(Closed) Inexpensive elegant wedding

posted 5 years ago in Money
Post # 3
125 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@holister:  Congrats on your engagement! My fiance and I have a tight budget and my number one tip — negotiate.  Call and be polite, explain that your Fiance and yourself our paying for your own wedding and are wanting to start your life out together without wedding debt of putting thiings on credit cards.

This worked wonders for me.  Our wedding running total as of right now, and we’re pretty much done with everything besides my undergarments for my dress and here are our totals:

had we paid full price for things:  $18,968

our actual total:  $8,458

We are getting married at an outdoor gazebo in front of the London Bridge (az) -actual london bridge brought over from london, it’s awesome and beautiful) and then having our reception inside their largest and most elegant 5000 sq ft reception room (they had 8 rooms to choose from and this is the most exp one- we got the rental fee waived).

How did we do it?  Negotiating starting with the paragraph I first posted.  Then we negotiated EVERYTHING haha – we didn’t have a “set date” so we got to set a date April 18th in their non peak season, but it’s perfect – not too hot, not too cold, perfect 7pm estimated sunset time.

Negotiated photographer — $3500 package for $1250

DJ – $1000 for $400

gazebo – $1000 for $250

reception room – $1500 ($1000 rental and $500 set up/take down) for $300

sit down full dinner – this was a BIG one.  $45/pp for $11.55/pp

Invitations & rsvps (I posted pics on here if want to see, just click on my posts) – we wanted unique personalized ones and got 50% off through Mixbook — best customer service, easy user interface. Click on “live chat” and ask for Veronica – she can tell you how to “blend” the mixbook logo, which actually removes the mixbook logo, so you don’t have that on your invites, or anything else you buy.

those are just a few of MANY things that we negotiated! 

Oh!!! and the latest!  Our honeymoon in San Francisco that we will be going on afterwards – we won our 3 1/2 star hotel right on fisherman’s wharf – king room – for 4 days for less than the price of 1 night stay on Priceline!  Use tips from betterbidding.com and fellow bees on this site!  It was our fist time using priceline and the other bees are the ones who talked me through it!

Good luck!

Post # 5
125 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013


that is awesome that you know alot of people that can give you a discount – that will help.

DIY’s will also help. I haven’t made a post yet because I’ve been so busy lately with the wedding getting closer — but I LOVE the sand ceremony shadow box, but they are pricey!  Around $60 online (with shipping) — I made our own using a 50% off coupon for a shadowbox that was on clearance already from Michaels.  My dad helped with one part – drilling the hole for the sand, and I did the rest and the total for the whole thing came to $6.50 lol and I made it to where we can change out the photo in the front whenvever we like without disturbing the sand inside from the ceremony.

Keep an eye out for Groupons and Living Social deals!  I got $70 groupon at vistaprint for $17  I plan on using it to make a banner and some signs. 🙂

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