As I started planning my wedding, I realized there are many ways to spend the wedding budget. After prioritizing where we wanted to spend our money (catering & photography), we started looking at where we could cut costs. There are many areas to cut costs without cutting into your overall style and theme of the wedding.
Here are some that I thought worked well for us.
1. DIY paper projects - color coordinate, plan a little in advance what you need and buy cardstock, paper and envelopes in bulk to save a few extra bucks!: Save-the-Dates, Invitations, Table names/numbers, Menu cards, Framed Program (in lieu of individual programs), Seating chart, Thank you cards.
2. DIY centerpieces
3. DIY ring pillow
(Made from the left over scraps of my wedding dress that had to be hemmed & a silk flower that came with the wrapping of an early wedding gift from a friend! So, look around and see what you have to use.)
4. DIY card box
5. DIY Cupcake stand
Tips on DIY-ing:
-Keep it simple: This way the final product will look semi-professionally done.
-Use what you have & Be creative: Visit the craft store, look around to see what you have left over (ie: My ring pillow was make from scraps of my wedding dress returned to me by my seamstress after cut the hem and flowers from my bridal shower gifts).
-Be patient & know that it may take a couple of tries: We took our cake stand apart and reinforced with with dowels inside to make it a sturdier stand.
More projects & details in my PW bio: http://www.projectwedding.com/biography/list/38chi/my-diy-projects-ongoing
Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have more questions!