Photo by Athens Weddings Photographer Blane Marable

Your weddings is such an exciting event that you’ll want to remember forever. It’s easy to get caught up in the desire to have the perfect wedding and end up spending more money than you wanted to on non-essential things. Because of this, weddings can get very expensive very quickly. However, there are a few simple ways to save a lot of money on your wedding. Below, I’ve listed out some of the best tricks I’ve learned to help you make your day amazing while spending less. 


First thing’s first, you need to set a concrete, realistic budget and stick to it no matter what. It can be so tempting to spend more, but I guarantee that giving in  will cause you more of a headache in the long run. Sit down with your fiancée, talk about finances and how much you can afford. Then, break down what your budget is for different aspects of your wedding, like the venue, the dress, the food, the decorations, and everything else. This will help you keep on track financially while planning for your big day.  

Photo by Athens Weddings Photographer Blane Marable


Deciding where to host your wedding can be a daunting task because many venues are in larger cities making them more expensive, taking more away from your overall budget. Try to find spaces in less urban, predictable areas. Instead, if you’re trying to save money, you can utilize spaces that are readily available, like your backyard, a friend’s lake house, secluded local parks, or small-town event spaces like 255 Milledge in Athens, GA. All of these spaces can be beautiful and create an intimate feel among your guests. Another way to save in this area is to host your reception and your ceremony in the same space, cutting down on transportation costs for you and for your guests. 

Photo by Athens Weddings Photographer Blane Marable

Food and Drinks 

Everyone loves good food and nice refreshments at a wedding, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend a ridiculous amount of money on either of these things. The first tip I have is don’t opt for the top shelf alcohol; most of your guests are going to be just as happy with the cheaper vodka or gin, and this little hack can save you a lot if you’re planning to be serving alcohol at your reception. 

The next way to save money is by picking local, seasonal foods to serve, like crab if you’re from Maryland. This way, you won’t have to spend a lot of excess money for food items that aren’t readily available where you are. In addition to this, consider setting up a buffet-style reception, so that way the guests can get their fill and you can save on serving costs. Getting your friends and family to help out with meal preparation is also a huge money-saving tip!

The last tip I have when it comes to food is to opt for a smaller wedding cake and offer other desserts for guests, like doughnuts or mini-cupcakes. Not only will this save you money, but it’s also incredibly trendy right now. Set up your deserts in a  cute way that compliments your theme, and let your guests enjoy! It’s also cheaper to go with a naked cake, instead of one covered in fondant and buttercream frosting. This is another alternative that is cost-effective and very trendy. 

Photo by Athens Weddings Photographer Blane Marable

Floral Items

It’s no secret that floral décor for weddings can be really pricey. However, there are some ways you can save in this department. First, pick flowers that are both locally and seasonally available. This way, you can cut down on expensive shipping and care costs. Not only will this save you money, but it also will keep your décor simple and elegant, not distracting from the wedding itself. 

Next, try to stick to 3-5 types of flowers so that your florist can order them in bulk, creating extra savings. This way, all of your décor items will be cohesive and beautiful. Lastly, consider arrangements with lots of greenery. Greenery fills up a lot of space and is a lot cheaper than flowers. Plus, this is another trend that is absolutely in right now. Greenery is simple, chic, and elegant. It’s also one of my favorite décor looks, so I personally recommend implementing it into your wedding. 

Photo by Athens Weddings Photographer Blane Marable

Dress Code

Wedding dresses are usually one of the most expensive parts of your wedding, but there are ways that you can save a lot of money on them. Consider buying your dress at a trunk show when everything is discounted or at a consignment shop. You could also consider saving a few bucks by buying a sample dress at a bridal shop; it’ll be considerably less than ordering a brand new one. You need to try and order your dress 9 months in advance to avoid rush fees, and that being said, you could also order your dress online from sites like Amazon. Just find the dress you want to try on, and send it back for free if you don’t like it. It’s less conventional, but you can find really elegant dresses for hundreds, maybe even thousands less than in a bridal store.  

Photo by Athens Weddings Photographer Blane Marable

Friends and Family Help 

Getting the help of friends and family throughout this process can save you lots of money. For example, you can have them help with the setup and cleanup process, by placing arrangements, picking up gifts, setting out decorations, putting out the food, and more!. It’s also worth considering if you have any connections to someone who is artsy, musical, or a skilled cook, talking to them and seeing what they could do for you. Artsy friends could help with photography for much less than a traditional wedding photographer, and lots of times they create more personable photos. A musical friend could potentially help DJ or put together a band for cheap, whereas a culinarily-skilled friend could help minimize the cost of food and drinks. All in all, utilizing your connections can create big savings. 


Your wedding is a memorable event, not because of the amount of money you spend on it, but because of the love you share with your partner, your family, and your friends. Remember to stick to your budget and look for nontraditional ways to save, and the expenses will seem less taxing.  


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