(Closed) Any body else have champagne dreams and koolaid money?

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Post # 3
23602 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

We had so much sticker shock while planning our wedding! I think the most important thing is to shop around a LOT when it comes to vendors, and as much DIY you can handle, you should definitely do it! If you have friends and family who are willing to help with doing things, that will always help cut costs! Happy wedding planning to you! 🙂

Post # 4
429 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@adriskill:  I think it’s about determination. My budget is pretty small, but I’m not compromising how I want my wedding to look – beautiful and classy, like an explosion of autumn. That said… I’m also flexible about changing some things as long as the whole picture looks fantastic in the end.

Making things myself…hunting down bargains. Picked a Sunday for my date. If it’s option for you, try picking a date that’s off season for cheaper prices. 

I chose an outdoor ceremony so I only have to pay $70 to get the venue. The reception is at a hotel and they knock a large portion off the fee for the banquet room  if you book a room there for at least one night preceding or the day of the event. Works for us! They have in-suite jacuzzis and we weren’t going to do a honeymoon right away anyway. 

I may be DIYing my flowers. 

Post # 5
54 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

DIY and comparing prices!

We’ve got an amazing venue, just because it’s slightly away from the city, and is new to the wedding market. Also look at unconventional venues – barns etc.

We’re doing our own flowers which is saving us about £1k ($1500), and doing our own decorations as well. Because we’ve got a long engagement, we can buy bits and bobs all along the way, which means we get the cheapest buys (sale items and all that), and the costs are spread out so we don’t have to pay a huge amount of money just weeks before our wedding!

Hunt down sale items and best prices. I’m buying my shoes from the post-christmas sales, and looking at buying my dress either in a sample sale or online. 

Online shops are also amazing for everything wedding-related! I’m using ebay more than ever before, and order most of my items from chinese sellers. Chair covers & sashes for cheaper than I could rent them for? Check. Centrepieces for £5 a piece? Check. Paper items for our invites? Check, check, check! Because online shops don’t have the overheads physical shops do, they can normally do things so much cheaper!

Try to bring in your own alcohol.. Venues might charge a corkage fee, but even with that, champagne is normally cheaper. We’re buying ours at these ‘buy a crate’ places when they’ve got sales on; we’re getting dom at veuve prices. 

Coupons, loyalty discounts, bonus points, etc. are not something to shun! Make sure you sign up for your favourite site’s mailing list and you’ll get first dibs on sale items and anything new & upcoming!

Basically, give yourself time to do this thing and plan, plan, plan! If you’re sure you’re getting the cheapest deal, you can buy better quality and rest assured that you haven’t wasted your money.

Post # 6
8487 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

Haha, yes!

My Fiance is the opposite though. He says “I have spam taste with a steak and lobster budget.” Darn him.

Post # 7
7992 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

Before I started planning, I didn’t think I had expensive tastes. Obviously I do. At the moment, I’m trying to sort out a caterer. I want a really spectacular meal… something like… er… a scallop, rocket and chorizo salad followed by venison with wasabi mashed potatoes for example… you know the sort of thing… and I’m prepared to make my own evening buffet and desserts, if push comes to shove, in order to afford it (even if I say so myself, the one thing I can knock out is restaurant quality desserts). I refuse to buy in food which I could make better myself… hell, if there were two of me then I’d do all my own catering, including the plated meal, and my guests would eat my personal recipies.

I’m also DIYing practically everything. Even with my DIY and buying on ebay though, I was shocked to discover that my centrepieces are probably still going to set me back about £50 apiece. Not as budget as I thought! At least I can resell them later though.

I second the others. Ebay. DIY. Try not to panic!

Post # 8
1522 posts
Bumble bee

DIY and Fake Flowers… (sorry ladies) fake flowers are the biggest cost cut fresh flowers are soooooo expensively ridonculous

Post # 9
1854 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Have your wedding at an “off” time. We’re having a Sunday wedding in the late morning/early afternoon. Vendors are cheaper because lots not the traditional Saturday night!

Post # 10
1578 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Country Club

@babypearls:  Some fresh flowers are cheaper than fake flowers. You really just have to look around.


Try finding people who KNOW people… I found a professional photographer who is good friends with a girl I was friends with in high school. He normally charges $2500 for weddings and he’s only charging me $700.


Also, we are having a late wedding and we are only serving cake and coffee. We are having a small two layer cake, and then having the same bakery make two large sheet cakes. The venue is having people to cut and serve the cake from the back. Each sheet cake it about $40, so that’s a large cut for our budget.

Post # 11
2692 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I was so shocked with the prcies for wedding related items when I first started planning.  It really brought me down to reality and made me realize that if I wanted the dream weddding I always dreamed about I would have to make some compromises.

First I realized I would have to scale back on my vision…I didn’t want to sacrifice too much so I had to de a lot of research to find venues and vendors that were budet friendly. I also decided to take on a few diy items that would save me a lot of money (some were even free). I looked for deals online as well.  

I wanted the perfect cinderella dress and bought a custom one from a local seamstress who also made all the bm’s dresses, the gm’s vests and fi’s suit (that is another story though..wasted money on that).

I also got a venue that allowed us to rent only the space and bring in our own vendors. All the all inclusive venues I loved were out of budget and the ones that were in budget were not really what we were looking for… we got the perfect venue for a great price.

I also searched high and low (online and just by going into their stores) for vendors willing to work with my budget or that were budget friendly.  I found my florist, photographer and Dj all for low low prices.  I found the caterer from a bridal expo.  I somehow flled out their form and the guy kept calling me… turns out they were not obly great per person prices, they were willing to upgrade me AND gave me a discount.  That turned out lucky.

I wanted transportation for me and the bridal party anf my guests but didn’t want a reular limo and knew I couldn’t afford a hummer limo so I called the number on a mini party bus and as it turns out they are not only budget friendly but works with us for what we want.

I was going to et married in our backyard to save money BUT that would have stressed me out worrying abit parking and rain, etc.  So I searched online and found a nice little rustic tye lodge just 4 minutes away from our reception site.  It was pretty cheap and the owners are so nice. We can also have the cocktail hour there as well.

I got my shoes at Payless on discount.  We’re bringing in our own alcohol and hiring a bartender through our caterer (cheaper this way than having them provide the alcohol). The cocktail hour will be diy with simple snacks and refreshments. Favors might be diy as well.  

It took a lot of work on my end and reearch but it paid off.  I am getting the wedding of my dreams (with a few compromises) on a smaller budget than it should have cost.

Post # 12
1292 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I think the biggest thing is having your wedding in an off time as others have suggested. Did you select Saturday 9/7 for your day? Is that Labor Day weekend…not sure if that’ll work against you or not.

But really a Saturday wedding in prime months (May/June September/October) is going to set you back just for the date.

DIY centerpieces.

CHEAP invites (I got mine for .50 each on vistaprint… Only needed 50 so it was 25$)

Skip things you don’t need — consider tossing out favors, programs, menus.

Think about an afternoon affair instead of an evening one.

Beer and Wine vs Beer, Wine and Alcohol…

DONT TRY ON FANCY EXPENSIVE DRESSES IF YOU CANT AFFORD THEM! I don’t understand this…Why even put it on if you know it’s going to blow your budget?! To save money you will have to put more effort into your wedding but it’s worth it!

There are so many ways to save 🙂

Post # 13
1292 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

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Post # 14
25 posts
  • Wedding: April 2013

Our wedding is in April on a Sunday so we still received “off season” and “Off Day” pricing on our venue.

I’m splurging on my dress because that was the most important thing for me.

Photos were a must and we ended up with a fabulous photographer who allowed us to customize our own package! Plus my Fiance niece is doing our engagement photos. 

We’re making our own invitations, only using real flowers for the bouquets, and we went to every bridal fair we could find to get our hands on many different vendors who offered discounts for visiting their bridal fair booths!

We’re skipping the traditional reception and doing a cake and punch reception at 3:00 and then inviting close friends and family to dinner at my mom’s afterward.

Even with all of that…it’s still a lot of money. Just pick the things that are most important to you and spend more on those things than the tiny details. I chose to put the majority of our money (because my Fiance and I are paying for everything) toward wardrobe and our honeymoon. Oh! And I suggest a travel agent unless you don’t mind the stress. We’re going to Ireland on our honeymoon and without our travel agent my all ready high stress level would cause me to have a heart attack. 

Post # 15
4659 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Ugh yes. I was so excited to plan a wedding…

Then I realized what it cost…

Then I realized what we have…

Now I just want it to be over.

Post # 16
8453 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

Originally we talked about a big ($30k-$35k ish) wedding in Vegas with all of our friends at a fancy hotel.  Then we realized we could get a house with that money.  We decided to slash our wedding budget have a local wedding instead, so we could DIY stuff.

We reduced the cost by doing the following: cut down on our guest list, doing flowerless centerpieces, making our own favors, making the food for our sweet n salty snack buffet, printing all of our own stationary/stickers/labels, DIY bouquet/boutonnieres w/in season flowers, DIY gifts, DIY jewelry, DIY cake topper, Fri wedding.  Also, we are having our ceremony, reception and hotel all at the same place, so our venue gave us a discount.  Since it’s at a hotel, all of the rentals are included. 

The least beneficial DIY projects for me were the cardbox (only saved about $40), and the ombre tissue paper pomanders (I saved like $5 maybe).  The biggest money saving DIY for me will be the flowers and invites.  Hope this helps and best of luck with the planning.

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