Couples want to make sure everything is perfect for your big day, but it can seem overwhelming when trying to cut costs. When tieing the know, couples don’t have to spend a fortune on your wedding. While wedding planning can be stressful and expensive, there are some tips that can help save money while still having a gorgeous wedding. Newlyweds Calvin (known as CJ the Visionary)and Jeannelle (known as Jae Monique) got hitched at a 4-star resort with all the bells and whistles for under $10k. Here’s how a couple threw a luxurious celebration that didn’t break the bank.
Book the Wedding at an All-Inclusive Venue
It’s best for couples to book their wedding at an all-inclusive venue. Couples will get the whole package: food, booze, decorations, and more—all for one price! All couples have to do is show up and enjoy their special day. Calvin and Jeannelle booked their wedding at Caribe Royale in Orlando. Caribe Royale offers all-in-one wedding packages at impressive deals. Not only do couples get a decked-out wedding, but a wedding coordinator is also included to help plan that special day. The entire price was $5,000 plus taxes and gratuities.
Don’t Over-Do the Guest List
While most couples want everyone who’s important in their lives there to celebrate with them on this special day, it’s also important to consider how much money each person will cost. If couples invite everyone on their list and then add them all as guests on the food tab with their own meals (and drinks!) added too… well, that can add up quickly! Calvin and Jeannelle kept their guest list at 50 people, inviting those who were close family members and friends.
Order the Wedding Cake From Publix
Order the cake from Publix instead of one from an expensive bakery. Couples will get a delicious cake for about half the price! Plus, Publix offers free delivery to the wedding venue. Calvin and Jeannelle ordered their three-tier wedding cake from Publix at a price of just $175.
Design Your Own Wedding Invitations
If couples are willing to put in some time and effort, they can create their own custom wedding invitations that will be as special as any store-bought ones. Couples can use online services like Canva or Vista Print to help make it look great without spending too much money or time on it! Calvin and Jeannelle designed their wedding invitations for free on Canva. They also sent out the invitations digitally to save on the cost of mailing.
Do a Cash Bar Instead of Adding it to Your Tab
Do a cash bar instead of adding it to the tab—this way, guests can choose what they want to drink, and couples will save money in the process! This will let guests know what they’re paying for drinks up front so they can budget accordingly before going out with their friends at night afterward.
Create Your Own Table Centerpieces
Floral arrangements can easily run into hundreds and even thousands of dollars. Couples don’t need to pay for expensive bouquets. Couples can create their own centerpieces with items from stores like Dollar Tree and Michaels. Couples can also use items that they already have in their home. Calvin and Jeannelle bought vases and LED tealight candles from Dollar Tree and added marbles to the bottom to create their own centerpieces.
Order the Wedding Dress From Sites Like Amazon
According to The Knot, the average cost of a wedding dress in 2021 was $1,800. Brides don’t need to shop at an expensive wedding boutique for their dream dress—you can order it online! Sites like Amazon have dresses that are just as good as those high-end stores but cost much less money. It’s not uncommon for brides to buy their dresses online these days, so why not save back some money? After all the dress is only going to be worn for one day. Jeannelle purchased her wedding dress on Amazon for just $80. Bridesmaid’s dresses can also be ordered from Amazon.