How to celebrate your special day while sticking to a budget

The new year means a new wave of recently engaged couples… Congratulations to all who got engaged this past holiday season! Being engaged is one of the most exciting times in one’s life. From engagement parties to bridal showers and planning a wedding, your schedule will quickly become filled with activities related to your upcoming nuptials. To kick-start your wedding planning, we made a list of five of our favorite budget friendly tips to set your wedding up for success. Keep scrolling to see what made the list…

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1. Consider using a bridesmaid dress rental service.
So you found the perfect bridesmaid dresses, but they’re slightly over budget… Not to worry! Vow to Be Chic offers a wide selection of bridesmaid dresses starting at $99 and below. Two weeks before the wedding they will send your ‘maids the dresses in two sizes so they are guaranteed the perfect fit! Rumor has it they also carry a few of our favorite Paper Crown bridesmaid dresses (like the ones featured above) as well.

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2. Save on calligraphy.
Love the calligraphy look but not the price tag? Sites like Etsy offer a wide variety of downloadable wedding invitation templates, like this one here, that will allow you to print invitations at home for the fraction of the cost. Make the process of putting together your invitations an event and invite over your bridesmaids for a wine night!

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3. Make your own desserts!
Who says your wedding needs to have a traditional cake? If you’re looking to make some room in your budget, consider making the desserts for the wedding yourself. It is a great way to add a personal touch and save hundreds of dollars. Even Lauren did it herself and made over 50 apple pies before her wedding and froze them until the big day (recipe here).

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4. Combine your bachelor and bachelorette parties.
What might seem like an untraditional move to some might be just what your wedding party needs! If the bridesmaids and groomsmen do not know each other well, combining the bachelor and bachelorette parties is a great way for everyone to meet each other before the wedding while saving money at the same time! Renting out a house for a weekend can cut costs almost in half, and you can still go your separate ways at night to celebrate with your girls.

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5. Don’t wait until the last minute to plan personal touches!
In the midst of planning all of the big details such as venue, photography, menu, etc. you don’t want to forget about all of the little touches that will make your wedding so special! Having to pay for rush fees right before the wedding, like for personalized cocktail napkins, can add up. Take time in advance to walk through your wedding day and think about all of the small details to avoid these pesky fees.

What tips would you give to newly engaged couples planning their wedding?

Let us know in the comments!

XO Team LC

P.S. Here are 10 more tips we shared for cutting wedding costs.

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  • Kari Guastella
  • Leah Kauffman

    I like the idea of combining parties!

  • Sofia Battaglia

    Another great idea for making your own desserts are cookies! The dough will stay in the freezer for up to 6 months. You can make a large variety over time and pop them in the oven a couple days before!

    xo, Sofia
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    • Megan Cavanaugh

      That’s an awesome idea! My fiancé loves cookies & milk and so do I…we’re not big fans of “cake” so I think we will do a mixture of little desserts homemade by family members to have a variety for guests to enjoy. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Kelly

    My sister-in-law had a combine bachelorette/bachelor party and it was seriously the best party I’ve ever been to! We all met up at the end of the night for one last drink before parting ways!

  • Loving this post <3 Weddings and wedding planning always make me so happy 🙂

    XO, Elizabeth
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  • So helpful! My best friend just got engaged and I know she’ll appreciate these awesome tips!

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