- 6 years ago
- Wedding: September 2012
OH my my my my!!! 9 months ago- when I was newly and blissfully engaged, I really thought I had everything figured out and I was going to find the best deals and keep my wedding right on budget…NOT!! Because I realized that I have rather expensive taste- if I were to rent everything that I am coveting for my wedding I would easily be splurging 100k. WOOO! That is where my DIY crafty art side has came out. I pulled out my old sewing machine, bought some fabric, crystals, and craft paper and went to work. My fiance has seen more “Mock” reception tables than he probably would care to in a life time and my house has definitely seen its better days. I used to pride myself in being so domesticated that my house was always in prestine condition and there was always a hot meal ready to be served…hello wedding planning and goodbye clean house and hot meals. Seriously I find myself spending hours- researching the best deals and even more hours trying to put them together myself! I have had several messages regarding how I can afford to front all of these things and what the out come is for me. I am humbly laying out part of my budget. Here is what I am tallying up.
The outcome????!! Saving Thousands and I mean thousands of dollars.
We decided to purchase everything verses rent- due to ridiculous high over priced renting fees. I am renting things out before my wedding however I am trying to rent things out SUPER affordable that way other brides and dip in on my saving methods. Trust me- renting things out super cheap does not make profit by any means- not when you waiver in the time/gas money/ effort spent of shipping-cleaning- and packaging. After my wedding it is good ridence decor and hello new wedding free life 🙂
Splurge #1 Chiavari Chairs- We purchased these for a little over $35 a piece with shipping and plan on selling them after for around $30 a piece. Renting them out before for $4 a piece
Total Cost= $10,500 Price if we were to rent from a vendor $2,400
Selling for= $9,000
Actual Amount Spent= $1,500 amount saved vs. renting $900
Splurge #2 Belmont Glass Chargers with silver Beading. Purchased with Shipping for $27.
Selling them after for $18 a piece (remember buying from a personal seller and not a vendor means no tax 🙂
Renting them out a few times to recoup some of the cost (for a very low $1.75 per plate- come on bees, these go for $6 at most vendors)
Total Cost= $8,100 Vendor Price of Rental $1,800
Selling For= $5,400 (because we recouped some with renting- the more rentals we get before, the more we can lower the final price)
Actual Amount Spent after sale and rentals= $700 amount saved vs. renting $1,100
Splurge #3 Table Linens- I purchased 35 crushed champagne 120 inch linens for $18 a piece
Selling for $14 a piece
Total Cost= $630
Selling for= $490
Actual Amount Spent After Sale= $140 amount saved vs. Renting= $280
($4 a linen verse spending $12 a linen for renting! )
Splurge #4 DIY Table Overlays. Spent $24 a piece on my overlays and selling them for $20 a piece after. Renting these would have been $22 a piece!!! Yikes!!
Total Cost= $840 (35)
Selling For= $700 (35)
Actual Amount Spent After Sale= $140, amount saved vs. renting =$608
Purchased my vases Eiffel tower vases $5 each (purchased 30) Willing to sell for $3.50 after wedding
Purchased Mesh Bling, and acrylic strands for $20 a dozen, and $25 per roll- plan on selling after.
Made my own Bridesmaid Dresses for total of $65 per dress vs. Twobirds $270 saving $2,050 (I have 10 girls)
Made my swarovoski 3 letter cake topper for $30 (5inch) Saving $80
Made my flower girl dresses ($30 a piece vs. $75-100) saving $210
However I am renting lighting, table ware, flatware, and drinking glasses this in whole is costing $1,200. (which is just worth not having to headache over selling these things!)
I am purchasing my flowers in bulk from costco (hydrangeas and roses) for $1000
This is 700 roses, and 400 hydrangeas, and 200 misc. wild flowers
Florists quote was $3,500 – saving $2,500
If I were to rent everything from vendors just my starting bill would have been almost $12,000!!!!!
That doesnt even include the things needed 🙂
Photographer/Videographer/dress/ suits/ food/ reception hall fees/ ceremony fees/ sounds system/ music….etc.
So, so far I have to say I have saved nearly $7,000 and counting- lots of tears, sweat, money, effort, time, hugs from my fantastic fiance….everything is coming together and it is starting to pay off 🙂
After all of the necessary fees- photographer $4k, Videographer (if I find one!!) $2k, Food (we got a steal!) $2,500, Reception hall $600, Alcohol- still adding that one up (we really like to have a good time!) $2k, Dress $3,500, suit $150, Wedding bands $1k, plane tickets and travel (hotels reservation for guest) $3k, ….plus or minus a few here and there
Music is probably the biggest expense- Since I work in the Music industry full-time, I have to say this was the most important aspect to me. I really wanted a live band that let my guest have a great time and enjoy music without some tone def wedding singer on stage. So we are flying them in from Texas- and they are probably the top notch cover band in the nation- That number (I humbly say out loud) was almost $12k
So to the snarky brides who think I am just trying to be a vendor or rip people off- not a all, I am just a bride trying to save money and recoup a bit by offering low rental prices to other brides trying to save money 🙂 And I have a lot of other happy brides who appreciate all the hard work! Thanks bees!
So our wedding is probably going to total up to $40k give or take a few- which I feel is not over the top nor super low. I feel like I am getting a lot more bang for my buck and cannot wait to see everything put together 🙂