Wedding Trends for Style and Budget

April 19, 2011

in Jewelry, Wedding Budget

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Planning a wedding these days can be an expensive affair. From the engagement ring to the reception, weddings can be pricey. Instead of pushing back your wedding date in order to save more, try to work with the budget you have and the different ways you can cuts costs. There are some trends emerging that can help you save money on your wedding, without cutting the expectancy of style:

Alternative Gems for the Engagement Ring

Diamonds are expensive. Instead of choosing a diamond engagement ring, consider setting a different gemstone. My sister-in-law’s engagement ring features a large center stone, with her birthstone, flanked by two smaller gems — her husband’s birthstone. I have three small gemstones in my ring: one conflict-free diamond with an emerald on either side. Other gemstones are often less expensive. (If you don’t mind the expense, though, you can get different colored diamonds, including pink, blue and even black diamond engagement rings. Be creative, and celebrate your uniqueness by choosing a gemstone other than a diamond.

Email Invitations

Many couples are choosing to email invitations to their weddings, rather than mailing them. It’s even possible to set up a web page, for little to no expense, where those attending can RSVP instantly. Send an email invitation with a link to your wedding blog, web page, Facebook page to receive RSVPs. You can also include a link to your bridal registry.

When you send out email wedding invitations, you save a great deal on printing costs. By the time you print out all the pictures, the reservations, and the little cards for the RSVPs and registry information, it starts to add up. Not to mention buying the envelopes and paying for postage. With the email, you are saving quite a bit. Best of all, you can let guests know that you are doing it because you are “going green.” You can help the planet while helping your pocketbook.

Go Casual

Instead of renting a fancy venue and requiring everyone to go black tie, many weddings these days are more casual. Last year, I attended a wedding where the bride wore a sundress and the groom wore a nice linen shirt and slacks. They held it outside, in their backyard. It was a simple ceremony, and we were all dressed in simple sundresses, jeans, and casual button down shirts. They served lemonade and beer, and simple pinwheel hors d’oeuvres. It was very relaxed, and we all enjoyed dancing on the lawn to music played from their computer, DJ’d by a friend. You can choose a more casual setting for your wedding, and that will save you quite a bit — especially if you choose to do it at someone’s home.


Another trend is eloping. Instead of sticking around and having a huge wedding with lots of people, you can elope. You can even consider inviting 5 to 10 people you are very close to, such as your parents. Eloping, though, can be a real money saver. You just have to pay the fee for a marriage license, and have a civil servant take care of it. You can spend more time focusing on each other, and less time worrying that everything is perfect. Plus, you don’t have to stress out about decorations and what everything is going to cost.

Wedding don’t have to be the account gouging monster that it can easily become if couples don’t watch their spending. Although it may seem like a great idea at the time to buy certain weddings addition, there are other ways to maintain your sense of style and make the wedding about you, instead of what you spend.

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Kim aka April 30, 2011 at 9:55 am

Good advice! Should I ever decide to get married again, I definitely plan to go casual, if not elope!


Heidi May 3, 2011 at 2:05 am

Eloping would be so much easier, but I did really enjoy my wedding 🙂


Alexis of NorthOnHarper May 2, 2011 at 12:50 am

My sister has a yellow diamond… perfect for her personality!


Heidi May 3, 2011 at 2:09 am

Colored diamonds are so pretty!


Wedding Trends Photo Booth Rental May 5, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Great Post! Heres another way to create a unique and memorable experience for guests of all ages! According to The Knot®, adding a photo booth to your event is one of the 10 ways to create a “WOW FACTOR” for your guests. “Photo Booth Latest Trend for Big Day” was the headline for a recent article on®. If you’ve ever been at an event with a photo booth you know why.


Heidi May 30, 2011 at 6:33 pm

I’ve written about these – I love the idea.


Carla October 28, 2011 at 6:15 am

Wedding preparation is not easy.You have to spend time and efforts to have your ideal event.I suggest to hire some consultant to have a better result.


Heidi October 29, 2011 at 1:39 am

Wedding planners can definitely help!


Camille Golden December 13, 2011 at 5:36 am

Hello Heidi,You made such a very wonderful page.You already reach page rank # 1 and i think your page got too many traffic 🙂


Angelo from Fusion Cleaning December 21, 2011 at 7:00 am

I guess hiring a wedding planner is one your best choice.They can coordinate with all of the things that was needed even without your presence.


Marga from custom home builders austin tx February 1, 2012 at 8:40 am

Don’t do that,eloping is not a good a idea.Ask your parents consent.


Nicole February 4, 2012 at 8:53 pm

For a unique wedding style, going casual is a good idea. Not everybody likes dressing up. I don’t like dressing up. Plus it is cheaper.


AJ December 13, 2012 at 2:16 pm

I love your recommendation for gemstones in the engagement ring vs diamonds, gemstones add color and brilliance, I esp love a sapphire as a center stone.


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