- 5 years ago
- Wedding: January 2013
Some bees have asked me to do a budget recap. My budget wedding was a combination of DIY, couponing and shopping around. Here we go!
Photography: $800 – I got a fabulous photographer who did $2000+ packages. Instead of booking her for one of the packages, I asked her for her hourly rate. I ended up getting her for 4 hours at $200 an hour. This covered portraits, the ceremony, family photos and the start of the reception events (first dance, etc.) By compromising coverage hours, we ended up with amazing pictures on a tiny budget.
Venue: $6700 (including food, cake, booze, flowers and DJ) – This was a result of shopping around and booking off season. I was able to negotiate with them to add on another hour of open bar & DJ since it was in February.
Photo Booth $300 for 3 hours – I subscribed to Groupon for my area and watched it for wedding stuff. When I saw a photo booth Groupon, I had to have it! However, you have to remember that Groupon charges vendors to list adds. I contacted the photo booth vendor and negotiated a lower price than the ad. Since I didn’t book on Groupon, she didn’t have to pay the listing fee and still made more than the Groupon price.
Rehearsal Brunch $225 for 15 – We booked a rehearsal brunch instead of a dinner to save money. This was at a local cafe. The owner worked with me to create a custom menu and give me a group rate.
The Dress $350 – I got my $1200 dress for $350 at a sample sale. I bought it during late summer which is when many boutiques get rid of their samples.
Ceremony Flowers & Bouquets $60 – I knew I wanted to do silk to save some money. I watched Craigstlist and bought two large, gorgeous silk arrangements used from another wedding. The bouquets were found on Afloral.com. I picked out the ones I wanted and researched for coupons. It looked like they did a lot on Twitter so I created an account and followed them. About a week later they posted a 20% coupon. Win!
Bridal Party Gifts $150 for 8 individual gifts – I scoured Ebay for personalized gifts they’d love at bargain prices.
The Officiant $35 – When I started looking for officiants, I realized they ran $500 + in my area. Instead we asked a friend to marry us. He was ordained for $35 online and we wrote our own ceremony. Much cheaper AND more personal.
Those were my best bargains from the wedding. Go forth and save!