Your thoughts?

posted 3 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Those are some really broad questions. My most difficult task was deciding on the overall cost for venues after rentals. I used yelp and word of mouth for finding vendors. And the most cost effective service I used was Vistaprint. It probably saved us over $200 in stationary. The second would be finding a venue that allowed us to buy our own alcohol. Doing so, saved us about $20 per person. 

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

The most difficult task for us was picking a date. I have always wanted a winter wedding (loved Father of the Bride and still do) and sold my fiance on the idea when we talked about the type of wedding we wanted. We got engaged in November 2012 and originally planned to wait until December 2014/January 2015 to get married. We couldn’t stand the idea of waiting that long, and had to talk with my parents (who are paying for the wedding) about moving it to our now date- December 2013! I used Shutterfly for STDs and WeddingDivas for our invitations which was pretty cost effective. We decided to invite, besides family, only friends who had known both of us during our relationship and would still be in our lives in 10 years, leaving us with a guest list of only 78 people. That helps cut food costs a lot!

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@toddr112991:  Finding a venue. There are SO many! And SO few that actually work for you!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@toddr112991:  We have wedding shows 2 times a year in my city. I attended one to see what was being offered. I’m not sure where you are from so not really sure where to look for vendors. I asked friends who have been married before who they used a well. Most expensive things I found where food/alcohol/venue and photography. Least expensive would be all the little do it yourself projects (depending what you want for your wedding of course) 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I think those are good questions.

Every vendor we used was highly recommended by word of mouth, then we checked them out ourselves and met with them to make sure we worked well together and liked their style.

The only one that wasn’t was the officiant, but I found her online and emailed with several before her to get to know them and how they worked.  Apparently I did good, the clerk of court employee asked who was officiating when we got our license, and said “Oooh, I hear her name a lot, I hear she does really good weddings.”.  And she did, better than I could have hoped for!  We’re SO lucky, a friend wanted to recommend the officiant to her nephew but I found out she had too many other commitments and stopped doing weddings a few months after ours.

Most cost effective?  Buying a dress at a consignment shop!

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@toddr112991:  Most difficult thing was the guest list!

In terms of vendors, I guess most difficult was the reception venue because that’s the biggest expense (because venues here generally include catering).

Most cost effective were the things we got done for free: friends lent us some nice cars for transport, and another friend did the video. (But don’t get any old person to do the video – this friend had done a lot of amateur videoing and knew what she was doing).

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

The most difficult things have been my hair (long story), and a bit of BM drama. Really everything else was fine.

Our most cost-effective choice was getting invitations from zazzle.com. I couldn’t believe how much we saved. Also, by using West Jet to book our vacation to BC instead of Air Canada, we literally saved 50%. 50%!!!

We lucked out with our venue, because they gave us a list of preferred vendors. Because we are technically “off-season,” a lot of those vendors were available when we called to inquire: hair, dj, florist, wine jelly maker. We got a lot done quickly because of that list. Really, I have to say, our coordinator at the venue has been AMAZING with stuff like this. We need it, he gets it. Boom.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@toddr112991:  The most difficult thing was trying to pick a location.  We had our wedding planned in three different countries, and 5 different US states.  I wanted to go with the most awesome location possible – turns out there are lots of awesome locations out there!  It was hard to pick.  When you elope, the options are endless.

 

Vendors?  I used the internet and I looked for existing weddings.  Photogapher blogs, Facebook helped me find the right location and the right photographer.

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