- Wedding: March 2016 - Enoch Turner Schoolhouse
I guess you could say I’m somewhat newly-engaged too, and the first one getting married in my immediate family but second to my circle of friends. My Fiance and I wanted destination but we wanted certain family members to attend, so we decided to have it at home.
Some of the ways we’re saving are:
We booked our wedding date on a weekday (half the price of a Saturday wedding and on “off-peak” season in which our venue also offered additional 20% off. The total to rent our venue is $1000. We’re having both the ceremony and reception there.
The venue capacity is at 150 – so we are limiting ourselves to that many people – thinking of doing “adult only” in which case we’re expecting the guestlist to drop in half!
I plan to DIY my centerpieces, invitations, bouquet, groomsmen’s boutonierres and decor – some I may buy off a previous bride from kijiji, craigslist, oncewed, etc. etc.
A friend of mine and I plan to DIY the bouquets 2 days prior to the wedding, and grabbing flowers from the grocery store, spending between $100-$150 as opposed to buying bouquets at $400 (and that’s JUST for the bride alone) I am not crazy about flowers anyway – my friend has had experience and made 5 bouquets for under $150 herself altogether that turned out beautiful!
My brother is going to design my invitations for free – I will only send paper ones to the older guests and others I will send e-vites (most of my peers are all tech savvy anyways 😉 For printing I will do it myself at home.
My sister is going to do my pictures for free – thank goodness that’s her profession
We will get a close friend to officiate the wedding
Our venue allows to bring our own alcohol in which the Fiance and I plan to spend between $500-$1K. No corkage fee and the catering staff will serve it no charge. All unused alcohol can be returned to the liquor store. The caterer advised to go this route, to save $4k off the bat.
I’m purchasing my dress off of preownedweddingdresses or if I’m lucky, someone directly (if we live in the same city) and in cash – not credit card.
My brother’s 2 friends that have experience DJ-ing smaller events – are willing to DJ for cheap. Worst case scenario – plug in the ipod to some speakers 😉
Catering will be the most expensive out of all this. We have 3 caterers to choose from right now, and all under $17k.
At first our budget was $20k but I know it’s looking more like $25k, but it’s still way cost effective than a wedding I went to last year that cost a cool $45k!
I hope this helps 🙂