Last year, wedding blog The Knot released this study that said in 2013 the average cost of a wedding had risen to $30,000–not including the honeymoon. Chances are, the expenses of a wedding are going to be followed by a host of grown up expenses–if the rhyme we all learned on the playground is to be believed, love and marriage is followed by a baby carriage.
There’s nothing wrong with wanting extravagance and beauty, but do you really want to spend the first part of your married life paying off that debt? Inspired by sites like Pintrest and Etsy more and more couples are cutting costs by doing much of the beautification themselves, from the invitations to the reception.
There’s also the added benefit of the personal touch. By doing it yourself, one of the most memorable days of your life will be all the more special.
According to The Knot, the average couple spends $450 dollars on wedding invitations. You pay a fraction of the cost by taking care of this yourself.
A personalized invitation sets the tone of the wedding. It also adds a personal flair months before wedding starts. Are you a hip couple of music lovers? Try the vinyl themed wedding invitation pictured above, from Download and Print which features hundreds of free wedding invitation templates. Two travel/love bugs? Here’s a postcard template designed by Dustin Schmieding from the site bittbox.com:
Here’s another neat idea from the excellent DIY wedding site Something Turquoise. These crafty Save The Date Invitations use stickers printed from Instagram photos (using the service Pinstigram). They allow your guests to mark the date on their calendar with the smiling faces of you and your bride/groom-to-be.
Average cost of floral/decor arrangements? $2,000.
If you’ve got a natural eye for design or a love for crafting,this is a great opportunity to cut costs. In addition, it offers the chance to get married in an environment that you created yourself.
The above Baby’s Breath chandelier is the beautiful center piece rustic-themed backyard wedding featured on Elizabeth Anne Designs and photographed by Clary Photo. Baby’s breath is inexpensive, and costs can be cut by using a single type of flower–florists are sometimes able to save money by ordering boxes of a single type. Here’s a video DIY from Be My Guest for these flower balls (also known as pomanders or “kissing balls).
Their lovely theme also included succulents as centerpieces and party favors.
You can also add flair while saving money by using use unconventional vases. User Jeanish at Project Wedding created beautiful flower arrangements using antique teacups found in thrift stores. These doubled as favors for the guests to take home. Check out DIY instructions for teacup vases by Michelle Kelly at Pocket Full of Dreams.
There’s a lot of inspiration to be found at thrift and antique stores. This arrangement, found on The Wedding Chicks, use antique tin cans as vases.
If you can’t find enough of the tins that you want, the Wedding Chicks site also features instructions on how to make your own floral container covers.