Post # 1
We’ve got our venue and ceremony location! 🙂 Squeals!
Now, I am curious before we have the big meet-up with the parents to talk costs, what are some areas we can potentially save on?
Our wedding is at a small, repurposed carriage house. We will have about 80 people, and we’ve been playing with the idea of a earlier in the day wedding, and brunch. The wedding is also in May and on a Friday, if that helps.
Any help? 🙂
Post # 3
We saved a lot of money by providing our own hors d’eouvres and drinks and byusing lots of friendors/budget vendors. We also simply skipped things that we didn’t need (aisle runner, favors, photobooth, engagement pictures, etc.)
Post # 4
We’re saving a ton of money on cutting out real flowers from the decor, DIY centerpieces (less than $5 per table) and just going with a cheap venue/caterer. Spend a lot of time researching photographers and other vendors to get the best price for the quality.
Post # 5
party favors are unnecessary, you can cut those and nobody will notice
Post # 6
@purplecow: For favours, as in gifts for the atendees?
@MrsN14: Thanks! I worry about photographers, around here they seem so pricy… ($2500~3500) Or is it just me?
I don’t think I like the aisle runner anyways…
Post # 7
@Haruyou: That’s what most photographers in my area were charging but I looked through like a hundred photographers and found one for $2K with an album include, 2 photographers for 10 hours and a lot of extras! You have plenty of time so just look around!
Post # 8
@Haruyou: I looked a lot before I found my photographer. I just wasn’t willing to spend that much. It wasn’t worth it to me. But the cheaper ones that I found weren’t a style that I liked. So I looked in different places. And I found my photog on Craigslist (of all places!). She is a professional photographer in San Diego who has been doing weddings for a couple years (so newish). She is originally from KY (where I got married) and wanted to do weddings there so that she could spend time with family, but didn’t want to spend money on advertising. So I got a discount for mentioning her add, I didn’t pay travel fees and I got another discount because she had already scheduled a wedding the weekend prior so she was already in town. And we decided we didn’t need engagement pictures or a photo album. So we got all day coverage and rights to print for $800. We just got the pictures back last week and I love them! It was absolutely the right decision for us.
Post # 9
I had a hard time with the photographer cost as well. I ended up finding one on kijiji for $1200+ tax + engagement fee, so around 1700 all in. She was just turning pro but had lots of albumbs from friends and family that she had done. We were really happy in the end.
We also did the DIY flower/decor route. It did end up being a bit stressful at the end of the day :S The flowers wouldnt open so we werent able to finsh them till the morning of- it was tight :). In the end I love how everything turned out but it was a ton of work!
Post # 10
I LOVE flowers- and really wanted real flowers on my wedding day, so I am doing some of the flowers myself. I considering doing all of them myself, but it was waay too much (since its not something you can do very early! So I will be doing the bouquets and boutonnieres (sp?) myself and the escort card table covered in flowers. I am hiring out for the centerpieces (and they will be used at the ceremony and the reception!) The cost of the glass vases I liked was pricey (and the dollar store didn’t have them and even at hobby lobby they were pricey on sale).
I am also making my own signs and doing my own paper products.
Photographers are tough- I found one under 2000 but she wasn’t very good. I am saving by having the same photogs do the photo booth. We are getting 9 hours of coverage with 2 photographers, engagement photos, a third person for guest photos and photo booth, etc. for 4K. It’s one of our splurges- Southern California is just soo expensive!
I’m hoping to find a cheaper DJ- we will see!
A brunch wedding is a good way to save money, but that may be really hard on a Friday- anyone who comes would need the whole day off of work. If you want more people to come, I would do a late evening wedding with heavy hors d’oeuvres or just dessert. GL! I’m sure it will be awesome!
Post # 11
We looked hard for a photographer and hired an independant photographer who is in the process of launching his business. Because of this we got someone who is extremely talented for a very very reasonable rate. He referred us to his videographer friend who is doing the same thing. We got him for an even more reasonable rate! You do not have to sacrifice quality if you’re willing to look hard for great vendors.
Post # 12
We found that vendors that work out of their homes are the best for budgets.
We hired 2 vendors that are cheap, personable and do awesome work!
1. Baker – cupcakes for $1 each, $1.25 for the “gourmet” cupcakes. And we are getting a small round cutting cake for just us for $10. We are ordering a baker’s dozen cupcakes)
2. Florist – total cost: $300 includes flowers and tax/traveling fees: I get bride bouquet, 2 bridesmaids, 4 Boutiniere, 10 centerpieces (i’m providing the centerpiece vases).
These people are SAHM’s that work out of their homes 🙂
Our venue is a Mansion in a park, they rent out for $500 for 8 hours.
Our Caterer is a BBQ food venor, for $12.95 per person.
DJ: iPad – BOSE portable system, this cost us $250 or less because we got it at the BOSE outlet store and got an extra discount on it 🙂
We are having 50-60 guests at our wedding
Hope this helps
ETA: Our Officiant and Photographer are friends of mine. I’m a wedding photographer myself. I’ve worked with both of them over the years. They gave me killer deals!
Post # 13
Ooooh I second the idea for a late evening Friday wedding with apps and dessert! You could get married at night (I feel like NO ONE DOES THIS!) and have some really awesome uplighting and lots of candles and it could be so romantic….
Post # 14
I highly recommend DIY as much as you can. However, the key thing to keeping DIY costs down is cross utilizing materials and keeping everything in house (i.e. design, print, cut, assemble, etc at home).
Post # 15
**NOTE: I MEANT 13 DOZEN CUPCAKES…NOT 13 CUPCAKES. OBVIOUSLY I’M AWARE THAT 13 CUPCAKES ISN’T GOING TO FEED 50-60 PEOPLE…*EYEROLL*