Post # 1
In today’s economy and credit crunch (which I think we Michiganders are feeling as much as anyone), more and more of us are trying to save money while still planning beautiful, stylish weddings. Many of us end up having to cut corners here and there, but no one wants to compromise their vision for a wonderful wedding. However, I have found that there are a lot of great deals to be had–and vendors who do amazing work without costing an arm and a leg. I thought it might be fun if we helped each other out with finding great vendors who don’t break the bank.
So, let’s dish! Did you find a photographer who took supermodel photos on a supermarket budget? Dioes your baker create gourmet treats at grocery store prices? What vendors around town helped you save the most money while still providing excellent service?
Post # 3
We found an amazing award winning photographer for under 2K, we get all our photos, rights to the images, 7 hours of coverage…who threw in an engagement session because we asked! As our venue provides dessert as part of the dinner and we opted to go with cake…we are getting 4 dozen cupcakes from the grocery store ($35) and a 10" white chocolate gananche cake from the most amazing bakery ($50) to be our wedding cake. After we cut our cake, the cupcakes will be included in the late night sweet table. We found a florist who’s building her portfolio to do our flowers at not much above cost and we’re not getting a limo but rather just renting a really nice car for the weekend.
Post # 4
Wow, Sparkle, sounds like you found some great vendors at great prices. Care to share their contact info/websites, so others can check them out?
I think the best way we chose to save money was by DIYing our bouquets. We ordered bulk flowers from our local grocery store, Buschs (http://www.buschs.com/ ) and assembled the bouquets and boutineres ourselves. The floral manager was really helpful AND we got the flowers at the exact same price as they would have sold them in the store, no mark-up. We did flowers for the whole wedding part for under $80.
Post # 5
- Wedding: May 2009 - University of Michigan Union
Our cake baker!!! Gwen’s cake decorating in Saline. The cake was beautiful, and tasted really fresh and yummy. All of our guests were talking about how good it was. Her prices were extremely reasonable, and the quality was much better than some of the pricier cakes that we had tasted.
Also, Lyndesy’s Linens in Ferndale were really affordable and the quality was excellent. The other wonderful thing about them- they will make table runners according to your fabric and size requirements, but you only have to pay to rent them! There is no other charge for them to make the linens, as they will use them for other events afterward. Our runners were a very good size and were only $4 each to rent- way less than if I had bought the fabric and made them myself!