2 Easy Wedding Budget Hacks

You’ve got a wedding budget you’re trying to stick to. And while you don’t want things to be cheap, you’re doing what you can to cut costs where you can.

Buying things on sale…

Capitalizing on package deals…

Negotiating when it makes sense…

But, there are 2 easy wedding budget hacks you’re probably not using that will save you money.

2 Easy Wedding Budget Hacks To Save You Money

Wedding Budget Hack #1 – Go For Old and Borrowed

Colorful vintage collected vases and flowers used for wedding decor for a Half Moon Bay wedding by Destination Wedding Planner Mango Muse Events creator of Passport to Joy
(Photo credit: Strotz Photography)

When we need something, what do we do? We buy it.

You search on Amazon (or where ever), find what you need and buy it.

Of course you compare, read reviews and do a little price shopping. But, you always buy new.

We’re so used to buying things new because that’s our natural inclination. We somehow tend to forget that we can use old or used items.

And especially nowadays, you can get almost anything used. And this applies to weddings too!

There are so many sites that cater to used items. Classics like Craigslist and Ebay, newer ones like Facebook marketplace and specific sites catering to dresses or fashion.

And don’t forget your friends and family! They may own something you could borrow and you won’t even have to spend any money.

Now maybe you don’t want a used wedding dress from someone else, but what about votives? Signs? A ring bearer pillow? A veil? Ceremony decor? Table decor? Photobooth props? Gift box? Bridesmaid dresses? And the list goes on…

Even if you’re keeping your wedding very simple and minimal, there are still so many small things that are a part of your wedding. And buying used or borrowing is a wonderful way to save some money.

It can also be a great way to score something higher end that normally is very expensive.

And it’s green, which is also wonderful. You’re giving new life to an item which always feels good.

Wedding Budget Hack #2 – Look Outside the Wedding Box

Peach wedding card box with couple's initials Passport to Joy online wedding planning program
(Photo credit: What a Day! Photography)

When you’re looking for something for your wedding, where do you look? You look at a wedding site or store.

Maybe it’s a store for wedding dresses. Maybe it’s a site for wedding decor. Or maybe it’s a site for wedding stationery.

But, we tend to forget that there are a whole slew of sites and stores that aren’t wedding related, but have things that could be used for your wedding.

For example, wedding dresses tend to come from bridal stores. But, just like bridesmaid dresses, they don’t have to.

So, why not shop at your favorite clothing store instead? They might have something that fits your style well and works for your wedding.

And bonus since it’s not a “wedding dress”, it will be more unique. And likely much cheaper.

Bridesmaids with kelly green dresses and green bouquets at wedding in Hawaii by Destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events creator of Passport to Joy online wedding planning program
(Photo credit: Marina Miller)

Or let’s talk about the king of hacks and affordable items, Ikea.

There are so many items at Ikea that aren’t meant for weddings, but could definitely be used for them. Everything from blankets to curtains, vases, frames, chalkboards and so much more.

Just because something doesn’t come from a wedding site or store doesn’t mean it can’t be used for your wedding. Thinking outside the wedding box can really help your wedding budget.

If you’re struggling with your budget, use these 2 easy wedding budget hacks and you’ll not only get something more unique, but you’ll save money. And perhaps, find something even better!

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