(Closed) Budget weddings

posted 8 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Check out the DIY section and the tutorials! There are TONS of great ideas!

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We are doing most everything ourselves. The things you mentioned and also our flowers (odering them from fiftyflowers.com), centerpieces (mason jars (cheap!) with ribbon bows tied around them), cake (my mom is making one for us to cut and my BIL is decorating it, then we are serving costco cakes becuase they are big, cheap, and taste amazing!), doing our own hair, makeup, nails, bought my shoes for $20, little things like that! Good luck!!!! 🙂

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

If your wedding with be in Michigan, a Sep wedding will be perfect for low cost. The weather is nice, think about having an outdoor wedding to save on the cost on the venue. Also, cutting the guest list helps. Having a small outdoor wedding with a ton of DIY will really cut costs.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I think some of the best advice for a budget wedding is to focus on doing a few things and doing them well.

Rather than having a ton of decorations that are cheap – have fewer but make them amazing (for example – have real flowers on a few tables but then have some centerpieces that are candles or something simple).

Another way to save is to do an afternoon wedding – you don’t have to do a full meal but you can do great hors d’oeuvres. Also people won’t be as inclined to hang around for hours (as they would at an evening wedding) so you don’t have to worry about paying for a bar for a long period of time.

 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

double post…oops.

 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I think the best way to go with a budget wedding is to chuck out the traditional format: ceremony followed by an evening reception in a hall with dinner and dancing. Do something different!

If you like the outdoors, I recommend a DIY picnic or bbq wedding. For the picnic idea, I recently saw this (below), and adored it. It would require a lot of design work and planning, but it would look super put together. Find a park that lets you have wine and beer, bring a boombox and lots of batteries, bring some lawn games, and you would have a stellar reception.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

For a dress, I would check sites like oncewed or preowned wedding dresses. I got mine off of one of those, it has never been worn, retails for over $1000, and I got it for $400 including shipping. You can find amazing deals on there! For bridesmaids and stuff, look at places that aren’t “wedding”, like random mall stores and such

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

As camrie said, do fewer things but do them well.  I think that’s GREAT advice.

You could do a daytime wedding.

Be kind of merciless with your guest list.  This isn’t an option for everyone, but it’s the #1 money saver.

Take your time with purchases and really scope out the bargains.  My veil is long and fancy, but because I got it at a sample sale it was only $25.  I decided to eliminate floral centerpieces and bought a bunch of candlesticks that I can sell after the wedding.  If you aren’t set on a ball gown, look for a white dress that isn’t a “wedding” dress that you could perhaps dress up with a sparkly sash.  And lastly, some of the vendors I’m most excited about are ones that are new to the wedding industry, or that don’t generally work weddings.  They’re excited to do a good job and don’t charge crazy bridal industry prices.

Also, even though you mentioned that you would rather have the wedding in New Orleans, I would encourage you to look at the options in Michigan.  Planning a wedding from afar is simply more expensive… you can’t do as much comparison shopping, and of course you have to deal with a lot more flights, and if you’re planning on a lot of DIY, there’s also the issue of transporting all your projects.  Just something to think about.

Good luck!

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Look for white bridesmaids dresses and perhaps look for a shorter tea-length dress.  Dessy has quite a few (http://www.dessy.com) bridesmaids dresses that come in white, David’s Bridal has a few and even J.Crew. 

Post # 12
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Helper bee

omg, I’d love that picnic. it looks yummy, and i just ate:)

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

For a dress- could you google any bridal stores that are consignment. There are several in my area, so I bought a dress that had been worn once and I got it for 70% off what it goes for from a salon.

Also, check out oncewed.com, preownedweddingdresses and even the classifieds here on the Bee, and craigslist. But I would suggest, before buying a dress online, finding it at a bridal store to try it on first. 

Since I don’t live in Michigan I don’t know of any actual salons sorry 🙁

 

For flowers, maybe look into wholesale or farmers markets, they can be pretty easy to assemble yourself – just takes a little practice and lots of inspiration pictures. And they can be store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days before the wedding!

Craigslist will become your friend! For photographers, make up artists and hair stylists, look on there to find students in art and cosmetology schools who will be willing to offer their services at super low prices! Just make sure you see their portfolios or have trials to make sure you like their work.

I bought my shoes from JCPenneys for $30, but also looked a lot at payless and target. even my own closet 😉

I’m doing a lot of DIY as well, like flower hairpieces for my bridesmaids. I had my bridesmaids buy their  dresses from http://www.modcloth.com, and they are so beautiful! they bought their shoes from amazon and jewelry at Charlotte Russe is really cheap and pretty!

 

We’re using paper mache boxes to make our card box for the gifts. I made my garter from some leftover lace and fabric, took a couple hours but was super cheap.

 

Also, you don’t HAVE to do a sit-down dinner. We’re doing a 1pm ceremony, and just a dessert/punch and dance reception and I think it’ll be so much fun! We heard of our venue word-of-mouth, just a man and his wife who rent out their 10-acre lakefront property for weddings. So we’re paying only $450 for the whole day and to set up the day before.

If you want to do more food than just desserts, a lot of catering companies will do appetizers as well, or you can buy food in bulk from costco or sams club and make your own appetizers as well.

Have a friend officiant maybe? I know you can get ordained really quickly for super cheap.

Have an Ipod dance, it’s getting a lot more popular now! For ceremony music, use either Ipod/CD or maybe you have some friends who might be willing to play guitar, piano or sing?

My grandma is making my cake, she’s incredibly talented…but unless you know someone or could try making the cake yourself, that’s a hard area to cut costs.

Get 12 hours of premarital counseling and it will cut your marriage license fee in half, if not more! Ours would have been $140 but with pre marital counseling it was only $40.

For our centerpieces we bought mini-birdcages in the garden section at michaels, they were 50% off too – so we only spent about $5 per centerpiece. And my mom found some adorable ivory ceramic birds at the dollar tree, perfect for our bird themed wedding!

cardsandpockets.com had the cheapest paper that I could find online, but order SEVERAL weeks ahead, because although their products are great, they shipping/customer service isn’t too hot. Local printers are too badly priced either. but if you have a printer, at home printing is best, or even officemax/staples does cheap printing.

But note, from experience. at home printing on textured paper does not work! So try to pick paper that isn’t textured. 

I bought most of my paper and invite supplies from Archivers, I signed up for their email newsletters, and I get coupons nearly every week from them for 30% off one item, or buy 6 cardstock, get 3 free. So spread it out and buy a little at a time with all the coupons and you’ll save a lot. 

DIY is really the way to go as well, it’s fun and a great way to connect and bond with your family, fiance and friends if you plan it as a group-effort.

 

Have fun and good luck!

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Go with independant vendors. Check out CL. They can lower their prices on the spot and easily!

My DJ got all 5* ratings on here was refered to us by the venue & my FMIL heard great things about him. His price was more then i was willing to spend I told him he was out of budget but i heard great things about him. He droped his price $300!

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