(Closed) Budget Brides, share your steals!!!

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Post # 3
9142 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Tealights – 100 for $3.99 (Ikea)

Tealight holders – 12 for $1.99 (Ikea) – bought 4 packs for a total of 48

Silver pails for flowers – 79 cents each (Ikea) – bought 10

Photographer – 4 hrs, two photographers, all images with full rights on DVD for $500 (this is my best deal so far!)

Post # 4
268 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

So far, a cake stand for $9 marked down from $40.  

Post # 6
361 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’m a huge DIY, budget bride! 

– DJ/Karaoke for 6 hours – $495

-Invitations – With groupon & retailmenot promo – 150 invitations – $65 – WHOHOO!

-STDs – similar to above – πŸ™‚

– 300 cupcakes & 8 inch cake for us – $410

-bulk burlap – $30 bucks with coupon at JoAnn Fabrics

I know there is more.. I am really picky about how and when I buy things.  I am doing approximately 300 people for about $10,000.  I need all the coupon/DIY I can get!

Post # 7
169 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I’m not sure what budget this calls for, but I consider mine on the lower, but not extremely low side (~$10,000-$12,000)




Here’s what we got:




We spent $40 on 250 premium photo postcard STD with a groupon from vistaprint.




We spent another $40 on 100 photo Thank You cards with a groupon from vistaprint. 




We are getting 150 people catered a full meal/drinks/desserts/glassware/dishware for under $2,000




We found a professional photographer who was willing to work with our budget, so we are spending $1,000 for engagment and wedding session. We get 2 photographers for day of wedding, and he has a TON of experience/teaches photography classes




(This isn’t as good of a deal) but our DJ will be $600




Our venue cut off $1,000 from rental because we almost went with another.


Oh and my dress was only $350!!!!!!



All in all, VERY sucessful, and VERY happy to be staying within our budget.




Post # 9
361 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Future_Ms.Bostonceltics:  I think it was 20 yards, it is whatever is in a bolt.  I LOVE JoAnn Fabrics!! I go weekly with my paper and my cell phone coupons!  They almost always have a 40% or 50% or several coupon codes going on.

Post # 10
263 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

photography = free (we know the photographer)

flowers = 50% off

venue = 2,000 off asking price so now its 2,400

dress = craigslist find at 350 for a Casablanca never been worn

flower girl dress = 35 found at a bridal sale

table decorations = free

Post # 11
263 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

oh and music is free too πŸ™‚

Post # 12
169 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@Future_Ms.Bostonceltics:  Here was our trick…we didn’t use a catering company! After checking dozens out, we realized their prices and fees were ridiculous. So my Fiance had the wonderful idea of contacting a local bbq restaurant. They already had a catering menu that was reasonably priced, and they didn’t upcharge us because it was a wedding. They just added up each item we bought based on the quantity we needed, added a delivery charge (it’s a decent drive) and that was that! Then they offered to let us pay them to bring extra servers for only like $10/hour and they offered to take care of ALL of our glassware/dishware rentals for way lower than we’d pay at a rental place on our own. Keep looking! You can find it. I’d highly recommend local restaurants that already do catering but don’t speficially do weddings. I thought food was a lost cause, but my Fiance saved the day on this one. What a great man πŸ™‚

Post # 13
1367 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I had a legal ceremony at City Hall a few weeks ago.  For my flowers I went to a florist close by who normally charges $150 for a bouquet. I told them I had a $50 budget for my bouquet. They created a beautiful bouquet of white roses and cream mini calla lillies with a purple center.  They were beautiful.

My dress was $220 down from $770 – gotta love winter sales!

Post # 14
33 posts
  • Wedding: April 2011

$100 DJ friends husband

$600 photographer

$30 diy save the dates 

$70 diy invites ( but used gift vouchers and coupons so came to less $) 

$200 dress 

bridesmaidmdresss $500 for 4

suits for men $150 each bogof bought not rente

reception $3000 


Post # 15
263 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013


My photographer: $350 8 hours of coverage on our wedding day and they also threw in a free engagement sessions and our pictures turned out amazing!

Milk Glass Vases: $1-$3 each from thrift stores in town

My Seamstress: $180 for bustle, alterations to sides and hip, bead detailing and built-in bra.

My Dress: $750 on sale from $1200 at David’s Bridal

Veil: Free from a friend

Videographer: $790 8 hours of coverage

DJ: $650

Sparkly Shoes: $40 from JCPenny

Invitations: $36 on sale regular $59.99 for 40!  Purchased from Michael’s craft store. 80 DIY invitations, RSVP’s & Envelopes

Stamps/Postage: FREE!! Our family created custom stamps for us through Canada Post and gave them to us at Christmas. Here is the link if you’re interested in making your own

http://www.canadapost.ca/cpo/mc/personal/productsservices/atoz/picturepostage.jsf’ defer=’defer

Post # 16
114 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I wasn’t a budget budget bride but used the internet alot to save where I could. My biggest saving was on my drees. In the Australia stores it would of cost me $2250 but I found the designer and ordered it online from the US for only $1200 winning πŸ™‚

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