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Consider a Public Park as your Venue

Consider a Public Park as your Venue

The first thing many people consider when planning a wedding is where they are going to have it. One good idea to save some money is to have your wedding at a public park. You can find a nice area off to side and have your ceremony there. The space will be free or cost only a little if you rent a shelter, so you can spend your money on other items. Parks also usually come with their own greenery and flowers so you don't have to pay extra for that.

Choose your Officiant Carefully

Choose your Officiant Carefully

When you are deciding who you want to perform your wedding ceremony, you have budget-friendly options. You can pick a friend or family member to get ordained and perform the ceremony for you to add a personal touch or you can look for someone that only charges a small fee for a small wedding. Just because they may not charge big bucks, does not mean that your ceremony cannot be amazing and special.

Nicole
My friends got married and said that their officiant only charged about $75 and their wedding was personalized and truly one of a kind. The officiant really cared and went the extra mile even though they didn't charge that much.

The Dress

The Dress

You may think you cannot save money and still have the dress you want. If you know someone that makes dresses, you can just pay for the material and have them make it for you as their present. If this isn't an option, you can go to discount bridal stores or consider a prom dress with some alterations. You will still look beautiful and can feel good about the fact that you didn't spend a fortune.

Nicole
If someone makes your wedding dress it will mean that much more to you and make your day even more special.

The Photos

The Photos

Everyone wants photos of their special day so that they can remember it forever. However, this does not have to mean spending a large amount. You can consider having a friend take pictures for you or talk to photography students that may only charge a small fee because they are looking for the experience. This will save you money and you will still have the memories you want.

Nicole
Photography students will usually work even harder to make sure your pictures and just right and they will usually capture every moment so you will have plenty of photos to choose from.

Consider Homemade Invitations

Consider Homemade Invitations

You don't have to spend much money on invitations to have them look nice and elegant. There are many programs these days that allow you to make a professional looking invitation on your own computer. You can buy nice card stock and envelopes and use the computer to do the rest.

Nicole
I bet your guests won't even be able to tell you didn't get them done professionally. You will also have more control over what they look like and what they say.

Think Potluck for the Food

Think Potluck for the Food

The food is a big part of any wedding or reception. It doesn't have to mean that you pour over menus and spend a big chunk of money. You can have your family members and friends each bring a dish or consider buffet-style to save money.

Nicole
This way everyone will like the food because they made it so you won't have complaints. What could be better than that?

Decorations

Decorations

Since you are having your ceremony at a park you probably won't need flowers but you might want some other decorations for the ceremony or reception. You can go to a party store and pick out your own to save money. There are many beautiful options at these kinds of stores. You can also consider having everyone pitch in and come up with their own creative decorations. This is a way to get everyone involved and still have the beautiful space you have been dreaming of.

Nicole
This way everyone can join in the wedding fun and you can have decorations you can be proud of.
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