@LDay1983: My deals so far for my DIY wedding:
I got my 24″ eiffel tower vases for $5 each at AC Moore on sale ($10 reg) saving me $80
I have fall themed wedding and got all silk flowers for my entire wedding (2 bouts, 3 bouquets, 16 centerpieces, some for arch as well) for around $200. (60% off and more end of last fall season)
I got other decorations for arch, a large 2 teir card box, invitations, stds for $50 (reg $150)
I got multiple types of favors (coaster sets/wooden spoon sets/small picture frames) enough for 130 people for $50-$60 Mostly through dollar store finds and Christmas tree shops!!
My videographer will be $350/including tip (unedited raw footage of wedding and reception)
Hall rental will be $400 including bartender/tables/chairs/tablecloths/outdoor space for ceremony/use of kitchen/6hr rental time/can use my own caterer, which was very important to me.
Catering for up to 120 people buffet style, no chinaware, including tip and tax for $1700 (old friend for many years and professional caterer) 2 types of chicken/ Sliced Roast beef au jus/ veggie/ roasted potatoes/rolls/ butter/salad/coffee/tea station/ linen napkins in color. *This is based on his regular pricing before any deal he may give.
DJ $650 6hr/including tip (owner of company is waiving his portion of usual fee as a wedding gift, he is longtime friend of FI)
Saving a couple hundred by doing small cake for cutting then 100 cupcakes. 5 different flavors approx $400. with delivery. Same amount just as cake would have been $700-800 plus fee for cutting/plating/delivery etc.
*new savings is wedding dress…was $549, almost bought it on sale for $499. Just saw it go up for sample sale item for….$249 including tax and shipping woohoo.
We are on a very tight budget of $5000. We have spent $4139.
Left to get are $150-200 worth of alterations (just the strap)shoes (flip flops ivory blingy), veil (custom length etsy), bridal sash and jewelry.
Photographer (friend of a friend trying to build her portfolio so she says CHEAP CHEAP CHEAP) hoping for around $350-400. That would bring us just under at $4939.
Phew…am I missing anything?? lol