(Closed) On a budget Bride!!

posted 6 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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1299 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I hear ya girl.  I am in the same boat as you!  I highly reccommend the book “bridal bargains.”  I got mine at half price books.  What all do you have in mind so far?  I am ordering my flowers through 2G roses.  http://www.freshroses.com  So far they have really good customer service, and i’ve heard good things, but obviously I hope the actual flowers are nice.  If you have any thrift stores around you I would search for decor there.    I looked at http://www.efavormart.com once but didnt really shop around for prices.  I ended up not needing tableclothes.  In my personal experience, finding vendors that are family owned or have their name in the title of the business tend to have a better customer service.  They are willing to go the extra mile, and make sure you are really happy with their service because they don’t have the clout of a large franchise who could care less if you’re happy or not! 

Post # 4
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1299 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Oh, also for paper things always check out free printables.  I love http://www.weddingchicks.com because they have free customizable stationary suites, signs, thank yous, etc. I got my favors from a great really really affordable etsy shop too.  If you are interested in birdseed ornaments I will post her contact info. Let me know.  If I think of anything else I’ll help you out!

Post # 5
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642 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

My budget is $3000.  But! We are skipping dinner, and having an evening ceremony with chapaghne and then a big reception.  We had like 4 months to plan this, not enough time to save for a dinner.

I found a burlap wholesaler close to me (Toronto, Canada).  They charge $44 for a roll of burlap (40″ wide by 120 FEET in length).  I am making my own square overlays.  Ill have enough to do 12 tables, head table, and my aisle runner plus have some left over!  They also sell white table cloths for $7 each! Thats $1 more to rent, but we get to sell them afterwards.

Go on pinterest (obviously lol) I found a super cute idea to make paper bag luminaries, we are having a whole bunch and having each one spell out “Just married”.  Then pop in some battery candles and there you go!  Very cheap, and so cute.

Look around for different vendors.  I found my cake (well cupcakes) from these 2 girls who are just starting out and they are $75 for 8 dozen.  My photographer is $150 for the whole day, including engagement photos!  Shes pretty good, granted not as good as one who costs say $2000, but thats just not in our budget

Deffinately, decorations, invitations, programs, favors can all be DIY.  There are lots of easy and cheap ideas online.

I have sooo many ideas lol  I cant list them all!

Post # 6
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642 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Also- Michaels or a similar store will be your best friend.  For my invitations, I bought the premade card and envelope sets, on sale 40% off. I need 40, so that cost me $8.  Then I ordered labels on onlinelabels.com, you can custom make them and print them yourself.  I have monogramed ones for my invitations, thank you ones, address ones for RSVP, and evelope seals.  For 400 labels it was $26 including shipping.  I got some ribbon, and card stock (both cheap) printed them myself, used scrapbooking double sided tape and put it all together. So easy and pretty too

Post # 9
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1299 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@kdjess84:  I’ve been planning and styling my wedding for over a year now ( before I was even engaged, but knew he was the one…) so if you need any advice or anything, I will guide you in the best direction I can think of towards vendors or ways to save money.  I really have come across so many great ideas and ways to save money.  It’s awesome if you have the help, definitely use it!

Post # 11
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1326 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Were paying for our wedding too, and so far have found plenty of ways to cut costs.

We decided on having a lunch reception with wine which has saved costs by the hundreds. Our lunch reception will consist of non-alcoholic sangria punch, passed hot and cold hor d’oeuvres, 3 course lunch and dessert, we’ll also include wine for tables, if anyone wants something other than wine there will be a cash bar available. Were also having our ceremony at the reception location saving time and money.

I’ve purchased our wedding invites from Michaels to print on our own, my sister is a student but has a knack for baking and will be baking our cupcakes, found our photographer and hairstylist on kijiji, my friend is doing makeup free as a gift and everything I’ve had to purchase for the wedding has been done with coupons that I find online, in flyers or by signing up for newsletters.

Lot’s of deals to be had, and honestly it’s kind of fun to bargain shop and get a better price. Why pay full price if you don’t have to??!

Happy Planning!!!

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