Here are some of the ways we saved big on our wedding:

Rehearsal Dinner
– Held at a friend of the family’s house.
– Catered by a friend’s business.
– Casual.

Ceremony
– Officiant and musicians were family & friends.
– Friend of the family offered to do silk floral arrangements at no cost.
– Printed invitations and programs ourselves.
– Favors were small heart-shaped cookie cutters we found for about $.50 each on eBay.
Reception
– Found a newly renovated venue that was very inexpensive since they were trying to book weddings after re-opening.
– No alcohol.
– A caterer who was honest about what realistic costs were and where we could cut corners.
– Friend of the family gave us our cake as a gift.
– No DJ or band…we made an ipod playlist that played throughout the afternoon.
– We borrowed audio and visual equipment from our church.
– Used the arrangements from the ceremony.
– Found a florist who worked out of her home and used the flowers in her garden (we were going to do it ourselves).
– Center pieces were small fresh flower arrangements, tea cups (we already owned them), and pictures of family weddings. We got the frames super cheap at Christmas Tree Shop and with coupons from ACMoore.
– Nice looking, plastic china, utensils, and cups.
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