As we near the busiest time of the year for weddings, you might be looking for ways to cut costs while not cutting corners or losing that warm and fuzzy feeling the special occasion brings.Consider this, the average cost of an American wedding is $35,329. Before you break the bank, check out these tips on how to save before you say “I do.”

1. Communicate and Compromise

They say communication is key, and we agree! Before you make any decisions, sit down with your partner and talk about the “must haves”, and then be prepared to compromise. Is having a great cake or a trendy food truck a non-negotiable for you and your partner? Be sure to budget for it, while considering what that means for other aspects of the celebration.

2. Save on Stationary

With so many digital options, consider skipping the paper save-the-dates or invites and opting for wedding e-cards and online RSVPs.

3. Choose Your Time Wisely

If you’re open to having a brunch time or afternoon wedding or even an alternative to Saturday, it can save you big! Think about picking off-peak times, days, and even seasons to host your big day.

4. Let Them Eat Pie, Donuts, or Cupcakes

Non-traditional desserts are becoming more popular and the choice could potentially save you precious budget space. While cake is great – consider pie, donuts, cupcakes, or other confectionery delights.

5. Going to the Library, Going to Get Married

There are many beautiful places to say “I do” that can be just as personalized and meaningful as a traditional wedding venue. Do you and your sweetheart have a great memory at a public park or other romantic spot? If logistics allow, you might be able to exchange vows there.

6. Play that Funky Music for Free

Many streaming services offer a free trial period, take advantage of this by setting up your reception mix and asking a friend to man the speaker system.

7. You Don’t Have to Do It Alone

Weddings are an exciting time, but they can also be quite stressful. Many people are often willing to help out wherever you need, so don’t be afraid to ask! Also consider using free, professional budgeting tools to keep track of your wedding finances.

8. The Bigger (and More in Season) the Better

When looking at your floral options, opt for in-season flowers as well as larger flowers that take up space in your arrangements.

9. Take Something Old and Something Borrowed to Heart

Consider shopping the sample rack when searching for the dress of your dreams. And make good on “something borrowed” by borrowing accessories from friends or family.