A Guide to Being a Budget Bride

As you research your venue, vendors, and décor, don’t be afraid to think a little outside-of-the-box. 

Do you have any friends who are talented in a certain area and would be kind enough to lend their skill for your wedding? Some may consider doing this instead of buying you a wedding gift.

Maybe you have a friend who can do beautiful script or calligraphy and would hand address your envelopes or place cards

 My good friend Catie hand lettered all of the tags we used for place cards! I bought the tags and a white chalk pen and Catie blessed us greatly and saved us a ton of money by lettering all of our tags!

My good friend Catie hand lettered all of the tags we used for place cards! I bought the tags and a white chalk pen and Catie blessed us greatly and saved us a ton of money by lettering all of our tags!

A friend who is an aspiring photographer, videographer, or DJ may lend their skill just to gain experience and expand their portfolio

 A One Weddings Bride found a photographer who offered to do her engagement photos for free! The photographer was just interested in building his portfolio and gaining more experience photographing couples!

A One Weddings Bride found a photographer who offered to do her engagement photos for free! The photographer was just interested in building his portfolio and gaining more experience photographing couples!

If you or someone you know owns land, you might consider hosting your wedding on the property, or scouting the land for wildflowers to use as décor

The possibilities of DIY décor and cheap (or free!) vendors are endless when you think outside-of-the-box and aren’t afraid to ask for a little help from friends!

Also, don't be afraid to tell vendors your budget for their category and/or ask for a discount! Many vendors offer discounts for military or police affiliations. And, if you tell a vendor your budget in their category (say, $3000 for catering), you can ask them if they can do what you need for $3000. Often times, a vendor would rather have your business than lose it. If you tell a vendor the quote you received from another vendor in their category, they may offer to match or beat it! If you have a favorite bakery but got a lower quote from another, just ask if your favorite one will match the other quote! The worst a vendor can say is "no" and you may end up getting a great deal on your package!

Another great way to save money on your wedding is to work with a Wedding Planner! Hiring a Wedding Planner means there is someone else on your side to research vendors in your price range, help you stay on budget, and negotiate your contracts with vendors. Most Wedding Planners also have a network of other wedding professionals that they can call on for your wedding. Their long term relationships with other vendors will definitely be to your benefit when looking for a vendor in your price range.

At One Weddings, the Bride is our main focus and we will always keep your budget in mind. We never want a Bride to feel that working with a Wedding Planner for her big day is something she cannot afford. If you are interested in working with One Weddings and don't find exactly what you need from our packages, we are more than happy to customize one to fit your needs and budget.