How to Cut Your Wedding Budget With Cheap Wedding Supplies

How much you spend on your wedding day is not a determining factor in whether or not the day will be a success. In 10 years time, you are going to remember the interaction with friends and family, not what the table decorations looked like. That is not to say that your wedding supplies such as invitations and table centerpieces should be forgotten, just that they need not cost you a heap of money. You can come up with an elegant look without breaking the bank.
Probably the most important trick in keeping the cost of your wedding supplies down is to have a budget. Note down the basics of what you have to have, such as the wedding dress (of course!), decorations at the church and reception venue, wedding favors and the like and split your budget out with an amount for each one. Now when you find wedding centerpieces that cost as much for one as you have budgeted for all of the tables, you know you need to look again. Keep your budget with you at all times and stick to it.
Inexpensive supplies can be found for all aspects of the day. Before the wedding you can save money by buying packets of invitations and writing them yourself as opposed to paying for them to be individually printed. Remember to rent things where you can – this could include many of the decorations at the wedding reception as well as the grooms wedding outfit and even the wedding dress if the bride is not too sentimental.
Limiting the number of wedding supplies is another trick for keeping costs down. You do not need large floral displays stationed at every meter around the edge of the room. You also do not need excessive decorations at the church as you will spend more time at the reception, so just go with pew bows and a few flower or candle arrangements.
Decoration is where you can save yourself the most money by being creative with cheap items and arranging the displays yourself. Typical items that are used in table centerpieces and other displays are candles, balloons and fabrics. These can all be bought quite cheaply in all the different colors you could possibly need and with a bit of imagination can be arranged stylishly. Candles of different heights arranged on mirrored tiles add romance to the reception. Balloons tied with different length ribbons and anchored with big bars of chocolate add vertical interest and something quirky to the table. Fabrics such as tulle tied in bows or ribbons of different widths can be attached to or tied around anything and everything for very little money.
Flowers are another popular decoration at weddings but fresh flowers can be expensive. If you want to use them, be simplistic. Take flowers with large heads and use them singly in tall vases, or cut the heads off and float them with candles in bowls of water.
Make sure you shop around for your supplies or for the materials to make your own decorations and always buy in bulk if you can. Try and get free personalization on items if buying in bulk – many online stores offer this service. When buying offline, consider home businesses as good sources of cheaper goods; you could find a local garden center with potted plants you could use or a local cake maker who could save you some money on your wedding cake.
Hopefully the above has given you some ideas of how to save money on many of your wedding supplies. Remember to start off with a budget and if you stick to it, you won’t go far wrong.

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