(Closed) Budget advice from the already married?

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Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We did all the paper products ourselves, it’s amazing how expensive invitations can be! It took a little extra time, but they looked great and we had many complements – plus I didn’t waste and extra 500 euros or so for something that would mostly likely end up in someone’s trash anyways!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Vistaprint is a great way to save money on any and all paper products for the wedding.

Etsy can be a good place for deals and unique items, but keep your eyes open. I triend to order a write-on vase for my guest “book” from an Etsy vendor for $90 but it was too close to my wedding date and she said it couldn’t be ready in time. I found the exact same product on a baby shower website for $40. But, my custom veil was a steal on Etsy for $32.

This is a little thing, but there are items that you don’t need to get one per guest. For example, I had 106 guests RSVP yes. I ordered 60 programs. There were still a ton left over. I also only ordered 48 fans and 10 parasols for my outdoor ceremony. We had fans left over.

To rent a cake pedastal from my baker costs ~$80. The wedding-ish ones at Macys cost ~$50. I bought a glass one from Hobby Lobby for $12. And I got to keep it.

Favors can be easily nixed. No one will miss them. Same with charger plates, table runners, chair covers and ties, and other frivolous decor. It’s just not necessary (though often beautiful).

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

eBay. Before you pay full price on anything, check eBay. I saved SO much! It was way cheaper for me to buy my table linens on eBay, than it was to rent them, locally. I also bought my flowers from a vendor on eBay, who did a phenomenal job, and saved me a ton. I also got my ring bearer pillows, flower girl baskets, and the ring bearer outfits on eBay. The end result was a wedding that looked much more expensive than it actually was. We did our entire wedding for just over 3000.00 and I am sure that most people who attended thought we spent 4 or 5 times that amount. 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Don’t go into Hobby Lobby or Michael’s without a coupon.  You can print them off or even pull them up on your phone.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@Liss13:  AMEN on not paying a fortune on kid’s clothes.  I told my flower girl’s mom that she was welcome to rewear her Easter dress if it was white or one of the colors in my color scheme.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

flower girl– easter dress after easter sale. 32.99 regular 65

my center pieces were candles( 3-5 dollars), rose petals,(5.99 with coupon) ikea frame-. (99 cents) use micheals coupons-40$ percent off and 50% off multpile trips.

veil was 50% off on clearance at a bridal boutique

shoes-dsw yellow sticker–80% off.

candy was bought during holidays and stored in freezers, togo boxes were from a resturant whole sell shop

cake was bought through a bakery that had giving 10 % off coupon at a bridal show

makeup i did myself

hair wsas done at a beauty school- 20 bucks for bridesmaids. i went some place else and got it done for 25.

 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

bridal shows usually have goodie bags with coupons and info in them. if there is some near you i recommend going. i found my photographer and bakery that way. each had good deals.

 

my dj i found on eventective.com found ,

 

also if you are doing real flowers i heard never say its for a wedding cuz you will get upcharged 50% to 100 % because it is a WEDDING.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

You can honestly cut a LOT out of the wedding stuff. We used my mom’s house as our venue, my uncle made our beautiful (and delicious) cake, my family made all the reception food (it was just desserts), we used fake flowers, we didn’t do favors, we decorated ourselves, we made our own guestbook, a differet uncle made my wedding invites as a gift. My day was still special and wonderful! We also skipped pro pics at the wedding, but paid for pro bridals and engagement pictures. Family members took the rest of the pictures. It saved us $1800 to not do pro pics for the reception, and I think it was a good choice. ๐Ÿ™‚ The bridal pictures are gorgeous and the family-taken pics are enough for me.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

The best budget advice I can give you is firstly choose flower displays carefully and for their recyclability (if that’s a word).  I ended up spending less than 600 euros on the flowers for all the wedding.  What was in the church was swiftly removed after the service by the florist, and delivered and set up in the reception.

Secondly, with regards to the cake,  get a “fake cake” with just one layer of real cake for you to cut and have tray/sheet cakes to be cut up in the kitchen and served to the guests.  I halved my wedding cake bill in this way.

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