Biggest wedding savers:
Making a budget of $5000 and then making a sort of a game to see how much less than that we can spend and save as much as possible. (this includes honeymoon and wedding bands for both of us!)
Wedding dress-found perfect dress at a local bridal shop-$198.
Using disposables for our brunch reception-much less than renting when purchased from a local distributing company-rental of our dishes, etc. would have been almost triple what we are paying for disposables.
Compromising on my flowers-I like a mixed floral look anyway-but we went with mostly astrolomeria-tons of colors and very inexpensive. For my morning wedding-they are perfect. I don’t really need an expensive bouquet-our dry run with our florist has everything looking wonderful.
Chosing a shabby chic reception decorating thing has enabled us to freely mix glass, silver, etc.
Using our florist as our main vendor-the things we are getting from her-nothing short of amazing! Not only for our flowers, but also for our linens (for reception and rehearsal dinner), birdcage 4 cards, brides table w tablecloth, unity candle & stand-she gave us a terrific price.
NO FAVORS! We are having bubbles at the exit and then also two big bowls of the after dinner mints that are individually wrapped-people will grab them by the handful and put them in their pockets.
Programs-DIY-simple on computer paper that is goldish filigree around the border-just the order of the service, music, etc.
Rehearsal dinner-being catered at one of the local hotels where most of our wedding party and family are staying-the manager comp’d the confernce room and patio area for us-NO CHARGE-buffet set up, tables, and the party will spill over onto the patio with tables, lights in the palm trees around the pool, etc. This also includes the presentation large flat screen TV w DVD for playing our picgture CD, a cute bar area-best thing? No one has to drive back to their hotel afterwards in an unfamiliar town in the dark! People can just walk upstairs to go to their rooms.
Brunch reception-saving TONS of money on this-with lots of food (ham, hashbrown casserole, pineapple casserole, assorted breads & spreads, fruit salad, coffee, juice, wedding cake & chocolate cupcakes)