(Closed) How Do They Do It?

posted 9 years ago in Money
Post # 17
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Honey bee

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@Ms_Smitten: i am on Davids Bridal Canada right now and see dresses for (lots of them) for under $300 CAD, have you checked online?

Post # 18
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

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@sceeder: Ditto for NS

Post # 19
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Honey bee

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@sceeder: well that is a bummer! It would have been nice to be free, but still a small cost in total. As the original post asked, “how” that is how many people save. Unfortunately its not an option here. Unless, like me, they know clergy that will do it for free.

Post # 20
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I am plus sized as well and I got my dress for $250 off of preowned wedding dresses.  It was a sample Maggie and it was great.  It had 1 seam that needed repair and I had sleeves added and it was still cheap!

I tried on dresses so that I had an idea what style I liked and then watched the dress sites.  You have time to search a bit and be patient.

Post # 24
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Venue – $510.00*

Ceremony Decor: 200$
Candles aren’t that expensive. Dollar store/Wal-Mart candles will burn just as well as those at bed bath & beyond for the 30 minutes you’re using them for. I would budget 150 at the MAX. (Also, speaking of: BB&B has this amazing yankee candle fragnace called “wedding day” AND they offer 18 candles for 20$.
http://www.bedbathandbeyond.ca/product.asp?SKU=17607693&
Which for me? SOLD.) Savings: 50$

Bride’s Dress, Accessories – $1100.00 Dress: 750 @ 13% is a total of 849.5$. Depending on alterations I’d say you’re looking at 900$ to 950$. There. You just shaved off 150$ to 200$. As for accesories, Etsy is amazing for fair priced jewellery.

Bridesmaids (they are my children) – $300.00 for dresses, $150 for accessoriesHair and Make up – $400.00Do you have a hair styling school near you? The makeup counter at Sears will do it for free and you can get away with just buying a foundation/lip gloss. If you want to go to a salon, shop around for prices! There’s a huge range, and I’m sure you can find something cheaper than 400$ for 3 girls. How old is your younger daughter?I understand about buying your daughters dresses. However, they don’t really have to be designer. Etsy is great, as well as something as simple as Sears or Le Chateau. You can find super nice dresses for 50 to 70$. For 2 girls thats, 100 to 140$. Savings: 160 to 200$. (your Maid/Matron of Honor should pay her own way, realistically.) Again, Etsy for accessories. I found the most amazing orange earrings for 18$.

Food – $500.00 (we are going to a restaurant)

License – $250.00Marriage license: 250 – 145+tax(18.85) = 163.85. Savings: 86.15.

Officant – $250.00*

Tuxes (Groom and his father) – $300.00I question why this is so high. Can your FI’s father wear a suit he already owns? Your FI’s suit will most likely cost around 150$. Savings: 150$

Bouquet – $100.00What kind of flowers are you having? How many? I decreased my bouquet from 24 to 18 (orange roses) and saved significantly, and I bet you even I wouldn’t know the difference in size. You can DIY from Loblaws as well. Buy a couple dozen roses for 12$ and some floral tape. Savings: 64$

Photographer – $1000.00 (and that’s only if I can get them to come down in price and includes engagement photos)

Okay. You just saved 1250.15$New Total: 3247.15$The only thing I didn’t calculate in is the hair & makeup, but it’s significantly under 5k anyway.

Post # 25
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Honey bee

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@Ms_Smitten: and that is your peragotive, but, again, your heading ask “how”… and that is how.  you chose items that are more expensve, just like others choose different locations, more guests, even more expensive dresses, food, cake. At the end of the day its your choices that effect price. Which was your original quesion.

You asked how, and you could make it cheaper, but you dont want to give up your dream for the cheaper price- and that is OK! really it is! but it is possible to do it cheaper.

Post # 27
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Wow….  I think most of your budget busters are the gown and photgrapher.  Just to be clear… did you say that your are only having EIGHT people at your wedding and its costing $5000???  Or did you mean to say 80?

That is ALOT of money!  We are having 100 guests. I did all of my  Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets, church decorations- pew bows/flowers/ alter arrangements, bouts, coursages (flowers were from Joannes, AC Moore and Michaels).  DJ, Cake, Photographer, Church/officiant fees all totaled about $1500.  I’m also a plus size bride and I was able to find my dress for $500. I was lucky because I did a lot of research adn found a store that was going out of business and I snagged a great deal.  I’m still below our budget of 10k. 

I would really consider trying to find a different gown and a less expensive photographer.  GOOD LUCK.

 

Post # 30
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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@Ms_Smitten:

Totally. If your FI’s dad can’t afford a designer suit, Wal-Mart works. Seriously. We didn’t have the funds for a suit for my FI’s dad for his wife’s funeral, and that’s what we did. 40$ suit jacket, 20$ pants, 8$ shirt, 6$ tie. 

And I totally get the “spa day” with your girls. Saying that, I fail to see how you feel you have to pay for 4 extra people? Am I missing something?

Floral tape isn’t that expensive. 5-10$ at the MOST. Seeing as you already have 40$ bought, I would just go with Loblaws for the roses. That bouquet is gorgeous, and I bet you it only uses at MOST a dozen … which Loblaws sells for 12 to 14$. That’s still a 60$ savings from 100$.

Post # 31
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

There are things there that could be skipped.  For example, you could get a bridesmaid’s dress in white or ivory as your wedding dress. You could even wear a dress you already own for your wedding, instead of getting a separate dress.  You don’t need to have bridemaids, and if you have them, they need not wear matching dresses.  You could do your own and your children’s hair and make-up.  As you pointed out, you could skip the bouquet.  Or if you want one, you could get seasonal flowers from the grocery store instead of a formal bouquet.  The men could wear suits they already own instead of tuxes.  You could skip the photographer altogether, and just rely on photos taken by friends and family.

Should you do all these things?  That is a whole different issue.  Different parts of a wedding are important to different people.  For example, I would happily have worn clothes I already owned for our wedding, but a “wedding dress” was really important to NotFroofy.  I would never criticize someone for spending money if they have the money to spend, and want to spend it on the wedding.  However, when you ask how other brides manage, there are always ways to make a wedding cost less.

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