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Low Budget Weddings
Tips for Fairy Tale Weddings under $5,000

Today's brides and couples are always looking for ways to have low budget weddings and still create their fairy tale wedding dreams. And that's the mission of Low Budget Fairy Tale Weddings, to share our experiences, research, ideas and the ideas of others to help make your dream wedding come true.

Maybe you've always dreamed of walking down the aisle in a gorgeous Cinderella wedding gown. All of your friends and family there to share in the excitement. You and your attendants holding beautiful bouquets and your ring bearer with the satiny pillow. fairy-tale-newlyweds

Then you dream about your reception. Beautiful wedding favors and place card holders decorating the guests' tables. The band or DJ introducing the wedding party. Your First Dance. The Dollar Dance. The excitement and fun of all of your friends and family being there.

But wait...that all costs a fortune, doesn't it?

No! It doesn't have to! If you start planning early and use our tips for low budget weddings, you can have your fairy tale wedding from start to finish - wedding gown and ceremony through reception - for a fraction of the cost - and make it your day to remember.

I found out from helping my daughter plan her fairy tale wedding that a beautiful wedding can be done on a very small budget. She wore the gown she dreamed of, had four bridesmaids, flower girl and ring bearer, live band, caterer, the whole nine yards. We spent under $3,500 total, from start to finish.

By planning early and keeping to her schedule, her little girl fantasy wedding came true! And we didn't break the bank doing it.

When I decided I wanted a large, more traditional affair for our wedding anniversary, I started early and did a lot of research online - and kept all of my notes to compile them into the same low budget wedding tips that I used to keep our entire event at our $5,000 budget!

Now, I do need to point out that your guest list size is important to manage so you can stick to your budget and keep it low. It costs money to mail out hundreds of invitations, find a large enough venue and feed all those people.

The examples I used for my daughter's wedding, my cousin's wedding and my own all had guest lists under 150 people, including the wedding party and DJs.

But even with a larger guest list, you can still save a lot of money by looking at other low budget weddings and using their tips and ideas for table centerpieces, decorations, favors, wedding gowns, and bouquets. If you save a lot of money in those areas, you can put the savings toward a larger guest list and a professional invitation printer if you want.

Low budget weddings are a reality when you start early and use a little creativity and you'll have the money for your dream honeymoon or your first house instead of thousands of bills to start off your new life together.



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