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

posted 11 years ago in Money
Post # 47
49 posts
  • Wedding: September 2010

Right before Christmas last year I stumbled upon a clearance sale at an major chains outlet store.  They had beautiful bridesmaid gowns – in my colors!! – that were reg. $189.99, then drastically reduced from there, and then 75% off the already reduced price.  I don’t give a hoot that they are last seasons style, when you walk out of a store with two beautiful bridesmaid gowns for a grand total of $13.47, you giggle like a school girl all the way home ๐Ÿ˜€




Post # 48
289 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I got 240 STDs from Ollie’s for a grand total of $12.47. yay ๐Ÿ™‚ Will be getting my invites from ollie’s also, or from Ebay if I can’t find enough matching ones at ollie’s. I just don’t really care that much about the paper and would rather spend the money elsewhere.

My dress was also a bargain find. I went to a POB sample sale and came away with a lace ballgown (marked $6950) for $500! It’s going to need a lot of alterations, but even if I spend $1000 to alter it, it’s still a steal.

Same sample sale…got $350 shoes for $25. Score.

I’m planning to use wine bottles for vases to put 2-3 calla lilies in for centerpieces. My sisters and sisters’ neighbors are saving bottles for me for the next year.

this is it so far as I’m just barely getting started, but I’m sure there will be more to come. I loooove bargain hunting.

Post # 49
47 posts
  • Wedding: December 2010

I LOVE this thread …bargain shopping is my heart ๐Ÿ™‚ 

My dress: Found on ebay for $50 including shipping, tiara and veil. It fit perfect and nothing has to be altered. Since I got such a good deal, I’m thinking of upgrading my veil for a mantilla veil. Still looking for a good deal. 



-My DJ saved us $400 on uplighting by including it in our DJ package for free. 

– Caterer – I was able to talk her into providing me with an ice sculpture for free and upgrade my linens so that the linens touched the floor. AND CAKE IS INCLUDED!

– Floral – I found a website called http://www.flowerwholesale.com/ . My flowers are ALL roses, they sell them for $0.38 a piece. I’m doing simple centerpieces and bouquet. I’m ordering close to 350 for $133

A sample viewing of my centerpieces with linen and candles

– Save the Dates, I made them and had them printed for free on vistaprint along with a free just married hat and tshirt. we also had a free banner made that will hang above our bar that says our names and date. I paid $16 in shipping for all that. 

-Customized Aisle Runner – $5 – My cousin didn’t use hers, so she let us have it. We designed our monogram sent it to staples to be enlarged and we had the paint on hand.

-Ring Bearer Tux – My sons tux was going to be $111 for a rental. I found them on ebay for $24.99.

Bridesmaids Gifts – Personalized bags to match personality $50 total on 5 bags plus a duffel bag for me. http://www.wholesaleaccessorymarket.com/index-exec/




Post # 50
44 posts
  • Wedding: September 2010

Vases-$0.49 each at Thrift Town. Not these hideous ones either. They’re fabulous!

Tree Stumps 2ft across and a 2ft high-$5.00 each. We went to our local treecutting service and they were more than willing to give them away. They even cut it for us!

Silk Florals- 1.00-2.00 a stem. Gorgeous peices at Joann’s and you receive coupons in your email atleast once a week for atleast forty percent off at a time. 

Dress-198.00 at myidress.com . Wonderful company!

Post # 51
221 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Ok it looks like I am heading to the nearest dollar stores as soon as I get the chance!!!

Post # 52
775 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

OH I totally forgot that I picked up my 2 ringbearer suits at Target after Easter.  I had been wanting Seersucker suits and they are perfect and the tie matches our color perfect! 

11.50 each with 0.25 socks! 

Post # 53
1127 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Just posting here to subscribe to the thread!

Post # 54
833 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011


I am ordering my invites through costco, and am spending 200 dollars for 100 invites! they are incredible invites, and the lettering is raised (a little more elegant than flat printing).

i am also using costco to do my flowers.

bought  a sample dress, saved $300.

using a friend as a caterer, and doing food for ALL my guests for $2200.

Post # 56
80 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

i love this thread.  i’m the same way–i have a good job, but i really like thrift stores/garage sales.

i got my dress at filene’s running of the brides ($250!)

i’ve been acquiring random plates and wine glasses that i plan to glue together for cupcake stands.

lots of random glass jars for a candy buffet.

Post # 57
44 posts
  • Wedding: September 2010

@Encore: Did you find the two for $1.00 tea lights at dollar tree? I have been looking everywhere for those!

Post # 58
190 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

love this, i also hate paying retail for anything.  i can’t seem to wake up early enough for yard sales but i hit the thrift stores hard.  all of my wedding decor and stationary was diy and i spent total of around $350, this included favors. 

some of the best deals, like my pretty tableclothes ($7 each), birdcage card holder ($15), and shepard hooks ($3 each) were found right here on Weddingbee, that classified section is tasty!  i made a placecard display out of an old frame collecting dust in a relative’s basement (free!).  the ceramic birds on my cake topper were $5.

my best ‘find’ was my wedding dress, $20 at a vintage store near my house.




Post # 59
1 posts
  • Wedding: March 2011

UNIQUE WEDDING DECOR FOR A GREAT PRICE!!!  I used PersonalizedPebbles on etsy.com for a unique touch to my wedding. her work is great and is done in a great turnaround time!  they can also be used for showers, engagement parties, almost any occasion… you just supply photos or wording that you want and she will put them all together for you at a great price!!! here is the link to her shop…


i have attached a photo from her shop… these arent mine but mine came out just as nice! 

Happy Shopping Brides!!

Post # 60
314 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I am excited to post on here!

I bought my 200 chargers off of CL for .50 cents a piece! It was such a steal! When we bought them, Fiance looked at them and was confused lol. One of his guy friends who just got married had to explain to him what the purpose of the charger was LOL.


My other bargains include napkins and napkin rings. I got a HUGE box of plain white napkin rings for 30 dollars! I think there is probably at least 250 in there. I figured I would put gold ribbon on them or spray paint them gold….I haven’t decided yet…..any suggestions? Another exciting find was my burgundy napkins. I love the design on them and they look so cute (IMO). Got them (and the napkin rings) off of Ebay. The napkins ended up costing .40 cents a piece (including shipping) for 150 of them. I didn’t want plain napkins…..so these were the perfect find for our burgundy and gold wedding :-D. The tablecloth in the pic is not the tablecloths were are going with…..we found burgundy ones from another bride on here for 8 dollars a piece. I put the burgundy tablecloth with the light gold organza overlay on the reception hall table, along with the chargers and napkins, to see how it will look. I loved it! I should have grabbed a picture of that :-(. Sorry for the poor quality of the pics. They are from FI’s cell phone :-/. The room wasn’t well lit either….sigh….oh well lol. Have a wonderful day bees!


Any advice on the napkin rings is appreciated! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Post # 61
7086 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I wanna play.  Bargain hunting is one of my favorite past times.

Reception dress – $99 discontinued sample

TTD dress – $99 discontinued sample

200 flat champaign glasses – $50 thrift stores

300 antique china plates – $50 thrift stores

20 antique silver bowls for center pieces – $60 thrift stores

All the center piece flowers are bunches I cut up from dollar tree, and bead stems I made myself with crystals bought at 90% of sale at hobby lobby.

100 lace ceramic tea light candle holders $0.30 Hobby lobby

Large Various candle holders, cake stands, dessert servers, beads, embellishments and  a to more at the 90% off Sale Hobby Lobby

Escort card frames – 50 for $10 on craigslist

Pulpit for guest book – $20 Craigslist

Ceramic Kissing bells dollar tree

Paper lanterns dollar tree

All of my wedding stationary was $40 with shipping from vistaprints.com including favor tags, guest book cards, stds, hats & t-shirts for the whole wedding party, note books for the bm’s and I with matching pens, and sooo much more

7 Stainless steel flasks for the Gm for $15 from dailysteals.com, we also got them each a telescoping fishing set for $2 each

3 antique easles (sp?) for $25 each off craigslist

Bm dresses at jcpenny’s for $12 each

Overlays from efavormart for $8 each which I embellished with the beads from hobby lobby.

Evening clutches for fsils, fmil, mother, bms and myself $12 each on etsy.

Veuve Clicquot Champaign $18 per bottle from the local liquor distributor CEO that used to be my rep. many moons ago when he first got into the business


I do love a good bargain.

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