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Budget Friendly Wedding in Montgomery County

When you consider that the average wedding costs more than $20,000, you may be thinking that there’s no way you can afford the day of your dreams. You may not be able to go all out, but there are lots of ways to cut down your costs and have a gorgeous wedding. Here are ten ideas for saving money on your special day in Montgomery County, MD. Keep in mind these creative pointers on how to pull off a great wedding look without going broke.

1. Choose a Date

Consider having your wedding on a Friday or Sunday. Also think about non-peak times of the year, such as the late fall or early winter.

2. Choosing a Venue

Think of the less expensive alternatives! Check with your local community or recreation centers. Click here to view County-operated facilities. Each center provides a variety of spaces to rent for your wedding at a cost-friendly fee. You can also look into gardens and parks in Montgomery County.

3. Cut down the Guest List

The fewer guests you invite, the less you’ll spend on invitations, postage, rented tables and chairs, food and wedding favors. Plus, having a short guest lists means you can easily accommodate invitees at a home or backyard wedding. Limiting your guests to family and close friends with still make your day meaningful and will cost a lot less.

4. Dress for Less

When you’re ready to visit bridal shops and boutiques, consider I do I do Wedding Gowns in Gaithersburg. This boutique features an extensive collection of new and consignment couture, designer and off-the-rack wedding gowns, veils, and accessories. Prices range from $150 and up. David’s Bridal in Rockville offers a variety of dresses under $100.

5. Make up & Accessories

For some brides, makeup artists are a necessity. Bridal pictures are forever and your look is very important on your wedding day. Consider getting your make up done at your local cosmetics store. Sephora, Ulta and MAC Cosmetics can give you a bridal make over with a purchase of cosmetic products.
Beyond the wedding dress, you may also want to accessorize your look with a veil, tiara, shoes, bag, hosiery, or other jewelry to suit your unique style. You can find affordable bridal accessories at Claire’s, Icing or The Jewel Box at Lake Forest Mall and/or Montgomery Mall. You can also check out Charming Charlie at RIO Washingtonian Center.

6. Good Photography doesn’t have to cost a bundle

Everyone has a friend who is great at taking pictures. Don’t be shy about asking your friends to get plenty of photographs! You can also employ a freelance photographer or a student photographer for a budget friendly cost. Another idea is to purchase instant cameras and place them on tables at the reception, let your guest take photos and ask them to leave the cameras behind after the festivities.

7. Flowers: Less is More

Your local grocery stores (Giant,Safeway, Costco) often provide cheaper prices for flowers than a florist. Although you do would not have the convenience of a florist to deliver and set-up your floral arrangements, this is a cheaper option. Use YouTube to find flower arrangement tutorials. Or, consider using artificial flowers from the local craft store and making all the floral arrangements yourself. You don’t have to hire a decorator to make your reception venue shine. Visit your local thrift stores and purchase vases and jars for centerpieces. The mix-and-match, rustic look is a hot trend.

Michaels, A.C Moore and Joanna’s are craft stores that provide wedding supplies for do-it-yourself projects!

8. DJ Your Own Wedding

Create a playlist for your wedding reception! You can rent a professional amplification system that is compatible with your computer from the Gaithersburg Party Rental store.

9. Caterers

An experienced caterer can help you address questions you may have on beverages, table linens, and even the timing of the reception. However, you dont have serve a big meal at your reception. Having a late afternoon wedding almost guarantees a high food bill because you need to serve dinner. There are other options for all styles of weddings. For an early casual wedding, you could have the ceremony in the morning followed by cake, coffee and champagne. For a more formal affair in the mid-afternoon, you could have your wedding ceremony followed by cocktails, passed hors d’oeuvres and cake. Contact these Montgomery County caterers and restaurants for menu prices.

10. Let Them Eat Cake!

A multi-tiered wedding cake is usually designed to serve about 300 people and is going to cost you a pretty penny. Instead, choose a smaller two-tiered cake for show and order sheet cakes, cookies or cupcakes to serve your guests!
Did you know that you can also rent beautiful non-edible cakes to serve as the perfect centerpiece. These “fake cakes” will cost you a fraction of a real cake’s cost.


 Visit Montgomery offers complimentary event services to make your wedding planning a little bit easier.

Contact us to secure ceremony and reception locations, rehearsal dinner options and discounted hotel rooms for your out of town guests. We also have a preferred list of wedding suppliers that can help you with everything you need including local caterers, florists, transportation, decorators, entertainment, photographers and more!

Visit Montgomery is here to help make your special day a truly memorable experience!  Book your wedding reception/guest rooms by June 31, 2015 for a chance to win a Couples Spa Package for Two. This package includes:

A  Couples Massage, courtesy of  Elizabeth Arden’s Red Door Salon
Overnight Stay at the Hilton Rockville Hotel & Executive Meeting Center
Wine Tasting at Sugarloaf Mountain Winery
Dinner for Two at the Twin Brook Restaurant

For more information click here to complete our inquiry form or contact Shalomi Sanders, Sales/Weddings Specialist at ssanders@visitmontgomery.com.  Thank you again for your interest and we looking forward to working with you!.

2 thoughts on “Budget Friendly Wedding in Montgomery County

  1. These are very impressive points to cut down the cost to afford the day of our wedding. I will bookmark this page and forward it to my friends.

  2. I never considered looking into the county-operated facilities. This would be a great way to find a local and affordable venue. The most important part of the wedding is the people participating. The rest is just nice additions.

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