The Ultimate Guide to Saving Money on Your Wedding

The Ultimate Guide to Saving Money on Your Wedding

Developing the “financial blueprint” for your wedding is no joke and when we meet a bride on a tight budget, we get it! Even those of you with bigger budgets probably wouldn’t me mad if you could save a little change. Whether you decide to cling to your savings or reallocate them to upgrade other pieces of your big day (like an intricate, more detailed dress!), we are coming at you with some of our top tips to playing it smart with your wedding budget.


Pick an off-peak month and day

If you’re not afraid to bundle up a little, opting for a cozy winter wedding could be the perfect idea for you. For our Midwestern brides, off-season dates typically range from December to March. Plus, if you’re okay going without a traditional Saturday wedding then choosing to tie the knot on a Sunday or weekday could save you even more!


Borrow accessories

The phrase “something borrowed, something blue” is more than just an Old English rhyme intended to transfer good luck and it could quite possibly help you save some serious money without compromising elegance. Applying this to modern day is as simple as asking your newlywed friends if they’re open to re-purposing their wedding bling. Or you could see if your grandmother has any unique vintage pieces that could live on during your big day. You may even get some free good luck in the process!


…. Borrow some more.

Using pre-owned decor from an event or another wedding is an amazing way to keep some extra cash in your pocket. Also check platforms like Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, etc. to see what’s posted. You never know who can’t wait to get rid of all their decorations as they move into their post-wedding house with a hubby who just isn’t digging pink faux floral arrangements adorning every inch of the home.



Not only is greenery a romantic and surprisingly easy way to embellish your wedding… it’s also beautifully inexpensive! To save even more, be sure to ask your florist about complimenting your lusciously natural wedding with flowers that are in-season. In-season floral arrangements cost less because they are easier to source.


Non-traditional desserts

Okay, but seriously… how cute are those dessert tables with ALL the themed goodies on them? This is such an easy way to save hundreds of dollars and seeing an up-trend in the number of brides using dessert tables instead of pricey tiered cakes. Plus you can incorporate deserts that accommodate certain dietary restrictions and be the host of the year.


Don’t get us wrong- we’re still all about incorporating cake but purchasing one with less decor on it and minimal tiers to keep more money in your pocket.


Keep your guest list intimate

We know this can be so hard and you may currently be finding your guest list adding up to the population of a small city. However, this is a fool-proof way to save thousands on your big day. You will be surprised by the number of people who will just “get it”. And if it ever comes to question, explain politely that you are having a very small, intimate wedding.


Hire expert help

The idea of paying someone to help you save money may sound counter-intuitive. But, if you really think about it hiring expert help means working with someone who knows the industry like the back of their hand. They have the right connections and know how to bargain to fit your budget needs. Not only will you save money, but also a ton of stress.


Go for a simple gown

Here at Blue House, we are fully stocked on designer dresses with lots of  lace, beading and detail at amazing price points. But, we also have gowns that are just as lovely with a little less detail or that we sell off-the-rack if you’re working with an extra tight budget.

We do our absolute best to accommodate our brides and provide them an experience that they will remember for years to come. Ready to find your dream dress? Book your appointment here.  We can’t wait to meet you!


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