Wedding Wednesday: $$$ Saving Sites

Most brides know if you want to spend a $5,000+ on your wedding dress, you know where to go to “Say Yes to the Dress,” Kleinfield (or like stores). To create your dream fairytale day, you hire a celeb planner like David Tutera and have Jeff Leatham do your florals.

Well, girls, turn off the TV, Platinum Weddings is not reality for most.

According to The Knot, the average cost of weddings in America is $27,800 – which is still quite the chunk of change. It’s down payment on a home, a new car, or annual tuition at some universities! It seems like you add the word “wedding” or “bridal” to anything, and your costs increase by at least 15 percent.

Now more than ever, couples are either helping their parents with the financial responsibilities of hosting a wedding and reception and some pay for everything! Budgets are tighter and brides and grooms are getting more creative. For those who are looking for more alternative wedding options, check out a few great resources below:

Wedzu
Call it Etsy gone wedding, “Wedzu is all about weddings. Especially indie, handmade, awesome weddings.” And just like Etsy, you can browse the site for days and still not see all the items listed. Check it out for apparel, accessories, decor, paper goods and even honeymoon deals! Here are some items that caught my eye:

Viola Rhinestone and Pearl Headband by Bethany Lorelle.
Price: $39.99

Printable Vintage Telegram Save the Date by “I Do” It Yourself.
Price: $18

Ethereal Light Baroque Wrap in Ivory by Bonzie
Price: $69.99

The Aisle New York
Wedzu = Wedding Etsy; The Aisle New York = Wedding Gilt Groupe. Check out the site if you’re looking for “Once in a lifetime prices for once in a lifetime moments.” It’s pretty fun to gush over the items by Oscar de la Renta, Monique Lhuillier, Amsale, etc., but most are still quite pricey – despite the discounts. Like most of the fashion discount sites, it’s “invite only.” Let me know if you want some eye candy, and I’ll share an invitation with you!

Wedobo
To continue with our theme, Wedobo = Wedding Groupon. Similarly, Wedobo offers local deals but you usually have a week to cash in. I’ve seen specials on photography, catering, invitations, etc.

Buy on BLOGS!
Two of my favorite wedding blogs, 100 Layer Cake and Once Wed also have “markets” where brides can both search and sell items for/from their weddings. On 100 Laker Cake, you can find the cutest vintage “catering supplies” like teacups and saucers, mason jars galore and cute accessories. On Once Wed, browse the amazing collection of used dresses with prices starting as low as $200!

Available on 100 Layer Cake:
Vintage style tea cups sold by ourdayinapril
Price: $26

Available on Once Wed:
Used Reem Acra Moonlight dress in Ivory
Price: $2,800, original price $4,000

What are some of your cost-saving secrets when planning your wedding?

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