How to Save Money for your Dream Wedding


It’s finally happening! You’re getting married, and you couldn’t be happier. But as soon as your elation wears off, you are faced with the dread of reality – weddings are really expensive. It’s true, weddings are notoriously overpriced and it can be very difficult for a young couple to save up the money to have their dream wedding.

Luckily, there are ways to offset that cost, cut back, or save up just in time for your big day. From finding new streams of income to temporarily tightening your belt, here is how you can save money for your dream wedding.

Borrow from friends and family

Asking for money is never comfortable, but some things are worth it, and your dream wedding is one of them. There are a few things that should make you feel better about this: first, this is a loan, so you are fully prepared to pay all this money back. If you make that perfectly clear from the beginning and even establish some repayment terms, you have a better chance of getting people to help you.

Second of all, it’s often better to borrow from friends and family, if you have the possibility than from a bank. The latter is not likely to understand if you need more time to repay or if you need to adjust the repayment installments slightly, because of difficult times. There is some room for negotiation, but nothing beats the interest rate from family, which will hopefully be 0%.

Cut back on your expenses

This may be common sense, but if you’re organizing and saving up for a wedding, then it’s best if you tighten the belt a bit and try to cut back on some expenses, in your daily life. It’s not easy even in the best of times, but it’s a temporary sacrifice and a necessary move. Here are some ways you can save some money here and there and add it all to your growing wedding fund:

Pack your coffee and lunch from home – your Starbucks coffee habit is costing you dearly, as are the daily restaurant lunches. Temporarily preparing these from home will save you a considerable amount every week.

Try to quit smoking – this is easier said than done, but it’s so worth trying. It’s primarily for the health benefits, of course, but the cost is significant, and it would really help if you were able to add that money to your fund.

Go out less frequently – going out is great, but it’s also extremely pricy. You can organize gatherings at home and have just as much fun for little to no cost. Have everyone bring something and put Netflix on. Done!

Shop less – the latest fashions may be calling your name, but you must be strong and ignore their siren songs. Put the breaks on shopping for a while, at least until after the wedding.

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Do some work on the side

If your regular wages don’t allow you to save a bit here and there, then it’s time to bring in more money. And while getting promoted or looking for a better paying job is a difficult and time-consuming process, there is another way: getting a side job.

Don’t be intimidated; this doesn’t have to be too difficult, and it actually doesn’t even have to take up too much of your time. There are all kinds of jobs you can do online nowadays, from the comfort of your home:

Blogging – do you have a special passion? Are you an expert in a certain niche? Are you just an interesting person with a lot to say? Give blogging a try, and your hobby will be bringing in some extra bucks in no time.

Proofreading – if you’re literate, you are already qualified for the job. All you need to do is proofread people’s books, essays, articles, etc. when you have some extra time. You can even do this in the back of your Uber. Perfect!

Essay writing – it may have been a while since you were last in school, but the knowledge hasn’t gone anywhere; why not put it to good use by helping a kid out with their essay? They pay well and it doesn’t hurt anyone.

Online tutoring – if you have a webcam, you may just have a new job. You can tutor kids and adults alike in any subject from English to Math, and you can do it at home.

Responding to surveys – this one is super easy for when you’re bored or stuck in some waiting room, somewhere. It doesn’t cost a thing, but it pays you for the effort.

Watching videos – this one is super easy, as it doesn’t actually require any effort. You literally just watch videos and get paid for it. You can even leave them on in the background while you do something else.

Ask for money in lieu of gifts

Some people are touchy about money and weddings, while in other cultures, getting money as a gift is perfectly normal. Some couples even take it a step further and provide links and bank accounts for honeymoon funds or other financial goals that they’d like their guests to contribute towards.

Look, at the end of the day, most people getting married nowadays are proper adults and have been living on their own, or as a couple, for years. That means that they most likely have a properly equipped home and don’t need traditional wedding gifts. What they can always use, though, is money.

With that in mind, don’t be afraid to explain that to your loved ones and set up a fund they can contribute to. Every little help, so whatever they can afford to gift will be well received, and your house won’t be cluttered by 13 blenders you don’t need.

DIY where you can

If all else fails, the savior of all betrothed couples is DIY. No matter what your dream wedding looks like in your head, you can probably find some elements that can be improvised, handmade, or DIY-ed by someone with a bit of creative flair.

You wouldn’t believe how much money you may be able to save if you take matters into your own hands (literally!) and take care of some of your to-do lists by yourself. There are all kinds of things you can do:

*Favors for guests can be a beautiful photo of the bride and groom, maybe even in a handmade frame; something decorative also works here, like a painted glass, something signed by both the bride and groom, a flower that can be dried and kept, etc.

*There is no need to hire a florist; you can very well arrange the flowers yourself, with a bit of help from your close family or friends. In fact, if fresh flowers are too expensive, you can even make paper flowers to use, instead. They can be made from colored paper or old books and newspapers, save even more money, and recycle!

*Obviously, the music can be pre-approved by you and compiled into a playlist – no DJ or live band necessary. You can even ask a cousin to be in charge, in order to avoid any issues.

*Do you have an aunt who makes excellent cakes and pastries? Why not ask her to bake your cake? She will be honored to play such a big part in this very special day.

*If you’re having a summer wedding or weather isn’t a concern, you can even save money on the venue by having your wedding outdoors! Park weddings are beautiful, and the pictures will be gorgeous against a natural backdrop.


There is no getting around the fact that weddings are expensive – too expensive, most of the time. It’s understandable that not everyone has the disposable income to spend on a lavish wedding. But that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t have the wedding of your dreams. There are all sorts of tips and tricks you can employ to cut costs, save money, or even make more money to put towards your big day. Congratulations, and have a beautiful wedding!

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Ruchi Verma

Certified parenting teen practitioner, multiple Award winner, mother of two active kids believes in sharing the right source of information to readers which could help them in every possible way!!

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  1. Noor Anand Chawla

    These are wonderful tips to save money for your wedding. I also feel that we should spread the message of having less ostentatious weddings now that people can afford more easily.

  2. I like no fuss plans and expensive weddings are such a waste of money.But each to their own I suppose.Good tips here

  3. Great tips to save money, I am married now and these tip I will share with my sister.

  4. I’m not sure of the idea of borrowing for ones wedding. I think it’s better to stick to one’s budget or save money through one of the tips mentioned above 🙂

  5. Such a wonderful tips, I highly feel we shouldn’t extravagant wedding and spend all our earnings

  6. Quite informative and good tips given by you.We all must learn to manage our finances well in-order to make that once in a lifetime moment enjoyable and memorable.

  7. Money is the most important part of any marriage, and using it in better way and saving it for important is really important. These tips are really helpful for saving mobey in wedding.

  8. These are amazing ways to save up some bucks for your big day. In fact they are useful for every day life too.

  9. Wedding is a huge affair in Indian society and nah bhi karna chaho fir bhi bahot kharcha hota he hai and in such times you can’t think straight. Money just flows out but if we have made a reservoir we will be able to utilize it better

  10. Never knew about getting paid from watching videos 😀 do you know of any trusted platform?

  11. Really great suggestions you have penned down, while everyone tries to have an elaborate wedding I think it’s good to always budget things and work around what’s best.
    Kim Paradise – MumFLIX

  12. Omg these are some great tips. I wish I had read this before I had gotten married. I will share this with my friends.

  13. Wow, I could have never thought of these ideas to save money. I wish I had read this post a few years back. Great post!

  14. Weddings are such an extravagant affair in our culture. These are some good tips to make it pocket friendly.

  15. Marriage is a special occasion for every person. For a dream wedding you need a lot of money and your post helps anyone to think from all angles how you can do your best to save for your D-Day.

  16. This was an interesting read. My thoughts on dream wedding have changed with time, simplicity over pomp and show.

  17. Thieves quite informative . We should all learn on how to manage and invest finance in a right way..

  18. These are some great tips Ruchi, yes delegating work to close family members ensures it is done swiftly and fairly.

  19. These all are so doable things but we either hesitate or don’t give them importance. Cutting back and DIY whatever we can are good tips.

  20. These are nice points you have mentioned. Wedding is everyne’s dream and saving up for it makes sense.

  21. Do you really support saving and then splurging tonnes of wealth on a typical big fat Indian wedding?

  22. Weddings in India are quite expensive and yes one needs to plan for them. Intelligent investing, cost-cutting and alternative income generation avenues are ways to plan for this.

  23. This is very information, both how one can save. Or how one can plan and save for big day.. Lovely reading this article. Helps me plan my big day.

  24. Wedding is the biggest event of your life and it will come once in lifetime. So one should plan properly for it. Saving money for wedding nerds proper planning as well. Such a useful post it is.

  25. These are some really helpful and informative tips for people who are planning to get married.

  26. Weddings really ate expensive, and some these tips are so cute. Specially cutting back on the smoking part ?

  27. This is truely a helpful post! Weddings are expensive! And these tips for saving the money are very practical!

  28. You have highlighted some great pointers here .I also feel that’s it’s important to cut down the expenses we spend in the wedding rituals

  29. Cutting back on expenses does help a lot. Not just for saving for wedding but post wedding shenanigans too. Great tips in here 🙂

  30. These are really good tips and yes, it is only for a short while that one needs to follow these in order to save for their dream wedding and enjoy that experience.
    I agree that not eating out and those coffee outings are definitely a huge save!

  31. That’s really an awesome list of ways to save money for your wedding. I think it can be applied on other life purpose as well. Great article. Loved it!

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