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

posted 2 years ago in Engagement
Post # 16
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Helper bee

curiouscat2017 :  How did you reuse flowers? Do you mean flowers from someone else’s wedding the day before, or something like that?

Post # 17
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Helper bee

anabolina :  How many people did you have at your wedding? And do you mind sharing what part of the country you’re in or HOW you found these deals? Just because I’m not finding anything anywhere even remotely close to the numbers you listed here. We’re looking at a taco caterer for our wedding and even that is at least $12 a person, so $600 would feed about 40 people (with no appetizers, side dishes or beverages). And your photographer is charging $600?? The only quotes I’ve seen in that range are if you want them to come for an hour or less.

Post # 18
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

littlebeans :  I live in Dallas,  TX.  The caterer was recommended in a local wedding Facebook group.  I saw she had reviews on weddingwire and she seems very professional.  She showed us her license, permit,  and insurance documents which were all current. 

We had a tasting and her food is very much home cooking.  Yes, it’s really cheap on a per person basis because we have 175 guests. I did find a lot of caterers in the $5-8 per person range if we did the serving and picked up the food, but for a staffed buffet,  as soon as she gave us the price,  I jumped at it. 

TBH,  I also don’t feel comfy asking her to make any allowances for special diets because of the price,  so we are making a vegan dish as well and supplying additional snacks for later in the evening.  She does all sorts of catering,  so she isn’t really a wedding caterer and I think that helps with pricing.  

I’d say $12 per person from one of the big companies is a good deal.  Most I saw were in the 12-15 per person for a taco bar range.  But when you go for a wedding specific company,  you often get wedding specific pricing.  Before I found her,  I was going to do a taco bar and it was going to be $7 per person with us having to pick up the food and do the serving. 

I’m really happy to have found the hair/makeup in that same facebook group.  I’m doing a trial with the duo on March 28th. $100 for both hair and makeup with a team that comes to you without charging extra,  and they have a beautiful instagram with brides from many ethnicities.

I’ll admit my photographer is still a student,  so take that into account with pricing.  I love her work and she’s really flexible,  so I’m okay with trusting my wedding day to her.  Plus,  she’s a hoot and me and fi almost couldn’t stop laughing during our engagement photos.

Sometimes it takes talking to other local Brides on facebook or in person to get good recommendations.  My only issue with the whole local facebook bridal group thing has been the sheer number of them.  I’m part of 12 in my area and it’s a lot of the same people posting in all of them.   I really wish we had fewer groups in the metroplex. 

Good luck bee. Just make the best decision with the resources you have available.

Post # 19
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

09court09 :  Make a list of what you need early on and shop the sales. We bought our attendant gifts and wedding bands on black friday. We bought booze after new years, candles after valentines day, etc. 

Go to estate sales and garage sales. You can find vases and other decor items for super cheap or even for free (particularly if you let them know it’s for your wedding). 

Be realistic about DIY. Yes, you can diy all your stationary, but to be honest it’s kind of a b—- trying to print on anything other than regular copy paper if you don’t have a heavy duty printer. If you use a place like vistaprint, order your things close together but not in the same batch. They usually send you coupons for your next orders. For example, order your invitations and then wait until it prompts your or sends you a coupon to order your matching RSVP cards. You’ll generally get a cheaper offer. Also, request the invitation sample packet. Not only does it help choosing the paper material, it comes with coupons. 

Ebay is your friend. If you know specifically what you want, check ebay for it. It may take a few weeks to a month to pop up, but chances are someone somwehere will be trying to sell what you are trying to buy. There’s a lot of one-time use stuff for weddings, so secondhand is an awesome way to go. I got a swarovski crystal tiara off ebay for $30 (compared to exact same model at David’s Bridal for $180) and my crinoline for $25 (compared to same slip at David’s Bridal for $70). 

Do double duty with Christmas and Birthday gifts. For the year leading up to my wedding, my mom gave me things like cake servers, a copper bar set, a PA system…things that you could totally use for other things but that you will also need for the wedding. 

Try to find a caterer that serves by the dish rather than by headcount. Ours ended up being $1800 for 100 people, and we were really able to customize because we know what our guests like to eat. For example, we ordered several briskets and turkeys and a lot of rolls and mashed potatoes, but we only ordered one tray of the vegan souffle because 90% of our guests are not likely to even try that but the 3 vegans in the family will appreciate it. 

Bonus points if you can find a venue that lets you bring your own booze. This will save you a lot of money. Plus, you can usually return the unopened liquor after the wedding. 

Post # 20
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2020

One thing I did was think about how much certain wedding staples really mean to me.

For example, flowers are pretty, but like you, I can’t justify spending SO much for them when they’re just going to whither away after a few days. So we nixed the idea all together, and my bridesmaids will be carrying lanterns to place along the aisle. I might opt to carrying a bunch of baby’s breath, but I haven’t decided.

We’ve also decided to not to save-the-dates or engagement photos (unless it’s lumped in with our photographer anyway). All the VIP guests know the date and it’s not during major vacation time. We’ll just be sending out invitations, though I’ll probably send them out a bit earlier than recommended to allow people to make arrangements.

DIY is great, but as other PP said, make sure it’s something you’ll realistically be able to manage. My wedding is 2 years out, so I have way more time than the average bride to make things myself and with my mom. We’ll be doing the centerpieces and cake (small cake for me and my Fiance with pre-made cupcakes for the guests).

Also, and this might be controversial here, but we’re doing a limited consumption based bar. We’ll be putting down a certain amount of money and once that limit has been reached, it will turn into a cash bar. Based on calculations I’ve found, the drinks SHOULD last the night, but it was $1,000 cheaper than the open bar price per guest.

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