(Closed) What are a few ways you are stretching your wedding budget?

posted 6 years ago in Money
Post # 3
120 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

– No save the dates

– DIY invitations (pocketfolds)

– No fancy transportation

– DIY wedding decor and table runners

– Venue we chose included all table linens, tables, glassware, dishware, etc…

– No ceremony chair flowers

– Cheap flowers – I’m thinking mainly carnations with pricier flowers peppered

– Cash bar




Post # 4
34 posts
  • Wedding: September 2012

-No Save th Dates

-No Fancy Transportation

-No Ceremony Flowers (we will have an amazing view)

-No Reception Flowers…lots and lots of candles

-My bridesmaid’s will have ostrich feather and peacock accent pomanders instead of flowers

Post # 5
149 posts
Blushing bee

  • I got my dress at Brides against Breast Cancer so it was wicked cheap, just have to pay for alterations
  • DIY invitations/menus/programs
  • Not providing transportation for the wedding party…they are driving themselves
  • No flowers (using cake stands and cupcakes as our centerpieces)
  • Friend is being the DJ
  • Cash bar

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

I have done editing work in the past, and a colleague of mine makes stunning wedding bouquets. Instead of paying me for editing over 20 articles for an upcoming magazine, she is crafting my bouquets, my bridesmaids’ bouquets, and the boutonnières for all of the groomsmen!

I have loads of family/friends in the wedding industry, so while we are spending a fair amount, we are getting much more bang for our buck.

Post # 7
3461 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

The big ways:

  • Negotiated with vendors
  • Small wedding (just under 100)
  • Price-shopped a lot
  • DIY elements below


  • No Save the Dates
  • DIY: Invitations, church decor, centerpieces, placecards, photo guestbook, programs, UP mailbox, signs for bbq (Note: Will reuse afterwards centerpiece bases as placemats and the centerpieces themselves are potted flowers)
  • Buying Michaels & AC Moor items with the 50% off coupons when possible
  • Mom fixed seamstresses mistakes
  • Friend of friend for photographer
  • Pies not cake
  • Hope to sell a few decor elements post wedding
  • Capping alchol (unlimited negotated beer/spirits, limit on wine bottles)
  • No wedding transportation
  • Accepted gifts of favors from a friend
  • Rehearsal BBQ shopping at costco and also couponed/sales for grocery store (We invited everyone to the bbq)
  • Groupons for a few gifts

Post # 8
380 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

1) photographer is a friend who is just starting out & in return for me shooting her wedding (did it as a wedding present) , she is shooting ours (shes like a lil sister to me)
2) bought our invitations from Wal-Mart on Clearance!!!! ($14 for 50 invites)
3) diy flower arrangments/bouquets/etc
4) having the wedding on my parents farm
5) wedding is <50 people
6) dinner is for wedding guests only (having a bbq curtesy of parents)
7) couponing @ hobby lobby & michaels
8) even the honeymoon is getting discounted! (My Fiances aunt works at the place we are visiting while on our honeymoon, so free tickets for us!)
9) found the flower girl dress on clearance at Sears for $10
10) discounted DJ (The photographer claims the dj as her “other dad” so I get the “family” discount)
11) No save the dates, using Facebook events for that instead
12) hand delivering as many invites as possible

Post # 9
34 posts
  • Wedding: September 2012

–  I bought an Off The Rack Dress on sale & it’s gorgeous!

– Future Mother-In-Law is a cake pro so she’s making the cakes 🙂

– I use 50% off coupons at Michaels, JoAnn & Hobby Lobby much as possible

– I cut out hair and make up and I’m doing my own. Hair & makeup are second nature to me 🙂

– I made my own own cake topper

– I’m not set on specific flowers for the centerpieces, so I’m planning on buying them the morning of & seeing what I can find

– I realized some DIY projects actually cost more, so it’s better to just buy certain items done. For me it was invitations.






Post # 10
3886 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

-Got the invites from VistaPrint with a groupon

-No STD’s and online RSVP’s only

-No rehearsal dinner; instead we are having a rehearsal lunch with just the wedding party (their SO’s and kids have already said they’d rather go wander around and do touristy stuff than go to the rehearsal and lunch) and then meeting up with anyone who wants to join us at the hotel, because the hotel gives free happy hour

-No favors (but that’s more because I think they’re wasteful– no one takes them home– than because I am trying to save money)

-No decor (just worked out that our venue doesn’t need it, it’s beautiful on its own, but I’m happy to not have to pay for or plan that)

-Minimal flowers– and I mean minimal, just bouquets and corsages for the wedding party

-Bridesmaids choosing their own dresses and buying them themselves

Post # 11
524 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

A lot of the same things as the rest of you (yay! I love fellow budget brides!) and a few different ones:

-I’m doing things a little weird and having a tiny destination wedding with 25 people max, then in our home states having two fairly casual receptions

-My best friend is designing the invites and we’re going to have them printed on Vistaprint.

-No save-the-dates (We’re just going to send out our invitations farther in advance for the destination part of our wedding, and put all the details on the website)

-Mom is making the dress and most of FI’s outfit

-No alcohol at receptions (more for family reasons and venue considerations than anything) 

-Receptions will be in our church basements for free or cheap

-Pretty much everything for the destination wedding is part of a package: photographer, videographer, venue, officiant, flowers, limo

-Reception following the Destination Wedding will be at a restauraunt with no fancy decorations

-Engagement pictures and reception photography are by a friend for cheap

-No traditional wedding party

-No flowers except the bouquet and bout that come in the Destination Wedding package

-For the 2 receptions, we’re having htem in the afternoon away from normal mealtimes and serving cake, punch & cheese and fruit.

Post # 12
1471 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

we did save the dates but not the typical ones.  Our save the dates were sent out the end of november so we did a save the date holiday letter and took one of our engagment pictures to target and got a holiday photo card to add into the letter, it cost us like $30 total! It was really great 🙂

lots of DIY

Made our own invites, printed with vista print with coupon

Made our own programs

Made favors that were also seating cards (they were a huge hit!!)

Had our wedding at a place that took care of the cake, food, DJ, ceremony, decorations, flowers etc we got to pick what ever we wanted and it was all included at that one price!

Uncle brewed our beer

Got discount on wine

had a 75 person wedding


Post # 13
26 posts
  • Wedding: June 2012

– Off the rack dress

– DIY all stationary – my aunt is a graphic designer and then we just printed ourselves

– We are not using a traditional caterer, instead we are going with Freebirds (its a burrito place), its one of our favorite places to eat and I was tired of having bland, cold, tasteless food at other friend’s weddings. So hopefully this works out great.

– I haven’t looked into it, but we are going to try to rent a convertible from a rental car place like Hertz, Enterprise, Budget. I’m having tough luck finding a company to transport less than 5 miles from the reception to the hotel.

– DIY decorations

– Cupcakes – 240 cupcakes, 5 different flavors for under $500. A local Mom&Pop diner is doing them

Post # 14
237 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

  • On a Sunday afternoon (vendors less expensive)
  • Guest list under 60 (closer to 50)
  • No save-the-dates
  • Simple one-page invitations from Vista Print w/ standard stamps
  • Online RSVP (no RSVP cards)
  • No attendants
  • At my church (not ideal in terms of decor, but incredibly inexpensive.  Also gives us excuse for no alcohol)
  • DIY reception centerpieces/flowers
  • Only 4 hours of photography (short reception)
  • Negotiating with vendors (photography, rentals, ceremony flowers)
  • Bought dress that fits without alterations (I was sample size, re-selling after wedding)
  • Midafternoon reception (light, DIY food)
  • Combining favors and escort cards
  • iPod reception
  • Creative decor (for example, using wallpaper to block window glare)
  • Borrowing mismatched vases and untensils from family for picnic-style reception
  • Booking wedding night hotel through priceline.com “Name Your Price” (5-star for $120).
  • Free downloadable “Fingerprint Tree” guest book

Post # 15
237 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Forgot some: 


  • Using FI’s Mustang as exit vehicle (reception and ceremony are at the same place and we will be getting ready at the church, so no need for any special transportation).
  • DIY Programs (will probably be simple one-card with a ribbon threaded through)
  • Aisle decor will be a fabric runner with fabric bows on chair–the splurge on ceremony decor is two large flower arrangements at the front
  • Probably baking my own cake.  We’ll see…


Post # 16
2693 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Saving and stretching my budget by:

Finding cheap vendors within my budget or negotiating with their prices

DIY: invites (simple yet elegant), save the dates, veil, garter, card box, ring pillow, table signs and numbers, car sign, etc.

Using Oriental trading and Vistaprint for favors (cheap cheap)

Cutting back on unnecessary costs: like a limo or videographer. 



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