Post # 32
Wow! Everyone has given some really helpful and valuable advice! I skimmed over the other comments, so I’ll try not to be too repetitive. We’re on a simlar budget, so here’s the tips I have:
-Use what you have. My venue was not my first choice, but it is practically free and will ensure that all those that are most important to us can attend.
-Don’t be afraid to ask for others help; use their talents! My sister/MOH is a cosmetologist and will be providing her services to the bridal party and family. My uncle is a pastor and will perform the ceremony. My mom used to make cakes semi-professionally and will be making ours; she is also a craft/DIY genius and will be assisting us in planning and execution. My fiance has a connection at a local nursery and will be getting flowers for decoration/centerpieces at a discount. I know a member of a string quartet that has agreed to play as her gift to us, cutting the cost of the music. The list goes on and on….!
-Watch for sales! We were able to get my Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses on sale and have dresses they can wear again by purchasing non traditional Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses at White House Black Market. I’ve seen others have success at places like Macy’s, Nordstrom’s, Ann Taylor, etc. Once you have an idea of what you want, you can search and find great deals. Also, if you have many DIY projects, you can find great prices at places like Michaels and Hobby Lobby with additional discounts from coupons. We are using silver as one of our colors, so I watched the Christmas sales and bought tons from Target (pretty much anything that didn’t look too Christmasy since the wedding is in June. Think plain silver, mirror, and glass/crystal).
-Don’t be afraid to do things yourself! We are not hiring a coordinator and are designing/executing much of our wedding ourself. I am thoroughly enjoying spending the time with my friends and family and know the personal touches will make this event even more meaningful.
Post # 33
You could buy a second-hand wedding dress if you don’t mind and DIY your wedding gifts, invitation cards. If any of your friends are familiar with photography or videography, you could just ask them to do you a favor.
Post # 34
Take a digital picture with a sign that says Save-the-Date you can print them off at walmart for like 21cents a peice. Envelopes are cheap. If you live near your friends drop them off or hand them out (saves on postage)
My wedding gifts were simple they also doubled as a placecard. My mom is crafty so she ordered 100 peices of wood 3x4inches painted them in cream with crackle paint to make them look old (they cost like 20cents a piece) we wrote everyones name on them and then put rope string through the holes added alittle wooden anchor (like 10cents a piece) painted them blue. We had a nautical theme wedding. Our guest will have alittle sign with there name to take home and hang but they also know where they sit!
Menus write it on a chalkboard or go to an antique store find an old frame and print off the menu and hang up the frame like a picture! You dont need individual menus.
Dont just use flower for centerpieces….go to an antique or second hand store and find unique center pieces that you can put flowers around (having a few flower around something still makes it look nice but you dont need as many)
Find a venue that doesnt need much decorating. Mine is on the water. We are strining lights on the deck and the insides have huge windows so dont need to hang anything on the walls. String lights are fairly cheap but all white lights look nice.
Dont have a long reception. We are having one till 11pm and then going to bar. The bar is letting us get pizzas and bring them inside as a late night snack (we are having a sit down meal)
Photobooth. Set up a sheet in the corner of the room…find cute props at second hand store. Put an add in the paper for a student photographer to do funny wedding pictures or 3 hours at like 50-100 buck. Many starting out will think its a great weekend job. You just need someone to stand infront of your mock photobooth and take pictures (any idiot with a camera can do that)! They can send you the digital prints online. You can print them at wal-mart for cheap and send an extra print with your thank you cards to your friends. Print another for your scrap book!
Look into buffets with chinese theme (usually the cheapest but stil best food) then have to-go boxes of cake in chinese take-out-boxes.
Do your own invites. Go to Michaels and look at all the Jewls, ribbon, twine, etc you can add to make them look great. Kinko has a wide selection of paper and colors. Remember they usually throw out the card after the wedding anyways.
If i think of more I’ll write it later! Hope this helps!