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November 16, 2018

Wednesday Wedding Wisdom Expert Advice: Swap This for That

McKinzie on her wedding day.

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Hi Friends!

I’m McKinzie Loutre, the Events Coordinator here at The Center for Rural Development. Many of you may not be aware, but we offer a full range of wedding consultation services to help couples plan and coordinate every last detail leading up to their special day. In our seventh Wednesday Wedding Wisdom of 2017-18, I’m going to look at planning a wedding on a budget.

Photo left: McKinzie on her wedding day, at The Center for Rural Development.



Expert Advice: Swap This for That

It’s no secret that the number one thing that causes stress, anxiety, and many sleepless nights with planning a wedding, is the budget. It’s actually quite simple to rack up a major wedding bill if you aren’t being careful. You can still have the wedding of your dreams without burning a hole in your wallet by making a few sneaky swaps to commonly used wedding day items.


No wedding look is complete without the finishing touch of wedding jewelry. However, attractive jewelry does not have to cost a lot of money. When you’re going the more affordable route, the most important things to remember are to choose substantial metal that does not appear too fake in color, and to seek faux-gemstones, crystals, and cubic zirconium that is well set. Classic, sleek designs are your best bet!


Have you ever been to a wedding and questioned the bride’s brand of heels? Probably not. Swap designer footwear for budget-friendly pieces. Many brands have heels that are just as beautiful for a fraction of the price. And if you’re wedding day is going as planned, they’re going to be kicked off as soon as you hit the dance floor anyway!


While giving away favors at the end of the night is a nice way to thank your guests for joining you for the celebration, it is by no means required! Chances are your guests won’t even notice that there isn’t a table of monogrammed koozies, or cutely packaged chocolates for them to take home. Use the money you’ll save on a fun, photo booth or other entertaining activity…something they’re surely going to remember!

Four: CAKE

Perhaps you can’t completely skip this item. I mean…it is cake! However, a large, ornate wedding cake can run you hundreds of dollars which is something many brides cannot do. You can always swap the cake for cupcakes or another non-traditional treat. Or, opt for a small one-tier cake and then hide a sheet cake in the back to serve your guests.


Other than the family members that end up making you a scrap book or a shadow-box with all of the programs, invites, and monogrammed napkins, how many people actually take home the program after the ceremony?! Swap the program for a DIY wooden or chalkboard sign. This makes for great photos and lets everyone know the order of events without the raking up a bill for design and printing.

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