(Closed) Share your #1 wedding money saving tip!

posted 9 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

My #1 tip (and I say this only half jokingly)… Don’t go window-shopping while you’re wedding planning!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Our biggest money savers have been minimizing what we have to rent (dishes, tablecloths, tents, etc.) by borrowing or buying them for less than it would have cost to rent and having family friends cook a milk can dinner rather than hiring a caterer.  It probably saved us a couple thousand dollars.  Unfortunately, I don’t think most people will be able to do the same.  We got lucky with our situation. 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I work within a strict budget. I have an excel sheet where I track incoming and outgoing funds for everything — bills, fun expenditures, everything. I save my receipts every week and total them on Sunday. That way I track all my spending. Then, at the end of each month I use the excel to calculate my savings and then I go deposit it before I can find something to spend it on!

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

use stuff you already have. i have all sorts of crap lying around my house that’s coming in handy for this wedding!

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2009

Have your wedding near a holiday or on a Friday. Also, negotiate! negotiate! negotiate! most vendors have expensive prices just because most brides will pay without asking… now, that’s changing. So you can negotiate a price that’s within your budget, and more likely than not, they will work something out with you 🙂

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

The biggest money savers, I put two since they both saved us about the same amount of money.

1. Didn’t buy a dress from a traditional bridal shop. My first dress was from a Chinese manufacturer, second (reception) dress came from the affordable Davids Bridal online DB collection.

2. We’re not doing floral centerpieces and all the bouquets are silk.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - The Mountain Terrace, Woodside, CA

Using friendors! Our photogs are friends of friends, just starting out their business (but with an already fab portfolio), and they’re giving us the friend’s price: 2 photogs for 8 hours for $700.

And we’re having a tallented musician friend play acoustic guitar for the ceremony (saves $400) and he’ll DJ for us too (saves ~$1100). All he wants for payment is a  pair of headphones that my company makes (cost to me = $0!).

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

im doing a blurb album to save. i got a good photographer, so even if i dont have one of those fancy, leather-bound thingamabobs, the photos inside will be great, and ill know i saved a bundle on it. and if i totally hate the book, who says we cant get a fancy one made after the fact when we actually have money again 😉

 

 

Post # 11
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908 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I saved about $500 by DIYing invitations.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee

I know it’s not a fun one, but invite less guests. That cuts down everything from the number of invitations you buy to the food & alcohol you’ll serve at the wedding. While it’s so nice to be able to invite everyone, see if there’s a way to narrow it down to just the people you really care to see on your big day.

Post # 13
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317 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

reception –  Only paying $300 since it will be at the church that we are getting married.

flowers – Order them in bulk and having a family friend do the bouquets, centerpieces for way less

Post # 14
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318 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Check out photographers that are just starting out, I was able to score mine for $750 inclusive of 8 hour coverage for the wedding day, 2 hour engagement shoot, all images on a disc, and travel fees for a 12 hour round trip car ride.  Also, look into having your wedding during off-season and on Fridays or Sundays.  Often times, vendors will throw in discounts because weddings don’t normally occur during those times.

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Cut coupons! You can save so much if you use coupons from Michaels and many online stores have coupons now that can be found on retailmenot.com and other sites. A little internet searching can save you 20-40% on things you might have just bought outright anyway.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

reception / ceremony: we found a place that looks great (it has a view) and comes with tables/chairs/plates/etc so we’re not renting anything. the only additional decorations are the centerpieces and ceremonial flowers.

flowers: no flowers for family / wedding party. just bride’s bouquet and groom’s bouttoniere.

photos: we splurged on a photographer but are not getting a professional album. we’ll print the pictures we want and put a scrapbook / album of our own together instead.

invites: we designed our own and took it to a local print shop (not specializing in weddings) to print. that cost us less than 1/2 of what professional invite shops had quoted us.

other than absolute must-haves, we haven’t bought anything fun / just because outside of wedding related things

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