Your wedding day is one of the best days of your life…and looking at your wedding bill is one of the worst. On average, people spend $33,391 on their wedding according to The Knot’s 2017 Real Weddings Study. This number is tough to fathom, especially as you and your partner are trying to start a life together. 

You may think you would never spend 33K on a wedding. However, over 40% of couples underestimated how much they would spend on their wedding. As you start planning, you begin to notice all of the small details, added expenses, and hidden fees that pop up leaving you spending more than you planned.

If you are looking to save big, here are 3 tangible ways to cut your wedding cost down by thousands of dollars.

Tip #1 Send Evites

The first order of business when it comes to wedding planning is sending out invitations. But who says you need to mail out paper invites? It can cost anywhere from $200 to $800 for print invitations, depending on how many guests you are planning to invite. “I’ve seen brides pay much more and much less,” Katherine Hollensteiner of Cheree Berry Paper says.

 Skip this step, and go for paperless e-invites!

Added benefits:

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Saves you time
  • RSVPs are made simple
  • Less Hassle

Use services like Greenvelope and Evite to get started!

Tip #2 Minimal Flowers

Flowers can be the most expensive part of the wedding. You need a bridal bouquet, bridesmaids bouquets, boutonniere, table arrangements, flower girl basket, and the list goes on. Wedding planner, Tessa Lyn Brand, says her clients spend between $6,000 and $11,000 on wedding flowers alone. This leaves room for some serious saving strategies.

Florals to remove from your budget:

  • Bridesmaids bouquets (approx. $440 for four)
  • Groomsmen boutonnieres (approx. $72 for four)
  • Decorative floral arrangements (average of $300-$500)

Tip #3 Rent Your Wedding Attire

The Knot 2016 Real Weddings Study found that the average cost of wedding attire is $1,564 for a dress, $300 on accessories, and $300 for a tuxedo. That is a grand total of around $2,200 for clothes that you probably won’t ever wear again. That is why many couples are renting to save big on their wedding day attire!


  • Can rent a designer dress for cheaper than buying a non-designer dress
  • No dry cleaning necessary
  • You don’t need to find a place to store it after

Start looking with Rent The Runway and Borrowing Magnolia! Weddings don’t have to be expensive to be special. With just a few simple alterations you can save thousands! Are you planning a wedding? Let us know your best saving secret for the big day on social media!