Post # 1
in planning this wedding, i have had a very small budget. $9,000 for 150 people, to be exact! luckily, we are simple people, and our friends and family know us so well and expect nothing fancy at all 🙂
some of my brags:
i have 10 bridesmaids and 10 groomsmen – and i was able to purchase all their bouquets and bouts plus my bouquet in dried lavender and other dried flowers with burlap and lace accents for $290.00 via Etsy
we have a friend who is a local musician who is playing live music at our event (ceremony and reception) in exchange for us feeding him and covering his lodging ($300 for the weekend)
150 lollipops as favors – $43.00 total
my grandmother is baking 10 pound cakes from scratch (her gift to us) to serve as our dessert/wedding cakes
i spent a grand total of $290 for all save the dates, invitations, and RSVP cards thanks to some coupons and deals with vistaprint
let’s hear about how you’ve done your wedding on a budget!
Post # 3
- Wedding: September 2014 - Stevens Estate
@blankenshiptobe: sounds like your on a savings role! Good job! The only major bargin we have so far is our venue…we got $500 off because we live in the same town as the place we’re getting married in. Also I’m saving money by doing all the save the dates, invitations, seating cards, table numbers, and favors myself. Thank god I like crafts and such…otherwise I would probably be spending about $2,000 on all the stuff I’m DIYing.
Post # 4
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
Nice! The bouquets sound beautiful.
I got my wedding dress for $120 at Macy’s – score! My dad grew all our flowers in his ginormous garden and our friends and aunts helped arrange them, so that was basically free. All our music was by friends and family (processional, recessional, cocktail hour, and reception band). I made a bunch of cool signs for about $10 with barnwood I found out in the sagebrush and white kraft paint. Etc! (Crazy how it still adds up though, somehow we still spent 17 grand.)
Post # 5
We booked most of our vendors last fall. Everyone told us we were nuts, that we’d have plenty of time to book our vendors, and to enjoy the process.
So far, we’ve saved almost 3k as people have raised their rates for this year — and that’s on the photog and venue alone.
Post # 6
Well, so far we are getting a free chamber orchestra for the ceremony and part of the reception, and then a free DJ service afterwards. FH and I were both music majors in university so our friends have offered up their talents, FOR FREE. I did not expect that. Also, my mom’s friend is making the cake for us. Her side business is making wedding cakes from scratch in her house, and she’s only charging $50 for it.
I can’t wait to see what other kinds of deals we can get.
Post # 7
@DaniDev143: DYI is the best way to save money IMO! my mom does florals with silks for all occasions, and she is adding florals to a bunch of birdcages that we bought at Garden Ridge for 50% off and we’ll use those as centerpieces. and the personal touch is so nice!
Post # 8
@lolot: wow! what a steal on your dress! that’s awesome!
Post # 9
@beeintraining: you’re doing it the right way – you have plenty of time to plan and look around! we got engaged in July 2013, and our wedding is in May – we’ve definitely been in a time crunch and it is forcing the creativity 😉
Post # 10
@blankenshiptobe: WOW! Well done!!!!
I’d love to see some of the bouquets/bouts you bought from etsy 😀 😀
Post # 11
@musical-lady: your music is going to be lovely! that is so great 🙂 its amazing what people will offer up. one of my dear friends who does hair and was already invited to the wedding has offered to do my hair and make up for nothing. i’m still going to give her a gift card or something as a thank you, but i thought that was so sweet!
Post # 12
I have a huge group of groomsmen, so I’ve been contacting all of the suit companies I can think of. It looks like we’ll be able to have made-to-measure suits done by a Seattle-based company for well under $400. If anyone is looking for a super responsive company, Noble Suit Co is awesome.
Combat gent also has super cheap suits and offers a free suit for the groom if you buy 5 or more! They are our cheap option, although Fiance and I are quietly hoping that the GMs go for Noble since they have been so nice to us.
Post # 13
we’re going to do about half our peony centrepieces from my mum’s garden and friends gardens, so we’ll only need to buy 1/2 of our centrepieces. we’re using really nice glass vases that a recently wed family friend has, and they are lending us about 200 votives too!
another family friend is making mini jam jars for our favour as a gift to us 🙂
and our venue is my aunt’s country property, generously gifted to us!
we also found a free save the date template we love, so we’ll just pay to have it printed through vistaprint or staples 🙂
Post # 14
Ceremony location with chairs included- $500
REception Location with tables and chairs included- $500
Flowers- $750-1000 instead of $3000-$4000 thanks to only paying for the actual flowers(sister is a florist)
Cake- Free! A gift from my FMIL!
Post # 15
i bought this dress http://www.bhldn.com/shop-the-bride-wedding-dresses/pinwheel-tea-dress for $225 on Tradesy. I don’t know how much the alterations will be, but I am hoping they won’t be more than $100.
Post # 16
@springweddingbee: they should be getting here shortly! these are my inspriation photos – but all of the ribbon/wrapping will be a burlap base with a lace ribbon overlay: