(Closed) Budget Brides: How did you cut costs at your wedding?

posted 7 years ago in Money
Post # 6
274 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011


Post # 7
2271 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I pared down the wedding to the absolute essentials – so there was NO limos, DJs, sit-down dinner, alcohol or expensive photographers. I shopped around (online as I HATE to shop) for the best prices. I found a LOT of stuff on eBay – including my wedding dress. We printed our own invites. The site for the wedding site was free because we got married at one of the gardens at the college where I teach. I got three sheet cakes instead of an expensive wedding cake. Hey you asked! Our wedding, simple reception afterwards (light refreshments and cake) and the pig roast the next day came in at around 5K.

Post # 8
1690 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

i booked a destination wedding,  and i am having only 6 guests .  4 of them will be my bridemaids,  

this cut the cost by a tremendous amount. 

if i had got married at home,  we would have felt obliged to invite all frinds and family…    100+   

My dress is a chinese knock-off,  and so will the bridesmaids be.  

instead of a reception….( 8 of us remember)  we will have a lovely meal in a beachside restaurant.  

we WILL have cake and also a pro photographer,  but i figured i can afford her as i have cut down everywhere else.

i made my own brooch bouquet,  and will be makig the bridesmaids bouquets too,  though from crystals not brooches,  and i have made all of our jewellery. 

we are staying at a hotel close to the wedding venue,  so no Limos….we can walk as its only 100yds away. 





Post # 9
334 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’m not exactly a “budget bride” but I am trying to cut costs.  Here’s what we’re doing and our (estimated) savings:

– No open bar: We’re providing wine, beer, and a “fun” drink (like a margarita machine) instead.  Saves: > $1000

– Small cake: No 3 tiered cake for us! We’re planning on a small cutting cake and sheet cakes in the back for guests.  Saves: $200 – $300

– DIY hors d’oeuvres/desserts: Instead of paying our caterer to do passed appetizers and a dessert, we’re picking up cheese/fruit trays to put on tables during the cocktail hour, and brownie/cookie type dessert trays to accmpany the cake

– Non-floral centerpieces:  We’e doing submerged silk flowers with wine bottle luminaries for our centerpeices instead of fresh flowers.  Saves: $500 – $1000

– Cheaper Dress:  My dress budget is about $500, so I’m looking for a preowned or cheap (like David’s Bridal) dress.  Going with a white, tea length dress is another option.  Saves: $500

Hope this helps!

Post # 10
3866 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Made my own invites and pocket folds (seriously, used 8.5″x11″ resume paper and with a little cutting and gluing, they turned out awesome).  The rest of the invite will be printed on regular paper and it looks great. 

Small cake for us to cut and cupcakes for everyone else.

My Fiance is doing the budgeting for food and will either do the catering himself or ask his brother-in-law to do it.

My gown was an ebay Chinese type gown and, hopefully, will be awesome.  Otherwise, I’m gonna spend around $200 (probably less) to have one made from a photo (NOT a traditional gown, though).

Got my jewelry from eBay.

STD’s are free business cards from overnight prints ($8 s&h) and magnets that will be $13 max w/out s&h (around 20 with s&h).

Making the flowers from ribbon and using lots of coupons for michaels.

Still debating what the table centerpieces will be, though, lol.  something cheap, I know! 


Post # 11
4023 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Bought my dress on oncewed, did our own flowers (bought from fiftyflowers.com), used our bouquets as head table flower arrangements, made our own cake to cut bought sheet cakes from costco to serve ($60 total on cake for everything!), made our invites and STD (STD- designed on computer, printed business card size, bought magnets with sticky side, mailed – Under $30 for 100+), got jewelry “borrowed and old”, made hairpieces (no veil)

Post # 12
554 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

We are having a small destination beach wedding to save money! We invited only immediate family (parents/siblings) so we will have about 16-18 people total! If we were to get married at home we would have to invite uncle/aunts, cousins, friends, ect. We also will have a private dinner at a nice restaurant after our ceremony so that cuts out DJ/band. We decided to go with candle centerpieces instead of flower arrangements. No limo. We DIY our invites since we only needed a few. We rented chairs and an bamboo arbor from a rental company and hired our own officiant instead of going with a prepackaged wedding set-up from a beach wedding company and saved a ton!

Post # 14
211 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I live in the Bay Area as well and have managed to plan a wedding of about 75 people with a budget of $10,000. I am not sure what your budget or if you have booked your venue yet but if you want some recommendations of inexpensive vendors feel free to send me a message here.


I have a few friends that have that got married in the Bay Area in the last year as well on a budget – one with a budget of $7500 and other I am not sure but I know it was under $10,000 as well. One of them did A LOT of the wedding themselves.  The bride along with family and bridesmaids did all the bouquets, table flowers and the cake. I am not actually doing anything myself but have managed to find some reasonably priced vendors 🙂


Post # 15
1545 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

We have a small guest list 150 (thats small for us even some family will not be invited) and we arent having kids at the wedding.

We are only doing wine and beer.

We aren’t upgrading anything as far as food or cake since its included.

I am not doing flower centerpieces and only I will have a bouquet.

Post # 16
5654 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

I made our invites and all paper things (programs, song request cards, guestbook, etc) and had EVERYTHING printed at the local college (Media Services Dept) it was WAY cheaper than a kinko’s or doing it myself (as my printer is an ink hog!)

We also are having a morning ceremony & brunch reception…. so our Catering cost and DJ cost are MUCH cheaper…

Caterer- Breakfast & Lunch is cheaper to do

We (and MOST of our guests) don’t drink so we don’t have alcohol costs

DJ – He’s still able to book a gig for the evening so he charged us MUCH less

I also am not having real flowers.. rather I’ve made my bouquet (making my BM) and centerpiece flowers out of paper.

I’m doing my own hair and makeup

We aren’t doing gifts of any kind (our party really doesn’t expect them and although we wanted to we ultimately cut it for budget)

We also cut our list to right under 100 invited and about 80 actually coming

I’m sure there are other things I’ve done but can’t think of any right now

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