Asked on Sep 30, 2015

Need money saving ideas for my wedding in July

My wedding is in July and I need cute money saving ideas that I can do myself without going over my wedding budget! Please help me.
  12 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Oct 01, 2015
    Are you referring to wedding favors?

  • Carol Claremont Carol Claremont on Oct 02, 2015
    What about a vintage or shabby chic theme? You can use things that don't match and perhaps family and friends will loan you vintage items to use. Another advantage is that things don't have to match - the silverware, glasses, plates, tablecloths, napkins, etc, can all be different. You might find things to use at Goodwill, Salvation Army, or thrift stores and you could get family and friends to start looking now. I read in Country Living magazine a year or so ago where a bride and groom did this and their family all worked on getting things for table decorations. Flowers that are less formal are probably much cheaper than big, formal centerpieces. You could have daisies and carnations in mason jars and put old black and white family pictures in frames to decorate tables. I hope this helps.

  • Lindy Lindy on Oct 02, 2015
    Do you have a theme already? Do you want it at a venue, or an at home lawn wedding where you will need to supply food, linens, etc? I would think it would be pretty hot in LA in July, and you are in Cajun country, so will you be going with that theme? Here is a helpful site with everything to get you started or give you ideas. I searched this site myself for my sons wedding and there are some amazing ideas and sites. You can even print your own down loadable invitations!

  • Karen Reilly Karen Reilly on Oct 02, 2015
    Elope and have an awesome honeymoon or use the money for a down payment for a home. This is the practical answer which is one of my bad habits. Not knowing your budget it makes it hard and not knowing how many guest that makes a difference too. The kind of dress and if you will have attendants. Your in LA if you need a dress go to a second hand store, borrow, or rent everyone could have an attractive one that looks nice and they can use later. Favours could be rocks with both of your names painted on them. Save jelly jars for vases and pick something from your yard it doesn't have to be flowers any greenery will do. Food could be a favourite sandwich wrapped in wax paper again with your names on the sticker closure. It's the sentiment that's remembered not if the napkins match the colour scheme. Good Luck

  • Pepsigirl13 Pepsigirl13 on Oct 02, 2015
    OMG go to Pinterest...way too much info out there...otherwise I think Karen from NY has the right something simpler than what The Knot or the other bridezilla creating wedding sites suggest....and save the bigger bucks for a house or a big trip to make great memories. I am an event planner and can work with a budget of any amount (presently planning a big day party for my mom who is turning 90) from teeny weeny to whatever (and have done those and all in between)... feel free to bounce some ideas if you want via email...good luck

  • Julies1949 Julies1949 on Oct 02, 2015
    If your venue doesn't provide linens, look on Many brides buy their linens and sell them after the wedding. Pick centerpieces that don't use a lot of flowers, like a collection of bottles with one flower in each, or a stack of books with a teacup on top with a floating flower. Check the dollar store for $1 cylinder vases, add a votive candle and some filler like glass marbles, sand, nuts, legumes etc depending on the look you want for yor wedding. Check out for more ideas

    • Linda T Linda T on Oct 02, 2015
      @Julies1949 Since 'they' say don't throw rice anymore because it's bad for the bird, put rice in the votive holders.

  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Oct 02, 2015
    We just had our wedding in our backyard, hosted over a hundred friends and family. The big cost was renting a tent and a hundred chairs plus tables. After that the music was off of my laptop and speakers that I borrowed, I purchased Spotify and made our own wedding play list then canceled Spotify before I was charged anything. We chose to have no wedding party and a friend of ours married us. Some family brought food but we purchased the majority of it (40 pounds of pulled pork from a caterer in town, we just picked it up and kept it hot, plus lots of salads that we made etc.) plus several cases of soda, water bottles, beer, several boxes of wine and lots of alcohol. We did a picnic theme and picked up quilts and blankets from a local thrift store and used them to cover thirty straw bales for extra seating (the kids loved it). I designed and purchased can koozies online for everyone to take home as favors I also designed a guest book and my mom and I picked up flowers for it all at walmart. My dress and my groom's clothes cost us less then $100. All in, the entire wedding cost us less then $2,000. I actually have a post up all about it on our website ( if you're interested in finding out more details :) Congratulations and good luck!!

  • Linda T Linda T on Oct 02, 2015
    A friend knew I could make wreaths and other arrangements, so she asked me to do her flowers. We went to a wholesale flower house and ordered the colours she wanted (Her husband loves yellow, so yellow and cream roses, and purple statis. Then Ikea had a sale on 'wavy' glass vases, purple or orange, a dollar each, so after I took the best flowers for the Bride and bride'smaid bouquet and a flower girl basket (Michael's paper basket) We went the day before the wedding to the sight of the reception and the Bride and I made a little vase for each small table, or three to the large ones. They didn't take long and since some of the guests would not have approved of alcohol at the reception, we had a bottle of wine to work our magic with. Another wedding, my niece made her own invitations (before photo paper and classy writing, but no one minded) One could do better now, I'm sure.

  • Mary Maddalena Mary Maddalena on Oct 04, 2015
    My daughter just got married last month. We made the table centerpiece as well as the fans for the programs. I have many different things that we did in the church to make it beautiful yet save on the cost. Instead if how's it flowers diwn the aisle I took dollar store frames and ribbon and a can of white paint. Painted the frames. (Removed the glass for safety) tied a how in top and a ribbon to hold the dean in the aisle. I added baby pictures up to engagement pictures of the bride and groom. Everyone loved them they were beautiful and was able to make 24 for thirty dollars. If you would like some more ideas let me know

  • Ann Ann on Jan 12, 2017
    We used recycled doors for a backdrop and made HUGE flowers from Dollar Store foam and poster board. Added white circle garlands and flowers in urns. After the wedding I made a garden shed out of the doors. Total cost for all less than $50.

  • Sal3170064 Sal3170064 on Jan 21, 2017
    Look to your and families strengths. If some one is good at card making, ask them to make invites. Make your own flowers, table decorations bridesmaid dresses or see a family or friend who can. Look at courses that might help. Buy cheap glass or vintage Crockey from markets or second hand shops.
    Look on Pinterest.

  • Lindcurt Lindcurt on Jan 21, 2017
    I recently went to a wedding where the bride borrowed almost everything from other recent brides, Lattice panels, jars for flowers, cake stands for cupcakes (home made of course), She borrowed a hay trailer and the farmer threw in the bales. You don't get it if you don't ask.