They might not be things you would traditionally think of when planning a wedding, but below are 10 interesting tips from, a new guide for economical wedding resources, without sacrificing quality:

  1. Forego the traditional bridal gown, and consider buying a bridesmaid’s or other formal dress in ivory.
  2. Make invitations yourself using your home computer and printer. For further savings, skip the second envelope and use reply postcards.
  3. Simple yet impressive wedding favors can be made from wrapped ring boxes, organza drawstring pouches or fancy satin pouches filled with miniature wrapped mints, soaps or seeds.
  4. Order a small wedding cake decorated with fresh organic flowers for display, and serve guests from a sheet cake.
  5. Contact local universities for qualified and inexpensive musicians and photographers. If you emphasize your need for photojournalists or portrait specialists, professors will be able to direct you to their best students.
  6. Consider having the wedding party members carry one dramatic stemmed flower, and use bud vases to hold them as part of a stylish head table decoration. Repeat this understated theme on guest tables and avoid expensive fussy arrangements.
  7. Hold the ceremony and reception at the same site to save on flowers, decorations, site fees and transportation.
  8. Instead of an open bar, serve beer, wine and one signature drink. Check out recipes from Modern Bride.
  9. For your reception, consider a brunch, high tea, or late afternoon jazz reception, held during off-peak hours.
  10. Think about renting a beachfront house to hold your destination wedding.