While planning the wedding of your dreams is certainly exciting, it can also become stressful once costs start adding up. Luckily, there are plenty of simple steps you can take to avoid common budget busters as you work on bringing your beautiful vision to life. Here, Cari Izaguirre, the planner behind Glee star Heather Morris鈥 charming rustic wedding, shares six tips for hosting a spectacular celebration without breaking the bank.

Heather Morris Wedding

1. Create your invitations online. Since hiring a custom designer can be expensive, Cari suggests creating the perfect invitations online. We鈥檙e big fans of sites like Wedding Paper Divas and Greenvelope, which offer printed or electronic options in many unique styles. Of course, we鈥檙e also HUGE fans of the talented couples who decide to DIY their own one-of-a-kind creations.

2. Don鈥檛 go overboard on transportation. If you really want to reserve a limo or some other type of vehicle, 鈥淭ry and make full use of the hours you hire them for or what鈥檚 required by them,鈥 says Cari. We like the idea of having a friend act as a chauffeur throughout the day, or even using a family member鈥檚 boat, motorcycle or vintage car when making your getaway.

Outdoor Reception

3. Reuse flowers. Ceremony flowers can be reused during the cocktail hour or displayed throughout the reception space, explains Cari. Depending on the venue, you might not even need to add much else to the natural decor. 鈥淚f it鈥檚 at a ranch with lots of flowers already, it鈥檚 not necessary to bring in a ton,鈥 she says.

4. Skip the full bar. 鈥淥ffer beer and wine, and maybe a couple signature drinks, rather than a full bar, which can get pricey,鈥 Cari advises. Need some inspiration? Check out a few of our favorite ideas for signature cocktails, then choose one that鈥檚 a good match based on your color scheme and theme.

Couple Portrait

5. Be realistic. 鈥淐reate a realistic budget, and itemize everything to try to keep on track,鈥 says Cari. We suggest prioritizing what鈥檚 most important right from the start, and using helpful tech tools like Wedding Mapper or WeddingWire to keep tabs on how much you鈥檙e actually spending.

6. Watch out for expensive extras. Heather Morris and Taylor Hubbell鈥檚 wedding was one of Cari鈥檚 favorites, 鈥渕ostly because it wasn鈥檛 a typical celeb-style wedding.鈥 She loved that these two went with a simple and elegant rustic theme instead of the usual uber-glam wedding most celebrities do. When envisioning your own special day, make sure the celebration truly reflects you and your partner, and that you aren鈥檛 going overboard with expensive extras and add-ons simply because you think they鈥檙e expected.

How will you avoid overspending? Share your favorite cost-saving wedding tips below.

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