We all know that planning a wedding can be stressful, but it can also stress the bank account. There are still some simple ways to help cut costs that won’t look inexpensive, but you also won’t break the bank!

Rent your bridesmaid dresses

When it comes to bridesmaid dresses there is a lot of mixed reporting on who should be paying for them. Regardless of who pays, it’s money that can add up quickly. If you are paying for them, that’s a lot of dresses you’re buying that you’ll never wear. If they are buying them, they still have a lot of other financial obligations (hair, makeup, showers, bachelorette parties, etc). Consider renting the dresses. It’s becoming more and more popular. Sites like www.vowtobechic.com and www.renttherunway.com are becoming more and more popular to get designer gowns for a fraction of the cost.

Rent your own too!

Speaking of renting, what about renting your gown? You can get more bang for your buck by renting, and you don’t have to worry about spending possibly thousands of dollars on a dress you wear maybe twice (pictures and the actual big day). Rent The Runway has bridal options too! Maybe you don’t want to rent; maybe altering mom’s might be the way to go!

Do something besides a cake

Let them eat cake, or maybe not? Wedding cakes are crazy expensive, and you usually end up with cake for days. Why not try something different? Cupcakes and macarons have become very popular. I even just saw gelato; (that’s what they got on their first date!) Don’t be afraid to break the mold on this one.

Save on cake

Have to have that five-tiered showstopper of a cake? Try it in buttercream rather than fondant and trade sugar flowers for actual flowers (they’re a fraction of the cost and just as lovely).

Have to have a designer wedding dress?

Shop at a salon’s sample sale to score it at 20 to 90 percent off the original cost.

Think beyond chicken and fish

BBQ or a hog roast are two of our favorite options here at the ranch.  They’ll both save you money and make your guests happy.

Don’t offer endless alcohol options

Beer and wine is the way to go.  It’s cheaper, people won’t drink as much and less chance of guests getting a little cray cray.

Try to cut back on the small fees that really add up.

Save on delivery fees, if you have anyone who can pick up flowers, dessert, etc.

Choose a venue that doesn’t need much decor

The barn is beautiful all by itself.  It doesn’t take much decorating (in other words much money) to make it ready for your wedding day!  If you’ve already booked with us then good job you smart person you!

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