Cupid's Pulse Article: Relationship Advice: 5 Romantic Wedding Ideas That Won’t Break the BankCupid's Pulse Article: Relationship Advice: 5 Romantic Wedding Ideas That Won’t Break the Bank

Everyone wants to create the wedding of their dreams, but you don’t have to spend tens of thousands to make that happen. The cost of a wedding is often the number one stressor, which is why couples across the world are opting for frugal and more sentimental options.

Here are five beautifully romantic ideas that will help keep your finances in check.

1. Invitations
Like all wedding-themed products, invitation cards can quickly rack up an expensive tab. Creating a romantic invitation, however, costs a lot less than you might think. You could pen down a favorite verse, make use of elegant flower designs, or create beautiful sweeping hearts. The more DIY you make the invitation, the more sentimental (and less expensive) they become.

2. The Vows
While weddings are generally expensive, expressing your love to one another is absolutely free. One of the most romantic things you can do is write your own vows and recite them to one another on your wedding day. While it might sound a little cliché, nothing will make your guests tear up more.

3. The “Buffet”
Food is a must at any wedding. If you don’t feel like dishing out hundreds for New York strip but don’t want to settle for a venue’s cheap chicken, the smart alternative is to create a table of hors d’oeuvres. Not only does this allow guests to enjoy small bites throughout the night, but it gives you an added level of freedom when selecting the food your serve.

You could create a cheese and meat selection, offer the ability to create tiny sandwiches or tacos, or create a candy table with Sweet Services. Nothing says romance quite like the sweet taste of heart-shaped candy. This buffet-style food option also lets you add color to the room with the foods you choose.

4. Staying Unique
A new trend popping up across the wedding community is to skip the open bar in lieu of a signature drink. Couples create the drink together, using their imaginations to craft a delicious concoction, then give it a sentimental name. It’s a unique way to celebrate your love for one another that everyone can enjoy.

Keep in mind that this is your big day. Don’t feel constrained by magazines and websites, make it your own! Incorporate unique designs and ideas into every aspect of your wedding you can think of. When it comes to romance, nothing says “I love you” like flaunting what you both enjoy.

5. Bridal Wear
Saving money on tuxedos and suits is a little easier than bridesmaids dresses. Thankfully, the world of online shopping brings decadent styles to your doorstep at cheaper prices. Ask your bridal party about the best places to shop for romantic bridesmaid dresses. They’ll be able to help you out.

Romantic and Frugal

Planning a romantic wedding doesn’t have to break the bank. These are just five examples of how you can save money while making your big day one the two of you will remember forever. Frugal wedding planning doesn’t stop here, though. There are endless ways to save money while still going big on your special day.