Wedding costs have a knack of adding up rather quickly. Instead of getting overwhelmed by thinking about the cost of your wedding, remember that you can totally have a perfect, picturesque wedding without spending your entire life savings. Here, we’ve compiled a list of 7 easy things you can do to help keep you within your wedding budget!

1. Trim your guest list

You have tons of family and friends you really want to invite to your wedding, but you probably have some people on your list that you could consider taking off. Although you want everyone at your wedding, trimming the guest list even a little bit can save you a lot of money! A good way to avoid awkwardness in choosing who to “cut,” is to refrain from inviting a whole group of potential guests, such as friends’ children, co-workers, or casual plus-ones. Fewer guests means a smaller venue, and less food and drinks. While this isn’t the only way to cut costs, it is definitely something to consider.

2. Simplify your invitations

Your invitations are important, but if you make them too fancy, prices can add up quickly. Top-quality paper, colored inks, and decorative envelopes all contribute to the cost of invitations. Also, keep in mind the size of your invitations–try to keep them lightweight to cut down on postage costs! It might not seem like simplifying your invitations would save that much money, but these small costs really do add up.


3. Order a smaller cake

Be practical in your choice of wedding cake. If you want a traditional cake, order a simple one that looks just how you want it. In addition to this cake, you can serve simple sheet cakes, a variety of cupcakes, or even provide a dessert bar. Not only will this cut costs, but your guests will appreciate having options for dessert! If you really want to have an elegant, large wedding cake, consider giving out pieces of the cake as your wedding favors!


4. Use your guests for photography

Photography is undoubtedly a huge wedding cost! While you definitely want a photographer for the ceremony itself, consider having your guests be the photographers at your reception so that you don’t have to have the photographer there. Guests will be taking plenty of photos anyway, so you might as well take advantage of this. If you know certain guests have high-quality cameras, ask them to take them along to the reception and take photos. You could even assign guests different pieces of the reception or time frames in which they are “the photographer” so they don’t feel the pressure of taking photos all night. You can also have guests upload or send photos from their phones to you.


5. Be mindful about your venue choice

Your venue (or venues) will be some of the first decisions you make in planning your wedding. That being said, it’s easy to choose an expensive venue because you will be doing this before spending tons of money elsewhere. When choosing venues, try to choose places that have natural decorations already built-in to save money on decorating. For your reception, keep your eyes peeled for a place that will already have essentials, such as tables and chairs, provided. These individual pieces will add up if you rent them from outside sources. Another great way to save money on your venues is to choose one place that can work for both the ceremony and the reception.


6. DIY as much as possible

Get your bridesmaids or other girlfriends together for some craft nights! Not only will this be great bonding time, but it will also save you a lot of money on decorations. Making your own decorations, centerpieces, and even favors, can be a lot of fun and definitely puts a personal touch on everything. Your girlfriends will be more than willing to get together and help, so you might as well take advantage of it!

7. Skip the open bar

Open bars can contribute a lot of unnecessary costs to your reception. Instead of providing everything, consider keeping your bar to just wine and beer. Or consider offering one or two “signature cocktails” instead of offering any cocktail. Buying your own alcohol, if possible, is also usually cheaper than buying it from the venue. Another way to save money on alcohol is to pour your bridal party their first glass of wine and use this for the champagne toast instead of expensive champagne.

There is no denying that you will have to spend a good amount of money on your wedding. However, there are a lot of easy ways to save money, while still keeping your wedding just as picture-perfect as you’ve always imagined it! It’s important to remember that even the smallest budget cuts will add up in the end, which will leave you thankful you put in that extra effort! For more helpful tips and tricks in planning your wedding, visit


This post was written by Ring Cam blogger, Monika DeWitt