Budget Bride Tip for June 9: Feed your guests wedding cake from Costco. When Allie Gruner and Quinn Keogh planned their April 7 wedding and reception at The Foundry in Lake Oswego, Ore., they realized that last on their list of priorities was a “huge, expensive” wedding cake.
Budget Bride Tip for June 22: Skip the champagne toast. When Angela and Walter Grauer realized how much a champagne toast would set them back for their Sept. 10, 2011, wedding at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wis., they decided to skip it altogether.
Budget Bride Tip for June 17: Take a pass on gift bags. Claire Zulkey and Steve Delahoyde invited a long list of out-of-town guests to their Oct. 11, 2008, wedding in Evanston, Ill. But when those guests checked into their hotel, there were no gift bags waiting for them. Claire, a writer, and her fiancé, Steve, a filmmaker, decided not to make them.
Budget Bride Tip for June 23: Let guests pour their own drinks. Marisa McClellan and Scott McNulty saved a bundle on wedding costs when the bride decided to make the wedding cakes for their September 29, 2009, wedding. But they saved even more by making the bar a DIY affair.
Budget Bride Tip for June 8: Hold down the guest list. Limiting their guest list allowed Monica and Ted Hastings to book their Sept. 11, 2011, wedding at the Sculpture Garden at the Baltimore Museum of Art, an institution near to their home and dear to their hearts.
Budget Bride Tip for June 27: Wear a bridesmaid dress instead of a wedding gown. Still, Michele wanted to feel “bridal.” A friend suggested she try on bridesmaid dresses that could be ordered in ivory instead. “I was surprised at the selection of bridesmaids dresses that looked like bridal gowns at a fraction of the cost,” Michele says.