to wear the long-sleeved dress that you’ve been eyeing. You can purchase that adorable shawl to adorn your shoulders as you stand and declare your love.

Keep your guest list short. If you’re a regular reader of my articles, you will see that I write this tip a lot. That’s because, it’s one of the top ways to save money on your wedding reception. Nowadays, receptions are paid by the plate for guests. If you’re paying $25 a plate and you have 100 guests versus 25 guests, you will pay four times more than if you just invited close friends and family. Convinced yet?

Browse discount stores. You ca save hundreds by getting lightly used items instead of brand new. Go to the cheaper stores first before you visit high-end stores. That way, if you find an over-priced arch at a fancy store, you will know that there is one half the price waiting at your local second-hand store.

How to save on a evening wedding

Receptions are often held in the evenings. Is it possible to save on such a high-demand time? Yes it is!

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Use cheap foods. Buy lots of potatoes, carrots and rice. These items are cheap to buy in bulk, which is why many restaurants have these as sides.

Carnival foods are good picks for cheaper food. Hot dogs, hamburgers, fries, popcorn and cotton candy can be great. Guests can customize their meal with their condiments, and you won’t have to worry about guests not liking the food.

Instead of hiring caterers, hire a food truck. You’ll have fresh food able to be served on-the-go. You’ll also only pay for exactly what the guests eat. It’s brilliant!

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Say your vows at sunset. Ceremonies often occur in the afternoon, and it’s very romantic to say your vows at sunset, where the light is the softest on your skin. Since most vows are said in the afternoon, you can save a lot of money by having your ceremony at sunset.

This is a great idea for an outdoor wedding. This allows proper visibility of sunset while the ceremony is underway. A beach wedding is a great option, or at a public park.

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Picnic wedding. Save thousands on chairs and tables by throwing some blankets on the ground and voila; free seating! If you don’t have blankets to spare, buy some at your local second-hand store to save dozens of dollars. Add a few throw pillows to each blanket to makes sure everyone is comfortable.

Got some farmer friends? See if you can use some bales of hay to put food on, or for seating during the ceremony. Got some tree stumps? Use them for seating or centerpieces.

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Off-season. Choose an off-season wedding month, day of the week and season to lower the price tag on your wedding even more. Spring or winter are the seasons where weddings are lest performed.

So far, the most popular months to get married are June, September and October. Pick a date that doesn’t fall around those months and you will save at least hundreds of dollars.

Saturdays are the most popular days of the week to get married. Choose a friday or sunday and you will be shaving off dollars even more!

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Have any more ideas on how you can save money on your evening wedding? Comment below!

Cheap Afternoon Wedding Ideas

Not a morning person? Don’t want to spend an extra thousand just to have a sit-down dinner reception? A lunch wedding is right for you!

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Main Menu.  Lunch menu will always cost less than a dinner menu. You can have so many different options for your wedding reception when it comes to food. Here are a few ideas:

  • Cocktail hour wedding
  • Barbecue wedding
  • Picnic wedding
  • Cookout wedding
  • Hors d’oeuvres wedding
  • Cake and punch wedding
  • Potluck wedding

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Guest list. Limit your guest list to your very closest friends and family. This will significantly lower the amount of money you will have to spend for seating, food and drinks, even the size of your wedding cake! Who wants to invite a 4th cousin twice removed that you’ve never met, anyways?

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Cake. You can have the cutest little 1 to 2 tier cake for your wedding. You can have it decorated with fondant, flowers, fresh fruit, or whatever else you want! This allows you to have the wedding cake of your dreams without skimping on the details.

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Decor. When in doubt, go to the dollar store. They even have a party section that includes weddings! You’d be amazed at what you can find for such a cheap price for your wedding. Did someone you know have a wedding recently, and have no idea what to do with her leftover decor? Offer to rid her of it and recycle at your own wedding.

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Flowers. This is also a great idea for the dollar store for silk flowers. Need to have real blooms? If you are a year or more before your wedding, plant your favorite blooms in your own garden. You can pluck your beautiful home-grown blossoms on the day of your wedding and arrange your very own beautiful bouquet! Got just a few months left? Go to a floral shop and never mention the word wedding to avoid inflation.

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Recycle. Use the maid of honor’s bouquets as centerpieces for the reception. Use the aisle runners as chair back decorations at the reception. Use the chairs at the reception for chairs around the tables at the reception. Save time, resources and money with a little recycling. Have a bird cage lying around from a bird you used to have? Use it as a decoration. Have some empty wine bottles you keep forgetting to recycle? Spray-paint them and put a flower in there, and voila; beautiful centerpiece!

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Have a frugal morning wedding

It’s always been cheaper to have a wedding in the morning. Lots of weddings are booked for the afternoon and evenings, so morning spots are wide open. You don’t have to have a sit-down dinner, you can serve wonderful fresh baked goods, sweets and ripe fruit. Not sure how to get started? Here are some tips and ideas on how to throw a frugal morning wedding reception.

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Meals. You can serve breakfast or brunch. You can make pancakes in bulk, french toast galore, pile on the sweets with doughnuts and danishes, waffles with all of your favorite fruits, potato skins, sausage, bacon, eggs, omelettes, and more! Let your imagination run wild.

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Cake. You can get creative with your wedding cake. You can have a pancake cake, waffle cake, french toast cake, muffin cake, donut cake, and whatever else you can think of!

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Drinks. So many drink ideas! Serve mimosas, sparkling juice, even smoothies! You can even have tea, coffee, lemonade, fruit juices, milk, and whatever else your heart fancies.

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Decor. With the bright light of the outdoors, you won’t need any artificial lighting. It’s common to decorate with pastel colors like you would if you were going to a tea party. Add lots of flowers and you can’t go wrong. To save money on blooms, buy in-season, or silk at the dollar store.

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Have quality music at your wedding for cheap

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Want to save big bucks on your wedding? One way to do so is to find cheaper options on having music for your wedding. Whether it’s for the ceremony, for the reception or both, here are some great tips on how to have quality music at your wedding for cheap.

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iPod and speakers. Load your iPod up with a playlist of your favorite songs. Put it on shuffle or play them one after another in a specific order. Hook the iPod up to speakers so the music can be as loud as you want it to be.

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Hiring a local band. Do you know a local band that hasn’t been signed yet? Maybe they get a few gigs here and there at clubs? Talk to them about being hired to play at your wedding. They will charge way cheaper than any professional bands.

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Hiring music students. Students in the music and arts major can play really well, but can’t demand high prices due to their lack of professional experience. They will gladly take up gigs to add to their resume and charge a fraction of the cost.

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Hiring a beginner deejay. Seen a DJ at a few clubs and bars that’s just starting out, but knows what they’re doing? Talk to them about deejaying at your wedding.

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Hire friends/family. Do you know anyone that is in a band, sings well, plays an instrument well, deejays, or your friends or family knows someone? Hire them on. Even if they’re professional, they may offer you a family/friends discount.

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Hire a school band. Are you into classical music and orchestra? This would be great for hiring a school band. Whether it’s a high school or a college or university band, the price will be way cheaper than what you originally thought!

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Choosing your first dance song

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Do you have no idea which song you should use for your first dance at your wedding reception? Would you like some suggestions on which song to pick for your first dance? Here are some suggestions!

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The song you first danced to as a couple. Maybe you went to a friend’s wedding and had your first dance there. Maybe you danced in a club. Maybe you took dancing lessons together. Maybe you slow-danced in the privacy of your own home. Either way, when in doubt, use the song that you first danced to.

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The song you dubbed “your song”. Couples often find a beautiful song that commemorates their relationship. Often they listen to it together and agree that this song is “their song”.

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The song that describes your relationship best. Have you heard a song that sounded like it was made just for your relationship? Use that song for your first dance! It’ll feel like someone is singing your love story as you dance to it.

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Your favorite song. If you and your significant other have two different favorite songs, you can create a mix of the two songs in one track. People do it often in America’s Got Talent for a song mix to dance to.

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A song to highlight your heritage. Someone from Latin descent may prefer a salsa, tango, foxtrot, samba, etc. song to dance to for their first dance. A Scottish couple may want to pick a Celtic song with bagpipes. An African-American couple may want a song that is significant in their country. A native american couple may want a tribal song. An Asian couple may want a Chinese, Japanese, Korean, etc. song that comes from their home country. Whatever song is culturally significant to you, or even a song like Born This Way for an LGBT couple, feel free to add it to your playlist!

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Their own song. Does one of the members of the couple have a band? Play one of their songs. Even better, have the person with a bad write a song for the couple’s first dance and record it in time for the wedding. The other half of the couple will be so surprised and honored, tears will surely be shed!

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The song that played during the proposal. Did your new husband propose to a certain song? Play it as your first dance song at your wedding. It’ll bring back happy memories and the moment the bride said yes!

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Can’t choose a song? Don’t worry, there are many “firsts” that are used in the wedding. There is the first dance with the couple, the father/daughter dance, mother/son dance, and more.