How much did your DIY wedding save you?

posted 3 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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5207 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

@otto2008:  I had a wedding on a Saturday night in New Jersey for around $7K. Average in my area is $20K+ and that could be any day of the week. DIY saved me enough money to buy a new car if I wanted to. 

Forgot to add: I used DIY invitations from Michael’s, made my own centerpieces which came out to about $10 each, made my own favors, the DJ and photographer were both “friendors”, rented the uplights and set them up myself, had the reception at a very nice lodge rather than a banquet hall and was basically allowed to do whatever I wanted with it. I didn’t have flowers. I was able to splurge on the catering which was fantastic. 

Post # 4
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35 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2014

If you’re in San Diego, try looking at the Mission Beach Women’s Club…that’s where my wedding will be in March and its only $1250 for a Saturday and $1000 for a Sunday. Fits up tp 120 people. Our wedding budget is $12k for around 100 guests, and we are coming in a little under budget right now. 🙂

Post # 5
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195 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Invitations – if you or a friend have some handy photoshop skills you could make your own or “buy” a .psd file (a photoshop layered file) off etsy for around 10 dollars. This is the one I got: 

http://graphicriver.net/item/chalk-board-complete-wedding-stationery-set/5902349?WT.ac=category_item&WT.seg_1=category_item&WT.z_author=Valeik

I was able to edit and change the names locations etc and added some embellishments  wanted. 

 

http://www.catprint.com is a great and inexpensive way to print your own invitations after you are done. Sometimes depending on the size you can put 2 on a page. I found this in Brides Magazine. I did 50 pages which came up to 50 invites and 50 RSVP front and back for 12 dollars on there. 

 

I’d be more than glad to help you with your invites — look for psd files on etsy and if you want some help PM me and I’ll give you my email! 

Post # 6
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3813 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

I know I saved several hundred on our invitations and paper goods (almost all designed and printed by ourselves).  Our centerpieces and decor also saved us a few hundred as well.  Each would have been at least over $1000 charged by vendors, but cost a bit less than that with diy (although they still added up of course).

Post # 7
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539 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

No clue on total amount,  but here’s an example. I love the look of mercury glass, but can’t afford $4-5 per piece. So I got on the pinterest bandwagon and found a fake mercury glass tutorial.  By paying $15 for 45 pieces,  $20 on paint, I’ve cut the cost to under $1 per piece. And if anyone is wondering, it looks gorgeous when you finish.

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@otto2008:  Just for reference…. I was at a brunch with one recently married couple and one engaged couple this weekend. The engaged couple was talking about how expensive flowers are going to be “We have 20 tables and centerpieces are minimum $150 a piece so that’s already $3000 we can’t get out of paying!” The married couple spent $8 on each vase and $100 total on flowers for 10 tables. So that $18 per centerpiece versus the engaged couple’s “minimum” of $150 each. 

I’m making paper flower centerpieces using used Romance novels I got from Craigslist for free… so my centerpiece cost will most likely be only whatever I’m willing to spend on vases. 

Post # 10
Hostess
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

We have a not so traditional venue, so we are able to do alot of things on our own.

These are the things we are DIYing :

– bar

– photo booth

– late night snack

– 2 of the food stations [soup & salad]

– drinks during dinner

– all decorations will be done by us [centerpieces, draping, ceiling decor, uplighting]

– invites

– save the dates

– kissing balls

– menu cards

– chalkboards [we’ve made about 12 of them so far]

– guest book pens

– wishing tree [painting/decorating it ourselves]

– guest book mirror

– ceremony music

– all ceremony decor

things we AREN’T DIYing.. but we have gone a cheaper route with are :

– dj [getting a good deal on a dj I use for work events often]

– food [being catered in by fazoli’s]

– flowers [will be getting them from sams club]

 

otherwise, pretty much everything else will be purchased by us, and set up by us.

Post # 11
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455 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@Aquaria:  Hey I’m in north nj, your photographer, what’s pricing on that?

Post # 12
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679 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Don’t get overwhelmed with DIY, the best advice I can offer you is to pick just a few big things to work on.

Big $ savers for me were:

Invitations: as others suggested, have them printed somewhere like Kinko’s or a local printing press (they cost me a whopping $60)

Flowers: Order them from Costco or Sam’s Club. Sounds scary but it wasn’t. Thift the vases or buy them somewhere online for the cheap (spent less than $500)

We splurged on the photographer/video, food (private chef) and venue. The venue was SO nice and unique that we didn’t have to decorate much. Saved time, stress, and $ in the long run.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@otto2008:  I’m doing very little DIY (I can’t craft to save my life) but I am making my own fan programs. I was originally going to buy them on etsy for about $400 plus shipping. Instead I realized that I actually make programs for brides at work regularly, and I should just be able to tweak that template, and use the printer. So I bought some cardstock, craft sticks, a corner rounder, a scoring blade, and glue dots ($37.75) and I’ll print them on the printer at work. I still need ribbon, and I’m not entirely sure how much that costs, but I’m going to go ahead and say it probably doesn’t cost the $350+ I’ve saved.

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