If you are planning your dream wedding, don’t let the doom of mounting expenses rain on your parade. You can have a picture perfect occasion at a fraction of the cost. The trick? Ditch conventional planning and become a resourceful, tech-savvy bride.
Business Insider suggests how to cut down your wedding expenses using modern day technology.
Skip the paper invitations. Ornate paper wedding invites can be expensive! Rather than paying to have them printed and mailed, opt for Evites. Electronic invitations are cheaper (some free!), faster, and guarantee no one’s invitation will be “lost in the mail.”
Let your bridesmaids rent their dresses. Realistically, bridesmaid’s dresses spend the remainder of their days in the back of a closet. So rather than having the women pay for their dress, look to dress rental services. The bride can pick the dresses a few months in advance, and then the bridesmaids receive their dress in the mail two weeks before the wedding.
Rent your rehearsal dinner dress. Similar to the bridesmaid’s dresses, consider renting for the rehearsal dinner as well. These online rental services give you access to designer dresses ranging in style from cocktail to black-tie. This is a cost effective alternative that lets you wear the dresses you’ve been ogling on the red carpet.
Smartphone wedding planner. Wedding planners are costly, so a great way to save money on your wedding is doing the planning yourself. While this may seem daunting, there are now apps that help you organize all aspects of the planning process.
DJIY. “DJ It Yourself” rather than hiring a DJ and paying them by the hour. Instead, play your own iPod or other MP3 player and control your music. Oftentimes, there’s an “app for that” that will let you control the music with ease.
Be your own florist. Flower arrangements can cost thousands of dollars, especially if you choose more expensive flowers. So rather than hiring a florist to pick and arrange your flowers, do it yourself!
Buy someone else’s wedding. Unfortunately, thousands of weddings are canceled each year. Many of the couples had already put down deposits on venues and vendors. Online services allow you to purchase a contract another couple had at a fraction of the original price.
To read the full article, visit http://www.businessinsider.com/ways-to-cut-wedding-costs-2013-6.