9 Cheap, DIY Wedding Favor Ideas on a Budget

wedding favorsThese days, wedding favors aren’t a necessity. I’ve been to plenty of nuptials where I left with nothing but a full belly and a smile on my face. But if you’re determined to give your guests a token of your appreciation, you want to make sure it’s not some cheap trinket that they will throw away as soon as they get back to their hotel room, and you also want to make sure you’re not spending a fortune on these forgettable trinkets.

Here are 9 ideas for memorable wedding favors, that will also save you money.

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How to Do Your Wedding Makeup on a Budget – 10 Tips & Ideas

bride makeup selfIn an effort to save money for my wedding, I asked my sister-in-law to apply my make-up. The only problem? I’m a low-maintenance girl, and didn’t own a lot of make-up. So I went to a cosmetics counter and ended up spending more than $200 on new make-up just for my wedding.

The lesson? Make-up application isn’t the only expense when it comes to looking gorgeous for your big day. Sometimes in saving money on the application, you can actually spend more on the make-up itself! Don’t make the same mistake I did. Here are 10 ways to save on both the make-up and the makeover for your wedding:

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15 Cheap Wedding Ceremony Decoration Ideas on a Budget

wedding ceremony decorationsI absolutely love to go to weddings that have beautifully decorated ceremonies. Whether it’s in a big, elegant church, or a rustic, old garden, or at a white, sandy beach, the backdrop and decorations of a wedding ceremony can really make a lasting impression. And luckily, a pretty ceremony doesn’t have to cost a fortune.

When it comes to ceremony decorating, less tends to be more. Additionally, you can save some money by being creative and keeping it simple. Here are 15 ideas for decorating your ceremony while sticking to your budget.

Save Money on Ceremony Decorations at a Church

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10 Ways to Save Money on Men’s Wedding Tuxedos & Rentals for the Groom

wedding groom tuxedoSo often the focus of a wedding is on the bride. Her wedding dress, her hair, her shoes, and her jewelry are often what guests are waiting to catch a glimpse of when she walks down the aisle. And usually, a lot of money is spent on the bride’s beautification in preparation for the big day.

Then you’ve got the groom. No one gets excited before the wedding thinking about what he could possibly be wearing. Most men’s formal wear looks just about the same. So does it make sense to spend big bucks on what guests won’t even notice or appreciate? Are designer duds really worth the extra dough?

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10 Wedding Reception Decoration Ideas on a Budget

wedding reception flowersAlthough a wedding is really about the ceremony, for many of your guests, the real wedding begins at the reception (i.e. food + dancing + open bar = serious fun). For the bride and groom, the reception is usually when they get to relax and let loose as well, but the planning of the reception is anything but relaxing, especially if you’re trying to stick to a strict budget.

Luckily, there are plenty of ways to save money on fun, elegant, and memorable decor. Here are ten inexpensive wedding reception decoration ideas.

Save Money on Wedding Reception Decorations

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17 Cheap Wedding Flowers Ideas & Arrangements on a Budget

wedding flowers bouqetsFlowers can add such beauty to your big wedding day, but they can also add a lot to your expenses!

With so many different uses for flowers in a wedding – the bride’s bouquet, the bridemaids’ bouquets, boutonnieres, various corsages, flower girl peddles, altar arrangements, pew decorations, cake decorations, and reception decor – brides can spend upwards of $10,000 on the flowers alone.

But you can still have a gorgeous wedding, without emptying your wallet. Here are 15 great ideas to save green while buying greenery.

Ways to Save Money on Wedding Flowers

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10 Cheap DIY Wedding Reception Centerpiece Ideas on a Budget

wedding centerpiece tableAlthough not the most important element of wedding decorations, wedding reception table centerpieces can be a costly component of your big day. A centerpiece from your local florist could easily cost $200, and if you have 10 tables, that would be a total cost of $2,000!

Alternatively, if you take the other route by making your own, you may save yourself a lot of money, but you may also be spending more time than you’d like arranging flowers.

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10 Ideas to Save Money on Wedding Ceremony & Reception Party Music

wedding march violinIt’s amazing how certain tunes are so ingrained into our culture. The Happy Birthday song, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, and of course, the wedding march, can all be recognized within a few notes.

“Here comes the bride, all dressed in white…” Boys and girls alike learn that song at a very young age. Amazingly, even the most tone-deaf rendition is recognizable. There’s no hiding the wedding march!

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23 Cheap Wedding Reception Food & Drink Menu Ideas on a Budget

When my husband and I were planning our wedding, we wanted to keep it simple, elegant, and most importantly under budget.

So we were a little shocked when our caterer quoted us her lowest price of $35 per person for dinner – not including alcohol. With 160 guests, we were already at $5,600, and with an open bar were looking at a total bill of more than $10,000 just for food and drinks! Our total budget was around $10,000, so we needed to find a few ways to scrimp and save when it came to the dinner and alcohol.

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16 Ways to Save Money on Cheap DIY Wedding Invitations on a Budget

wedding invitationsWhen I got married, my crafty aunt handmade my wedding invitations as a wedding gift. Though they were exquisite and I got multiple compliments on them, I didn’t realize quite what a gift it was until I learned that the average amount that a couple spends on wedding invitations is $650 – and lots spend upwards of $2,000 or $3,000.

Who knew that paper cost so much? But it’s not just the paper – there are envelopes, second envelopes, response cards, response card envelopes, tissue paper, and postage, for starters. Money also goes into the design of the invitations as well as the actual printing of the message.

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