(Closed) Budget Friendly Wedding?

posted 3 years ago in DIY
Post # 2
60 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

DIYing your florals and decor is the best way to save money, but make sure you have a bunch of friends/family willing to help prepare and set up.

My main advice is do not try to be frugal on food or on photography as I consider these to be the most important and most memorable part of a wedding!

Post # 3
55 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

Ebay, amazon and etsy for decorations!! I think homemade cakes are beautiful and taste delicious so that’s another saving!

You could also buy cheap glasses from Dollar Tree and write everyone’s names on them in a pretty ink, doubles up as a favour and gives everyone a glass to drink out of on the day!

Post # 4
503 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012 - Iowa

I DIY’d a LOT for my wedding…

I ordered flowers from FiftyFlowers.com, $800 for 3 shades of roses, we made the bouquts, corsages, and boutineirs and had enough flowers for 40 centerpieces (blue ball jars with pink roses), we also had some jars with queen anne’s lace that we self-picked. Highly recommend fiftyflowers.com!

My theme was vintage, so I utlized a lot of ‘old’ stuff, vintage doilies from flea markets, the ball jars I bought off a garage sale site or super cheap, old barn windows made into chalkboards, as well as tin dollar-store trays painted with chalk paint. Favor was homemade jam.

Look for up-and-coming musicians, our ceremony musicians were right out of high school and were SOOO good, she’s now booking for much higher! (was $300 at the time).



Post # 5
93 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

I’m new to the wedding planning thing, so I don’t have great ideas, but I wanted to chime in because I bought some items off of Facebook from a girl who married a firefighter.  One of the items I got from her were frames, but she had left her wedding signs in them.  One of them said “He loved to play with fire and she was his perfect match.”  I think they gave away little matchboxes with their names on them as favors.  I thought that was so clever for a wedding with a firefighter, then again I’m a sucker for a good pun.  

Good luck!  Maybe look around on your facebook marketplace or wedding consignment pages!  I’ve seen lots of good deals on the ones I follow!

Post # 6
13 posts

If you’re not super attached to having a full on wedding cake, you could have a dessert table with various options, or you could just get a small cake for the cutting, or what my fiance and I are doing are getting a “groom’s cake” from our local grocery store bakery that will be a giant cookie cake. Definitely saving money there.

Ditto what everyone said on DIY decorations, and we’re just using a florist for bouquets, corsages, and bouts, and 1 sweetheart table arrangement (only costing $400) and then whatever other flowers we have at the reception will be wholesale.

Good luck!

Post # 7
91 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

My wedding is total budget with my parents paying a good chunck of the bill. We will be saving to do fertality treatments so my parents are helping out alot. In total (if I dont go off budeget) our wedding will cost about $5000 – $8000.

My mom made all our decorations and floral (including bridesmaid bouquets) DIY. She also found cute tea sets at thethrift stores to use for our centerpieces. The best thing is that I can keep the sets after the wedding. 

I really want fresh flowers for my bouquet so to save money we will order flowers from a grocery florist. My mom will then make my bouquet all fancy. We have a flower budget of $50.00. We also will be making a silk throw away bouquet so we can do the bouquet toss.

We are  doing BYOB and will be supplying only wine and other non alcohol  refreshments at the wedding.

My parents bought my gown at David’s Bridal during one of their crazy sales. My gown cost $650 with taxes but originally was $1200 before taxes. Its beautiful and only needs minimal work which is amazing considering it is a sample gown. It does need a proper petticoat which will cost me about $150.00. Alterations wise the back of the corset  needs to be fixed,bra cups need to be added and it needs to be hemmed. This will cost a additonal $350 however the bridal consultant  thinks we may be able to get the dress poofy enough and not need to hem it which saves me $200

My mom found the cutest little flower girl dress in a second hand store. It cost her $5. It needed a bit of work and wasnt the color I wanted(its creame) but hey it saves money and I dont care if its not blue.

We are getting married at my Aunts house and she will be doing all the cooking as well as making our wedding cupcakes and mini gluten free cake as a wedding gift. My parents will be paying for the food at the wedding. 

Our wedding favors will be a tea bag in a fancy little box. My mom had the boxes left over from something  and I will be providing the loose leaf tea. I will be buying tea for the favors from this cute little tea place near our house. We also will be buying tea and hot coco for the tea bar.

My moms best friend has a friend who is a hobby photographer who did the wedding photography at (my moms) friends daughter wedding. I have seen the photos and they are amazing. I believe she took photography in school but choose a different career option as my mom says she does a lot of artist stuff. She is teaching painting classes,etc. We are hiring her to do 4 hours of photography and since she isnt a ‘professional wedding photographer ‘ she is charging us $400.

The most expensive item will be my fiance suit. He wants a emerald green suit and it will prob be around $ 700 – $1000. We go to comic conventions once a year and so he will re use it as he plans to dress up as the Riddler.

 We will have a ‘cheap honeymoon’ probably to the local ski resort or take a river ‘cruise’.

Post # 8
2561 posts
Sugar bee

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alyssa102292 :  Flowers are SO expensive! Look into non-floral center peices or ones that use limited flowers and more greenery.

Some options are glass vases (from dollar tree) or lanterns with candles. Add petals or long garland strands (not christmas ones lol) along the tables. 

I had a beautiful bouquet, but my girls had single stem roses. (total was $30 for all instead of $65 for each).

Does you venue have preffered vendors that may save you some $? For example, if i used their cake vendor the delivery fee was waived. Or if i used their rental vendor, the set up fee was waived. 

I bought my dress at a sample sale for over 50% off of retail. 

Is rehearsal dinner absolutely necessary? I skipped it. Some of my bridal party wasnt coming in until Saturday anyway and at the end of the day, the coordinator lines them up before the ceremony and tells them when to walk and where to stand. 




Post # 9
105 posts
Blushing bee

The budget for our wedding is only $5000. We are DIYing everything possible. We are keeping the guest list to 60 and having a lunch wedding. We are getting food from a bakery including a pastry dessert bar for $700 total and baking our own small cutting cake. The downside to this route is the bakery doesn’t provide servers. We are going to hire a couple of my sisters friends to staff the wedding for a few hours. We are doing fake flowers instead of real. I would prefer real flowers but liked being able to arrange them ahead of time to cut down on last minute stress. We bought our linens online instead of renting. The rentals in our area cost more than buying. We’re hoping to sell them after the wedding. We made our own alter. The cost of the wood was only $33 but they rent for closer to $100. The only things we are renting are benches. Everything else we’re buying/making ourselves. We’ve decided not to serve alcohol. Hopefully since this is a daytime wedding the complaints will be limited. That saved us not only the cost of alcohol but insurance. Our event insurance is costing us 1/4 as much as it would if we were serving alcohol. There’s a lot you can do yourself if you’re creative! I’ve order many supplies for our DIY projects from AliExpress. You have to wait a while but it can cut down on your costs.

Post # 10
345 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Our wedding cost about $15k all in including each of our wedding dresses. Here’s what we did to save money:

-Limit flowers. We had to pay for 2 bouquets so that was a big cost. We had bud vases (that we sourced ourselves on craigslist/thrift markets) as part of our centerpieces since we still wanted flowers everywhere. We also met with several florists to find one that fit our budget. Our flowers ended up being around $600 and they were beautiful.

-Our venue was almost all-inclusive, minus alcohol which we brought ourselves. We kept it beer/wine only in order to have an open bar. The ceremony and reception were at the same location and included food, staff, a lot of the decor, chairs, etc. All of this together was around $8k.

-We kept the guest list to a strict 80 people.

-We DIY’ed a lot of the decor including tableclothes, table decorations, seating chart, etc.

-We found an affordable photographer who was still wonderful.

-We had a small wedding cake, and supplemented with desserts from a local bakery.

-We wrote the ceremony ourselves and hired an independent officiate for around $100.

I think the biggest thing that helped save money was shopping around and meeting with several different vendors to find the best person at a budget price.

Post # 11
2475 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter\'s Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle

Keeping your guest list small is the quickest way to save money.  Aside from that, here’s how we kept our budget down:

– small bridal party.  Even if your bridesmaids/groomsmen are paying for their own attire, you still have to get them gifts, pay for them at the rehearsal dinner, buy bouquets/boutonnières etc etc

– silk flowers. Cost me $70 for three bouquets from Etsy, including shipping and no one had any idea they weren’t real (I just had gerberas which looked lovely and now are in a vase in my house!)

– non-floral centrepieces.  Our wedding was book-themed and we went second-hand book hunting and used stacks of our favourite books as centrepieces; these doubled as favours as we invited guests to take one home.  If we had done something else as centrepieces I wouldn’t have bothered with favours.

– we did electronic save the dates and Vistaprint invitations.  We also asked for email or text RSVPs (buffet meal so we didn’t need meal selections) so we didn’t have to buy RSVP cards or stamps for them.

– didn’t bother hiring fancy cars for transport; my husband and his uncle both had nice new-ish silver cars so we used those.  My Brother-In-Law drove my husband’s car with the bridesmaids, and his uncle drove me and Dad to the church and then me and my husband to the reception.  The groomsmen went in one of their cars.  No one saw the cars, I think there’s one photo of me getting out of the car, and it was free.

– I cut down on paper.  Didn’t bother with menu cards, had one seating chart (printed it at work and stuck it on a nice piece of card and decorated it – it looked totally fine!) instead of escort cards or place cards (we allocated tables but not seats), and while we did have ceremony programs due to it being a church wedding, I did them in Word and printed them at Staples on slightly heavier paper. I figured no one except maybe my mother would keep them so I didn’t really care too much.

– beer and wine only.  Didn’t see the need to pay for hard liquor.

– our photographer was cheaper as she was rebuilding her business after a few years off having kids.  We also didn’t get albums from her and did them ourselves on Shutterfly.

– sample dress.   Mine was $500 reduced from $1400 and it had barely been tried on (it wasn’t a strapless sweetheart!).

– DH wore a suit he already had.  It’s nice, fits him really well and still looked new so we didn’t see the need to get him a new one.

Post # 12
4 posts

You should have to invite important guest at your wedding ceremony also use low cost place your reception. 


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