(Closed) How I’ve saved money on our wedding so far

posted 6 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

Wow! I’m taking notes as we haven’t made any deposits or purchased anything yet. Thanks for sharing!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Nicely done – you  have some creative ones in there!  (Like buying alcohol from a closing bar)

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Woohoo! Way to go!

I bought my dress off the rack at a small shop for $399

Bought my veil and undergarments from ebay/other Bees

Bought Groupons for Vistaprint for invites, used vistaprint for std’s (100 free postcards)

Using a friend for a discounted price for make-up and another one for hair

Getting free cake from a good friend who owns a bakery!

Getting “free” professional pictures from a friend in exchange for baby-sitting for her

Using our church for ceremony and reception = free

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

 

Just to name a few things ive done, very simialr to you :

Bought my dress at a salon closing price was 1200- i paid 300

Off season wedding so we were able to get photographer at a good price, also some of the decor (xmas trees,sleighs, and poisettias) the venue will be adding so we only need centerpeices 

went to TONS of bridal shows as well- won a mini honeymoon to vegas ( whoohooo) & won free DJ for the wedding.

A freind of ours is a preacher and he will be officiating.

Found FREE 1 hr Epics from a local photographer

Venue gave us use free of the chapel when we booked the reception which both will be in the same site so no transportation is needed

DIYed almost everything- found invitation insides at ACMOORE on clearance was originally 30 a box, i paid 5. Bought 5 packs of card stock on sale ac moore- originally 3.99 a pack, on sale 10 packs for $5. Made my own card box and aisle runner with coupons and supplies from AC Moore both being a total of 25.

found my ring at a jewler that doenst sell a lot of diamonds, so we were able to get my ring that retails for 2k down to 600.

Bought a TON of stuff on wedding bee, craigslist and ebay!!!!

 

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Ooh I’ll play:

-Got my dress for 75% off (it was a sample)

-DIY lots of stuff (favors, place cards, centerpieces made from liquor bottles, etc.)

-Stationary appetizers as opposed to passed hot apps

-Found a huge discount code for Vistaprint and got our invitation suite (invitations + RSVP cards) for under $1/pp

-No champagne toast

-Using Wedit instead of a traditional videographer

-Chose a venue where you can bring in all your own vendors (so we got amazing deals on things like flowers and food)

-Ceremony and reception at the same venue

-Also getting my thank you cards from Target!

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I found a venue that has it so that you pay a certain amount for their in-house catering, and the ballroom comes FREE!  So for what we got the venue, catering AND my dress for what we had budgeted for the venue only!  $1000’s saved!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

  • DIY centerpieces (succulents and paper flowers), invites, stds,  aisle decor
  • Fiance will be building our wedding arch
  • growing my own succulents to use in centerpieces, bouquets and boutineers
  • family friend is making my dress for super cheap!
  • styrofoam cake decorated by a Pastry chef student for display purposes, then will serve sheet cake
  • caremony and reception in same place
  • no champagne toast
  • only 3 bms and gms
  • photog is my cousin’s hubby, giving me a great deal!
  • friend/family member will officiate

Post # 12
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Blushing bee

I love clever people.  You ladies are brilliant!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Well I’m still in the process but these are the plans –

Find a venue with natural beauty so little to know decorations

DiY centerpieces with lots of coupons to micheals

Printing and designing my own STD’s and Invitations, hand delivering when possible.

Somehow finding a cheap dress

simple meal catered. (just fruit display, drinks and games for cocktail hour)

bringing my own alcohol – then shopping sales (my parents sware by the 3 dollar bottles of wine from trader joes)

Setting up a few video cameras and forgoing the videographer

Small photography package (possibly a student)  – i can do the prints and the album myself.

Using my sisters veil as my “something borrowed”. Its beautiful and she just paid 300 dollars for it new a few months ago. lol

The BIG splurge is probably gonna be the venue – we are paying to be closer. 3 hours away toward nothing and no one just to save 1k bucks just doesn’t make sense. I will be testing my haggling skills though (I’m gonna ask for the weekday rate and just see how it goes)

Other then that I’m a king at sales and couponing… and budgeting everything else in my life to allow to have more money for wedding.

 

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee

oo lotts of things!

– We had our wedding and ceremony in the same location and the per person cost was all inclusive – food, bar, rental fees, all permits, linens, centerpeices even, favours!, candles! ya – they did a lot.

– No flowers for groomsmen or bridesmaids – bridesmaids held $20 muffs and groomsmen had pocket squares instead

– Had wedding in off season so deal on venue, photographer

– Photographer was a little new so we got a great deal

– hired a contra dance band and caller instead of DJ which was much cheaper

– did all my own decor – pew decorations, alter flowers, table decor, place cards, menus, signage, ceremony programs, just married sign

– got a baker to c,ake me 90 cupcakes and a small cake to cut for $90!

– made my own cupcake stand out of cake boards and cake dummies

– went to mexico for honeymoon – cheaper carribean location

– groom got free tux rental b/c 4 tuxs were rented from the same place

– made my own boutonnieres for special guests (father of the bride etc..)

– Got my dress within the set budget

– borrowed my veil from my cousin

– bought my belt for my dress from another bee at half price

– used jewellery and shoes I already owned

– got my fur cape from the second hand store for $10!

– used a large matted photo for guest book – $20

– used engagement photos and parents wedding photos in decor in frames we already owned

– bought silk rose petals from petal garden instead of real for decor

– had a beer and wine bar instead of full bar (hard alcohol for purchase)

 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

-One of the ways we’re able to “save” is by having a long engagement! Our engagement will come out to be about 18 months, so each month we’ve been putting away money

-We did also decided to have to reception and the ceremony in the same place which is also where we’ll be staying the night…so we don’t have to pay for transportation.

-We decided to skip on the videography

-We found a DJ and a photographer that were under our budget (but still very qualified!)

-Our wedding package with our venue includes a cake with a reputable cake company nearby

-My mom is having the rehersal dinner at her house so we don’t have to pay for a restaurant

-Pretty much all of the guests live in the town or town over where the wedding will take place, so we aren’t having a farewell brunch

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