Save Money on Your Wedding & Still Look Like a Million Bucks

We rounded up 19 fantastic ideas to save money on your wedding and still look like a million bucks! Check out these charming and unique money saving wedding ideas.

So beautiful yet so simple and elegant. White floral centerpieces.

So beautiful yet so simple and elegant. White floral centerpieces.

Your wedding day should be as special as you are. And even though we tend to believe that a Pinterest-worthy luxury wedding is quite costly, that’s not always the case. It is possible to throw a fabulous looking bash without spending a lot of money or looking cheap. Check out these 19 money saving wedding ideas that will make yours look like a million bucks.

Money Saving Wedding Ideas for Your Wedding Venue

  • Elopements are in! Elopements are very simple events and almost always take place far away – that’s why it is sometimes called Running Off. Elopement venues are only limited by your imagination! They (usually) don’t carry any massive venue rental fees and can be planned with the lowest amount of stress possible!
  • Do you have a sense of adventure? Avoid the expense of a wedding venue altogether by celebrating a pop up wedding. Pick your favorite coffee shop or museum and have a very intimate ceremony with no music as one of the stops of your pop up wedding.
  • Backyard weddings are fun and creative! They can be paired with any wedding theme and they are definitely a less expensive wedding venue. You will still need to make sure your guests are comfortable and, depending on the number of guests and the weather, that may imply some additional costs. Keep the decor simple but detailed and this wedding venue will save money on your wedding while still looking incredible!
Outdoor wedding venues can help you save money on your wedding and still look like a million bucks. Photographer: Liz Banfield Photo.

Outdoor wedding venues can help you save money on your wedding and still look like a million bucks. Photographer: Liz Banfield Photo.

How To Save Money on Your Wedding: Affordable Food Menu Ideas

The wedding reception food and drink are high ticket prices at any wedding as well as what your guests will remember for a long time. Are you ready to save money on your wedding food and still look like a million bucks?

  • If eloping is too much for you, how about a Brunch Wedding? Get married at the Courthouse and celebrate with a scrumptious brunch at your favorite hangout or host it on your own backyard!
Food truck weddings can be lots of fun with delicious and naughty recipes like this chicken and waffle sandwiches. Yum!

Food truck weddings can be lots of fun with delicious and naughty recipes like this chicken and waffle sandwiches. Yum!

Bottles, greenery and a few flowers can turn your wedding into a Pinterest-worthy event without breaking the budget.

Bottles, greenery and a few flowers can turn your wedding into a Pinterest-worthy event without breaking the budget.

  • According to the Bridal Association of America, the average cost of a wedding cake in the U.S. is $ 543. But, do not despair! You can replace the wedding cake with a dessert table and a modern coffee bar.
  • If you cannot fathom the thought of not having a wedding cake, go for a donut cake or a single tier cake for the reception. Have a non-decorated cake in the kitchen, ready to be served to your guests. You will save beaucoup des bucks and nobody will notice the difference!
Original money saving wedding ideas: How about a non-traditional wedding cake made of pies for an outdoor reception?

Original money saving wedding ideas: How about a non-traditional wedding cake made of pies for an outdoor reception?

Glitter lighted mason jar by DazzleMePink

Glitter lighted mason jar by DazzleMePink

  • For non-traditional couples, food truck weddings can be a fun cost-saving idea. While traditional catering averages $70 per head, food truck menus can go for $10 to $20 per guest. An original and trendy money saving wedding idea!
  • Host a Make-your-own martini bar or serve sangria to save on drinks. Sangria wine is really affordable. Just add fruit! Super cool.
  • Remember that a buffet dinner is more affordable than a seated dinner and it looks just as glorious! Follow the latest trends and save further by serving mouthwatering comfort foods like pasta, grilled cheese sandwiches and even pizza!
Eucalyptus and sage can be your greatest allies to save money on your wedding. Check out this Etsy store that sells it by the pound!

Eucalyptus and sage can be your greatest allies to save money on your wedding. Check out this Etsy store that sells it by the pound!

Money Saving Wedding Ideas: The Wedding Gown

  • Alterations are unavoidable when it comes down to the wedding dress. Buy your gown online and save money on your wedding dress. (Check out this list with our 13 favorite Etsy wedding dress stores!)
  • Recycle! Is there a wedding dress in the family that you can have altered? It will make your gown so much more special.
  • Alternative wedding bouquets with greenery are very in right now and it’s a great money saving wedding idea.




Buy your wedding dress online, save and look divine!

Buy your wedding dress online, save and look divine!

Sometimes the wedding dress is a worthwhile expense, amirite? Eddy K. 2017 Wedding Dresses, Milano Bridal Collection.

Sometimes the wedding dress is a worthwhile expense, amirite? Eddy K. 2017 Wedding Dresses, Milano Bridal Collection.

Save on Wedding Decor and Still Look Like a Million Bucks

  • The dollar store has vases, containers and a zillion other objects you can use to decorate your wedding for very little money. Let your creativity shine.
  • A little trick to save on wedding decor is to use oversized items. They take up more space, call your guest’s attention and you need less objects. Think oversized balloons or large flowers.
A gorgeous choice for your wedding bouquet. Love this lavender bouquet! Swoon!

A gorgeous choice for your wedding bouquet. Love this lavender bouquet! Swoon!

Vintage getaway car that is all kinds of chic adorned with florals and calligraphy.

Vintage getaway car that is all kinds of chic adorned with florals and calligraphy.

  • Don’t forget the ceiling! A few details like suspended carnations are inexpensive and will definitely wow your guests.
  • Merging is the key! Combine centerpieces with table numbers and wedding favors. You won’t have to take them home and you’ll kill three birds with a stone!
Invitation and wedding favor all in one for a destination wedding. Amazing, amirite?

Invitation and wedding favor all in one for a destination wedding. Amazing, amirite?

Glue doilies to a balloon. Leave the glue to try for 24 hours and then pop the balloon.

Glue doilies to a balloon. Leave the glue to try for 24 hours and then pop the balloon.

A whimsical and trendy rustic centerpiece that fits most wedding themes.

A whimsical and trendy rustic centerpiece that fits most wedding themes.

How to Save Money on Your Wedding: Entertainment and More

Create your own Snap geo filter and tell your friends to use it on the pictures they take. It’s a great and entertaining way to commemorate your wedding.

  • Forget the limo rental. Ask a friend for their car, fill it with balloons and add some flowers as wedding car decorations for a proper sendoff.
Adorable and affordable centerpieces.

Adorable and affordable centerpieces.

Pick your favorite hangout and have a very intimate ceremony with no music as one of the stops of your pop up wedding. Definitely on fleek.

Pick your favorite hangout and have a very intimate ceremony with no music as one of the stops of your pop up wedding. Definitely on fleek.

  • Last but not least, keep your guest list in check. The more people you invite to your wedding, the more expensive it becomes!

Hope you enjoyed these fantastic ideas to save money on your wedding. To get you started on your tables, check out these 24 Ingenious Ways To Make Candle & Lighted Centerpieces for Wedding Receptions or these 30+ Wedding Table Ideas: What to Put on Wedding Reception Tables (Wow your Guests!)

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Non-traditional boho bride by freepeople.

Non-traditional boho bride by freepeople.

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Photography credits: HappyWedd, homemaderecipes, The wedding Cat, getty images, Brit Co, Mywedding, bridalore, storymixmedia, weddingchicks, catch my party, weddingsbylilly, wedding forward

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