Planning a Wedding on a Budget

We all know weddings are expensive!  Thousands of dollars are easily spent on food, flowers, photographers and all of those “Pinterest” ideas you have seen. I believe every bride deserves to have the wedding of her dreams and this can be done on any budget.  Here are some tips to help you stay in your budget and actually have that wedding everyone is talking about! 

Create a budget

  Yes this may seems obvious, but in most cases overspending is the main result of stress while wedding planning. Think about how much you can actually afford then break it down per vendor. 

Most importantly do your research! Talk to friends about how much their wedding cost, contact the vendors you are interested in and get quotes. This will help you start with your budget.  Once you have the budget, stick to it!!  Keep everything organized in a spreadsheet to stay on track. 

 Set Priorities 

It’s only natural that you want your wedding to be perfect but sometimes what your imagining can be pricey.  Decide as a couple what is most important for you to have at your wedding by putting the following values in a list from most important to least important. The higher the importance the more you can go with your initial choice, the lower the importance the more you should be open to finding an alternative option. 

  • Dress & Attire 
  • Venue
  • Music
  • Photographer 
  • Stationary 
  • Event design 
  • Food
  • Honeymoon
  • Makeup/hair
  • Other details 


Be Createive with your Wedding Venue 

Don’t be afraid to think outside the wedding venue box. Before you give a deposit on the first place you fall in love with, take sometime to find other venues that are not necessary the normal wedding venues. Look at parks, restaurants, lounges, art galleries. You are likely to find a spot that’s perfect for the both of you that is unique and personal. 

 Consider Hiring a Wedding Planner 

 If you are thinking “If I’m on a budget, how could I ever afford a wedding planner? Won’t that be an extra cost?" You are partially correct. There are many wedding planners out there that can work themselves into your budget. Also remember wedding planners have built relationships with vendors that give them discounts on their services. Which in the long run will be a huge savings for you. 

 Keep it small 

Big weddings cost big money. While some weddings have no choice but to be big due to larger families. If you have the option to have a small wedding it is a great way to keep costs down. While your venue options will decrease, small weddings have the option of being in alternative venues that don’t have wedding price tags, and “per person” costs. 


You don’t have to be to be an artist to incorporate DIY elements in your wedding. The key to DIY is planning and having realistic expectations. For example, if you or a friend has experience with photoshop consider making your own wedding invitations. If you don’t feel comfortable with that considering purchasing inexpensive stationary from ETSY, Vista Print or event Staples offer pretty invitations you can print yourself. 

Other low risk DIY elements can be:

Party favors

Centerpieces (I recommend making these in advance just in case they don’t turn out and you are not spending time the week or even the day of the wedding worrying about the centerpieces) 

Guest Book (These can be as simple printing a photo book of your engagement pictures and leaving some pages blank for your guests to sign) 

DIY elements to leave to the professionals:

Wedding Cake 





I offer many different packages to fit in every brides budget. If you are just starting out I can help create a budget and keep you from falling off track. 


Nicole Arend

Event Coordinator