While some might think of Pinterest as a beautiful waste of time, it can also be a valuable tool to help us how to save money on a wedding! How? Just read the tips below to learn new ways to save money on a wedding with Pinterest!
1. Learn from Brides who've been there to skip "newbie" status
While I don't believe in romanticizing the day to be more than a wonderful celebration, I realized that learning from brides who've been through the grind is a hugely valuable resource! It can also help you determine what was important to other people. While it shouldn't be the only thing influencing your decisions, keeping an eye on the boards for trends or tips is basically crowd-sourcing wedding expertise for free! No wedding planner required.
2. Getting the look and feel you want for your most frugal dollar
One of the BIG things that helps make the whole shindig easier is deciding what kind of wedding you want. Outdoorsy? Girly? Princess-themed? Whatever tickles your fancy, know you can keep track of items all over the internet and even keep track of price comparisons. Maybe you've found several hand-painted signs on Etsy, perhaps you've discovered a DIY bouquet that's totally doable on your budget! Whatever it is Pinterest is a great visual database of price-points and budget-friendly ideas!
3. Thousands of DIY projects to keep you on budget
When it comes to DIY, I personally am a follower. I love to see the amazing things crafty folk come up with and then I pretty much DIY the DIY. I've found that when I start from scratch, I end up spending more on the item than if I'd just bought it. But, if I spend time looking for the best way to DIY something I can totally pull off for pennies on the dollar.
Whether you're interested in DIYing save-the-dates, centerpieces, location decor, or wedding favors Pinterest is like your endless DIY catalogue!
4. Curate hair and makeup preferences that minimize expensive "trails"
Some boutiques include one hair/makeup trial when you pay for a bridal package, but others don't. Even if your salon does provide it, trials are often scheduled 3-6 months in advance and I for one didn't have a clue and 6 months what I wanted my hair to look like. Looking for hairstyles and makeup that you fancy on Pinterest is a great way to narrow your choices down!
Another great tip is to look at a picture of yourself and determine your face shape. Then, always have that face shape in the back of your mind when looking at a hairstyle or make-over that you like. Make it fun and try to choose a celebrity. I have a similar face shape to Keira Knightly so I chose a wedding hairstyle based off of one of her red carpet photos!
5. Reserve of your preferences if a financial complication arises
Let's face it, when it comes to planning something as big as a wedding day there are going to be some bumps in the road. Perhaps more guests than you anticipated RSVP'd, or the bakery who said they could do your cake over booked and has given you two weeks notice. Instead of going back to the drawing board you have an arsenal of things you love waiting for you! So, if your sky is momentarily falling you can make a better, more thought-through decision, on a dime!
6. See the day, months in advance
It is so hard to see the impact of every little decision. Or, to realize how one small decision helps the whole day become a masterpiece. Pinterest can help you visualize from the flowers to the centerpieces to the guestbook what your wedding will look like, and will help you prioritize what needs to be done. I know this tips isn't exactly about "saving money," but time is a valuable resource as well, and so is your health. Keeping stress level low by having a great sense of what your day will look like and what you need to do to get there is invaluable in my opinion!
Did you open a Pinterest to help plan your wedding day? Have you found other Wedding Day boards helpful?
Be sure to check out these other posts in our Frugal Bride Series:
Bridal Bootcamp: Everything You Need to Know About Getting Married
The $50,000 Lie: Why An Overly-Indulgent Wedding Hurts More Than Your Wallet
His and Hers: Who Pays For What and How Coco, Kelly, and Monroe Can Help
I’ve Waited For You My Whole Life: 6 Tips to Find the Perfect Wedding Dress
Anatomy of a Satellite Bride: What I Learned Planning my DIY Wedding from 1,000 Miles Away
DIY Bride: The Cost-Efficient Way to Be Unforgettable
And don’t forget our Frugal Bride Pinterest Board!