Wedding Ideas on a Budget

by Gardenbella

You can still have a wonderful wedding with all your family and friends and not break the bank.

I'm sure you want to look fabulous on your wedding day but you just don't want to pay a fortune for a dress you will only wear once. What is the answer? Well, you could borrow a dress from a friend, rent one for the day or make your own dress. Better yet, you could go online and find a fabulous wedding gown for well under a thousand dollars!

Depending on the venue, you could go for a simple dress to one that has lots of embellishments. Or, you might consider wearing a dress that might not be considered a traditional wedding gown.

There are lots of options available for a bride on a budget. Shopping for an inexpensive but fabulous gown means that you will have more money left in the budget for other aspects of your wedding.

If you are considering an inexpensive wedding gown, you will still have to carefully plan how much you spend for your wedding gown. Today the price of an inexpensive wedding gown can be anywhere from $100 to $300.

If you don't want to look for a wedding gown in bazaars or consignment or thrift shops, then consider some of the dresses listed below that you can get from Amazon. There are some truly magnificent dresses that can be found online that are budget friendly.

Wedding Dress Trends for 2014

According to David Tutera, famous wedding planner, a major trend for wedding dresses in 2014 is the cage dress.

These dresses give a very slimming silhouette that features a softly shaped mermaid satin dress that's slim on the body with soft lace overlay at the bodice.

The dress shapes the body from underneath and the good news is that brides of all sizes can wear this lovely dress!

If you aren't a traditional bride you will be happy to know that this dress can come in a variety of colors. You will find them in such colors as powder pink to silver ice. This dress will be a huge success this wedding season!

The Bridal Party

Bridesmaids Dresses

Ever Pretty Flowers Strapless Chiffon Padded Bridesmaids Dress 03538

Exquisite strapless chiffon party dress. Padded enough for "no bra" option. Undetachable flowers make it more gorgeous. Elastic band in the back for easy fitting

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Ever Pretty Flower Ruffles One Shoulder Empire Line Formal Dress 09596

Flirty long evening dress.Unadjustable one shoulder with non-removable flowers.Padded enough for "no bra" option.Unique ruffles at the bust area.

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Ever Pretty Padded Empire Chiffon Ruching Gorgeous Bridesmaid Dress 09652

Gorgeous strapless bridesmaid dress.We always have our fingers on the pulse of the ladies (bridesmaid), we hope you will shop with us often to keep you more fashionable and more...

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Best Ways to Have a Budget Friendly Wedding

There are a number of ways that you can cut costs when it comes to planning a wedding without making it look like you are having a cheap one. Put your money in the places that are going to make the most impact and the most memories and be more frugal in areas that make sense.

For instance, the invitation. Today a lot of couples are getting creative and sending their invitations by email. If this doesn't suit you there are other ways to bring the cost of sending out invitations. You could always send out a save the date email and then follow up with a simple, but budget friendly invitation. Don't forget to include the postage in your budget!

Another place to save some money is the location. If you are a non-traditional bride then why not have your wedding ceremony in a park, museum or even a private home. I have a couple of friends who got married in a rose garden in a local botanical garden. It was a beautiful day and the pictures turned out amazing. Just make sure you pick a month that is warm and rain free!

Another way to save money on the venue is to pick a time that is off-season. Another words, have a wedding date between November and April as you might be able to save some money and for sure try to avoid Saturdays.

I know you probably want to have all your friends and family in attendance but a sure way to trim the budget is to trim the guest list.

One real easy way to reduce costs is by having your guests take pictures during the ceremony and reception and then sharing them with you. Save your money and hire a professional photographer only for some important moments.

One of the most expensive items at any wedding is the food and liquor costs. For my own wedding I choose an afternoon time for the ceremony followed by a reception tea. Since there were only sandwiches and sweets the costs were less. And the only liquor was champagne for the toast. You can cut costs here by having a potluck meal or having only beer and wine available for your guests.

When it comes to decorations you can keep it simple and inexpensive by checking out items at the dollar store. You can find all sorts of paper lanterns, twinkle lights, tulle, seashells and other inexpensive ways to decorate your reception area.

Consider using your iPod for music during the reception. If the venue doesn't have a sound system it isn't very expensive to rent one. Much cheaper than hiring a band or a DJ!

Last by not least is the wedding attire. There are a number of gorgeous, inexpensive wedding gowns available on Amazon. For the groom and groomsmen it is traditional for them to rent their suits or if they already have a dark suit in their wardrobe they can wear them.

You can also cut down on the cost of bridesmaids' dresses by buying them on Amazon and also you might want to consider cutting the number of bridesmaids you have in your wedding party.

Wedding on a Budget

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Updated: 08/22/2014, Gardenbella
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