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Getting married is one of the best memories of your life. Maybe part of the memories you want to make on your wedding day is a rustic theme. There is something amazing about having a rustic wedding. The only downside? If you’re not careful, it can be rather pricey. Check out these tips for a rustic wedding on a budget.
Rustic Wedding Ideas on a Budget
Get Creative with the Venue
Where you will probably save the most money is picking an excellent venue. Venues can get super expensive. In my opinion, if you plan on having a rustic wedding, choose the outdoors. While it may be kind of risky, you can also find a more affordable location when you’re looking outdoors. When getting married, there are no rules saying you HAVE to get married in a church or another particular location.
Look into your favorite local park or garden most of them require as little as $100 to have a wedding in them. Have a friend with a farm and a barn? This would make the perfect location for a wedding, and it would be a heck of a lot cheaper than renting a barn space and a lot more unique too.
One thing you should know about rustic weddings is that it may require a lot of DIY. That’s okay, right? As long as it turns out okay, DIY isn’t a bad thing. Whether you make the pictures or the décor, it’s going to look awesome.
Examples of DIY:
Signs should be hand written.
Centerpieces should be simple and hand done, normally including wildflowers and mason jars with tea lights. Burlap, lace, and twine are other great items for centerpieces.
Just remember you don't want to DIY everything because it will be contour productive and stress you out!
Utilize Nature as Much as Possible
Depending on what time of the year you plan on getting married, it’s amazing how much of nature you can use. Leaves, branches, trees, and anything else you can get your hands on will make an awesome addition to your rustic wedding.
You can even save money on wedding flowers by using wild flowers available if you are getting married in the warmer months.
Watch Your Guest List
This goes without saying, but the larger your guest list, the more expensive your wedding will be. The fewer people you invites you can save on invitations, and rsvp cards. The fewer people that come means you can save on food, tables, and more. Also bigger venues that hold more people cost more money. The smaller your guest list, the smaller the venue you need and the cheaper it will be.
Timing is Everything
Spring and Summer are the most popular times to get married, so they will also cost more. If you can make your plan work for fall or even winter you can save money that way. Also keep in mind Saturday is the most popular day of the week to get married. When planning my wedding, I found that if we got married on a Wednesday, the venue we wanted was half price!!
Think About Your Food
Following the above tip think about this, having an evening wedding means serving dinner and that is more expensive. Think about an early afternoon or mid-morning wedding. You can serve brunch which is the cheapest meal, or if you go midafternoon, you can skip a meal and do finger foods and snacks.
Put a Twist on Your Bar
Skip the expensive alcohol and do an ice cream bar or if it's cold out a hot chocolate bar. Even having an alcohol bar where the guest pay will cost you money so keep that in mind.
Details are Everything
When planning a rustic wedding on a budget, it’s not about the money, but the details. Instead of spending thousands of dollars, you want to reuse what you can. It's all about using what you have in a new way and keeping close to nature. This leave lots of room to skip the expensive items in a wedding and go for cheaper alternatives!
Get Everyone on Board
One of the best ways to pull off a rustic wedding on a budget is by calling in the troops. Mom, dad, best friends, cousins and anyone that is willing to help. Ask people for props they might not be using. Ask people for their help and their knowledge. Maybe dad can put his woodworking skills to use and help you create something rusticly awesome for the wedding.
Don't overlook anyone with unique skills! Got a florist in the family ask them to help with flowers, or at the very least for a discount! Maybe you have a baker then is willing to make your cake for you or you might even find your wedding photographer in your brother's girlfriend!
Don't forget to ask to borrow things. Does you mom have a beautiful decor item you would love to use? Just ask! Is your sister or best friend getting married a few months before you? Ask what items you can borrow from her wedding to save money!
Search Garage Sale Sites
I’m telling you if you want to have an awesome rustic wedding on a budget, keep an eye on these garage sale sites. It’s amazing what people are trying to get rid of these days at an excellent price. You can even buy stuff and upcycle it!
Sad to say someone's wedding plan might have fallen through and you could score an awesome deal on some items you still need to get. Always keep an eye on the sale sites.
Get Cashback – Remember when you shop online for wedding items (and even in store!) use Ebates for cashback. They even have special wedding cashback offers!
What are some tips you’d add to this list?
More ways to have a frugal wedding
Looking for even more ways to save on your wedding? Check out my book, How to Have Your Dream Wedding for Under $1,500! It's filled with tons of great tips ideas and suggestions that will allow you to have the wedding of your dreams on any budget!
I am a mom to 5 kids, homeschool mom, blogger, social media junkie, Frugalista, Book Worm, and Closet Want-to-be Chef. We are a Roadschool family (homeschooling on the road while traveling fulltime).
I grew up learning ways to save from my mom and grandma. I started my own coupon journey when my first child was born in 2009 and started the blog on 2010 when baby #2 was born to share my tips with everyone who kept asking about how I was getting diapers for $1 a pack!
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