(Closed) Best money saving tips

posted 7 years ago in Money
Post # 3
5886 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

1) invite less people (save on food, table decorations, favors, the list goes on and on!)

2) have small or no wedding party (spend less on flowers, gifts, less drama in general)

3) Buy a dress at David’s Bridal–good quality, nice dress for a fraction of the price

4) use an independent  seamstress

5) smaller bouquets, use seasonal flowers (don’t fall in love with a specific flower, let your florist pick the flowers just insist on color and feel)

6) Don’t waste it on super fancy invitations–seriously they get thrown in the trash.

7) List all the different parts of a wedding that cost money. From that make a list of your top 10, from that make a list of your top 5, from that make a list of your top 3 (in order). Refer back to that list throughout your planning. If invitations didn’t make it into your top ten before you started planning, then don’t spend tons of money on them after you looked at a bunch of them and fell in love.

Post # 4
2854 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We shopped small/starting photogs pretty hard – I found our current one searching for images of our venue. Or consider only having a photog there part of the day.

Forget favors (or do really cheap DIY ones).

Make your own veil (I’m still in shock over what I paid, although I could not have DIY’d what I ended up wanting. If it had been plain tulle, I was all set to go to michaels).

Get a friend to help with makeup/hair.


Sample sales.

Stalk Michaels/Hobby Lobby/etc for coupons and shop on multiple trips.

Give yourself lots of time to sort through vendor quotes.

Limited bar (ie, beer/wine only) if you’re not willing to cut that (I wasn’t).

Consider a heavy app or dessert reception. Or brunch. Every so often a bride posts her brunch menu and I’m starving just reading it.

Check if your venue of choice offers seasonal discounts.

Post # 5
5886 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

http://weddingfactorydirect.com/ Seriously, you can’t believe how inexpensive this stuff is considering it’s the same stuff you buy on other wedding sites.

Example–Tier 30″ Elbow Ribbon Edge Bridal Veil–$20

I bought my jewlry here for half what it cost on other sites.

Post # 6
1725 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Use Ebay or Craigslist or the classifieds on here. I’m planning to do a dessert reception instead of a dinner. I’m fortunate to have a good friend who is a professional photographer and another friend who’s a professional baker, so huge cost cutter there. 

Post # 7
56 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@KoiKove: How was the quality of the jewelry? I see some earrings I like, but Im concerned that in real life, they may look as “inexpensive” as they are.. :/

Post # 8
1238 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

i second all the previous suggestions!

and add: get married on a weekday evening,

involve your friends and family to provide some vendor services (if they have the mad skillz, yo!)

and read the book, How to Have a Big Wedding on a Small Budget for lots more ideas! i booked it out of my local library. Somewhat quaint and mainstream, but still a good read.


Post # 9
5886 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

@MsDandelion: They look really good. (I’ve only bought jewlery) Do they look like real diamonds-no, but for $10-$30 they look amazing.

Another thing to keep in mind, this jewlery is the same stuff you see on other bridal jewlery sites. In fact there is an option for sellers to order through wedding factory direct and have their store name put on the package along with an innvoice with the other price. So it’s the same exact jewlery. 

Post # 10
2849 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’m getting married on a Sunday instead of the usual Saturday. I’ve found everything is cheaper that day. The venues and pretty much all vendors will give you a Sunday discount.

Post # 11
699 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

My second reception on the other side of the country was a Sunday luncheon.  I think it was $25 for a plated lunch, including appys.  

Post # 12
331 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

We’re considering changing our day from a Sunday to a Thursday evening…its a difference of $1200 for the venue alone!

Post # 13
2965 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

My budget tips 1) I actually found 2 all inclusive venues between the 3K-5K range. I havent chosen one yet. Of course the more expensive one Im in love with but the venue does offer specials all the time and they said when I book ceremony and reception whatever specials thereafter will be applied to my pkg. 2) Have a family friend officiate the ceremony if you prefer. My Future Father-In-Law is officiating our ceremony and its only going to cost us $32 compared to others that cost in the $250-$400 range. 3) Just starting out photographer, newspaper photographer, or a photographer that just does photography on the side. Our photographer has a day job. She was our son’s occupational therapist. We are really close because of this and we do have so much in common. We are getting her for $300 compared to other “professionals” that was going to cost us $1000 and up. 4) Flowers – We are getting ours from Sams Club (you can also get bulk flowers on the cheap from Costco) and doing our bouquets. 

Post # 14
4663 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

we are doing a december wedding at a place that allows own food/drink. no corkage fees, etc. that makes a huge difference! also, having the ceremony and reception @ the same venue is economical.

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