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

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Post # 17
339 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’m so excited to add to this thread! On a whim, I went to a resale shop today and (as long as my tailor says it’s a thumbs up) I found my dress!

An Alfred Sung for a mere $199.99.  I looked online and the original price was around $1600.

Post # 18
1279 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

can’t recommend sample sales enough for dresses and accessories! if you have the patience, you will reap many benefits in the end. got my dress from the Kleinfeld’s sample sale for slightly less than 1/2 of the retail price.

also, ebay and etsy are GREAT sources for inexpensive items, particularly jewelry and accessories. etsy also has great paper designers for things like invites, save the dates, guest books, etc. that are reasonably priced. i got a really beautifully made, unique hair flower/fascinator from etsy for $14.

buy used items. loads of ladies here, and on sites like oncewed.com, are selling items they bought for their wedding or no longer need.

hit up your talented friends. i work with many graphic designers and one of them who i befriended well before our engagement will happily design our invites and hook us up with a cheap printer.


some great websites for bargains on DIY supplies:






Post # 19
194 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I am probably going to buy my vases from Craigslist- $20. and two from the thrift store – $3.


I enjoy thrift shopping, but I haven’t gotten much from there for the wedding.



Post # 20
1315 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I had spent lots of time admiring the $30+ hair flowers on etsy, and would have been happy enough to pay that price, but then a couple weeks ago I found a perfect one in my local Penneys (Primark) for 2 euros. maybe $3? Delighted.

Post # 21
65 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Thrifting is my favorite hobby.  My Fiance is warming up to it because of the savings. 

10 assorted candy buffet dishes (tall, skinny, wide, you name it) $20 total

25 10 inch cylinder vases (18 bought off craigslist for 40 bucks and the others found individiually at goodwills and salvation army thrift stores for around $2 a piece)

30 7 1/2 inch cylinder vases (all at the DOLLAR TREE)

Wedding dress: $450 off craigslist.  Included tiara, shoes, crinoline, bag and veil.  The best part was the bride was exactly my size so no alterations are necessary.  I will however have to wash it.  I think she said she paid $1200 for everything including alterations.

Bridesmaids dresses: 5 Ann Taylor dresses in cornflower blue, bought from a fellow wedding bee!!

Cupcake/desert stand: $2 at a garage sale

Bride and Groom champaign flutes: $1.00 at a garage sale

champaign flutes for wedding party (12 included): $4.00 at a garage sale

10 cornflower blue table runners: $50 off craigslist

25 globe shaped votive holders: $15 total (craigslist, garage sales)

I could go on I’m sure but I have bored you enough for now!

Post # 22
1011 posts
Bumble bee

Huge box of stationary in pink shimmer with a bunch of other stuff thrown in (like other invitations and translucent paper) for under $30 including shipping from Weddingbee classifieds.  I had enough for most of my thank yous and plenty for my Rehearsal Dinner invites.

Post # 25
2612 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

Here’s my steal…found them at Goodwill for a whopping $2.50.  The price online was $80!

Post # 27
837 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Made my centerpieces for less than $10 thanks to after Christmas sales and Michael’s coupons! And when you have to have 30 centerpieces that’s sweet! lol

Post # 28
961 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’m a born and raised bargain shopper!  I lvoe thrift stores, yard sales, you name it.

For the wedding I’ve gotten tons of bargains, here’s a few:

  • Lavender votives, 7 for $1 on clearance at generalwax.com
  • Mason jars for centerpieces, Free on CL in CA and $5/dzn on CL in New Husband
  • Dresses (mine and MOHs), $30 each on clearance at jjill.com
  • Thank You Cards, $1.50/for a box of 25 on clearance at Target
  • Wildflowers for centerpieces, Free from fields in the area!
  • Cotton Canvas Tote Bags for favors, $1/each at cheaptotes.com
  • Paper for Thumbprint Tree Guest Book, $0.33 on clearance at Michaels
  • Frames for Table Numbers, $2.50/3 at IKEA
  • Fabric for table runners, $0.99/yd at IKEA
  • Burlap Fabric for table runners, $1.20/yd at Northwest Upholstery online

I’m certain there are more bargains, just can’t think of them right now.  I’ve DIY’d a lot of stuff, so I’ve saved money there, too.

Post # 29
98 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

i got my wedding dress for $199.00; that’s 80% off.. 🙂

Post # 31
1046 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Some of  my favorites:

-Bought a brand new Maggie Sottero dress from someone local on Weddingbee, less than half-price

-Bought two cases of wine with a LivingSocial Deal (the deal was actually to make, bottle, and label our own wine for less than $8 per bottle, no tax, and it is tasty)

-Bought LED tea lights 2/$1 at Dollar Tree

-I look for online coupon codes before I purchase anything online…almost always can save about 10%

-Found a seamstress who works out of her home in my neighborhood who is altering the halter on my dress, bustling it, putting bra cups in, and steaming it for $100

-Bought fabric for our table runners from JoAnns at 50% off and my mom sewed them

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