(Closed) planning…planning… PLANNING!

posted 8 years ago in Money
Post # 3
8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

The best tip that I can give you is to do your research on everything. If you want to DIY something, check prices on something that is comparable to what you want and then research how much it would cost to DIY it.

With vendors, don’t be afraid to ask for a discount and/or freebies. The worst they can do is say no. Book early and off season for best prices.

Post # 4
4824 posts
Honey bee

There are tons, but first you have to decide what is the most important aspect to spend money on for you, and what is the least. IE are you positive you want a certain kind of dinner or dress or location or flowers and are willing to pay for it?  Once you decide that you can start to see what other pieces you are willing to compromise on.  

Post # 5
14494 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I am in Omaha too.  I would check out the bridal outlet in Lincoln.  I got my Essense of Australia dress there for $100.  You also might check out vistaprints.com.  I got all my paper products for the wedding and a ton of other stuff for free.  If you haven’t found a venue yet, you might check Bayliss Park Hall in CB.  They are kind of pricey to rent but they allow you to bring in your own alcohol and food which saved us a fortune. 

Post # 6
445 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Budget like CRAZY!! Spreadsheets are my best friend…I probably have 4 columns of possible budget outcomes with variables for food/booze costs, dress cost, worst case scenario and best case scenarios (none of which I can nail down 100%)… OCD planning much? Lol. It helps me though! I got the template from weddingwire.com – plugged in my total budget and then exported what they setup into excel and tweaked the entire spreadsheet (with color coding of course!).


Post # 7
1667 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I agree with @lefeymw: prioritize what means the most to you, and spend the majority of your money on that.

Also, on a day to day basis some tips: eat at home more often, shop the sale bins for wedding items and utlize coupons for all your crafting supplies that you might need. You can also buy used items off of ebay or even here on wedding bee that are still like new, but without the like new price. Don’t be afraid to ask for discounts or payment plans from vendors!

Happy Planning!

Post # 8
220 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We just started too!  From what I’ve figured out so far is to outline what’s important to you and your Fiance and go from there.  For us it’s most important to have it in a convenient location (in NYC) and entertain our guests with good food and drinks (thankfully the places we’re looking at do an all-inclusive package for venue, food, drinks, cake, etc.).  Probably next on the list is a great photographer.  Those two right there are pretty pricey – that’s why we’re hoping to save on everything else

In terms of saving ideas:

  1. we haven’t set a date yet, but we’re hoping to save a bit by doing it ‘off season’ in early November. 
  2. The more DIY you can do, the better when it comes to invitations (or even online!), Save-The-Date Cards, programs, menu, place cards, favors, etc. 
  3. We’re probably going to entrust some friends with reception music via iTunes and a sound system (I’ve heard enough horror stories to fully trust a dj, and we’re really picky!), as well as someone else for shooting some video of memorable moments of the day.
  4. I’m fine with not spending much on the dress and accessories, so David’s Bridal, here I come – I’m more into bragging about a deal rather than how much something costs.

That’s where we’re currently at, but I’m a novice, so we’ll see how far my own advice will take me.  New York Magazine has a bridal edition that has a whole list of savings tips.

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