(Closed) Budget Brides and Bargain Queens: Share your “fab. finds” with us!

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Post # 4
436 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

Found my shoes on sale at DSW

Bride bear and groom bear at the Dollar Tree for the flower girl

Silver picture frames from Ross for the table numbers

Ordered the bridesmaid’s pearl jewelry, cufflinks for the groomsmen, and my jewelry on-line from topearl.com

Post # 5
504 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I am drawing a blank right now, but the one thing I can think of is my dress.  I tried it on at David’s Bridal and it had a $650 price tag, that did not include the slip or veil.  I went online and scoured all Craigslists and Ebay and found the same exact dress in the same size with tags still on it and it included the slip and a veil for $160.  I was so proud of that, but in all honesty it wouldn’t have fit in my budget otherwise, so it worked out for the best.

I also got my tiara on ebay, which was $79 at David’s Bridal, and it was still in the box for $30.

I also got the flower girl dress on Ebay, which was also the one I liked at David’s Bridal, in the right colors, for $35 with shipping.

Hobby Lobby had a 50% off sale on their florals so I got about 70 Calla Lilies for $1 each for the bouquets.

Post # 6
1332 posts
Bumble bee

This is a great thread…hope more bees think like this! 

Post # 8
1765 posts
Buzzing bee

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Exactly!  I love finding “treasures”.  When I save on things I buy, I am able to spend my money on things like vacations!! 🙂

I found 5 matching Bridesmaid or Best Man gowns with tags including matching shalls and gloves on Craigslist for $200.00 total, and matching color Maid/Matron of Honor gown for $12.99 @ Goodwill.  Can’t think of more right now lol.

Post # 9
529 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011 - Trinity Lutheran Church & Idlewild Country Club

I got my dress from David’s Bridal, and they recommended a white long line bra to wear with the strapless dress. The one at David’s was $79. I found and almost identical one from ebay, brad new with tags (and shipping) for $22! Not a bad deal, if I say so myselg :-D!

Post # 10
198 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I don’t shop unless I’m bargain-hunting, I try to never pay full price for things (which is why going with an almost all inclusive wedding venue, which I love, has been so difficult, but they are doing my centerpieces and already have most of the decorations in place so…I try to justify the cost). But some things that stand out in my mind from wedding planning:

Fab Finds:

I found my cute blue flats for $25 at Kohl’s, they were on sale (after looking forever, who knew flats could be so hard to find!)

I’ve done the whole Michael’s coupon thing a bunch.

Budget Bride:

I like to garden so I’m growing my own flowers for bouquets and bouts

I decided to wear my mom’s veil for my wedding, something borrowed (and free)


Post # 11
113 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Ashamed to admit to bargain shopping? Not me. I try not to pay full price for anything – wedding related or not wedding related.


I’m not too far along with wedding planning, but here are a few things I can think of that we’ve saved money on:


! The venue – we booked early and they gave us the 2010 prices, even though prices were raised for 2011.

2. The dress: My consultant showed me a dress out of my price range, even though I told her my price range was firm. I was able to barter her manager down $500 on the dress.


3. The flowers: My uncle has a huge garden and has offered to grow my flowers as long as I buy the seeds. I think I’m going to have him grow some red mums. I can use those for the centerpieces, then have a florist do our bouquets and bouts.


4. Candles: Two of my good friends got married last year and they gifted all of their votive candles to us. That’s one less thing we have to buy.




Where do you find your best deals? I’ve been visiting Goodwill, etc., in the nicer neighborhoods, but haven’t found any great deals yet. 

Post # 13
1504 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I did the Filene’s Running of the Brides and got a $3,800 dress in primo condition for $519. I’m also on the hunt for a bargain on vases for my centerpieces, but I’ve yet to find anything good enough yet. Patience is everything when it comes to bargain shopping!

Post # 14
571 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

IKEA was a huge source of inexpensive wedding stuff for me!  I got my centerpiece containers (metal watering cans and buckets) on sale for $4 and $.99 respectively.  I also found fabric there that was being discontinued so I was able to get a backdrop for my photobooth for $5.  

I also ordered my flowers in bulk from Costco, which saved a ton.  

I made a ton of stuff inexpensively from Michael’s as well using their 20% off coupons and sales- like my flower girl basket ($5), all the ribbons for flowers and other projects came from the $1 bin, etc


Post # 15
2271 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Are you kidding? I paid 5K for the wedding reception and the next day’s pig roast! So hold on! With the exception of the pig for the pig roast, the wedding cakes and simple reception at the college’s conference center I got EVERYTHING online because I HATE shopping!

My Nataya wedding dress – $100  on eBay.

My wedding lace boots – $20 – eBay.

My gorgeous wedding hat – $60, Emily’s Way Hats

Print-your-own invites – $7 per box, three boxes, yep – eBay. Got a student to print them up for me for free!

Wedding site – a lovely garden at the college where I teach – free

Wedding music – I got a friend from IT to hook up sound and cue the music off a CD I recorded – free

BMs dresses – HolyCothing.com, ave. $35 per

Pearl pendants snf esrring sets for BMs – $35 per, Overstock.com

Swarkorski (spelling!) pearl and crystal pendant, earrings and bracelet for me – $75, Silverland Jewelry

All wedding party flowers, $400, bloomedto last.com

Wedding photography – $200, Event Horizon Fotographie. A good deal but the one area where I wished we spent more.

Wedding day hair styling – free, a present from my hair dresser, an advantage of usually tipping him well!

Plates, cups, utensils, table covers and balloons for pig roast – $250 Paper and Part Warehouse. Will not have to buy these items for a long time as I cought by the case!

Pig roast location – we rented these huge picnic grounds with covered pavillions, bar area, kitchen, rest rooms, softball field, horseshoes area and volleyball court – $250 for the entire day.

That’s all I can think of at the moment.



Post # 16
542 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

i posted this on another thread about bud vases:

here are a few I’ve found







shot glass/decanturs of a certain shape also make great bud vases



  if you are interested in non glass unbreakable ones, search “polycarbonate bud vases” or “acrylic bud vases”

might be easier if you want to sell them to a bee afterwards.  the restaurant supply places online have those too

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