- 5 years ago
I have been talking a bit on here about how I needed to stay on a very tight budget, and thought I would give some of my tips for negotiating with vendors, and also ,for those brides on an extreme budget, to offer up what I did. PS-My wedding is in three weeks so I will for sure post photos and recaps. 🙂
First, I did order a knock off (big mistake). This was my fault, but if I had maybe ordered from Jasmines or Dressilyme, I could have probably got a nice knock off wedding dress. Yes, designer dresses are gorgeous, but they weren’t in my budget.
When this didn’t work out, I applied to be on a spin off of Say Yes to the Dress Canada. I was accepted on the show, but got cancelled a day before. I negotiated with Slice to offer me a refferal to a local designer who would give me a discount. They did-and I got an 1100 gown for 450 dollars.
For those getting romantic over the thought of an outdoor wedding, (which I did) I had a rude awakening when I started adding up the costs of tents, renting supplies, etc. For my venue, they charge 2500.00 for the room if you book through the restaurant. idid some research and found out the City also rents it out as it is public property, and the charge-$650.00
I have a waterfront view in a modern building, for that price-woot!
I chose two caterers that specialized in french food and made it very clear with both that I was deciding between two caterers and that the most food for the best price is the one I would go with. I had a bad experience with one of the caterers in the process, however, I was able to successfully negotiate the following:
- All rentals included (chafing dishes, glasses, cups, silverware, you name it)
- Got a ten percent discount for a Sunday wedding
- Chefs and servers included in per person cost
Total cost of caterer, for 2 chefs, a bartender, two servers, all rentals and ful lbar service for five hours…including 7 different french hors doeuvres, chef prepared crep station, fruit preserves, ice cream, tea and coffee services and all clean up:
We went to People’s and also Birks-negotiated with both and had taxes included and a discount. Total cost of rings: $750.oo (for both)
I was going to DIY because i know flowers and decor can run the budget up fast. But I got a referral by asking around for someone who did it out of the house. I found the perfect florist who used to work for a big grower and does this on the weekends for fun.
I am getting 12 boutineires, my bouquet with roses and orchids, two flower girl bouquets, and 6 dozen roses for my decor for $300.00
We DID have the option of a family friend doing our ceremony, but chose to go with an officiant instead. Cost: $250
We asked around and got a great referral to a guy that works at a major Photo retailer and does wedding photography on the side. Cost: $300.00
Wedding invites, stationary, gifts, favours, music-cost an additional $400.00
So for roughly around 7K, we are hosting this wedding for 80 people and are very excited to have a luxe looking wedding for half the cost of what it should be.