(Closed) How to make dollars stretch???

posted 7 years ago in Money
Post # 3
73 posts
Worker bee

@TineTine07: Hello, I’m 26 and SO is 28. We have great jobs, but a ton of bills including credit card debt. We are making things stretch by making the MOST of our money. I’m working on a master’s so my financial aid leftover money goes towards the wedding. I also will be recieving an extra $600-1k per month at work for accepting additional job duties. SO is looking for a second job…I also got my rent lowered by $100 per month by threatening to move out (although I really wasn’t), my car insurance lowered and I lowered my cell phone and internet plan. I also was able to reduce my car payments by negotiating. I stretch everything to the maximum. It is SO HARD, but we have no choice. We aren’t rich and our parents are not footing all of our bills or contributing, because they simply can’t. We are literally doing it all on our own.

Post # 4
36 posts
  • Wedding: October 2012

Are we talking what can you opt-out of in the wedding or just in life?

Post # 5
545 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Here is what we are doing to stretch our $$ for a wedding

No Candy Bar

No Videographer

No DJ (using an IPOD and having someone MC the bridal party annoucements)

Minimal Flowers

Not having a FULL open bar, just beer/wine/signature drink

Our wedding is New Years Eve so we are doing NYE favors (hats, noisemakers) but otherwise we would not do favors

Must have- a good photographer

Post # 6
11 posts

DIY is your best bet. Tongue out

1) Thrift store shopping – Do not underestimate the thrift store!! Over the 6 month planning period, I went to the thrift store every week or 2 to buy glass vases (their inventory was always limited) for the centerpieces. The vases came out to be $1-2 bucks instead of the normal $8-20 dollars at Michaels or Pier One. Of course they all weren’t exactly the same, but they all ended being roughly the same shape so it worked out great. My friend bought her vases from Pier One but left the sticker on so she could return it after she used it.. Not the “right way” to go about it, but it did save on costs since each vase was $20 per and she had over 20 tables.

2) Bulk order flowers online. Got estimate from the local florist for over $5k for centerpieces, corsages, bouquets, and altar decor. Ended up ordering flowers (large gerber daisies) online for $400 total and used them to DIY my bouquets, corsages, and centerpieces. I did a trial run first using fake flowers from Michaels to make sure I actually liked the flowers and the positioning, before actually ordering them.

3) home printed invites. buy the DIY invites from Michaels/Target and printed them out.

4) Think non-floral decor. I only used flowers for the bouquets, corsage, and centerpiece, so it ended up being a whole lot cheaper. I used balloons for my altar decor ($15 for the entire pack of balloons!!). Some examples:



5) wedding dress costs. i paid $400 for my dress at David’s Bridal. Have it tailored elsewhere (like a well rated drycleaners or tailorer), since the store charges you an arm and leg for alterations.

6) no videographer. we had family and friends videotape the wedding with little flipcams and such.

7) consider a Friday or Sunday.. venue costs usually are cheaper if it is not on a Saturday.

8) keep the guestlist small by picking a small venue. i know it’s not always possible… but i think it helped our costs since our wedding was relatively small (80 guests) instead of the 200+ my parents wanted. it also helped that we picked a venue that could only hold 80 guests so we used that as an excuse to not allow any additional guests. don’t cave into the pressure, especially if they are not paying for the wedding!!


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