(Closed) recession wedding trends?

posted 7 years ago in Money
Post # 3
1326 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ

I think it’s due less to the recession and more to general budget constraints. I’m middle class, and can afford a middle class wedding. That means cutting corners

Designed my own stationery (STDs, invites, programs, Thank You cards) – I probably saved over $1K because when I originally priced it out, it was $600 just for the invites. Mine looked awesome, and I love them, but it was an added thing that I didn’t want to DIY.

Did my own Real Touch bouquets/bouts. I would have preferred to do some lovely real flowers, but the RT were a compromise since they were still kind of expensive. I had more flower options though while still able to stay under a $200 budget.

Venue – it’s a lovely urban venue. It’s also small and in a old area of town. My preferred venue was 2x as much – and that venue wasn’t even my ideal venue. I didn’t look at anything that had packages starting too high, and my ideal-ideal was waaay over budget.

Wedding dress – Who wouldn’t want to spend thousands on their ideal look? I shopped by price and didn’t have consultants pull anything over a certain price.

Photog – Friend of the family and FI’s MOH! Her assistant will be helping out a lot since she’ll be in the wedding. She is only charging us for rentals and processing. She offered to do both even though Fiance wanted her to be Maid/Matron of Honor first.

Makeup – my SIL is doing or I may DIY it (my SIL does it professionally, but she did my e-pics makeup and I was kind of disappointed). Either way, the application is free. Instead of spending the extra money on the application, I bought new makeup that I can use in the future.

I’m also hoping to do a fauxtobooth. We’ll see how it goes. 😉

Post # 4
375 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I am doing the candy buffet for financial AND other reasons. I was able to get everything REALLY cheaply by DIYing, but the main reason I really wanted to do it was because we are getting married right before Halloween.

Halloween = candy

Otherwise, I never thought they were all that wonderful. Mainly because the ones I have seen in person have been sort of anemic. If I had the budget, I would for sure be doing something “bigger” like custom caramel apples or a late night food truck, but this fit in the budget and fit nicely as nod to Halloween.

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