(Closed) Being cheap without being..well..cheap haha

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Post # 3
3175 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Our biggest budget savers were doing our own flowers and stocking our own bar. We even bought our own glassware at Ikea & it was much cheaper than renting it. 

Other little things we did: do ceremony & reception in same venue, online RSVPs to save on postage, had a family friend ordained so we didn’t pay an officiant, bought my dress (new w/ tags) at a consignment shop, bought dishes & centerpieces at thrift stores, supplied our own candles that I stocked up on with coupons, made my own favors (limoncello & my gma’s spice cake), did a dessert buffet instead of cake, did my own makeup & had my sister do my hair, bought an aisle runner on ebay & accessories at JCPenney. 

Post # 4
1426 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Eveything is cutting corners with our wedding. From buying my vintage dress on etsy (and head-wear, soon), to skipping any form of real flowers. And Groupons!

We’re having my Uncle’s wife officiate us for free, getting acquaintances who have their own business to be our vendors (DJ, videographer, and photographer at majorly discounted rates), getting the most bang for our buck with the ceremony and reception venues (14 hours for $1400.00 plus tax for two rooms), making our own decor and keeping it simple (paper lanterns, paper chains, mason jars, making table signs, and buying decor items secondhand at thrift stores, etc.), having a buffet of over 30 different types of heavy appetizers (and there will two-three platters each that serve 50) and our wedding cake (which will be divine, I’m drooling thinking about it) from a supermarket, getting lovely disposable dinner and flatware, and buying our linens from amazon.com. There’s so much more, but it all allows us wiggle room for the travel bartender, waitstaff, and a DOC, for example.

We’re calling our theme “vintage-thrifty.” Laughing

Post # 5
667 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

doing my own flowers from sams club.

Post # 6
3697 posts
Sugar bee

We are using framed family photos and little (live) potted ivy plants as centerpieces – we are hoping they will be conversation starters among the guests! The guests will also be invited to take the ivies home at the end of the evening.

My gown came from a Brides Against Breast Cancer event – I got an amazing deal on it.

If you have a “Tuesday Morning” store anywhere in your area, it’s a good source for decor items as well as wedding party gifts, gift wrap, etc., at great prices.

Limited flower budget – using a farmer’s market florist and just getting bouquets, corsages and boutonnieres for the wedding party and parents through her. I got a bunch of silk flowers from a craft store and am using those to make a headpiece for myself and the extra will be little corsages/boutonnieres for all the children (mostly my cousins) who are doing things like passing out programs, etc., so that we don’t have to spend as much for real flowers for them. The silk ones will be a more durable keepsake for them anyway.

Post # 7
3886 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

The hotel we selected for the guests offers a complimentary happy hour each night. We moved our rehearsal to the early afternoon, will do a rehearsal luncheon with the bridal party then invite all the Out of Town guests to join us at the happy hour. We are paying for some very light catering but considering it’s about 60 people, a happy hour reception where the booze is already free for hotel guests is a LOT cheaper than taking all those folks out to a restaurant dinner.

Post # 8
3471 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

My florist came up with a fantastic design that will work as ceremony decorations, and then will be moved to the reception area afterwards to make those areas decorated too! 

Post # 9
2335 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I’m not buying any decor that is only being used once- ie: no ‘wedding only’ purchases.  Picture frames are ones I have or plan on hanging in my house afterwards, vases are ones I already collect, ect.  Of course I’m still buying a dress I’ll wear once and renting linens and things, but this rule has helped me to whittle down to things I actually need and get a good investment from buying.

Post # 10
4676 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

That is the story of my wedding!  

Our wedding is being held in a park pavillion; it doesn’t sound exciting, but it really is a beautiful building.  And the best thing it is a $350 rental for the whole day.  I am having my ceremony outiside on the steps of a brick porch that is just behind the building, and reception in the lovely stone, air conditioned building!  

Instead of going to an ‘official’ florist my mom asked a lady she works with to do our flowers.  We provide the flowers (or pay for what she needs) and pay her to put them together.  We plan on using dahlias and hydrangas my mom is growing, along with buying roses.  

My DIYed invites took forever and look super great (have gotten a lot of complements on them!) and only cost 100-200 to put together.  

We bought all of the wine glasses for the reception for Goodwill for 25 cents each! 

We are having a dessert buffet during the reception of which we will be making most of the desserts.  

I made most of my own jewelry and the head wreath I am planning on wearing.  

Got most of our blue mason jars from some lady’s basement for free!  (My aunt e-mailed half of the county to find these ๐Ÿ˜ฎ ) 

And I plan of having a fantastic and amazing looking wedding that I spent of a ton of time and effort on that looks a lot more ‘expensive’ than it really is!


Post # 11
6512 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Getting a good deal is not being cheap – it is being smart! ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve saved a lot of money throughout the wedding plannig process.  We negotiated with the venue for a minimum revenue instead of a minimum head count, giving us flexibility with the guest list without danger of going over budget.  My dress was about half of what I budgeted for it, and just what I wanted ๐Ÿ™‚  Our Vistaprint Save the Date postcards were only $14 total!

We’ve also saved a lot using deal sites.  We were able to get $100 off our minted invitations, and $100 wedding bands from Blue Nile. 

Post # 12
3297 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - An amazing non-profit retreat

I found the perfect dress at a thrift store. Wasn’t even looking!

Bought discontinued invitations (beautiful!) at a steep discount

Dollar store for feathers and candleholders

Venue is going to be booked for the shoulder season– meaning we get the venue for less $$ and get to have it longer for whatever we need.

Basically, I am being smart. I will be DIY’ing some things, but other things I know would be more reasonable to just buy. ie. card box, real flower bouquets for just me and the girls… the men will wear feather bouts, and I bought a couple of pins in our wedding colours for the mothers to wear (don’t tell them, but the pins were marked down to $1.99 each)

I’m cutting corners in places to have more room in other places, because we have to have an accredited bakery make the cake (venue requirements) and we can’t bring our own wine/booze in, has to be the venues supplies.


Post # 13
76 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’ve used Craigslist a lot to save money on decor. There’s a ton of other brides out there selling the stuff left over from their wedding, and I plan to sell a bunch of my stuff afterwards so I expect I may make a good portion of my money back. Plus its kind of nice to pass things along.

Post # 14
5273 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

Several ways: DIY my own centerpeices, invites, programs, boots & bouquets, escort cards, table numbers, etc.

But I mostly saved in vendors because I hired those who were talented, but who were still starting their business. My photographer had done about 15 weddings, and although his experience wasn’t so broad, his talent was excellent – and since he was building his portfolio, he costs much less then others. My caterer, baker, and DJ had all done just a handful of weddings, but with proper contracts in place, and tastings, we were pleased. All of these vendors cost much less then those who had a full blown business – but remeber everyone has to start somewhere and the positive is you can receive great service (b/c they want to impress you so they can list you as a future reference) AND great prices.

If you do decide to purse “newer” vendors, remeber to do your research, and have a very detailed contract in place, and visit with them several times.

Post # 15
878 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I agree that spending less money is being smart, not just cheap ๐Ÿ˜‰

I shopped around and visited every venue on the coast to find a good deal with mine.

My venue doesn’t allow outside drinks, but they allowed me to hire an espresso caterer. I’m paying a flat fee for unlimited espresso drinks for 5 hours, which is an amazing deal compared to having like an open bar (I’m just doing a cash bar)

I got my dream dress from another bride for half the price

The area I am saving the most on is with vendors. I’m having a lot of “friendors” or have really good deals on my vendors. My Fiance arranged to have a friend DJ, & got a saxophone quartet for the ceremony. My bestie’s mom is a professional landscape designer and loves doing wedding flowers. My photog is trying to branch out to destination weddings and so is doing mine for the cost of travel.

I’m a graphic designer so I designed all the invitations. I designed the Save-The-Date Cards and my bestie’s mom paid for the printing from heritage makers. I’m designing the escort jar labels & a menu & madlibs activity as well and printing all these at home.

My parents found the cheapest caterer in the area (I was shocked they actually found one at this price)

Unfortunately for my champagne toast the venue mandates that they provide it for $3 a person for a tiny flute ๐Ÿ™ boo.

Post # 16
1715 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

My cousin use to do flowers so farmers market here we come and she will assemble our very simple bouquest (no bouts). Our venue includes a dessert selection in the price so I just asked for pretty 8 inch cakes which we will display on one of our kayaks. My shoes I wear everyday and the groom wont even wear shoes. The groom got his outfit for 15$ at a thrift store ( we might splurge on a new shirt). Out of Town buckets only include things under 1.50$. Centerpieces are vintage teacups with wild roses (free from around the property) and candles from ikea (giant tealights that last 12 hours). I made all the bridesmaids dresses for under 100$. The flower girl dress was 14$ on sale from a grocerie store. The list goes on.

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