5 Easy Ways to Make Your Wedding Cheaper, Without Looking Cheap

You don't have to break the bank to have the wedding of your dreams.

5 Easy Ways to Make Your Wedding Cheaper, Without Looking Cheap
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You're engaged! Yay! And you're probably feeling like this:

5 Easy Ways to Make Your Wedding Cheaper, Without Looking Cheap

But then you start planning the wedding and see those dollar signs and feel more like this:

5 Easy Ways to Make Your Wedding Cheaper, Without Looking Cheap

But dry those tears, bride-to-be! It's going to be just fine. You can spend a large fortune when it comes to your big day, but you don't have to. Here are five ways to make your wedding easier on your (or your parents') bank account without looking cheap.

1. Get creative with your save-the-date cards.

At this point, your wedding is months away. Instead of splurging on fancy save-the-date cards (which will inevitably end up in the recycle bin), opt for a budget-friendly, creative way to share your wedding date.

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Here's How:

Origrami - This Australian company will print out any of your favorite social media pics on cute square cards and then you can customize the back with all of the details about your big day. You'll have to then buy square envelopes and address them yourself, but at around $18 for a package of 36 cards, your wedding budget will thank you.

Postagram - This app lets you create and send your save-the-date postcard all in one place. Use your favorite Instagram, Facebook, or Camera Roll picture to create a customized postcard and add in all of the important wedding details. Upload addresses and guest details and Postagram takes it from there. The best part? Each card is $1.

2. Tackle the Guest List

Sure, it would be great if everyone you ever went to a frat party with in college could be invited to your wedding, but that adds up — fast. Instead of worrying about offending distant cousins and old acquaintances, focus on who you actually want to share your big day with.

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Here's How: Set some serious ground rules — for you, your soon-to-be spouse, and both families — and stick to them. Anyone who would be truly (and rightly) offended will make the cut. The third cousin twice removed who sends you a Christmas card every few years will get over it.

3. Get Smart When It Comes to Alcohol

Sure, lots of epic wedding moments go down after the cocktails come out, but you don't need to break the bank (not to mention risk guests not remembering the reception) by going overboard on alcohol.

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Here's How:
* Skip the formal champagne toast — it's a bit old-fashioned, anyway. Toasting with wine or cocktails (even water!) works just fine. Ideally your guests remember the awesome speeches, not clanking glasses.

* Craft a signature cocktail (or two). This adds an awesome personal touch, and cuts down on liquor costs by limiting the ingredients you have to purchase.

* Stick to beer and wine. If you really want to cut down on your budget, skip the booze. Your guests and their livers might actually thank you later on top of it.

4. Rethink Dessert

An eight-layer cake with four kinds of fondant and filling with hand-crafted sugar flowers is gorgeous, sure. But there are plenty of other dessert options that are equally photogenic and tasty.

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Here's How:
* Have a dessert bar. Chances are the variety of cupcakes, cookies, and other yummy stuff will be more appealing to guests anyway. And, a selection of these treats will be far less expensive than crafting a crazy cake.

If you're still set on the newlyweds cutting a cake, opt for a dessert bar and a small couples' cake so you can have the classic icing-all-over-your-face shot.

* Make sundaes. If you're having a warm weather wedding, ice cream sundaes are the perfect dessert option. The DIY dessert is cost-effective and everyone will get a kick out of crafting their own sprinkle-covered confection. Just remember to figure out a way to keep the ice cream cold.

5. Trade Favors for Sliders

Let's face it, at the end of most weddings, guests are just looking for water and a safe ride home. So instead of giving them one more thing to forget on their way out, ditch traditional wedding favors and send them away with something more substantial.

Here's how: Choose sliders! An end-of-the-night nosh will be much appreciated by the guests who've boogied the night away (and had a few signature cocktails). Coordinate with your caterer to see about adding a farewell snack into the food budget and everyone wins.

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BONUS Tip:

Organize an Uber wedding promo code for your guests.
Pass the money-saving onto your guests by setting up an Uber wedding promo code to save new users $20 on their ride to or from your wedding.

Here's How:

Sign up here then post your code to your wedding guests.

The Director of Editorial Operations at Livingly Media and lover of all things sprinkles.
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