DIY ideas and suggestions for a bee on a budget!

posted 2 years ago in DIY
Post # 2
42076 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

JClove:  Tell us more about your wedding so we won’t be wasting your time and ours.

Are you just looking for decor ideas for the ceremony and reception?

Time of day?

Type of venue?

Do you want a theme other than your color palette? e.g vintage.? modern?

Post # 4
42076 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999


JClove:  Lilacs should be in bloom at the time of your wedding. If you can track down a source where you can get them free,(do you belong to a church, have friends or relatives with older homes and gardens?)  you could have gorgeous centerpieces at minimal cost.

You can get vases at the dollar store and use the clear glass, or spray paint them white,silver or gold.

Lilac centerpiece. For my mom, who filled our house with bouquets of lilacs every Spring.


 Or you might be able to find a buy on lavender at the end of this year’s farmer’s market season.


Anither idea that reduces the cost of flowers is to make a grouping of inexpensive bottles with just a single flower in each one.

44 Loveliest Lavender Wedding Details - BuzzFeed


Once you find a venue, you will know what they provide in terms of linens. Renting linens can be costly. Some brides find it less expensive to buy their linens, then sell them after the wedding to recoup some of their costs.

Check  It lists all ads from all Craigslist sites. You can narrow down the results by geographic area. You can find vases, linens, charger pates etc at great bargains.



Post # 6
134 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015 - Calamigos Ranch

Here are a few things I did to keep costs down. Hope they help!

1. Keep an eye on Groupon and Living Social deals. I got all of my invitations and save the dates and envelopes for $75

2. DIY flowers. Flowers can cost thousands of dollars and they’re only good for one day! Wholesale flowers or buying in bulk from Sams or Costco is a fraction of the price. But you’ll need to get a group together and set aside time to assemble.

3. Buy a sample dress. If you have you’re heart set on a designer dress, buy a design that’s a few years old. I got my Monique Lhuillier dress for $700 compared to $3k because it’s a 2012 design and I bought a sample.

4. Skip engagement photography and use photos of you and teh fiance throughout your relationship for a questbook instead.

5. Pick an outdoor or otherwise visually appealing location to minimize decore needs

6. Check out Dollar tree for things like super cheap candle holders and rose petals. You’d be amazed what they have for dirst cheap.

7. A friend skipped the DJ and just played a special iTunes playlist. No one knew the difference and the music was great.

If I think of anything else, I’ll post again later!

Post # 7
5208 posts
Bee Keeper

Yay mason jars!


Post # 10
549 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

The biggest expense is easily the venue/caterer. If you find somewhere that seems super cheap, make sure you find out what is included (and what it would cost to source yourself…and the time it would take to DIY setting up/tear down/cleaning, etc)

if you can find a venue that will let you choose your own caterer and supply your own alcohol, you’ll have a lot more control over two of the largest costs. 

Check the elks clubs/community centers in your area. Sometimes they’re more lovely than you would have expected. 

If you plan on buying any of your decor, wait for the big sale weekends (notably Black Friday) and purchase as much as you can then. 

List your decor to sell before the wedding…I had people pick up a bunch of things the morning after and I never had to worry about it again!

Post # 11
7531 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

JClove:  Choose the top 3 most important things for the both of you.  Think outside the box!  Make your own invitations.  

cateyes:  I agree, choose a venue that allows you to bring in your own food/drink. 

Post # 14
7531 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

JClove:  If you are going to include gold or silver consider buying items after Christmas sales, or even, or even before Christmas if shopping at a Dollar Store.

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