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The cost of throwing your dream wedding is at an all-time high.  According to The Knot’s 2016 Real Weddings Study, the average wedding now costs $35,329 which doesn’t even include the honeymoon.  Don’t break the bank trying to plan your big day, we have some money-saving tips that won’t sacrifice the beauty of your wedding.

Invitations

If you’re trying to score nice wedding invitations on a budget, give Fiverr a try.  They have various graphic designers who can create your custom invitation starting at $5 a design.  Once you’ve made your selection, your local FedEx Office can have your invitations printed and ready to go in 24 hours.  If you prefer a one-stop shop, FedEx Office also offers design templates with matching envelopes which can be delivered to you within 7 business days.  100 invitations with standard white envelopes will cost approximately $85.  For an additional fee, you can also order save the dates, RSVP cards and wedding programs.

Wedding dresses

Sometimes the dress of your dreams is out of your price range.  Rather than give up hope, consider buying one secondhand.  PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com is a bridal marketplace that connects buyers and sellers of new, used and sample dresses.  They offer gowns from the biggest designers such as Vera Wang, Berta and Monique Lhuillier at a reduced price.  To help you save money on alternations, each listing comes with measurements and 2 dress sizes; label and street.  Label is the size the designer includes on the label and street is in the size you normally wear at a mainstream store.

Bridal party outfits

When asking someone to participate in your wedding, you need to consider their budget and select affordable options.  You can have the look you want but at a much cheaper price by having your bridal party rent instead of buy their outfits.  For example, Vow to be Chic sells bridesmaids dresses for $298 but you can rent the same exact dress for only $95.  The same concept applies to your groomsmen.  Weddington Way rents suits and tuxedos for about $150.  Once the wedding is over, they can send their outfit back to their respective companies using the prepaid packaging.

Wedding rings

If you’re not superstitious, you can save a good chunk of money by buying pre-owned wedding rings from sites like I Do, Now I Don’t.  No matter what your budget, they have a ring for every price point.  Once you place your order, the ring is shipped from the seller to expert gemologists who check the rings authenticity before shipping it to you.  If you’re not satisfied with your purchase upon delivery, the site will buy your ring back.

Flowers

In 2015, the average wedding budget allocated $2,300 towards flowers and décor.  You can slash your budget tremendously by buying wholesale flowers and creating your own floral arrangements.  DIY floral assembly can be tedious so make sure you do your research beforehand.  Keep in mind how you plan to keep the flowers alive, assembly space, transportation and how much help you’ll be able to enlist for the project.  Don’t forget to factor in the cost of supplies such as ribbons, vases, pins and anything else you’ll need.  If executed properly, you can save thousands of dollars.

Catering

You can significantly reduce your catering expenses by using food trucks to cater your event.  With a network of over 9,000 food trucks, food carts and caterers, companies like Roaming Hunger can help you find the best ones in your area.  Just tell them when and where your event will be held and they’ll supply you with a list of available food trucks.  Once you’ve made your selection, they’ll help you negotiate the best deal and coordinate the logistics.