One of the most popular questions in the wedding industry is, “What are ways I can save money?” Well, I want to let you know that there are actually countless ways to save money on your wedding day! If you have an open mind and are open to suggestions, you absolutely can slash the costs. One great way to save money on your wedding day is to cut some small things out. Yes, these are all nice little details to have, but your guests will probably not even realize you didn’t have them!

Here are five things to cut out of your wedding if you are wanting to save some money:

1. Programs

Printing out a program for every guest can get expensive really fast. Instead, you could have a cute sign made that will welcome your guests and let them know the order of events!

2. Favors

A lot of favors end up getting sent back home with the couple after their wedding. So many guests get caught up in dancing, accidentally leave their favors on the table, or just simply don’t grab one. There are so many ways to thank your guests, so don’t feel obligated to buy favors!

3. Drink options

Your caterer will likely provide you with 2-3 drink options like water, lemonade, or tea. This will be plenty for your guests, especially if you have a bar as well! If you want to save money, skip the coffee, hot cocoa, and other specialty drinks unless your heart is set on them!

4. Personalized Details

Skip personalizing the small things. For example, it will be a lot cheaper to use regular napkins and cups rather than ones with the couple’s names or initials on them. At the end of the night, these items will be in the trash, so skip them if you want to spend more money elsewhere.

5. Out of season or unique flowers

Having an open mind with your florist can save you hundreds of dollars. If you ask for a floral that is out of season or hard to find, you are going to have to pay for it. Instead, ask your florist for cheaper options that are similar!

These five things add a nice touch to a wedding, but they are definitely not necessities. If saving money is one of your top priorities, it can absolutely be done! Remember, this is YOUR day, and you get to decide what you have and don’t have at your wedding!

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Have you considered planning your own wedding? Thinking about cutting some corners and trying to do it all on your own? Well, I would definitely advise you not to.

I have a little inside scoop for you... almost all wedding planners actually hire a planner for their own weddings.

Why would they do this? Don't they know everything to plan their own? Well, there are actually countless reasons why you should hire someone to plan or coordinate your wedding. I think having a wedding planner is crucial. Here's why:

1. You can't be in multiple places at once.

There is no way you can be setting up your reception decor, getting your hair and makeup done, and coordinating your vendors who are arriving at the venue. It simply is not possible. You need someone to be taking care of those things so you don't feel like you're being pulled in a million directions.

2. Certified wedding planners can actually save you money

Wedding planners know the ins and outs of the wedding industry. They know what vendors you would want to work with. They know where to get discounts. They know how to help you manage your budget. A wedding planner is an investment that definitely pays off in the long run. Many all-inclusive venues will actually have a wedding planner included in your package, so you will be saving lots of money!

3. They are professionals.

We hire professionals to work on our cars, cut our hair, teach our kids, do our taxes, and so much more. Your wedding, one of the biggest days of your life, should be no different. Hire someone to help your day go exactly as you hoped.

4. You need to ENJOY your day.

You deserve to completely enjoy your wedding and your new marriage. You don't need to be stressing about the little details. Let someone else handle the behind-the-scenes so you can be 100% present on your big day!

Your big day deserves to be the best day possible. You should be able to look back and not think about how worried you were about the vendors getting there at the right time or putting all the boutonnieres on the groomsmen; instead, you should think of all the laughs you shared, tears cried, and memories made. ♥️

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One of the best ways to save money on your big day is to use a rental company, especially if your venue does not include any decorations, chairs, tables, etc. Not only will this save you money, but it can also save you a lot of hassle! I talked with the owner of an event rental company called Rural 27 in Covington, Indiana to make sure you know everything you need to about rentals!

What are some items people tend to not realize they can rent?

Decor rentals have come a long way since we started back in 2010. At that time when you heard of a "rental company," you automatically assumed a tent & chairs. I am so amazed at how this industry has just exploded and how fast it has grown. With that shift, clients have realized more over the years what is available to them on the rental aspect from smaller items like card boxes, to table runners, to an array of candle holders.

What do you think is the most cost-effective rental?

I am huge into repurposing. If you can't find a new home/space for it after your wedding or event, you should think about renting it instead. Weddings continue to evolve, which will never change which is one reason why I love this job, so you are constantly pushed to be on your toes.

Also, this is your day, and no matter what the current trends are, if they aren't for you, that's okay. You don't have to pick items because they are in the wedding aisle at a store, pick what speaks to you. If you pick a glass container to use for your card box and reuse in your dining room, love it.

What should a couple look for in a rental company?

Just like picking any vendor for your event, you need to find someone who values the same things you do. The vendors you choose you are saying to them, "I trust you." When these three words are truly meant, they can be so powerful. There is no way you can be in all the places you want to be on your big day, which is why finding people you can trust to "pass the reigns" to is such an important piece to making sure everything you spent so much time envisioning actually happens.

Is there anything you recommend people buying rather than renting?

It's more a matter of what is important to you and if you want to keep it after the big day is over. If your grandmother made all your cakes from the time you were born and the idea of using her cake utensils tops any style you can find, then that's what weddings are about. It's about having everyone you love in one space for one night and what memories are being created. Yes, all the other details are amazing, but at the end of the day, it's the people who make that day memorable from your bridal party, to your guest, to your vendors.

How early do you recommend people book their rentals?

Once the venue and date are booked, I would start locking down all your vendors. Go off recommendations you receive and preferred vendor lists, but do your homework also.

What is your favorite rental to add a special touch to someone’s special day?

Everyone's style is so different, and I love that, but something you can never go wrong with is candles. Lighting is so important from the moment you see your space for the first time to once the sun sets and lights dim.

Make sure you are always checking with your venue to see what is allowed before booking any rentals. We think this is an awesome way to get some unique pieces for your wedding and to save money if you aren't at an all-inclusive venue!

I am now blogging for The White Dove Barn also! You can find this post & other wedding-related ones on their website: - check it out :)