BelleEtoile: I feel you! I’m no prude when it comes to spending money, but I like to spend it on things that appreciate, or that I will get a lot of use from. Unfortunately my wedding, no matter how symbolic and meaningful it is, doesn’t fit into those categories!!! Luckily I’m creative and crafty too, so I think we will be able to do something phenomenal for cheap! I joke and say that my budget is “as close to free as possible” lol. I’ve actually had amazing luck at bridal shows so the “free” thing is literall! Here are some of the ways I am saving some moola!!
-Won a free Honeymoon to St.Kitts…
-Won one free dress, bought another for $250. Hopefully alterations and accesories won’t add too much $$$ to the final cost. I plan on buying the fabric for my veil and having it made, sale shoes and jewelry, etc…
-When it comes to flowers, I plan on ordering a wedding package from Costco. I’m going to keep the aisle decor cheap by using te simple rose petal border. I’m also going to order bulk mini bouquets to accent the ceremony chair rows. I already have many of the same vases that can be used for centerpieces. If I need any other containers or candles, I plan on buying them in bulk and taking the time to find any sales.
-The majority of other decorations/details I plan on making myself with a little pinterest inspiration and a few trips to thrift stores and hardware stores. I have EVERY craft material that you can imagine (paint, adhesives, embellishments, fabrics, etc, etc,etc). Many of the adorable wedding items that I’ve seen lately can be made for much cheaper, so I’ve been snapping many photos!!
-I’m going to use a pianist for my ceremony music, so I only have to pay one person. I’m sure it’s cheaper than a string quartet or harpist!
-I’m still checking out venues, but I will only choose one that allows me to bring my own caterer and alcohol. Like an above poster, I plan on spending hours researching caterers to find the best deal. I will also choose a place that will look good with minimal effort, and that has chiavari chairs (I refuse to pay for ugly chairs lol). I’m also getting married in the “off-season” to get the best price 🙂
-I have an awesome proffesional make-up artist as a best friend that has volunteered her services
-My mom is a hairstylist…no one knows my hair better!!!
-Dollar tree has gold chargers…and we all know how much a charger dresses up a place setting!!! I might start researching and collecting other place setting items too…like napkins and napkin rings for use that day. After holiday sales are always a steal!!!
-I live in Atlanta, so I know a million AWESOME dj’s that are reasonable and very talented.
-I plan on getting a “videographer” to record key moments, and just give me the rough footage. I have a friend who works as a video editor and does amazing work with synchronizing clips to music beautifully.
When it comes to he major expenses like Catering, venue, and photography…I plan on playing hardball and negotiating my ASS off! The first price that any vendor gives is their absolute highest. At this point, seeing how cheap I can get everything for is kind of like a game! I have over a year and a half, so there is enough time to collect sale items for favors,decor, etc. I can’t wait to see the finished product! I know it’ll be beautiful, and I will feel super accomplished knowing that I saved so much money!
Good luck planning everyone!!!!