(Closed) Any good ways to cut wedding costs?

posted 6 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

What can you change? I think food and drinks are one of the biggest areas to cut. Maybe do cheaper flowers or non floral centerpieces, I’ve seen a blogger bee do a post on them a while ago but I don’t remember who. 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

– Do lanterns with candles, or votives with sea glass and candles, etc. There are so many centerpiece options that don’t involve flowers that are lovely and cost-effective!

– Have a buffet instead of a plated reception.

– Have a cash bar instead of an open bar.

– Build an iPod list and rent a speaker rather then splurge on a DJ/band.

– Find an alternative to wedding cake (like cupcakes or a donut hole cake)

– DIY projects: invitations, menus, favors, etc. You don’t have to spend a lot to make something beautiful!

Good luck, OP!

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Depending on how far you are in your planning, you could do some of these things:

-Cut back on limos (or eliminate them all together), and get either a sedan service ir an hourly taxi rental. Not sure about your area, but here in DC a licensed taxi is $25 and hour, which is WAY less than a limo. It’s not as fancy but in the grand scheme of things, it might be a really easy way to save some big dollars

-Do a rehearsal luncheon instead of rehearsal dinner. Even better, do a rehearsal luncheon with only the wedding party followed by the actual rehearsal, then do a light appetizers mingling if you feel you need to have an event with all the out-of-towners

-Use potted plants as centerpeices.  You can get nice pots on etsy for $10 each, even cheaper if you go to a crafts store, and a live plant in bloom doesn’t need any other dressing up

-Cut as far back on the flowers as you can bear to go. The bride’s bouquet can be almost any arrangement from a florist, just wrap it in florists’ tape or ribbon. It’s the same exact flowers as the bridal bouquet, but at 1/3 the cost. Or DIY the flowers

-VistaPrint is on Groupon pretty regularly; get your invites using a groupon

-Do your RSVP’s online; a $5/month website, offered by a lot of companies, left online for 2-3 months, will save you a whole lot of money in postage and envelopes

 -You may be able to trim a bit from your catering bill, even if the contract is already signed, by arranging vendor meals for your photographer, DJ, and other staff instead of giving the same meal that the guests get.  The staff often prefers a vendor meal, as it’s often a sandwich or a wrap that can be eaten quickly so they can get back to work, instead of a knife-and-fork meal that they won’t have time to properly enjoy. Also ask about kids’ meals as part of your headcounts.

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We’re skipping the cake and doing cookies – I’m totally excited about it and it will be much cheaper.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Ways to save:  

lots of simple DIY that saved me money

Local vendors

Research (by asking around and living on the internet, I was able to find a caterer with ROCK bottom prices).

Things I was going to do to save even more momey:

No formal tansportation (but now i might rent a minibus)

Playlist and having fi’s cousin DJ

Have a backyard ceremony

I was able to save on my venue (just by renting the hall), my dress (local seamstress), and invitations (DIY), etc.  There are so many ways to save… you don’t have to do everything that everyone else is doing.  If you look at the reception (the most expensive portion of the wedding) as just one big party then simple is the way to go.

 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee

Can you cut back on your guest list?

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