(Closed) How Do They Do It?

posted 7 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

A few things:

Your dress doesn’t have to be that much. There are plenty of lovely dresses for cheaper.
Most people doing a 5k wedding don’t have to pay for their attendants hair/makeup/dresses. How many do you have? 150$ for accessories?? 😐
200$ for ceremony decor? Really? On what?

Where in ON are you located? I know in Ottawa our license is only 153$. 250$ seems a bit high.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

$1000 for dress

$1000 for venues

$1200 for food (Family friend who owns restaurant)

$200 for linens

$400 for DJ (ceremony & reception)

$800 for Photographer

Tux is free from 5+ rentals

$400 in odd-end decor items.  We had a lot of the decor stuff already! 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@Ms_Smitten:  About 100, just under (around 96)  We got lucky because our families have connections.  FI’s dad knows florist, and caterer.  I knew the DJ.  The reception venue was cheap already, and I got a discount on the ceremony venue because it was less than a year out when I booked!  My dress was just around $900-$950 since my sales girl used a coupon on it! 

Post # 8
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509 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I commented in your other thread! I hope this all helps.

Post # 9
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Honey bee

I am not a “budget bride” but my bouquet is less than that. I bet you oculd SIY it an do it for a lot less.

As you said in the title “how”. As many already mentioned, they didnt pay for their daughters for accesories, hair and makeup(or grooms father), they didnt pay 1K for their dress, possibly had a friend get ordained and didnt pay for an officiant.  I see $1.5K-2 you could shave off that easily if you wanted to and cared to make the sacrafice- not that you have to.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I totally bet you could DIY the bouquet for cheaper!  Our flowers are coming from a wholesale florist, and my bouquet will cost a whopping $25-$30!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

The biggest thing that jumps out at me is your dress.  My planner told me that 8-10% of your total wedding budget is a good guideline for what you should spend on your dress (including any accessories and alterations).  Obviously this is a just a suggestion and not the case for everyone though.  But if you are looking to stay around $5000 total, perhaps you should find a dress that, after alterations, would be closer to $500.  If you are absolutely set on your DB dress, have you looked to see if you can get it from another bride?  I sold an extra DB dress I had via WB classifieds that was never worn.  The buyer got it for a fraction of what I paid for it in the store.

I think hair and makeup is another area you could easily save on, if needed.

Post # 14
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Honey bee

@Ms_Smitten: I am not saying you should, but you asked how they do it. They have friends get the license and they do it for free. Have you asked a friend to get the license online to do it?

My reverand is a family friend and doing it for free, so is my DJ. You asked how, that is how people do it. Through connections, sales, DIY etc.

Davids bridal has $100 sales all the time, especially with more choices online. But you have to be willing to “give up” something for them. Any many do, you just may not be willing to do that which is more than OK!

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@lefeymw: That actually applies to all of Canada, I think. I know SK, ONT, MB, BC you cannot be married by anyone other than a government official of a member of an official church.

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