We have all looked through event magazines and seen over-the-top parties that have budgets well into the millions. It always seems out of reach, something fun to imagine, but definitely not reality. However, through some clever tips and tricks, you can make your next event LOOK like a million dollars and still have money left to pay your bills.

Sensible Chic

A huge culprit in running up budgets is décor. Stylized events with high-end designer furnishings are all the rave right now. Herman Miller chairs in guest sitting areas are common among million-dollar parties. But there are cheaper ways to achieve this high-class setting without emptying your wallet. Start by choosing a design that you want to work with, whether it is a themed party, modern, traditional, etc. Instead of buying or renting expensive furniture, look into borrowing furniture from friends or family, check out local thrift stores, and check out Gumtree or Craigslist online. If used furniture isn’t your thing, check out big box stores such as Ikea or Target to find some stylish finds at a cheap discount.

DIY Diva

Cost cutting is most effective when you do things yourself. Instead of paying exuberant prices on centerpieces, check out your local craft store and create your own. Many craft stores offer free classes in centerpiece design, candle making, and floral design. Slash your budget for food by making it yourself. Capitalize on this by recruiting friends and family to help with the cooking and baking. This will not only save you money, but you will gain some quality time while everyone works together in the kitchen.

Budget Calendar

Look at your calendar and see where and when you can save money. Weekend events tend to cost more than events held on the weeknights. Events held around holidays are far more expensive than those held in the off-season. Research the venue you are interested in booking and see when their prices chance. Booking a wedding at Walt Disney World will cost you upwards of 40,000 dollars on a Saturday of a holiday weekend vs. roughly 8,000 dollars for an event held there during the week of their off-season. Taking the time to research and book your event off peak times is key to saving money.

With time, energy, and a little bit of research, your next event can be a jaw-dropper. Extravagant events don’t have to break the bank.


Mandy France is an event designer and a professional blogger. Her resume includes working for the Walt Disney Company in Orlando, Florida. Mandy travels the world and finds inspiration from seeing new places and meeting new people. Her experience in the design world and at Disney has prompted her to design some incredibly well-themed events that have been featured in several local and national publications.

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