So you may have read my last post on how and why I created the Ashley Opoku collection. Now that you have a source for an inexpensive dress, let me share with you different ways you can be creative and will help you cut that wedding bill down. Remember, just because it's less expensive, doesn't make it lower quality or less awesome. If anything, it will allow you to plug in some unique touches to your big day. So heeeerrrreeee it goes!
1. Make your own decorations.
Depending on the size of your wedding, decorations can cost thousands. Whew! Keep in mind that though decor can really set the theme for your wedding, it doesn't have to be over the top or break the bank. Whether you want a floral center piece or a simple candle arrangement, don't be afraid to hit your local craft store to find out what can be made instead of bought. Most of them have an entire section dedicated to people who want to create their own crafts.
2. Don't be afraid of the dollar store.
Dollar store?! Really??? Yes. You'll be surprised at the kinds of hidden gems I have found at my local Dollar Tree. Everything from romantic tea lights, to tall glass vases can be found for only $1 (plus tax). Some of them even sell faux flowers. So, before you throw that idea away, take a small part of your day to skim through the shelves. You may be pleasantly surprised.
3. Buy secondhand.
After a wedding, newlyweds typically have a ton of leftover decor that they don't know what to do with and would be more than happy to have a bargain-hunter such as yourself to take it off their hands. You can generally find these people on marketplace sites such as OfferUp, LetGo, Facebook Marketplace and even...gasp...Craigslist! If you happen to come across those listings, you will definitely save hundreds.
4. Recycle your "trash".
So we've all heard the famous saying, "Another person's trash is another person's..." Well, you know the rest. Anyway, there are many things that we are quick to throw away that can be reused for something cool. For example, like many women, I love me some wine. As a result, I have accumulated quite the collection of various wine bottles that eventually became apart of my home decor. Thank you, Pinterest! There are also many other items that can be reused such as light bulbs, wine corks and even old furniture. The possibilities are endless.
5. Be hands-on (And get help!)
A majority of decorations costs can come from hiring a team to set everything up. Though this can save a lot of time, setting everything up yourself will definitely save you some money. However, since you're getting married, you may not have the time to micromanage setting up your wedding while you need to focus on getting ready and looking beautiful. This is the part where you ask for help from family and friends. Since your family and friends are close to you, they are also more likely to understand your vision and what you and your partner actually want.
These are just a few of the endless ways you can save money on your wedding. If you have any ideas of your own, feel free to comment!
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