Basic Frugal Bride Wedding Checklist

Making a frugal bride wedding checklist is the best way to save yourself loads of cash on your big day. But what should you add if you are on a dime? If you look at almost every major wedding site out there, most give a customizable list where you can add or take away items. If you don’t know where to even start, though, these may not be helpful for you. Try this basic list for an inexpensive wedding, and add or take away items as needed. You can also move items to the “To Buy” or “To Make” categories, because all frugal brides know that making most of their wedding items will be the way to go if they want to save some money.

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As you go through the list, write down what you think you may spend. After you have actually purchased or paid for the item, write down what you actually spent. This will give you an initial budget to go on and will show you where your money is going.

The Frugal Bride Wedding Checklist

Number of guests-

Number in Wedding Party-




Rehearsal Dinner                                 Estimated Cost:


Proposed Cost                                     Actual Cost


Decorations, if any


Reply Cards
Seating Cards
Thank- you Notes

Marriage License
Wedding Rings
Officiant Fee

Pen & Guest Book
Aisle Runner
Unity Candle


Flower Girl Baskets
Ring Bearer Pillow

Bridal Bouquet
Wedding Dress
Groom’s Suit
Wedding Party Gifts




The Cake
Guest Favors
Tables and Chairs
To Buy/Hire:

To Make:



The more people you have to volunteer, the less you’ll spend. For instances, ask all of your aunts to cook the food as their gift to you. Give them a menu and buy the ingredients, then let them make the food for your guests.

If you use the same venue for all three stages of the wedding, you can get a discount and save more money.

Opt for a venue that provides chairs and tables, like a Civic Center, to get the most from your money.

Invitations, programs, save-the-dates, reply cards, and seating cards can be made easily from at-home computers, so if you’re trying to save money, start with all of your stationary.


Wedding Reception Entertainment Live Band Or a DJ?

When you’re planning your wedding recpetions one of the most important decisions you have to make is the entertainment. If people are bored they won’t stay long, which could be a good or bad thing for you. Soooo, do you want to have live entertainment in the form of a band, or a string quartet for example. Or do you want to hire a DJ and have him (or her) spin some tunes all night long. There are several things you should consider when you’re making your wedding entertainment decisions.

A few things for the soon to be bride and groom should think about:

  • What is your entertainment budget?
  • What type of music do you and your guests enjoy listening to?
  • Do you have a favorite band or type of music you’d like to feature at your wedding reception?
  • Speak with friends (especially friends who have recently tied the knot) to see if they have any recommendations if you’re not sure who you want to provide the entertainment. They can let you know how their entertainment went, or if they know someone who might be perfect for your wedding.

What type of entertainment do you want for your wedding reception? If you’re already married, what type of entertainment did you have?

Wedding Transportation

Today there are many different fashionable ways you can arrive at or depart from your wedding. Brides and grooms used to leave from the ceremony in a car with a big old “Just Married” sign in the back window, and cans trailing from strings hanging from the tailgate. Today things are totally different. You can still use a stylish car if you’re really proud of your own car, or if you have a relative with a sports car or something vintage. But these days there are many different modes of transportation for the bride and groom (and even the entire wedding party) can use to get from the wedding to the reception. So relax, kick back and enjoy the ride!

There are several options available, and several things to think about when you’re deciding on how you will get from your wedding to the reception, or to your final destination when the festivities are finished.

Here are some things you should consider when deciding on your mode of wedding transportation.

  • Will you be transporting only the bride and groom, or will you be transporting the entire wedding party. How many people will be riding?
  • How much do you need from your wedding transportation? Will you need someone to get you to the wedding? To the reception? To your final destination when the reception is over?
  • How far will you be traveling? How far away is the reception?
  • What is your wedding transportation budget? Do you need to find cheap or low cost wedding transportation, or do you have a limo rental figured in to your wedding budget?

Some popular wedding transportation methods include limos, stretch hummers, party vans and buses, horse and carriage, or an antique car.

If you’re getting married, or you’re already married, how did you transport the wedding party?

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