(Closed) Budget Brides–How much would you value your wedding at???

posted 6 years ago in Money
  • poll: How much will you save in total?
    0-15% : (1 votes)
    4 %
    15-25% : (3 votes)
    12 %
    25-35% : (4 votes)
    15 %
    35-45% : (3 votes)
    12 %
    45% or more (yeah, I am that good) : (7 votes)
    27 %
    I like polls! : (5 votes)
    19 %
    To be honest, I would rather not think about the total budget.... : (3 votes)
    12 %
  • Post # 3
    418 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    We’re saving a boatload because both of us are more concerned with the union than having a party and feeding people.

    We’re getting married right after Sunday services at church and because of that, they aren’t charging us to use the sanctuary, since everyone will already be there. They don’t generally allow weddings to occur in that building, so we are only the third couple to be married in their 2000 seat sanctuary. The other 2 couples were children of 2 of the Deacons. My Fiance is involved in the music ministry there, so he’s pretty well known.

    I tried on dresses at David’s but ultimately found the dress I was going to buy at Davids on eBay from someone who bought it, then canceled her wedding. I bought the $750 dress for $250. The only thing that needed to be done to it was to have the sash removed and replaced with a different color and some other minor alterations (taken in at the bodice). Sash was $60 at David’s, alterations cost me $55.

    My Future Mother-In-Law is doing all the flowers. One of her hobbies is floral design. She’s taking care of that and we’re using silk flowers. No sense in spending money on something that’s going to die in a few days.

    My Cousin’s husband is a photojournalist. He did our engagement pics for $200 and included the disk with ALL the edited pics and the ones he chose not to edit because he didn’t like them. He’ll also do our wedding. We’re paying him $1000 for an all day shoot and album. He’s also going to have to drive about 120 miles to get to the church.

    Made the Save the Dates at Sams Club. Designed them online, ordered them and picked them up the next day. 150 Save the dates? $34.50. I have to order about 75 more. I expect that to cost about $15

    Walmart is doing our invites. Their online stationery has everything. Order online, pick them up. 200 invites is $95

    I bought the flower girls dresses because everywhere my Future Sister-In-Law saw the dress I wanted her daughters to wear was between $70 – $100 each in the south. I went to the fashion district in Los Angeles and bought the dresses for $30/ea.

    FI’s tux is free with the rental of his groomsmen tuxes and they got $40 off each rental

    Reception is immediately after the ceremony in the church fellowship hall. Cost for that, $250 rental fee and $25 for cleaning.

    We’re doing light finger foods, cake and punch ONLY. 6 full sheet cakes @$38/ea, a traditional 3 tier wedding cake @$125 and a grooms cake $60


    I’d say we saved probaby 80%

    Post # 4
    2295 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    Well, I’m not what most people would consider a “budget” bride, but I love this question and think it applies to anyone doing DIY and cost-cutting measures, even if your budget is a little bigger.

    Using just the below items, and not counting what we’re just being more conservative on (beer, wine, signature drink instead of full bar for example, or cheaper wedding dress), I calculate that we are reduced our overall budget by 18% vs paying someone else to do them.

    The big items I’m DIY’ing that are saving tons over retail are:

    – Invitations (about a $6/invitation savings)

    – Centerpieces ($50+/table savings)

    – Silk DIY flowers ($200 savings over having someone else do them, at least a $700 savings over having fresh pro flowers)

    – Designing my own monogram for projection ($50 savings – small but it adds up!)

    – Trading my professional marketing services for the following vendors:    
    *Hair & Makeup for whole bridal party and moms ($590 savings)   
    *Day of Coordinator ($400 savings)   
    *Alterations and bridesmaids dresses by seamstress (approx $220 savings)

    – Fiance made our “Giant Jenga” for the games area ($150 savings)


    Post # 5
    804 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I did our flowers and centerpieces, it was about $30 for the centerpieces because of kind donations from friends (we used old books) and $5 for flowers for paper, hot glue, floral wire, and floral tape.  So floral and centerpieces were $35 as opposed to an estimated $530.

    My dress was $100, plus alterations (but alterations were EXPENSIVE!).  Still, it ended up being a $750 pre-alteration dress for $600 with alterations, and the alterations would have needed to be done anyway, so that’s a $650 savings.

    I made the favors, about $50 for the whole thing (we used those library card pockets in the backs of books and stuffed them with packets of tea and a handmade bookmark).  The favors we were looking at were going to be about $100.

    We found our photographer on Craigslist, and had an I-Spy at tables as well (so many awesome pictures have come in from guests!).  We ended up paying $780 for engagement photos and 6 hours of wedding coverage, which was unbeatable!  My mom ended up gifting this to us, but I’m going to include it because he now charges over $2k for the same service, so I’m calling it a win.

    We were also willing to cut our own cake, but the woman in charge decided to give us that service for free.

    It was about 5k, so we saved roughly $2,870 with just the DIY and discounts.  It would have been $7,870.  About 36%?  

    Post # 8
    642 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    I dont really understand your poll…

    Our wedding is costing roughly $3000.  The only thing we are compromising on is having no dinner everything else is exactly what I wanted.

    I ordered a bridesmaid dress in white on lightinthebox.com.  It is strapless Aline pickup which is exactly what I would ordre in a wedding dress, except it is $80 instead of $300+ (which was my original budget) AND they custom made it so no alterations needed. 

    We are having an evening ceremony at 6:30 at the Legion (which is where everyone around me has their reception- small town) so were not compromising on the venue.  Just no dinner, which maks me a little sad because they have the BEST homemade turkey dinner ever.  But its not in the budget.  Then a champagne toast after, and then a huge reception.

    Were having a DJ, photographer, full decorations (All DIY plus Future Mother-In-Law friend is a wedding decor rental business and is doing ours for free), DIY bouqets and bouts, guys are wearing tuxes, were having tons of food, cupcakes for our wedding cake, champagne…everything I ever wanted. It is going to be perfectly us, and I cannot wait!

    Also- my daughter and son are in it as well..I got my daughters white dress off a facebook swap shop for $10 brand new with tags.  I will also reuse my sons xmas outfit and rent him a vest to match the guys tux.

    There are tons and tons of ways to save money on a wedding.

    Post # 9
    418 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    I’ve got no problems with the budget bride classification. None at all. I’ve said that this wedding is going to be done on the cheap because at the end of that day, EVERYTHING will have been paid for, in cash and no bills that will follow us into our marriage. We are debt free now, we will be debt free after the wedding. I’ve never personally understood spending as much on my wedding as I did for my degree.

    I said if I could have thrown a wedding on groupons and coupons, I would have done it. I’m cheap. I like to spend money on stuff I’ll have forever. Not a party.

    Post # 11
    418 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2013


    I get it. This is my first (and only) wedding and my family would like to go ALL kinds of overboard. I’m also the baby of the family. I’m just not big on all this fluff, pomp and circumstance when it comes to one day, so I’m humoring them on some things (this wedding, for instance) and reeling them in on others (a sit down dinner, big expensive reception, etc.). I’d rather spend the money having the house we’re buying built. My first plan was for us to get married in the pastor’s office after bible study one day. LOL

    So I’ll get the dress, the walk down the aisle, the bridal party and all that stuff, but I’m not spending any more money than I’m comfortable with and I’m not allowing anyone else to do it on my behalf. It’s just wasteful in my opinion.

    Oh, my dual bachelors cost me just about 30k. We’ll probably get this whole wedding done in less than $3,000.

    Post # 12
    9191 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

    Some of the ways we’re saving money:

    We’re doing a rehearsal dinner for ALL our guests but it’ll be a BBQ with the elk that my fiance *hopefully* gets this fall!  (Or half a cow we may buy from a neighbor otherwise.)  Plus some veggie options & sides.

    Flowers are 95% from my parents’ huge garden.  My dad is SO excited to grow them all for us.

    Band is our really good friends’ awesome band.  They usually charge $2500 for weddings but they’re doing it for us for just rooms and gas (about $600 for 2 nights).

    My dress is either a $120 lace sheath from Macy’s or a $220 champagne gown from Sue Wong (on sale at ideeli.com).

    Rings are a family heirloom (me) and a $40 stainless steel one (him).

    Yet somehow we’re still spending $12,000!  Our guest list is close to 200, so that’s part of it…

    Post # 13
    947 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    Things we’ve been able to negotiate

    • Videographer – originally $5,200 negotiated to $4,950 for a total savings of $250
    • Photographer – originally $6,000 negotiated to $5,000 plus they included the engagement session for free for a total savings of $1600
    • Photobooth – originally $1,295 negotiated to $1,045. Total savings $250
    • Wedding planner – originally 15% of total end budget (money actually spent) but due to a few misunderstandings the coordination services were capped at $6,750. So right now were looking at about $4,000 savings
    • Band – 10 piece orchestra for cocktails, dinner and dancing originally $12,675 negotiated to $9,700. They also threw in the ceremony musicians for free for a total savings of about $4,000

    Total negotiated “savings” thus far: $10,100

    We still have a ways to go but I’m pretty satisfied. I’m most excited about the band – getting their price down was huge.

    Post # 14
    2692 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I have a budget of $5000.

    I actually havea rough idea of what my wedding would cost since I ot quotes from more expensive vendors and venues when I was researching.  This is what i would have paid if I went with those other vendors (with original guest count of 150:

    Reception: 4800 (all inclusive with food and drinks, chairs with covers and sashes)

    Cake: $300

    Dress: $1000

    Ceremony: $150

    Flowers and decor: $800

    Bouguets: $130

    Music: $250

    Photography: $1300 

    Stationary: $300

    That is not including everything I have for my wedding and the total would be: $9030

    Right now I am under my $5000 budget and I have transportation, professional hair and makeup, wedding night hotel, candy buffet, etc, etc, etc…


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