9 Budget Friendly Wedding Ideas

When your wedding day comes, you want everything to be perfect. But you also have a certain budget that you need to stick to. One doesn’t cancel out the other, so you can still have a perfect wedding day on a budget. You just have to get a little creative. And here are nine budget-friendly wedding ideas to help you with that.

Engagement Ring Options

It all starts with the engagement and you don’t need to buy a diamond ring. Instead, you can opt for rubies, emeralds, and other precious stones. If you want to buy a diamond engagement ring on a budget, try smaller stones.

Switch from the Traditional Saturday

One budget-friendly wedding idea is to switch from the traditional wedding day, which is Saturday. Instead, choose a Friday or a Sunday. The venues and vendors are likely to have cheaper prices for those days.

Even cheaper is the option for a weekday wedding. It makes the whole thing so much more affordable. The only downside is that some guests may not be able to get the time off, so you have to expect that a few friends or family members won’t be able to attend.

Explore Different Venues

Venues cost a lot of money. But you can try to organize the whole thing at an unconventional location. Or look for less popular venues that don’t cost as much.

Barn Weddings

Getting married in a barn is so charming and cozy. Barn wedding venues offer you a chance to save so much money and to support small family-owned businesses. You just have to find the right one.

They can also provide additional services, such as catering or decorating. If you are really lucky, they may even have an in-house photographer.

Inexpensive Beach Weddings

Beach weddings may seem to cost a lot, but there are some inexpensive options. Search for those beaches in your area. They are usually the ones that are not particularly crowded.

Seaside beach wedding dresses can be non-standard, meaning you don’t have to spend too much on it. You can have a simple white dress, long or short.

Family Backyard

This is probably the most budget-friendly wedding idea. A member of your family or a friend may have a backyard suitable for the reception. Renting tents, chairs, and tables doesn’t cost much.

Online Wedding

For many people, this is a controversial idea. Hosting a virtual wedding ceremony has many advantages. There are fewer things to do, so less preparation time. It also means fewer things that can go wrong last minute. And everyone can attend, wherever they are in the world.

This solution is not only budget-friendly but is also suitable for couples who have many friends and family members all around the world. It would be hard to get them in the same room at the same time, so why not get them on the same screen?

You will need to invest in the filming equipment for a live stream. Maybe even a videographer who can help you set everything up. Or you can do it yourself if you know how.

Ask for Help

There is no shame in asking for a friend’s help for your big day. If you explain the situation, they will probably gladly give you a hand.


You can ask your friends with a keen eye for details to help you decorate your venue. Go to a dollars store and check out the things you can use to make DIY decors. There are so many tips online and hundreds of things you can make. 

Get your little cousins to help. They will have a blast making things from paper and you will save time.

Homemade Wedding Favors

One of the budget-friendly wedding ideas is making wedding favors. Try homemade cookies in a jar. Or get your friends who like DIY projects to help you make little cute candles from soy wax. Then put a personalized sticker on top.

It will be a great opportunity for bonding and socializing. You will feel relaxed and enjoy the time spent with friends and family.

Simple Wedding Gown

If you know how to sew, you can make the dress yourself. But if you don’t, you can ask a friend or family member to make this as their wedding present to you. Your wedding dress doesn’t have to be anything lavish for you to be and feel beautiful on your wedding day.

When your wedding day passes, you and everyone who attended will remember how they spent the day. Nobody will notice that the decoration wasn’t perfect or mind that you got married in a certain venue. So you don’t need to spend thousands of dollars, and budget-friendly wedding ideas can help you save money for what comes next.