Post # 1
Hello bees, I know I’ve read other boards asking the same question of what you are scaling back on or just not dealing with for your wedding, but I thought it be good for all us new bees, and older as well, to read what others have to say.
There are many things I plan to leave out to help keep the budget at a low. Here is my list.
-No DJ (dads a musician he & other bands will play)
-No Programs (having civil ceremony won’t be long)
-Save the Dates
Post # 3
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
No Limo. DIY flowers. DIY invites (used to be a graphic designer). Nothing monogrammed. $3 white wood vs $7 Chivari chairs (BIG savings there).
FI is doing IT for trade for a party rental company, so we’ll probably have $1,000 of rentals at no cost. And with the DIY things I’m doing/inexpensive centerpieces I’m doing (votives from Big Lots!), we’ll save close to $3K.
Post # 4
-No save the dates
-Flowers from a wholesale club
-No special lighting/monograms/photo booth
-Scaled back on cocktail hour food
-No dessert table/hour: just cake and a few pastries for each table after dinner
We scaled back on the above so that we DIDN’T have to cut:
-having it on a Saturday
Post # 5
Our list has a lot in common with lioness’:
-No Wedding Party
– No reception decor since it will be in a restaraunt
– Minimal ceremony decor since it will be in a beautiful garden
-No DJ (iPod)
– No printed invite stuff, all online
– Restaurant is doing Menu Cards
– Used dress via preownedweddingdresses.com
– No engagement session
– Guest list of ~ 70
– No hotel for us
– Sunday wedding and reception
Post # 6
We were planning to do a candy bar, dessert bar and favors.
Now we are just doing a candy bar with boxes for people to put the candy they want. That will be the favors.
No flowers, I am doing feather bouquets and decor.
No limo, we are renting a car
Buffet dinner instead of sit down
Cut the guest list (100 instead of 150)
Mother is doing my alterations (she worked at Kleinfelds for years and knows wedding dresses)
With these cuts we can afford to:
Have it at the venue we wanted even it’s more expensive than what we had planned to spend
Have it on a Saturday
Have an open bar
Post # 7
No limo, no flowers (DIY brooch boquet), got my dress from preownedweddingdresses.com, the reception venue is free (Fi’s mom belongs to the country club) my mom is professional photographer and refuses to have anyone else shoot the wedding, and FI’s cousin is a caterer so we got an amazing deal on food. Reception for 200 is going to run about 6k. I refuse not to have alcohol for my guests, we are doing beer, wine, and a signature cocktail. I must have a DJ, I think music and drinks makes the reception, I know some do not agree, but those are areas I wall not sacrifice. We are doing a candy bar and photo booth for favors and guestbook.
Post # 8
Using the linens my caterer provides (no fancy chair cover, monogrammed napkins, etc.)
No sit down dinner; only appetizers and desserts
No Saturday wedding; doing a Sunday afternoon wedding
No photography package; hiring them hourly so the price is cheaper but no engagement shoot or albums
No alcohol or just beer/wine, haven’t decided yet
No menu card/escort cards
No cake cutting/fancy champagne glasses
Post # 9
DIY centerpieces not floral (bought vases off craigslist, supplies at Ikea)
DIY flowers – 2 bouts, my bouquet and MOH flowers
2 person bridal party
DIY STD’s (most of FI’s list are OOT so it was necessary but only spent $15 on 50)
DIY Invites – In progress
DIY Table numbers/pics
Beer & Wine only not open bar
No passed apps
Cupcakes not wedding cake
Small guest list I would say about 60-70
Dress from Filenes’s Running of the Brides
Ceremony & Reception in the same place.
I didn’t cut back on photographer or dj. It’s on a Saturday but the venue was inexpensive for this area so it was within budget because it included beer/wine and some apps as part of the package.
Post # 10
-DJ or Band
-Medium guest list
-No Chair Covers (so far, my only almost-regret)
-VERY little flowers
-No unnecessary fancy stuff (no fancy dinnerware, for example)
Also, we tried to just buy stuff that we can re-use later, like our cute drink dispensers and our plate stands.
Post # 11
No save the dates, no limo (we have a pretty nice car already), no programs, seat covers, ordering our flowers from costco and doing them myself, the hall was super cheap (but crazy nice) and we’re renting alot of our decorations.
Post # 12
Hmm…most of the things that we “cut back” on, we genuinely wanted to do it that way. DIY flowers, self designed invites, wine and beer reception, diy decorations/centerpieces, etc
A few things we cut that we actually wanted:
Post # 13
I made all of the flowers for our wedding, which saved us a lot.
We didn’t have a wedding cake, instead we had a wedding pie which was included with the meal.
I did my own makeup and my friend did my hair
We had a cheap DJ (I wish we had spent more on this, our DJ was really amateur)
No chair covers and extra fluffy stuff like that lol.
I made almost everything for the wedding myself (programs, invitations, STDs, website, flowers, table numbers, seating chart, ectectect the list goes on and on lol)
Post # 14
No limo…using a friends very nice car
No save the dates
No cocktail hour
Bridal party consist of two people
Post # 15
No full meal.
No flowers (real or fake, we are using alternative decor).
Friendors for Photography & Officiant.
This actually saved us so much we were able to offer everything else 🙂
Post # 16
We cut back alot as our original budget was higher.
-vistaprint for wedding stationary
-no special chairs
-cutting out florist….DIY bridal party and for centerpieces we are doing the cheapest flowers possibe
-Friendors for photographer and DJ so we’re getting them super, duper cheap.
– may cut out favors
– budget dress (consignment shop)
….we had to cut the budget by $6k….but, we are keeping open bar for the entire night because that’s where we place importance.