Saving money on your wedding means breaking it down by category and tackling each section separately. Trying to see the big picture on a small budget can be overwhelming. Figure out your budget for each section of the wedding (check out my post on wedding expenses if you want help) and then start going through ways you can save money in each section separately.
One of the ways you can save money is by taking inventory of your “wedding assets”. Wedding assets are things and people that can help you with your wedding free of charge. It is easy to overlook these, but they are important. They can also be one of the greatest ways you will save money on your wedding.
Do you have a friend or family member who can take pictures? Are they willing to be your photographer? For the cost of a gift and developing fees you can have your photographs.
Do you have a friend or family member who has a band or DJ? This is another good place to save money.
You may also want to look for friends or family members willing to help you with the food, cake, or flowers.
Wedding assets do not have to be friends and family members; they can also be objects. If you are an active flower gardener then those flowers can be a huge money saving wedding asset. A friend who purchased centerpieces for her wedding may be willing to loan them to you. A grandmother with a wedding gown may want to loan it to you for sentimental purposes.
It never hurts to ask! Take note of your wedding assets and you can save a lot of money!
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