(Closed) Budget Bride ideas share

posted 4 years ago in DIY
Post # 2
730 posts
Busy bee

Doesn’t sound like you need ANY help. I’m impressed.

Post # 3
3037 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

Not as “budget” as you are being… but here are some of the ways i’m reducing costs.

For save the dates, menus, programs, place cards, etc – I’m printing them myself at home. I bought a pack of various shades of purple card stock at Michael’s on sale for $2. It has 50 sheets and I plan to do the layouts so that I can print several of each on a sheet. 

For centerpieces I’m using various glass bottles that I’ve collected from alcohol, tea, soda, soy sauce, hot sauce, dressings, syrup. All kinds of things That I buy anyways. I just wash them & take the labels off and then I am painting them (i bought the paint at michaels with 50% off coupons). You don’t even recognize what they were once they’re painted! 

I’m ordeing the flowers to put in the bottles from Sam’s Club/Costco. Which is a lot cheaper than getting them from the florist $1/daisy instead of $5/daisy. I wanted to DIY the bouquets but my mom didn’t want to. 

I hoping to DIY my veil from the fabric cut off from heming my dress. If there is enough… I’m short & I don’t want a long veil so I’m crossing my fingers! 

I’m wearing the diamond jewlery my fiance has bought me over the years instead of buying new stuff just for the day. 

Post # 4
5181 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2014

I’m making my own veil. I got a really pretty hair comb on ebay and I found several tutorials on pinterest on how to make a veil. I’m also going to teach myself how to embroider tulle to add some embroidery to the veil.

Post # 5
192 posts
Blushing bee

I’ve made a list of all the DIY supplies I need and every time I’m near a Michaels or Joann’s I buy only one thing, using the always present 50% off one item. Sometimes the savings is small but it’s adding up!

Post # 6
12 posts

I’m making some giant crepe roses as centre pieces & aisle decor (~$6 for supplies and 2hrs each), boutinnieres and corsages will be DIY w/ tissue paper flowers.

Invitations are self designed, to be printed by staples.  I’m going to borrow a pair of fancy heels from a Bridesmaid or Best Man, and wear my mom’s jewelery.  


Post # 7
1116 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015
  • I got my hall from a hotel that no longer uses their banquet facilities so I am getting all of the rooms (5) for $400 
  • my nana is making my veil
  • centerpiece vases are .96 cents each (still working on flowers) 
  • plan on having a local chinese food restraunt prepare the food at lunch portions to cut down price by half  (which are still huge bc dinner is full two meals for me) 
  • making my own std and inivtes
  • im making my own fake the cake 
  • my mother does excellent photography so she will be doing our engagment pictures
  • I am considering making the flower girls those adorable tulle dresses that are all over etsy
  • was planning on doing my own make up but fiance thinks I should take advantage of the day and have it done so undecided on that 
  • found a bulk tulle shop that i plan on using to drape the walls and ceilings with for hardly anything even being such a large hall ( i dont have the number on hand right now) 
  • I am doing my own flowers for everything 

My splurges will be my dress ( i had a budget set but, then my mom told the lady bring her anything and i fell in love with a more expensive dress then planned but she agreed to aplit cost with me if i tried it on) and photography bc when all is said and done pictures are what I will have to hold on to for years to come 

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