Marriage is an extremely exciting time. In fact, for many, it’s the day they’ve been dreaming about since they were a small child. However, weddings aren’t all romance and fairytales. Rather, a wedding requires the planning and execution of thousands of small details. And with these small details come a number of unforeseen costs.
Indeed, getting married can be expensive. In fact, in 2012, the average cost of a wedding reception alone was $13,106. And with added costs of catering, dresses, and more, expenses can mount quickly. Luckily, there are ways to have the wedding of your dreams without having to empty your savings account entirely, and the best way is the DIY wedding.
Thanks to websites such as Pinterest, and social platforms like Instagram and Tumblr, brides and grooms-to-be can now pull from a breadth of inspirational resources to craft the wedding of their dreams. And indeed, crafting and making certain elements of your wedding on your own can significantly cut down costs. Here’s how to have a DIY wedding that is both elegant and inspired:
Have a Backyard Wedding
With the right tent rental, outdoor wedding dance floor, and decorations, having a backyard party for your dream wedding is entirely possible. Tent rentals and accessories for tents create an instant transformation, making a simple backyard into the wedding of your dreams. This will significantly cut the cost of your wedding.
Create Your Own Flower Arrangements
Flowers add an instant touch of beauty, glamour and romance to any wedding, but usually come at a high price. However, buying and arranging your own bouquets is a simple and fun way to cut down wedding costs. When designing your own flower arrangements, be sure to keep the flowers seasonal, as it will be less expensive and more easily available.
Opt For a Cookie Table
Across the U.S., many states have cookie table traditions at weddings. For cookie tables, members of the bride and groom’s family come together weeks and months before the wedding, making countless flavors of delicious cookies for the wedding. A cookie table provides a sentimental touch that also leaves a variety of delicious treats for guests that they can take home as favors!