- 6 years ago
- Wedding: August 2012
Being a thrifty person but wanting a traditional ceremony and reception with dinner and an open bar, I had to find ways to cut corners. When I was first engaged I read about the average cost of weddings, and I was beginning to doubt that I would have the wedding I had pictured since I was a little girl. So I did a lot of reading online to find out how to cut costs.
Here are the results:
-Bought my dress on sale at a local boutique (from $430 down to $130)
-Went to several bridal shows and won: 3 hotel stays (we just payed taxes), a 25% off coupon for our cake (we were going to get our cake form them anyway), bottle of champagne and Bailey’s, dinner at a country club, 2 restaurant gift cards, 1 bar gift card, gift certificate to an etsy shop, and more that I can’t remember at the moment. We got really lucky, and FI actually enjoyed going to the shows with me.
-I also put $10 down toward suit rentals (we were already planning on renting from them) at a bridal show for a special deal of $40 off each rental plus a free suit for the groom to keep.
-Booked a venue where we could choose our own vendors and supply our own alcohol. It also came with the use of all tables and chairs and had a built in dance floor.
-Having our ceremony and reception in the same venue
-Purchased our alcohol from a bar that was going out of business (top shelf)
-Bought my veil at a bridal consignment shop for $25 (brand new)
-Bought my bridesmaids dresses off Amazon (they’re just what I had pictured when I first started planning and only $38 each)
-Bought my jewelry at a bridal consignment shop
-Getting alterations done by a seamstress who works out of her home (which many do, paying for a shop increases operating costs)
-Cutting the champagne toast (most people don’t drink the champagne so it goes to waste, we will still have some at the bar though)
-Having our wedding off season (helped us negotiate a deal with our photographer who is one of my mom’s colleagues)
-FMILs best friend owns a salon, so we are getting our hair done for free.
-One of our good friends has a band and hosts karaoke parties at bars and clubs. He volunteered to be our MC and we know he will do a fantastic job.
-Another good friend is a notary and has officiated a wedding before. We know he will also do a fantastic job.
-I love to work with paper, so I am making DIY invites, escort cards, and signs. I’ve calculated the cost of materials and they are way below the cost of purchasing the invites, etc.
-I bought beautiful thank you cards at target for only $10 for 50 cards – they weren’t even on sale. I couldn’t even find a better price online.
-We are going on a cruise for our honeymoon and live in FL so we don’t have to fly to the port …although we bought a balcony room on the largest cruise ship in the world so that was really a splurge, oops :}
So, what strategies have you used to save money?