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Weddings on a Budget: 4 Ways to Cut Costs for Brides on a Budget



As the owner and lead photographer of LMP, I’m also a wife, former ballet dancer, and cat mom who finds joy in capturing your authentic story in stunning images. 

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Ways to Save Money on Your Wedding

Are you in the midst of planning your dream wedding, but starting to feel the financial strain? The cost of a wedding venue, caterer, and dress, can quickly add up. Before you know it, you will be looking at the total cost of everything and find yourself thousands of dollars over your original budget. The whole process probably feels discouraging and can make you start to feel like your dream wedding is far out of reach.

I am here to tell you this is not the case. It is possible to have a wedding on a budget and still make it a beautiful, memorable, and fun experience for your guests.

I have photographed many beautiful weddings where the couple had an overall budget of $15,000. There are plenty of savvy ways to cut costs while at the same time not compromising on the beauty and magic of your special day.

Listed below are 4 creative ideas that my past brides have utilized to have an affordable wedding.

Non-Traditional Wedding Venues

One of the biggest expenses when it comes to weddings is the venue. Instead of booking a traditional wedding venue, consider thinking outside the box. State parks, restaurants with private room rentals, or even your own backyard can make for unique and budget-friendly wedding venues. Not only will you save money on the venue rental, but you’ll also add a bit of a unique touch to your wedding by hosting it in a non-traditional setting.

Finding an Affordable Wedding Dress

While the wedding dress is one of the most important items on a bride’s checklist, it can also be one of the most expensive items. When thinking about your wedding dress, it is important to remember that it will only be worn one day and for a short period of time. Consider shopping at thrift stores or checking out online marketplaces for pre-loved dresses. Many of my brides have found gorgeous dresses at a fraction of the price by thinking creatively and looking beyond traditional bridal shops.

Choosing Your Guest List Carefully

The size of your guest list can quickly inflate your wedding budget. Instead of inviting distant relatives and acquaintances, consider keeping your guest list small and intimate. Invite only your immediate family and closest friends to share in your special day. This helps you save on catering and venue costs, but it will also create a more intimate and meaningful atmosphere for your wedding.

Catering that Won’t Blow Your Budget

Instead of splurging on a traditional caterer, consider ordering food from your favorite local restaurant. Many restaurants offer catering services that can be more affordable than traditional wedding caterers. Not only will you be supporting a local business, but you will also be able to serve delicious and unique dishes that reflect your personal tastes. Plus, you can save on the costs of hiring additional staff and equipment typically included with a catering package.

What choices are you making to cut costs for your wedding? Share your tips and tricks in the comments below and let’s help each other create beautiful weddings without breaking the bank! Remember, with some creativity, flexibility, and smart planning, it’s possible to have the wedding of your dreams without blowing your budget. Happy planning!