(Closed) Budget Brides: What are you doing to save $ on your wedding?

posted 10 years ago in Money
Post # 47
395 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Me and FH are poor as hell so we’ve REALLY thought this stuff through:

My friend (a recent grad with major in photography) is doing my shots for free. Score!

Tiny Tiny guest list (18) 😛

Sunday Morning ceremony/ brunch reception = very low cost

no hardcore alcohol – just mimosas

And I’m making a cheesecake instead of a wedding cake. It’s FH’s fav anyways

Bought my dress from a department store because I HATE the pushy people in bridal shops

All in all this whole shebang should only be about $1,300!

Post # 49
21 posts
  • Wedding: April 2011

Our list:

No kids, exception for wedding party & kids of the wedding party.

Found a venue that includes tables and chairs, linens & cake cutting. Great site price!

Cash bar on liquor.

Found cake & photog vendors that have it as a side business- better prices!!!

Made my own centerpieces & favors with 1/2 price Michaels crafts and used stuff I found on craigslist/ebay.

Found my brand new with tags Davids Bridal gown for $115 on ebay!

Designed & printed all my stationery.

No engagement party, no rehearsal dinner.

No bouquet toss, no garter toss. No veil, no shoes (just flip flops).

Post # 50
263 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’m committed to coming out of this wedding completely debt-free. Twenty-two is too young to put thousands of dollars on a credit card, all due to one single day. Here are the cuts I’ve made to stay within budget and still have the wedding I want with our guest list of 180 ppl:

-No children under 12 (not having children in the wedding party, anways)

-My big saver: FREE photography!!!  My father passed away a couple of years ago and his best friend was a pro photographer who wants to do my wedding for free so he feels like he is doing one last thing for my dad.  How incredibly sweet and touching, right?

-Friday night wedding (BOOM! $1000 saved)

-Only providing free beer and wine, the rest will be a cash bar

-Inexpensive dress: $249 from David’s Bridal, and it looks like it costs 10x more!  Gorgeous.

-No favors because in all the wedding I’ve been to they are left forgotten on the tables!

-A family friend is acting as minister during the ceremony for free.

-A high school friend who has since gone on to be a pro musician is bringing her string trio to play during the ceremony at a deeply discounted price.

-Going with a lesser-known cake baker who does amazing work but just doesn’t have a big name behind her.

-Booking a reception venue that came with Chiavari chairs, so I don’t have to worry about doing anything else to them. 

Post # 51
21 posts

I’m a teacher and so is my fiance so we’re not particularly wealthy! 

– I don’t have my engagement ring yet but I really want a Swarovski diamond simulant in a high end setting

– do my own makeup

– no alcohol at wedding

– no band (we’re going to have a very nice jazz/swing/standards cd of the classiest music though)

– borrowing my sister’s veil because it is gorgeous


Post # 52
27 posts
  • Wedding: April 2011

I am DIYing everything I can! It saves money and adds a personal touch!

* Ordering a plain teired (birthday cake) adding decor myself

* Family preparing food ahead of time and hiring someone

* Making invites

* photographer 300 old friend from school

* buying flowers from costco for bouquets

*non floral centerpieces

Post # 53
3756 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

  1. Free venue/ officiant (our church/pastor)
  2. “potluck” style reception
  3. Grandma is making cake
  4. Grandma can do alterations
  5. Online/ used dress
  6. iPod for music
  7. no favors
  8. online shopping for decorations
  9. friend photographer will do it for free
  10. hair nails and make up will be done by my sister and one of my bridesmaids
  11. DIY bouquet
  12. DIY invitations
  13. non floral centerpieces
  14. tables and chairs provided by church (and most of the table cloths)

Post # 54
850 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

did my own invitations/stationary

non-floral centerpieces

icecream cupcakes from coldstone ($2pp)

trading small cake tier (for cutting) in exchange for designing website for vendor

having friend do our photography (she’s very experienced, great rate)

having friends as our wedding band (they were playing during the proposal)

no favors/printed napkins/etc. Might do the cheap bubble tubes just to have something. Maybe a candy buffet with cheap giftboxes.

the one thing I WILL splurge on is hair/makeup. I only get one day, and those pictures last FOREVER. I’m not good enough at either to pull it off by myself.

negotiating with ALL vendors. cut out boutineers for groomsmen (looks silly on linen shirts anyway). Got all bridal party gifts on sale.

A/V equipment will be borrowed from my workplace (I love being a techie!) We have about 8 flip video recorders and 5 ipod touches in our lending library, and various other vid. cameras, so I plan on lending them to responsible guests to record. we can get wireless mics and speakers, projectors, etc.

Post # 55
6392 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

I got this one from the accessories coordinator at our venue. Instead of using table runners (about $14 each to rent) she uses chair sashes as runners ($2.50), and they’re just a bit thinner, but they look great! I was really impressed with that tip, so I thought I would share!

Post # 56
125 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

We kept things SIMPLE. It wasn’t about a big extravagant party, it was about us getting married and spending forever together! We tried our best to keep that our focus.

-We weren’t afraid to use our connections. Good friends who were photographers, family members who were DJs, family friends who had gorgeous potted plants and greenery–we were NOT ashamed to ask for favors.

-I am the queen of DIY. We even made our own dance floor! Believe it or not, it was cheaper than renting one! 

-The wedding was outside [my dad catered] and we used paper products instead of china. 

-No alcohol. My hubby’s parents are very much so against it…but everyone still had a good time. 

-We used the same chairs for the ceremony and the reception. We had people carry them from the back of the property to the front. No one was offended and we saved ourselves about $300!

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