(Closed) Best Savings? Where did you save money?

posted 5 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We bought some items instead of renting and then sold them after the wedding. We still have a few things that aren’t sold, but even buying them was cheaper than renting! We also went with a few up and coming vendors, who were able to offer lower prices. For flowers, we went seasonal. I really wanted peonies, so we had to get married during peony season! 🙂

Post # 5
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6124 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Gowns!  You can get a lovely gown for 50% off if you go to liquidation or sample sales, or even find one on a preowned gown site – possibly never worn or altered.

Post # 6
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Busy bee

@mcp3x:  I feel like I’ve been doing a good job saving money.

 I bought my dress from a consigment shop for half price, I bought all my decorations on clearance, I won a $500 gift certificate for photography so it will only cost me $1300!

I suggest going to bridal shows, besides the photography I won a hanger with my name on it, and I’ve found many vendors that don’t do a good job advertising online, usually they have the best prices.

 I’m also making my own bouquets with silk flowers. I picked up silver shoes for 60% at dillards that I will most likely wear, only $30. My most recent discovery has been invitations from Michaels. The brand is made from BRIDES magazine.

I just went yesterday and found packages of 40 printable programs for $9.99! I also bought similiar invitations, they’re absolutely beautiful and I’m averaging about .90 cents for the invitations with RSVP cards. For Save-The-Date Cards I’m designing my own and printing them with vistaprint, I bought a groupon $17 for $70!

Here are the programs and the invitations, I’m really excited about them!

http://www.ebay.com/itm/40-Gartner-Brides-printable-programs-kit-backer-4-panels-ribbon-Silver-Shimmer-/160975205752?_trksid=p2047675.l2557&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEWNX%3AIT&nma=true&si=avXWsaoR%252FS8rkC5jfx%252FBsRw0BHE%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc

http://www.ebay.com/itm/170992479744?ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1426.l2649

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@mcp3x:  You’d have to contact some of your local bridal shops to see if they ever have sample sales.  I found one in my state about 50 miles away and it was a 4 day sale.  I think I was on their email list and found out about it that way.  I purchased and all lace Casablanca gown for 50% off.  I expected to be elbow punching and wading through crowds – I was the only one there at the time!

Here are some CP for sale by owners:  http://www.preownedweddingdresses.com/used-wedding-dresses?v=1

 

Basically I just don’t think it’s necessary to pay full price/brand new in every situation.  They sure are gorgeous!

 

 

Post # 10
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700 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I did a lot of little things that added up to save money overall…

 

– Instead of a custom-made groom’s cake, we did a cake buffet of regular ol’ bakery cakes from a bakery. Each cake was only $30, so we ordered them a week in advance, with whatever amount we were comfortable with (ended up being 6 cakes).

 

 

– Flowers were minimal. We had bouquets/bouts, centerpieces, cake flowers, floral initials on the door, lined the aisle with potted daisies, and decorated one stairwell. That was it. I purchased votives in bulk for the florist to use and saved $$ and had some left over. We just had mixed roses, baby’s breath, and “seasonal yellow flowers”. I gave the florist a lot of freedom to keep it in my budget, and she honored a 10% off coupon (which I didn’t ask about until AFTER I got the quote). We didn’t waste any money on unnecessary decor.

– I bought a veil off Etsy for $30 instead of paying $150+ for one. I only tried on dresses within my budget (~$1000) and didn’t even look at them if they were more than $1200. I bought my jewelry on Black Friday for half off. I bought my purse on sale (Kate Spade). I did my nails myself.

– Did my own make-up, using high quality products I sampled and purchased throughout the year with my regular make-up purchases.

– Darling Husband purchased his suit (and GMs purchased their suits) on a BOGO sale at Men’s Wearhouse, so he was ready for job interviews a few months later and didn’t need to purchase another. In purchasing this $200 suit, he also got a gift card and bought his shirt, socks, and new belt.

– Friends of ours (professional musicians; we all went to music school together) were our wedding band.

– Speaking of wedding bands, we bought ours on Amazon. It was the same as the one at Zales but half the cost, and I had it appraised… the jeweler said it was worth almost double what we paid for it.

– Bought a vintage engagement ring with small, imperfect stones.

– Did my Save-The-Date Cards, invitations, etc on Vistaprint.

 

 

– We did a DIY bar… bought the alcohol ourselves in bulk and got to keep/return whatever wasn’t used.

– We saved our BMs money by letting them wear whatever jewelry and shoes they already had (or purchase, if they wanted), and we paid for their hair and make-up to be done.

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@mcp3x:  These are mine ($2.89 each including $0.65 postage)

I used my leftover scraps to make programs for free

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

our wedding was $3500 including dress, EXcluding rings

  • afternoon wedding: appetizers and lunch  – buffet style
  • cheesecake and little desserts instead of a wedding cake
  • no wedding planner
  • no alcohol as it wasn’t an evening event
  • we had 80 people
  • dress from david’s bridal – last one in store – was only $99 and fit perfectly – no alterations needed!
  • homemade centerpieces (see below)

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

ITs been almost two years since mine, but a few things were huge savings for us.

  • Found a venue that allowed outside vendors. This gave us bargaining power over everything and flexibility in choosing vendors.  Our alcohol wasnt a by the head, but retail cost. IE if we used one handle of captain, then we paid for one handle of captain.This was the single biggest savigs!!!!
  • Bought table clothes and resold them.  We only resold 2/3 of them, but we still made our money back. Buying them was the same cost as renting
  • downsized the ceterpieces and used fruit as well as greens and flowers. This saved a ton of money as limes are way cheaper than flowers. 
  • WE had a dessert buffet, which was cheaper than many large custom wedding cakes. Buffet was negotiated through our vendor. We had a tiny cake for the ceremony only.
  • post cards for STD, cheaper to make and less postage

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

We printed our own invites, bought my acessories online (Amazon, and LOTS of eBay)

But my BEST find was Craigslist! I live JUST outside of Boston (so a major, very affluent city), and there are TONS of brides selling their wedding decor! I paid $10 for $35 vases!

Post # 16
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95 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Definitely buy your gown at a consignment store. They have amazing selections for great prices.  My gown is a sample so never worn before. Others are extras that brides bought and did not use.

Find a photographer that charges by the hour (vs. a package rate) and will give you the cds of the pics.  Then you can print them yourself at Costco.

Figure out what is important to you – spend money on that and forget about the rest.  My planner told me that we had to have custom napkins.  I told them flat out that we do not. Things like that drain the budget.

I highly recommend Meg Keene’s A PRACTICAL WEDDING for smart wedding planning ideas.  A wedding can be lovely without putting anyone in the poorhouse.

 

 

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