How to Save Money on Your Wedding with Windy City Live!
The dress is one item with a huge range in budget- from free (yes, free!) to tens of thousands of dollars, this is an area you can definitely save money.
- Borrow from a friend or family member- love your cousin's gown? Ask if you can borrow it!
- Rent one!- Rent the Runway makes it possible to rent your wedding dress! Want to get it for free? Give friends $20 off their first order, and you'll get $20 off a minimum purchase of $60.00 after it ships. Rack up the referrals and your dress is free!
The nha khan gown I wore on the segment retails for $945, but you can rent it for only $150 at Rent the Runway! Here is the link to start renting: get $20 off your first rental!
Food and beverage accounts for about 50% of most wedding budgets. Want to slash this percentage? Here are a some ways around blowing your budget on the booze!
- Find a venue that allows you to bring in your own alcohol (no mark-up/free booze!)
- Swap the expensive champagne for a less expensive prosecco! We conducted a taste test between Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label ($42.99) and La Marca Prosecco ($11.99); Val preferred the prosecco in a blind taste test!!
- Binny’s lets you return all unopened purchases, so don't hesitate to buy what you need and return the rest
- Free online templates to print your own
- Make table numbers out of a painted wine bottle & contact paper
- Use mini chalkboards
- Pain a clothespin and write the table number on a gift tag
- Use an embossing tool to embellish to look more professional
- Use Christmas lights and wrap around trees/icicle lights from branches
- Put candles in mason jars, spaghetti jars, pickle jars, etc.. Wrap them with lace, raffia, ribbons or burlap!
- I made my own cake stands using glasses and platters from the Dollar Store and glued them together. I then ordered cakes from Sam’s Club with our monogram on them and put on each table instead of one big cake DIY Cake Stand
- Grow your own or pick wildflowers; my mom grew big pots of annuals to place around my ceremony location (I forgot my bouquet for photos and cut hydrangeas from our yard to use)
- Grab them after a holiday from a church/baptism/etc…
- Make your own tissue paper or fabric flowers
- Share flowers with another bride that weekend
|Photo: Tom Kachadurian|
- Use the app WedPics to set up a free account where guests can upload photos
- Use a hashtag for your wedding and create an “InstaBooth” as opposed to paying for a photo booth Hashtag signs
- Download and use the FREE Tengi app and win money! App is the only messaging app to give away money to users; they give away 50% of ad revenue in the form of prizes to their users
- Message globally for free- we had a groomsman in Ireland and a bridesmaid in Italy for our wedding and it would have been so much easier to use this app to communicate
- Megan Estrada of North Shore Weddings & Events gave me a lot of insider tips; she has received many awards from Make It Better, The Knot and more
- Hire a Wedding Planner for FREE Example- they can recommend a less well-known $4,000 photographer vs. a popular $10,000 photographer and save you $6,000; they can also find less expensive venues, vendors, etc… and can save you enough money to cover their cost (so, FREE wedding planner)