(Closed) Did anyone do any bartering for their wedding goods/services?

posted 9 years ago in Money
Post # 3
37 posts
  • Wedding: January 2001

YES! I’m always looking to save money wherever I can. So far, I’ve had some amazing luck! My future husband is a graphic designer and we’ve been able to barter his services for some centerpiece items, and even some larger things like our chair covers. (That saves us $1200!! whoo hoo)

Etiquette wise, I don’t think there is anything wrong with offering your services for something in return. Chances are, someone else is out there looking for your services when they have something to offer you in return!

I found that Craigslist is awesome for this. Every day, I search “wedding” in my local areas. I’ve found so much that way, and saved a ton of money so far. You can also submit your own advertisement, offering your services for anything you may need.. or even just asking for the items you need and include how much you will pay. Craigslist makes for easy, local transactions. Planning your wedding should be fun, and finding any way to save money with ALWAYS be fun. 🙂


Post # 4
1 posts

Bartering is definitely a good idea! I found a great site to barter online: http://barterquest.com. It’s an amazing site where you can swap almost everything and it’s totally free Laughing I thought you might like it.


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Post # 5
10218 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

one of my brides and i split the cost for her centerpieces (ostrich feathers with eiffel tower vases) I am doing the DOC services for free since I get to keep the feathers.

Post # 6
371 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

We traded design and installation of a new sign for all of our flowers…My fiance is a graphic designer and works in a sign shop.

Post # 7
44 posts

My friend who does web design is going this !    She is having a small wedding,    but she is paying for nearly half of it in trade .   I’m jealous!

Post # 8
118 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

My photographer asked me to officiate her wedding, and, as payment, she gave me credit for my photography next year!

Post # 9
130 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I haven’t had any luck with bartering.  But I’m totally opposed to friendors.  I’ve seen many bride friends receive sub par wedding “services” (flowers, photography, etc) and lose a friend as a result.  Use a contract, and no matter how good a florist your aunt says she is, pay someone else and keep drama out of the family.   

Post # 10
24 posts

I was actually just thinking about this the other day! My fiance is a video editor, and I thought maybe we should be bartering his services for something. Not sure what though…

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