Post # 1
So just out of curiosity, how many other bees have a “friendor” of any sort that is helping you out on your day? Obviously these are people that you normally would have invited that offer their services as the “gift” or just out of generosity.
Example — We are getting an amazing deal on our Venue because Future Father-In-Law and Future Brother-In-Law work for the place we are having it. Our cake is being made by FI’s step-mom, who has a bakery business. My hair is being done by a friend that does hair for a living (she offered). There are a few smaller things, but those are some of the bigger ones.
So I’m curious – what all have you guys had as far as “friendors?” I know someone on here has a photographer that is a friend.
Post # 3
My cousin is very generously doing our photography. I have no idea what we need to pay her (if at all, actually. My aunt mentioned that it would most likely be a free service but I need to find out from my cousin directly). And a woman I baby-sat for has her own cake business and has offered to do my cake. Her cakes are very scrummy so I’m extremely grateful for her services.
Post # 4
The guy who printed our invites and our DOC were friends of my mothers, both of which provided their service for free.
Post # 5
videography, photography and catering at my wedding are all by friendors so thats helped me save A LOT
Post # 6
The majority of our vendors are friendors. We wouldn’t have be able to get the quality of what we are getting without them.
Post # 7
We had friendors! We had one friend acting as MC (which i’d say was only about 80% a good idea) and one friend acting a DOC (best. idea. ever!!!!)
Post # 8
One friend designed our invitations.
The Best Man’s sister (and someone my husband has known for over a decade) baked the cupcakes (she was planning on opening a bakery right around the time the economy went down the crapper).
Another good friend played the processional music.
My Mother-In-Law made the favors (toffee).
And we have a lot of friends that are amateur photographers who took a ton of amazing photographs for free (a lot of them better than the ones we got from our actual photographer).
Post # 9
@CorgiTales: Why only 80% good idea? We’ve had an offer for that and for a bartender, but we aren’t sure we’re accepting those yet.
Post # 10
Heck yes!! OMG, we wouldn’t be able to afford our wedding (for 150!!) if not for friendors. One of my best friends is doing our photography, another friend is catering, we’re having our musician friends perform, I have theatre set designer friends who are helping decorate, and one of my event planner friends is acting as our pseudo wedding coordinator. I’m thrilled to share the day with so many friends :).
Post # 11
ETA: A friend of ours designed our save the dates and another one will likely design our invitations. Our wedding is truly a community effort, haha.
Post # 12
@mckernae: Haha I feel the same way. I feel SO blessed because some of the things we are getting can be pretty expensive (I mean, VENUE??) lol.
Post # 13
We have many friends that are vendors; some are gifting their services and some we are paying.
My hair and makeup is being done as a gift by my cousin.
Our linens and decorating are a gift from another cousin who owns a decor and linen rental service. We are getting table cloths, table runners, napkins, chair covers and various other decorations for the price it costs to wash them.
My cousin’s husband owns a bakery and we are paying him for our wedding cake (but he has very reasonable prices).
My FI’s uncle owns a tailoring business and sells custom suits, and he is gifting my Fiance his wedding suit (!!!!!!!).
Our friends have been so generous, and it has allowed us to shave at least $1500 off the wedding and have some things we wouldn’t have had otherwise (Italian suits, table runners, chair covers, someone who knows about decorating!)
Post # 14
@AmeliaBedelia: Seriously! Without a friend catering, we’d probably have to serve our guests skittles and tap water, haha. “Four skittles per guest, please! Stop hogging the rainbow!”
We’re having our wedding at a park so that helps cut down on cost for the venue. How do people afford regular weddings? LOL.
Post # 15
@mckernae: Bahahah omg that was seriously so funny. I was giggling at the computer and had to share with Fiance. 🙂 You’re one of my new bee-friends, K? haha.
And — right?? Our venue is really nice but we are getting for basically nothing. Again – THANK YOU FRIENDORS. It’s a family-friendor…. familor?
Post # 16
So far, my friendor is my MUA (whose services I’m receiving for free) and a DOC.