(Closed) Share your cuts!

posted 7 years ago in Money
Post # 3
4804 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m going to make my own centerpieces πŸ™‚

Post # 4
3520 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

My dress is being made by a seamstress from Etsy.  I bought the fabric and lace, the whole thing will end up being about $210.

I’m doing DIY decor for my informal outdoor wedding, probably bunting, centerpieces, and pretty favors.  I used to be a baker, so I’m also making my cupcake tower and small cutting cake.  Oh, and I’m making the bouquets too…


Post # 5
6351 posts
Bee Keeper

We’re getting married at his family lake house instead of renting my dream venue πŸ™ A friend is catering and it’s pretty basic bbq type food. I’m also trying to get my dress second-hand.

Post # 6
689 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Umm….basically everything. I don’t even know where to start lol.

Post # 7
4887 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

My dress ended up being only 1/4 of my dress budget so I was able to allocate $1500 elsewhere.  I used business connections to get a great deal on photography.  I’m going with a company here that helps you build your own flowers (with their help, using their tools, etc). My fiance is super tech-handy so he’s building our photobooth.  The favors are doubling as centerpieces.  My shoes were $16 (still looking for a second and third back up pair though!).  We’re doing beer/wine/signature drink open bar instead of a full-on free for all. 

Post # 8
7293 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Second hand dress

Family owned estate for reception/ceremony

Food bought in bulk and made by family members into suitable dishes

hierloom wedding bands

family photogrophers

fresh picked wild and local flowers

ipod type d.j


Just keeping it super casual and down to earth! We are mixing cultures, so things are different and scaled back!


Post # 9
4803 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’m bad and didn’t make as many cuts as I had intended. But I’m making the guy’s boutonnieres – Fiance wanted them made out of guitar picks, those run $15 online for each one, I made all of them for $30. Would of been less if I had already owned a hot glue gun or if Fiance had guitar picks in our colors.

A seamstress who works out of her home is doing my dress alterations and she is very inexpensive.

I found a site that did my invites, response cards, and Save-The-Date Cards for just $150 and they are absolutely gorgeous and have shimmer cardstock paper and shimmery ink – I think I got a great deal for not DIYing them. But I did attach my own envelope liners, which took so long I wish I paid someone!

I’m borrowing my grandmother’s jewelry.

My florist is just starting out, they are twin sisters who do an amazing job (been doing it for a long time, it’s just a new company) and they were super inexpensive.

We’re getting married on a Sunday so the minimum guest count is lower.

Post # 10
4804 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@Wonderstruck:  Can we see the guitar pick bouts?  I’m so curious they sound awesome!

Post # 12
10714 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m DIYing everything… super cuts! lol

Post # 13
1022 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Haha, lets see:

Wedding on my family farm (so, free)

Sister is making cake/cupcakes (free)

Borrowing tables from church (free)

Wedding dress from thrift store (got 2 dresses for $83-check previous post)

Father and FI’s uncle are cooking all of the BBQ

Flowers are coming from local Public (grocery store)- buying the $5 bouquets in bulk. Each bouquet will make at least 2 centerpieces.

All decor has been being collected from flea markets, thrift stores, etc- been getting vases and candleholders for $0.50 a piece.

Photographer is just getting started basically and is REALLY GOOD. ($300 for all day coverage)

IPOD reception/FI’s cousin will DJ for free

And our bridal/bridesmaids bouquets will be silk DIYs.

I could go on and on but you get the gist….we’re definitely going to have one of the cheapest weddings you’ll see- but my goal is to not let it appear that way! πŸ™‚

Post # 14
466 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

No flowers. At all. I am making crepe paper bouquets and our tables are going to be decorated with candles – est saving $1500

No transport. Good old ‘just married’ and cans on the back of our car – est saving $500

Plain gold wedding bands – est saving $1000

Using shoes I already have – shoes originally cost $200

Getting my and Maid/Matron of Honor hair done by friend hairdresser – est saving $200

Having an ‘ipod’ wedding reception – est saving $750

TOTAL SAVING – $4150 – wow, now I look at it like that I am saving a fair amount!

Post # 15
1890 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

You guys are so good at cutting costs!  I’m way too non-creative and easily frustrated to do my own flowers, and flowers were so expensive πŸ™  I saved on:

DIY favors

DIY guest book

Only got limo for half an hour after the reception to take us to after-party (we could have skipped it, but it ended up coming in handy when a couple bridesmaids were stranded and we gave them a lift)

Had wedding on a Friday

“Friendor” photographer

Negotiated with bridal boutique and got free alterations

Fairly cheap invites/STD picture magnets

Post # 16
11395 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

Married bee here that did alot of budget friendly things! lol

– Second hand dress.

– DIY bouquet.

– Cheap favors bought from family dollar & Dollar store. (Homemade suckers shaped like snow flakes that was blue with tiny little white painted on snow flakes that we put inside of a holiday card that went in a envelope.)

– Bought our cake at foodycity. 

– Second hand suit for hubby.

– My family members took our pictures. My mom took them during the ceremony & reception & my sister took some posed ones of us. They turned out great! & My camera has built in edit where you can smooth your skin & everything, so that worked out also!

– We bought alot of our decorations from the family dollar & the dollar tree. 

– We did a buffet instead of sit down dinner (which we had a small wedding of around 20 some people including me & my husband there.) So we did party tray foods & Homemade things like chocolate covered pretzels, peanut butter balls, we had alot of different cookies, ect.

– We lucked out & didn’t even have to decorate the ceremony area (got married in hubby’s family Church) Because they already had it decorated beautifully for Christmas & we had a winterwonderland theme in December–So it worked out perfectly!

– I did my own hair & my own makeup.

– Otherwise simple things like cutting back guest list, cash bar, buffet instead of sit down dinner, DIYing, going second hand on some things, cutting things you don’t really need out if you need to, ect.

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