- 6 years ago
The money board is hopping today and I thought it might be nice to make a list of everything you did to make your budget meet. I’m doing a lot of DIY but I’d love some more ideas too! Here’s some of what we’ve done to keep our DW, home reception and travel costs to under $9,000.
*Booked rental stuff EARLY for 20%
*Bought consignment linens and decor for 75% less than they could be rented
*Booked a restaurant to provide a taco/chimichanga buffet instead of a caterer with a sit-down meal. We’re paying $10.50/person!
*I bought a custom dress off Etsy for $300.
*Instead of booking a venue we’re using a tent in my sister’s backyard, overlooking a lake. It’s so pretty there, we need minimal decoration!
*We’ve bought dinner and cake plates at flea markets and thrift stores for a lot cheaper than renting.
*Bought flatware at a restaurant supply store – $10 for 3 dozen forks? Renting a fork is 40 cents. MUCH cheaper.
*Ipod instead of DJ
*We’re offering guests beer, wine, and margaritas that we buy/mix ourselves.
*Designed, printed, and addressed my own invites.
This is only some of what we’re doing, but I have a lot more DIY projects coming up. I’m trying to avoid paying anyone for anything that I can do myself without the potential for ruining something. I.e. we’ll let the rental guys set up the tent, but we’ll decorate the tables ourselves.
What are you doing? Where do you refuse to cut corners? Did anything really shock you with its price? Florists were probably the most shocking to me, as were rental fees!