We’re saving a boatload because both of us are more concerned with the union than having a party and feeding people.
We’re getting married right after Sunday services at church and because of that, they aren’t charging us to use the sanctuary, since everyone will already be there. They don’t generally allow weddings to occur in that building, so we are only the third couple to be married in their 2000 seat sanctuary. The other 2 couples were children of 2 of the Deacons. My Fiance is involved in the music ministry there, so he’s pretty well known.
I tried on dresses at David’s but ultimately found the dress I was going to buy at Davids on eBay from someone who bought it, then canceled her wedding. I bought the $750 dress for $250. The only thing that needed to be done to it was to have the sash removed and replaced with a different color and some other minor alterations (taken in at the bodice). Sash was $60 at David’s, alterations cost me $55.
My Future Mother-In-Law is doing all the flowers. One of her hobbies is floral design. She’s taking care of that and we’re using silk flowers. No sense in spending money on something that’s going to die in a few days.
My Cousin’s husband is a photojournalist. He did our engagement pics for $200 and included the disk with ALL the edited pics and the ones he chose not to edit because he didn’t like them. He’ll also do our wedding. We’re paying him $1000 for an all day shoot and album. He’s also going to have to drive about 120 miles to get to the church.
Made the Save the Dates at Sams Club. Designed them online, ordered them and picked them up the next day. 150 Save the dates? $34.50. I have to order about 75 more. I expect that to cost about $15
Walmart is doing our invites. Their online stationery has everything. Order online, pick them up. 200 invites is $95
I bought the flower girls dresses because everywhere my Future Sister-In-Law saw the dress I wanted her daughters to wear was between $70 – $100 each in the south. I went to the fashion district in Los Angeles and bought the dresses for $30/ea.
FI’s tux is free with the rental of his groomsmen tuxes and they got $40 off each rental
Reception is immediately after the ceremony in the church fellowship hall. Cost for that, $250 rental fee and $25 for cleaning.
We’re doing light finger foods, cake and punch ONLY. 6 full sheet cakes @$38/ea, a traditional 3 tier wedding cake @$125 and a grooms cake $60
I’d say we saved probaby 80%