If you or your partner live for crafting, now is the time to shine. With hundreds of small details to consider — table settings, name tags, floral arrangements, invitations, party favors — you have a boundless opportunity to put your own personal stamp on your wedding. Break out the glue gun and call in the bridal party for support. Making your own centerpieces, bouquets or party favors can be a great way to save (and get some quality time with your loved ones). And if you plan to serve alcohol at your wedding, a DIY bar setup can spare you one of the most expensive wedding bills. Just be sure to check with the venue to ensure you’re able to BYOB.
It might not sound glamourous on the surface, but a few carefully curated thrift finds like outfits, furniture and decorations can be great additions to your big day and can save you thousands. Designer clothes, antiques and crystalware can be found in thrift stores and marketplaces locally and online – just be sure to start your shopping early (patience and consistency are key to scoring big). You might fall in love with something that would have been totally off your radar or out of reach with retail pricing.