(Closed) Is DIY wedding really cheaper than a package wedding?

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 17
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965 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I will say this, be sure to calculate in your time and effort and all of the gifts you will need to get for those who tear down and set up.  DIY seems like a nice idea but often times by the time you get done adding in tables, chairs, table cloths etc. etc. it is usually cheaper and less headache to go to a venue where it is all done.  Granted I don’t live in PA, but i priced it both ways in MO and it just wasn’t worth the money or headache to DIY…. Not to mention, when you are done with your recpetion, you and your guest will want to leave, not stay and clean up. 

I was very shocked are venue even had decorations they would allow us to use free of charge, so I spent little to nothing on decorations and I mean little. 

Be sure to consider your stress factor and time.. alll of that realy does matter.

Post # 18
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616 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@misss0901:  It definitely depends! We saved a few thousand doing DIY but I’m very crafty. So if you’re willing to put the work in, it can be. Another thing that helped us save big so far is being able to bring our own alcohol, and also using a restaurant to cater instead of a “wedding” caterering company. We are also not doing flowers for centerpieces which saves a huge amount. I have to say, I was a little worried about renting glasses, plates etc but it’s not hard – the caterer and rental company can figure it out for you. Our total rentals cost $700 and it was still cheaper going that route. But like others said if you don’t enjoy doing this sort of thing and taking control, it might not be worth the amount you save

Post # 19
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616 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@misss0901:  also – if you can save on the venue that might help. We started with a $10000 budget and are ending up at $13000. Our venue is $1500. We did splurge a little on the photographer so we probably could have been closer to $11000 if we wanted to. So I think it’s do-able

Post # 20
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616 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

one other thing haha – if the cheapest all-inclusive you can find is $140 per person you are almost at your budget limit. Unless you are not counting photographer, DJ, dress, tux etc etc as reception costs

Post # 21
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5658 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Well… no if you are talking about having to rent everything entirely yourself, tables, flatware, plates, glassware, this that etc etc etc no its not necessarily worth it. That stuff all takes a ton of coordination and can add up SUPER fast. It depends on the average cost of renting a space that provides stuff in your area. 

But when it comes to Decor, invitations, and other incidentals yes it’s almost always cheaper to DIY.

Post # 22
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

It does depend on the prices you could get for everything.  We are doing DIY decorations in order to save money.  Then we are paying separately for the reception venue, caterer, photographer, and cake.  We are going to spend about $9,000 for 175 people which is great, but we also live in a different area.

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