Best money saving tips for wedding planning… GO!!!

posted 2 years ago in Engagement
Post # 2
571 posts
Busy bee

Work out what things matter to you. Venues, dress, food & drink were important to us. Photos not so much!! You can’t have A+ everything 

Post # 3
555 posts
Busy bee

rent what you can for decor, or buy second hand before looking at new retail purchases.

always negotiate prices.

Post # 4
1631 posts
Bumble bee

I’m reusing flowers to cut on costs. Wiped out 2K right there. 

Post # 5
201 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: Chula Vista Golf course

Im ordering silk flowers for the entire bridal party instead of using fresh. Our venue does the centerpieces, so I’ll have them match the silk. For our 17 piece collection, it will be $425, and shipping is free with a code. Here’s the website, if you’re interested.

Post # 6
922 posts
Busy bee

 We didn’t choose all these for cost savings, but they are saving us money.

We are getting married on a Friday evening instead of Saturday  

No flowers (except for a rose for each mother). 

No wedding cake. 

No programs, personalized napkins, etc…

No wedding party. 

A friend who is a stylist is helping me get ready. Our DJ is one of FI’s friends. 

Post # 7
1768 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I love talking about budget wedding stuff :). I would decide what’s worth a splurge for you and also set a budget and stick to it. I was talking to a coworker who moonlights as a DOC/wedding planner and she mentioned how stressful and common it is for weddings to go over budget .  My budget is $5000 and there’s no way I’m going over. Now,  I’ll be real and admit I make in excess of $70,000 per year and fi’s salary is comparable,  so our combined income is pretty decent. Plus neither of us has any kids or dependents.  It just doesn’t seem sensible to us to spend so much on a wedding. Our goal was to pay bills as they come in without going intondebt or using savings,  and we onlybhave a 5 month long engagement. That’s how we arrived at the budget.  Then my parents offered to pay the caterer as their contribution to our wedding (its a sweet gesture) and we accepted the offer,  but I’m still including that as part of the budget.

You can certainly negotiate.  My caterer started at $750 and we talked her down to $600. The budget was $1200, so now we have money for professional hair and makeup.  I’m currently negotiating with a team that charges 55 per person for either hair or makeup,  so 110 total for both.

Photographer is also $600 and includes engagement photos. 

Dj is 300, caricaturist is also 300, babysitters are 200.

Invites cost $124 for printing and mailing. My dress cost $250 for the 2 I bought(i custom Chinese and the other a pre-owned eBay dress).

I have a budgeting $600 for decor/kids room activities and $300 for the donut wedding cake and snacks.

The marriage license is 75.

We’re giving gifts to each set of parents and a gift for the person overseeing the ring ceremony which will be 150. We have 1500 left in the budget to splurge on hair and makeup or for cost overruns. I was going To send my dog to the dog sitters for the days before the wedding and honeymoon,  but my sister has offered to care for her after the wedding and a friend will care for her in the week leading up to it.  That’s $500 saved right there. 

There are a lot of venues out there at different price points, some are surprisingly cheap,  but dont include basics and require you use their vendors. I found a lovely art deco museum that was only $1700 but you needed to rent tables and chairs,  pay a staff person,  and pay a police officer on top of that. It still might have been worth it,  but fi didn’t feel strongly about it and we decided it’s hard to compete with free. 

In the end,  fi and I are cheap and are using our church because it’s free and has a full kitchen,  bathroom, mc system, tables, and chairs included. Plus no vendor restrictions lol. 

Etsy has some great designers for invites and I found the local printer costs to be comparable to the big online shops. 

People in my area are crazy about their used decor on facebook and Craigslist.  I haven’t found any good deals.  So I did aliexpress for some of the little things,  like favors,  and cake topper. I’ll buy string lights off Amazon,  we could scrounge them up from friends,  but we really want to have some to keep. 

That said, Amazon does have some nice options for save the dates in the amazon print shop. 

I have found a good local custom jeweler who is going to make my 5 stone moissanite wedding band for 275(i supply the stones and bought some really pretty ones for $25). Fi is getting a much more substantial band,  so we’re looking at 500 for his.

My local wedding dress consignment shop has beautiful,  like new, and modern dresses. They have a lot of mermaids and trumpets. 

Post # 8
2413 posts
Buzzing bee

Get married in the “off” season.  Vendors, venue, and flowers will all be cheaper rates.  (As an exanple, May tends to be a more expensive month as it’s a popular time for weddings, plus flowers are often more expensive due to Mother’s Day.)

Get married on a day other than Friday/Saturday, as it is also likely to be cheaper. 


Post # 9
114 posts
Blushing bee

Here are some ways we’re saving money:

We’re keeping the guest list small – 60 people

Renting a venue owned by our local parks and rec department. It includes tables and chairs.

Making our own cake (this one might not end well)

Buying our linens from I did a cost comparison and it was slightly cheaper to buy than rent and this way we can try to sell them afterwards.

Post # 11
4086 posts
Honey bee

09court09 :  If you don’t wanna spend a lot, keep your guest list VERY short. Period.

Post # 12
1461 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

I don’t know if this is what you mean, but my best tip is to open a savings account and set up a monthly auto deposit. I did this right after I got engaged. I made an account with Ally bank (you can open one online) and set up a monthly transfer from my checking account. I didn’t really even notice the money was being taken each month, and the money has grown over the past 18 months and I’m on track to meet my savings goal!

Post # 13
1204 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015 - Malibou Lake Mountain Club

09court09 :  dont have a wedding. NO I KID I KID! Lol

What we did was: get married on a friday, used succulents, DIY centerpieces and name cards, not spend on napkins or itinerary, bought my dress and shoes on sale, cake was from nothingBundtCakes. Imma try to recall more and get back to you

Post # 14
662 posts
Busy bee

Try to find a BYOB venue/caterer.

Have a small ceremony cake for cutting and sheet cake for everybody else. 

Don’t agree to delivery fees

Post # 15
4 posts

Have a small guest list

Find a venue that supplies things (centerpieces, linens, decor)

Don’t have a premium open bar 

Make your own entertainment (music playlist, he said/she said, I’ve breakers…)

My venue includes: linens, tables, chairs, appetizers, dinner, dessert, beer and wine for one Great price. I’m very happy with the price I’m paying. They even will let me set up the decor the day before and have my ceremony in the same space. 

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