Nearly everything you buy for your wedding will seem ridiculously expensive, and all those expenses can add up very quickly and create long term problems with your wedding budget if you don’t shop smart. Unless you happen to be very wealthy like a movie star or have parents that are willing to foot the entire bill for your wedding, chances are you have a pretty strict budget that you need to stick to. Fortunately, wedding shopping on a budget is easily achievable with the right preparation, restraint, and research to keep your budget on target. It’s not always easy to walk away from an item that is too expensive even though it’s exactly what you’re looking for, but keeping in mind that you can find a less expensive alternative should help you stay focused on your ultimate goal.

Invitations

Rather than spending endless sums of cash to have someone else design and print your wedding invitations or purchasing generic pre-made invitations, consider sitting down at your local print shop to design and print your own. Printing your own wedding invitations is much cheaper than paying for them elsewhere, and most print shops have friendly and knowledgeable staff to help you with the design process to make them look great.

Wedding Favors

Wedding favors are one of those expenses that you don’t really think about until you are out shopping. Though you’ll probably want to do something really nice for your guests that they will cherish and remember forever, that can be a great way to ruin your wedding budget in a big hurry. Instead, focus on getting the most “bang for your buck” and entertaining your guests by purchasing sparklers or another inexpensive wedding favor that can really elevate the mood of the party. You don’t need to spend a fortune to give your guests a really great experience; instead you can focus on wedding favors that become activities and fill out the entire evening with fun.

Flowers and Decorations

Instead of spending an absurd amount of money on roses or carnations, consider buying silk flowers or wooden roses as an alternative to save some room in your wedding budget. These flower alternatives look just as beautiful as the real thing but cost only a fraction of the price. You can use this same concept with the decorations by buying designer knock-off vases, napkins, and other accessories that look much more expensive than they really are. Chances are your guests won’t notice that you replaced the real thing with a cheaper version that looks almost as spectacular and you can use that extra money to improve other parts of the wedding or save it for the honeymoon.