Frugal Mother’s Day Wedding

Mother’s Day can be a great time to drink and be married. If you are a mother, it will give you even more reason to celebrate. Here is how to save big on a mother’s day wedding.

Honor the mother of the bride. Put her in the spotlight, toast to her, have a mother-child dance and more. It’s important to have moments for mothers in your wedding, since they may have given up family plans to be here.

Skip the invitations on paper and go for email invites. You can also create an event on facebook or a wedding website to keep your guests in the loop.

Go without a rehearsal dinner and easily save hundreds of dollars. There will often times be a big dinner at your wedding anyways.

Opt without a bridal shower and shave off another few hundred dollars. Gifts will be given at the wedding anyways so why have a shower beforehand? You don’t want to seem like a gift-hog.

Subtract the bachelor and bachelorette parties and add another several hundred dollars to the savings! Often they involve strippers, who aren’t cheap. If you must have one, chill with the guys with chips and video games or stay-at-home movie night with popcorn and the girls.

Who needs a wedding party? Allow all of your guests to sit down during the ceremony as you stand and exchange vows. You save on dresses, suits, and a lot of time.

Skip the fancy ceremony venue and tie the knot at the courthouse. You can have a chosen few witness your wedding and save hundreds on getting married. Many young couples are going this route to save money, because it’s smart.

Have a friend get ordained and marry you so you save even more money! They can do so with the Universal Life Church online or get temporarily ordained by the clergy. Be sure to do your research on how and if any prerequisites are required.

Reception and ceremony should be in the same venue to avoid travel costs and fees. Your guests will appreciate the accommodating gesture.

Save on decor by scouting stores the year before your wedding before and after mother’s day. There will be hundreds of available items for decoration in all kinds of stores.

Browse discount stores first to save the most money. Dollar stores, second-hand stores and heavily discounted stores cost much less than your local mall. You will save thousands of dollars!

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How to have a budget-friendly weekend wedding

Anyone can dream of having their special day last longer than a mere 24 hours. Many couples are opting for weekend weddings, 2-day or even 3-day weddings. Is it your dream to celebrate your vows for the whole weekend? Are you worried making it happen will inch you towards bankrupcy? Look no further! Here are some life-saving cost-cutting tips to throw the wedding weekend of your dreams while saving thousands of dollars in the process!

First, what is a weekend wedding? A weekend wedding often consists of the following timeline:

  • Friday dinner
  • Saturday breakfast
  • Saturday activity with a lunch break
  • Saturday afternoon ceremony
  • Saturday wedding dinner
  • Sunday breakfast/brunch

Fridays dinner is often the rehearsal dinner. You cam rehearse the wedding for an hour or two and then have a dinner and toast with the wedding party.

Saturday can be a brunch or breakfast for the guests. You can have lawn games at an outdoor wedding, which are easily set up and an be bough at dollar stores or discount stores. Want an indoor wedding? Have it somewhere known for an activity, such as a bowling alley, movie theatre or sports arena. Entertainment for your guests won’t be hard to come by.

Have the wedding activities nearby, if not in the same venue. This will save your guests from traveling a lot, which an be ime consuming and frustrating.

If you want everyone to attend your friday dinner, it’s nice if you limit your guest list to little more than the wedding party. It will be MUCH less expensive as well!

Opt for cheaper food options, such as buffet meals, potato bar, pasta bar, even belly-filling hors d’oeuvres. This will cut down on the staff you need at your wedding as well as cost much less in food. Want to save even more? Make one or most of the meals potlucks. You can even have a BYOB wedding and save on alcohol or a bar altogether.

Make your wedding cake according to the guest list and not outrageously big that will leave you with too many leftovers. Don’t get a 5 tier cake for only 25 guests.

Ask your friend to officiate. They can become legally ordained online easily. Just be sure they check their state marriage laws to assure their clergy standing.

Don’t pay for other’s formalwear. Bridesmaids dresses are crazy expensive. Get decent dresses at Sears for much less, or have your party choose and buy their own. Have the groomsmen rent their tuxes in lieu of a gift, or just wear a nice dress shirt with trousers and a bowtie.

Got more weekend wedding advice? Comment below!

Spring Wedding Savings

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The days are longer, the nights are shortened. The snow melts, and the promise of rebirth and new life bears fruit. The buds appear in the trees, the flowers grow under the trees, the air is warm and welcoming. It’s a good time to tie the knot with your soul mate.

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With melted snow, it can be a possibility to have a wedding and a reception outside. Discover your options for sites, whether exterior or interior. This season is scheduled out of season for weddings, so the discounts will be abundant for anything related to the wedding, or at least the prices will not be inflated.

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Do you have really helpful parents? Ask them to present instead of a gift. They can help set up tables and chairs, place decorations, even distribute wedding programs. This will save you hundreds on hiring others for work, and you will save time in doing it yourself.

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Do you have talented friends? Ask them to help you with everything you need instead of getting a gift. Ask your makeup artist to make up your cosmetic hairdresser your hair and your neighbor decorator to make your wedding cake. Even better if you know someone who can make your nails, even pluck your eyebrows or wax your upper lip for the occasion.

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Know the people that recentky has tied the knot? Ask them if they have any marriage remnants they offer. All of the decoration, chairs and extra tables, even silk flowers or centerpieces. Get their second hand of dollars worth. Plus, your friends will be grateful for the space, and happy with their items will help you end up in the trash.

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Why get a wedding cake at 7 levels when 4 levels will end up in your fridge anyway. Get a detailed cupcake to cut in front of the guests, then take it to the back in the kitchen to be sliced. Have a leaf cake waiting in the back to cut extra slices if your cupcake can not serve all your guests. You can even get a false-layered cake that has a real coat, cut this diaper, then take it back and serve as slices of grocery leaf cake. Nobody needs to know!

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Why waste hundreds of fancy invitations that always ends up in garbage anyway? You can invite guests by email instead. For informal for you? Create a facebook event or wedding site. You still save on paper, but still get that personal touch, and you can design your own event or website for free!

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Pluck fresh flowers in a meadow for free. You will have fresh wildflowers for the bouquets, and also spare you a trip to the florist. You can even plant and grow yours, then re-plant the bulbs for a long reminder of your special day!

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Do you have other tips and tricks to save a lot of money for a spring wedding? Comments below!