I don’t live in PA – but there’s a million ways to cut costs.
The first place to start is with invitations. If you haven’t chosen yours – if your on an very low and tight budget, I HIGHLY reccomend 123print.com. I personalized mine to match our theme and I ended up getting 120 STD postcards, 120 invitaitons and envelopes, 120 favor tags, 500 address lables, and 120 thank-you cards, all custom printed, for only $119 after tax and shipping!
Imdh beat me to the punch – I found my photog on Craigslist and saved a TON. Just put an ad in the gigs section about you, your wedding, the style your looking for, and your price range. I literally had over 100 responses within the first day of my listing!
If your bridesmaids aren’t buying their own dresses, or if their price range is lower – check out convertible dresses. I’m making my girls these dresses at a fraction of the price of retail. They can be twisted, tied, and wrapped a million different ways, assuring that each bridesmaid can have a dress they feel comfortable in. They can have sleeves, be a halter top, strapless, or their own personal creation! Even the most novice seamstress can do this – it’s literally a few pieces of cotton jersey, and three straight lines of sewing…I’m making 4 dresses with premium bamboo cotton jersey for only $200.
For centerpieces, think outside of the box. Centerpieces can double as favors – a BIG cost-cutting idea.
We’re also cutting costs dramatically by using more peacock feathers than flowers in our centerpieces, the decor, and the ceremony. We’re also buying flowers from our local Sams Club at wholesale prices, and then making the bouts, centerpieces, etc. by ourselves.
Shopping Goodwill and other thrift stores can really cut costs when looking for vases, dishes, etc. You also might want to check out craigslist or freecycle for that too. I literally got 100 vases for FREE by placing a wanted ad on those two site. I had to drive a bit to get them all, but you’d be surprised how many people have old dusty vases they don’t need or want!
I saved some cash by buying compostable plates, cups, napkins, and wooden cutlery. You can throw it all out when your done AND help the environment! Plus these are thicker and sturdier than plastic or paper plates and look much more eco-chic! Check out branchhome.com for the fun stuff I got!
And for misc. wedding stuff – my #1 FAVE site is save-on-crafts.com
Just take your time and do research. That’s whats saved me the most cash. Good luck and congrats!