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

posted 8 years ago in Money
Post # 18
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

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@bunny8:  definitely the tip on the photographer. we just paid for the hours we needed and he gave us all the files on a USB for us to print as many as we wanted.

Post # 19
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Girl, I was the queen of cutting budget items and am still doing it leading up to my wedding!

I was super frugal without compromising. 

I:

Bought 130 glass votive candles for $20, froze them, popped the candles out and remelted them for my tables

Bought my wedding dress from a bride on here and saved 2/3 of the price

Ordered matching trim from a seller on Etsy and sewed it onto a plain veil. Total cost 20 bucks, retail cost 300!!!

Getting married in the church which only cost us a custodial fee

Waited until David’s Bridal had a sale and got my Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses for 80 percent off. That’s not a typo!!

I DIYd my invitations: 70 invites for less than $100 (plus postage)

But speaking of that, I hand delivered the bulk of our invites

Instead of fussy save the dates, we did postcards I designed in photoshop and printed at staples using a coupon that saved me $30 on the total, they cost me 20!!!

I rented my chair covers for 1.25 each and all of my linens from a very fairly priced distributor

I sought out decor ideas from here and pinterest and made:

burlap pew cones-made 12 for 14 bucks. They retail for 10 each

I did 50 feet of burlap bunting with hearts hand painted on each triangle. 10 bucks!

I bought lace doilies and lace tablecloths on kijiji (our Craigslist) for two dollars total

I made tiny table numbers from miniature chalkboards on easels I got at Michaels for a dollar (used my teacher discount)

I did all of the alterations on my wedding dress including putting in a corset back. was nerve wracking but saved me a pile of money and only cost me a meter of satin

I negotiated with our catering, dj, photographer, florist and musicians. All let me make deposits and then pay them leading up to the wedding (final payments made when services rendered)

I bought teapots for our centerpieces and got them for six bucks each. My florist would have charged four times that

 

I could go on, but my best suggestion is to read up on the frugal bride, check out pinterest and do what I did, make decisions on each aspect

-Do I need it?

-Can I live without it?

-How can I compromise or do I have to?

-How can I get it for less?

Don’t be afraid to buy second hand stuff and remember that you can sell lots of your stuff afterward. I’m keeping my dress but the rest is going online. Package deal or individually, you can recupe a lot of your costs that way 🙂

Good luck! It’s nice to meet another bride not interested in selling a kidney to make her day special 😉

Post # 21
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I certainly will. We knew we couldn’t have a lavish “Four Weddings” kind of shindig. I’m a full time teacher who is also in graduate school. At $800 a course, I knew I had to get crafty and quick!

 

What you said was so key: Venturing out to do the things you are comfortable doing yourself. Think of it this way: I was going to be a bride who did all of her own flowers, going to costco and wiping them out the day before the wedding. Then my mom put it in perspective: How much time would it take and how much is my time worth? I wouldn’t be able to enjoy the day before our wedding if I was picking thorns out of my hands!

So I learned to compromise and put my money where it was needed. I’ve got scars from a glue gun that hates me but I also have a spare bedroom full of money savings that have resale value. 

If you seek inspiration, I got a used copy of the DIY bride and it was neat for getting some ideas. 

 

Good luck! Keep us posted on your adventures 🙂

Post # 22
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

Invite only people that are in your life now, not the third cousin you haven’t seen in over a decade or your parent’s cousin’s kid. 

Get married on a Friday or a Sunday. 

Create your own invitations. 

Don’t send save-the-dates. 

Make sure the cake and table covers/chair covers are included in your venue (or haggle over it)

Don’t spend a lot on your shoes! They don’t show up in the majority of your pictures anyway. 

Post # 23
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Newbee

Etsy has become my best friend for saving money and finding unique things. 

I bought a yard of birdcage net for 5 dollars (incl shipping) for my veil, and am adding to that gorgeous hairclip from The RedMagnolia to complete the look. Total cost is 50 dollars. 

Purchased 200 paper anemonies for bouquets and decorations for 120 dollars. I was originally going to wholesale flowers, but I liked these better and they cost me 1/5th of the cost of ordering from online sites.

I am making my vases from glasses I am purchasing at ikea; 

I purchased all of my linens during at black friday sale and saved 100 dollars over renting them.

 

Small things, but still significant.

Post # 24
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9126 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

Great tips!  For us, these things have helped:

– I’m deciding between 2 dresses: a white “evening gown” from Macy’s ($120) or another evening gown that I ordered online ($570), tried on, returned, and then bought used on Craigslist ($275).  Ordering dresses online is great because you can try them on and return any you don’t like – and ones from department stores / J Crew / etc etc are waaaay cheaper.

– DIY flowers.  If you know anyone with a big garden who likes to grow flowers and your wedding is the right season, have them grow your flowers!  My dad is doing this and it’s saving us thousands of dollars.  (Not to mention, I prefer wildflowes to roses/etc anyway.)

– Online invites.  No one really cares much about the invites besides the bride, and mayyybe the moms.  Paperless Post has really classy free emailed invites and a RSVP system.

– Have a friend officiate.  It’s like $50 to get a license online, and it’s really special to have a loved one do it.

– Thrift stores for vases!

 

Post # 25
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’m not exactly the poster child for saving money, but these are the things that have helped me:

(1) going without

(2) presenting my budget vendors & sticking to it – ask what they can do for that price

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