(Closed) Brides on a budget

posted 10 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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310 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2008

I’m DIYing as much as I can – including invites, programs, all flowers, centerpieces, favors, cake. 

I am also making non-floral centerpieces and they came in at less than $10 each.

My flowers are going to be ordered from a grocery store and will be about $20 for my bouquet and $10 for the bridesmaids and flower girls. I’m going to make the bouquets myself with white roses and then a few tiny fake colored flowers added in.

I got my dress (Pronovias) off of ebay 2nd hand and it was $1000 cheaper than ordering it from a bridal salon.

We’re splurging on food at the reception, but I picked a location that does not change a rental fee and is nicely decorated so that we will only need centerpieces to finish the room 🙂

I’m also making my own cupcakes for the wedding cake, and the stand to match.

Our favors are plants which we grew ourselves for almost nothing and put them into $0.15 pots.

There are a lot of things you can do to save money, and a lot of things you can do without to save money. It just depends on what your priorities are.

I’d also love to hear other people’s ideas! 🙂

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2018

For my Birthday and Christmas, I asked for gift cards to Michaels. Using 50% coupons and the gift cards, I was able to get all my DIY stuff free. It has been a HUGE help.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Keeping the guest list down, buying a cheap wedding dress, using an iPod for music, going with really simple flowers, and keeping our linens/flatware very basic.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

I just totally lucked out, basically. My parents retired to the Gulf Coast of Florida several years ago. We are having our ceremony on the beach. Inviting about 65 people, thinking maybe 40-50 will come (friends and family are spread out all over the country.) My brother and my SIL are both in the restaurant industry in the area – he is a bar manager and she is a restaurant manager at one of the area’s hottest spots. Her place is catering at cost – unheard of – and his place is doing the rehearsal dinner and liquor for the reception. She called in a favor and connected us with a man who owns two huge beach house rentals, who is giving them to us at $1000 each for the week instead of their regular rate of $3500 each. We’re having our reception in the yard of one of them. I bought my gorgeous J Crew Goddess gown on eBay for $109 including shipping; alterations to personalize it and give it a custom fit are running another $100. I am printing my own Save-The-Date Cards and invitations, and built my own wedding website where people will go to RSVP (cuts down on postage costs). For flowers, I will either order through FIftyFlowers.com or ProFlowers.com, or do a market buy locally. We’re using an iPod for music. No videographer, but a great photographer, highly skilled, who I found at a reasonable price.

I think what helps is that my friends and family are not the types that think certain things must or must not happen at a wedding. My parents don’t think they have to invite every friend, far-flung relative or business associate, nor do his. We’re not church-and-country-club types. No one around me thinks the wedding will suck because we won’t have a sit-down dinner for 300 with an eight-piece band. We’re having a beautiful, meaningful day, surrounded by the people we love, and not spending the equivalent of the GNP of a third world country to do it. We have other priorities – foreign travel, a bigger house, starting a family – and we would rather save the money for those things than a day-long party. 

I’m doing basically all of this myself. We got engaged on May 1, are marrying on October 12, and the fiance is traveling much of this time (his job takes him away a lot). People think I’m crazy, but I love it! I’m not stressed (yet); I’m having a ball! I’m planning my wedding! It doesn’t get any better than that!

Post # 7
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282 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

PS – Three or four different bridal magazines I’ve gotten in the last few months have had 25% off coupons for Michael’s crafts, good on your total regular priced purchase. If you’re doing a lot yourself, these babies are like GOLD. Find them and hoard them! I saved over $25 the other day, and that was just my first basic trip!

Post # 8
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402 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

many of my choices were based upon saving the most amount of money possible. We’re limiting the guest list. Our wedding is starting at 11am so that our reception can start by 12:30, which allowed us to get lunch rates rather than dinner rates with our reception venue. We’ve chosen plated meals bc it was a cheaper option than the buffet. Our reception will be dry- no alcohol.

i got my dress at a large wholesale discount place, so the price was dead on with what Netbride and other sites are charging. my wedding jewelry is courtesy of Ebay. The set i am wearing cost me $7.80. (Really nice too!)

i shopped around with my photographer and found a guy who did decent work and secured his digital only package. no album for us. this is our only full time vendor.

our dj is my aunt bil who does dj-ing on the side. my florist is a teacher by day, florist on the weekends. She’s also serving as my decorator.The baker i’m considering runs a daycare, so obviously baking is her side job….

My coordinator is from my church who is trying to build up her experience as she wants to break into the wedding industry…. 

 since i’ve decided to go this route with my vendors, i dont get the same level of customer service, but i’ve talked to clients and customers that were thrilled with the service provided, so i’m putting my trust in these people.

Finally, our honeymoon will be at a local beach during off season.

once, everything is all said and done, i plan to do a cost breakdown and let the hive know how it all went down. 😉

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

I bought my $750 wedding dress off of ebay for $320. Also bought my shoes off of ebay; $27. Making my own earrings, and using a bracelet I already have.

We’re buying Fiance a suit that he can wear again for other events.

We cut out the bridal party. Which means less flowers. No worries of gifts, jewelry, hair or makeup.

I DIYed our STD, Invites, thank you cards, etc.

I’m from the east coast and having a destination wedding in Hawaii. This means a smaller guest list. So now with only having 15-25 guests we are taking everyone to a luau instead of having a reception. Luau dinners cost $65-120 per plate, but that includes transportion for guests, food, drinks and entertainment. Much cheaper than if we had a reception and had to pay for food, alcohol, linens and a DJ.

Since just about everyone that is coming will be on vacation (there are a few peeps that are invited that actually do live in Hawaii), we’re getting married on a Thursday.

Instead of bouquets and bouts we’re doing leis…which you can get at costco and walmart for half the price. Or we can to to a bulk flower shop..not a wedding florist.

Our wedding is our honeymoon.

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

We’re having cupcakes instead of cake.

Ceremony & reception in same spot (no transportation!)

We’re doing all our own flowers. 

No bridal party.

We’re DIYing our STDates, Invites, Thank yous and all the small details. 

My dress was less than $500.

We’re only serving beer & wine, no hard liquor.

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I bought my dress on clearance for $5 @ Fashion Bug (yep they have bridal!) Borrowed my shoes… bought my day of jewelry at wal mart for $10 (Sterling Silver and CZ).  DIY’d EVERYTHING!!!

Post # 12
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67 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

My Fiance and I are attempting to plan our wedding for $6000. Like many others I’m sticking to as many DIY projects as possible – std, invites, favors. We found a nice low key reception room right around the corner from us. What was great is that they didn’t charge an extra service fee (the typical in our area was 18%). We’re keeping our guest list to 60 people max. Since we live 5 minutes away and there is a chapel on the property we don’t need limo transportation. We also chose not to have a bridal party. We were definitely thinking iPod at first but then the logistics of having people occassionally over see it or have a friend or family member be on the mic wasn’t cutting it for us so we made room in the budget for an affordable and reputable DJ which we were lucky enough to find. Our centerpieces will double as dessert with cupcake bouquets in a terra cotta pot. I already found my dress for $120 online. It’s tea length and a little form fitting so I will have it dyed after the wedding for formal evenings. Our budget didn’t allow for a honeymoon so we are waiting a few months after the wedding to save a few more dollars to take a trip somewhere. It won’t be an extravagant trip by any means – as long as it’s warm and relaxing we’ll be happy.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

We prioritized.  Splurges were on food, which included nice linens, flatware and china for no extra charge and photography, which we really got at a low rate (friend in the business).  The venue rental is a wedding gift – we’re having the ceremony at the gazebo and the reception in a garden room with a patio.  Our non-floral enterpieces are DIY with materials we can use again and with the garden setting, our floral needs are minimal.

We got a great deal on our invites and created a website ourselves to manage the RSVPs (less postage, paper and printing) and are making the other elements.  We’re designing all the goods and our friends and some family are donating time and effort (friend is marrying us, another friend is providing live music for the ceremony, a couple may provide videography).

Our guests are all staying nearby at an affordable and very cute inn – our stay is another wedding gift, which is helping on the costs.

We’re also forgoing a photo booth.  *sniff* 

Post # 14
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218 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

i wish i can find a wedding dress for $5.

I feel like I’m not having a glam wedding (in comparison to the weddings people I know have…).  My friend spent like 60K on his wedding a few years ago.  A few had theirs at like major 5 star type of hotels…

I just don’t want to go into debt for this, and I don’t have rich parents like some friends…

Post # 15
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508 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Another way we saved money was by shopping around a bit for our license.  In CA, fees vary by county – by going one county over, we’re saving about $15 on the license with no need for an appointment, but the big thing is saving $75 on the fee to have our friend marry us.  Woo hoo!

Post # 16
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180 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

my mom made my dress for $100. i did our invitations and all our programs/menus/signs for $150, including postage. we did our flowers for $150, and our cake was $200 (our one "splurge"). our photographer was $500 for four hours, including DVDs of all 1500 pictures! I DIY’d my hair/makeup.

basically, i shopped and shopped and shopped around. i didn’t settle for an okay price and kept looking till i found the best price. it was tiring, and hard work, but it was worth it when the whole wedding was around $3000 (for 90 people). 

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