Weddings on a Budget: Two Bright Lights:

Debbie & Matt

This is how all weddings on a budget should be done – frugal but fabulous! This gorgeous wedding in Estes Park, Colorado comes to us from Jenni Maroney Photography via Two Bright Lights.

The bride, Debbie, shared with BWTB readers some budget savvy tips that saved them some real cash – without sacrificing any fundamental part of the aspects of the wedding that were most important to them.

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“We had our wedding on a Monday – Our wedding was considered a “destination wedding” so we figured our guests were going to have to take off a day of work regardless if we had planned a Friday or a Monday wedding. Monday through Thursday weddings were even cheaper than Friday! It was also 08/09/10, which added a little something extra!

We ordered our wedding invitations online which actually saved us some money versus doing DIY wedding invitations. Invitations By Dawn had a few really good deals that couldn’t be beat. However, we did DIY ceremony programs and reception cards, using a Martha Stewart punch that made the edges of the paper look like lace.

We decided to make a donation to Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center in lieu of guest favors. Instead of spending the money on candy or little gifts, we wanted that money to go to a charity that meant something to both Matt and me (the donation was made in our guests name). This didn’t save us any money per se, but it was a much better use of it.

We also saved money on the rehearsal dinner by having an outdoor picnic. We had chips, cookies, and sub sandwiches for the guests to eat and outdoor games for the guests to play, like corn hole and frisbee.”

As you can see, not only was this a gorgeous wedding, it was thoughtfully planned out to reflect what was most important to Debbie and Matt. This savvy bride’s top wedding on a budget tip: One of the biggest and *best* ways to cut some serious cash off your bottom line is to have your wedding on an “off day.” Depending on your venue, this can automatically shave thousands of dollars off the top. Thousands of dollars which can be used (if you choose) on other items of priority such as catering, music, photography, etcetera. The “off day” is one of my most favorite weddings on a budget tip.

The bride and groom also opted for one of my most favorite reception “non-traditions” – a donation to your favorite charity in lieu of favors. Debbie is correct in saying it may not necessarily save you any money, but it’s a much more useful and meaningful way to thank your guests for being a part of your special day.

What a truly beautiful wedding on a budget – thank you Debbie and Matt for sharing!!