Bargain Bees, share the wedding day BARGAINS you have snapped up

posted 3 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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310 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Yay for deals! I looove your milk bottles, they are adorable. And such a good idea with the cake!

I booked my wedding photographer last year and she is saving the 2012 price for my 2014 wedding and didn’t charge for travel and accomodations (we are talking 11hr drive to get to my wedding…so we are paying her accomodations for two nights)! For $1400, I get two photographers, full day shooting, an album, and some other printing, as well as an engagement session. Her prices went up $600 this year and who knows if they jump again next year. She has about 8 weddings booked between this summer and next so I could see it happening. Only problem, she is bruuuutal to get in contact with and takes forever to answer back. Currently on two weeks and haven’t even seen one engagement photo. Hopefully soon!

Dress was $575, not on sale but ended up liking the cheapest dress I tried on the best.

Material for all my fabric flower bouquets were buy one roll get four free or on sale. Then 25-50% off coupons for Micheals. So for 6 bouquets and one toss bouquet, 10 boutonniers, and another 4 coursages I am thinking about $230.00 for all the supplies.

Flowers for the wedding, free! I decided to save money we will be picking wildflowers from along the side of the road. There are wild daisies growing everywhere.

Table linens also free, my grandma saved all the table clothes from my aunts wedding haha. We are making burlap runners for the tables and we just bought it at a hardward store for 1/4 of the price they sell it at fabric stores.

Christmas lights – 50-75% off after christmas.

Honeymoon cabin they are giving us $140.00 off the price because we booked all the wedding party cabins with them.

Paying cash on the tent, chair and table rentals is also giving us a couple hundred dollars off as well.

The food and booze is what will kill us…ughhh and I can’t even find a caterer yet! No one wants to drive the 45 min to the venue.

Post # 4
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5087 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

The Atlas’ for my invites, pinwheels, paper flower buttonholes and corsages were free and donation given. 

My dress is being made for me. 

Wedding package includes lots of extras like floral centrepieces, honeymoon suite (robes, champange, chocs, strawbs etc and a first anniversary dinner.

Post # 5
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951 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - A Beautiful converted Barn

i got my tulle ribbon edged 108″ veil for 99p from ebay!! WOOOO for bargains!! (and being in the right place at the right time!!!)

Post # 6
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7 posts
Newbee

These are really great deals. The dress is lovely. Which brand is it from? It gives fairy looks. I love it.

Post # 7
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4698 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

My two dresses together added up to about $400. It really helps to buy things that were not necessarily intended to be wedding dresses, but are gorgeous anyway (if you’re looking for a bargain.) 

Spent under $100 total on accessories & shoes, ballet slippers being very inexpensive and most jewelry coming from Etsy. 

Got most of the stuff for my centerpieces from art/science supply distributors – using test tubes in racks and having no real flowers really makes a big difference.

“Guestbook” is a map that only cost a few bucks from the NatGeo store. 

Post # 9
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143 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I just bought our invitations and RSVP cards for super cheap! They have these kits at target to make your own, and I found the PERFECT design and colors at goodwill brand new! All of our invitations cost a grand total of $10 Smile

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

250 invitations 100% custom made by my friend and BM (and graphic designer extradannaire) were about a buck a piece.

Our DJ is only costing us $600, which includes uplighting – and that’s unlimited hours.

My sister’s friend’s mother is doing my alterations – hem, letting the bodice out, taking the straps in, and bustling for $75.

A girl I went to high school with does custom cakes in her spare time and she is making us a Stanley Cup cupcake cake for $400.

Our caterer is only costing us (well, my parents) $23 per person and that includes 3 entrees, 2 pastas, 3 sides, salads, and appetizers.

 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

My dress was half off at $730 and my hoopskirt(not pictured) for $26, i got all my flowers half off for $135, the main glass bowls for our centerpieces were $2.50 instead of $6 each, our DJ is only charging us $275 for 6 hours and uplighting (he’s a family friend), we got $6 off a plate at our venue (which is super good because the best special I’ve seen them run before was $3 off a plate), FI’s ring was only $15, I think that’s it for now lol

Post # 12
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5087 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

@Bebealways:  can I see your map guestbook please? I’m doing a travel theme. Thanks. 

Post # 13
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1466 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@beautifullyboheamian:  Getting the “3-in-1” invitations from Invitations by Dawn- also waiting on an email for 25% off when I’m ready to order them soon- if you sign up on their email list you get them almost every month! The invites including reception card and RSVP cards and envelopes will altogether cost about $300 (for 150 invitations) and I don’t have to make it myself, which I would not do well with! (Kudos to all of you DIYers!)

Post # 15
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5087 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

@Bebealways:  Thanks, brilliant idea. 

I have another question though if that’s okay. How are your guests signing it? Won’t it ruin the map? I wanted to do a signed map but I’m worried how it will turn out. 

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Soon2BD-CBee:  We were just gonna put it on a hard surface with some silver sharpies. It’s not exactly an expensive piece, I see the signatures and notes as more “improving” it, haha.

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