I don’t know if you’re aware, but weddings are EXPENSIVE. Between the extravagant venues, gorgeous gowns, and top-notch food couples serve to their guests, the average American wedding costs about as much as a brand new car (or in some areas, a pretty sizeable down payment on a house)!
With such a large bill coming their way, it’s no surprise that many couples look for every opportunity to snag a freebie for their wedding. If you ask me, this is a great idea! A wedding should never be the reason a couple falls into debt, so the more cash you can save, the better off you’ll be. Here’s a few tips that will help you add flair, personality, and special details to your big day—all without spending a penny!
1. Invitation Templates
According to theweddingreport.com, the average couple spends about $245 dollars on their invitations and response cards for a 150-person wedding. Given the outrageous cost of weddings, this may seem downright reasonable—but in reality, no one needs to spend that much for some fancy pieces of paper!
If you’re willing to do a little internet searching, you can find wedding invitations that are available to download and print out for free. Most of these templates are ultra user-friendly; just insert your name, your partner’s name, and the details of your special day. In just a few keystrokes, you’ll have the perfect invite!
If you or your partner are particularly great a graphic design, you could also create your own invitation from scratch. Not only will this cost you way less than ordering wedding invitations from a design company, but you’ll also be able to make something that’s truly unique and special for you and your future spouse.
2. Personalized Photo Booth
A photo booth is a great way to entertain your guests at your wedding. People can strike a pose in between tearing it up on the dance floor, and the printed photos make for a fun wedding-day souvenir or favor! However, the average photo booth rental STARTS at $550—hardly a great price point for couples on a budget.
If you don’t want to spend so much on a photo booth rental, don’t worry. There is a low-cost alternative. Instead of getting a traditional photo booth, set up your own in the reception space with a Polaroid camera and someone willing to snap photos. A creative background of streamers, balloons, or a decorative wallpaper will make the space stand out. Of course, don’t forget the props! Gather what you have from past Halloween costumes and print out fun images for your guests to hold, like mustaches or thought bubbles, gluing them to wooden dowels for free props that will leave all your guests in stitches.
3. Kids’ Activity Books
One of the most difficult parts of choosing wedding entertainment is finding something kids will like. After all, weddings are pretty boring from a kid’s perspective; they involve a lot of sitting still and watching grown-ups talk. Keep the kids at your soiree occupied by giving them a little activity book as their wedding favor!
The internet is chocked full of kids’ activity pages you can download and print out. Seriously, there’s everything from coloring pages to crossword puzzles – all you need to do is print them out and staple them together. Throw a mini-pack of crayons their way and presto: you have instant kids entertainment! Not only will your little guests love this little treat, but their parents will also be very thankful you thought of this little detail.
4. Heirloom Bouquet Embellishments
Of course, you won’t be able to find every wedding detail on some DIY blog. Some of them will have to come from your nearest and dearest—and these details will bring some additional significance to this very special day. Talk to your friends and family and look for ways they can add some unique flair to your wedding décor or fashion. This will connect your loved ones to the wedding in a new, very special way.
One easy way to add meaningful details to your wedding is by dressing up the bride’s bouquet. Ask a parent, grandparent, or other loved one for a ribbon, piece of lace, or piece of jewelry that your florist can incorporate into the floral arrangement. This beautiful detail can be a great way to connect with a deceased relative, or even paying homage to your folks’ wedding day.
All these details will give your wedding extra flair, bringing the personalities of you and your partner right to the forefront. And best of all, these details won’t cost you extra money—so you can start saving up for that dream honeymoon!