Top Wedding Bloggers Share Their Budget Secrets

Regardless of whether your wedding budget is $5,000 or $50,000 – EVERYONE has a budget and everyone needs to know how they can budget their money appropriately. In my quest to help keep y'all informed of how many different ways there are to save money on your wedding, I've rounded up amazing tips and advice from some the Internet's best wedding bloggers on one way they saved (or could save) money on a wedding.

Regardless of whether your wedding budget is $5,000 or $50,000 – EVERYONE has a budget and everyone needs to know how they can budget their money appropriately. In my quest to help keep y'all informed of how many different ways there are to save money on your wedding, I've rounded up amazing tips and advice from some the Internet's best wedding bloggers on one way they saved (or could save) money on a wedding.

Top Wedding Bloggers Share Their Budget Secrets
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"Look for a venue owned by a family member or friend where you don't have to pay a site fee. My husband and I had our wedding in my aunt and uncles backyard and it saved us a few thousand dollars. Backyard weddings are sweet & quite sentimental too!" – Stephanie Saul, Fab You Bliss

"Less guests! The less guests you have, the more money you can spend elsewhere. More guests ALWAYS equals more money (more tables, more centerpieces, more food, more rentals, etc), so if you want to save money, make cuts to your guest list so you don't have to make cuts in your budget!" – Lauren Grove, Every Last Detail

"Have a good idea of what you'll be needing for props and decor, then keep your eyes open for sales throughout the months before your wedding, especially around Christmas time and Boxing Day." – Sidra Ahmad, Rubies and Ribbon

"DIY vs. Store Bought. DIY doesn't always save you money, but it can sometimes. Take time to compare prices of certain elements that you feel you could do yourself. Sometimes it might save money, sometimes it might save time; otherwise you might want to DIY just to make it extra special. Don't buy something you could easily make yourself." – Jen Carreiro, Something Turquoise

"Beware of plus-plus and hidden fees. 

When your caterer says “That will be $35 per person plus-plus.” You may be thinking, OK, I have 100 guests so that will come out to $3,500. for dinner. Perfect!

But Plus-plus is the added tax and tip that’s automatically added to your bill. If the tip is 18% and the tax is 8% .

That’s 26% on top!

That’s an additional $910!!!

Now you’re paying $4410 for dinner, or $44.10 per guest

Other hidden fees can crop up and blow you budget quickly. Watch out for: setup fees, parking fees, coat check fees, cake cutting fees (which can run up to $3.50 a slice), additional fees for rentals (including tables, dinnerware, linens, napkins, glassware, flatware, and serving pieces), corkage fees, dance floor set up fees, and overtime fees." – Christie Osborne, Mountainside Bride

"Forget the favors! 

Your guests are happy to be celebrating your big day with you – they don't need a memento of your wedding with your face/names/wedding date on. It'll most likely end up at the back of a draw anyway! So skip them altogether and save yourself a little cash.

Rent your wedding dress or buy preowned. Sites such as Nearly Newlywed provide 'gently used' designer dresses (think Claire Pettibone, Vera Wang & Monique Lhuillier) at a fraction of the price. Then you can sell your dress back after your wedding to help pay for your honeymoon!" – Elizabeth, Bridal Musings

"Be willing to go a slightly different direction when the cost savings warrant it. Love a certain linen but the rental company is charging $35 per? Scout around online for discount sites, like http://www.smartyhadaparty.com/, that offer linens similar that are far better to purchase outright vs rent." – Jessica Hardy, StoryboardWedding

"Consider having your wedding on 'an off-time' such as on a Friday night or a morning/brunch wedding. Most vendors have a Saturday evening rate, and then a cheaper, weekday rate. All of those price breaks add up to a lot of savings!" – Jenn Tolbert, Woodlands Bride

"Here are some things we did: We used our own ride for the "getaway car" – we used my hubby's burnt orange pick up truck (which also happened to be our main wedding color) and after we ran through the flower petals we jumped onto the back of it and rode away. As we pulled away, we waved to everyone at the party! Of course we got into the cab shortly after – but it was free, and made for a cute photo op. Another thing we did was I went wedding dress shopping in the store, and then after I had decided on "the one" my dad found the exact same dress online for hundreds less. Such a great savings! Can't say our wedding was done on a budget, but we did try to save where we could" – Chrissy Ott, The Perfect Palette

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