(Closed) Tricks for saving on wedding

posted 4 years ago in LGBTQ
Post # 3
97 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I don’t have personal experience with Bridal Expos, but I’ve heard you can get great deals if you attend them. Use groupon. I ended up not having a photobooth at all, but I found a groupon for a really great deal on one. Check into having your event on a Sunday. I saved a boatload by having my wedding on a Sunday. The County Club where we held our reception waived their rental fee because it was a Sunday. We only had to pay for food and beverage. That was quite a bit of savings. I didn’t save money on my cake or flowers for having a Sunday wedding, but the lack of venue rental fees was worth it. A lot of bees have mentioned in other threads that you can save on your photographer by using Craig’s List and finding a new photographer who is interested in building a portfolio.

 The easiest way to save money is to take your time and consider all options. It’s easy to see something, like it, and then just want to pull the trigger and start spending money. Try not to impulse shop your wedding. Good luck and have so much fun planning your wedding!

Post # 4
597 posts
Busy bee

If you google recycle your wedding, there’s an awesome site (I believe it’s by ruffled blog) where people sell their used wedding items for cheap. I’ve already sold a lot of my stuff to the next brides that wanted them! We saved a lot by DIYing everything. I think our biggest savers were the flowers. We ended up doing silk flower bouquets I made and purchased our centerpiece flowers from SAMs club for super cheap!

Post # 5
8444 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

Most of my savings was from DIY, however, if you truly want to “save” don’t purchase anything pre-made and keep everything in house (i.e. designing, cutting, printing, assembly, etc).  I purchased my paper goods from paperandmore.com, flowers from fiftyflowers and Costco, cross utilized materials and upcycled trash (i.e. old pickle jars, disposable salad dressing cups, cardstock scraps, etc).  Also, check and see if your local Michaels accepts competitor coupons (i.e. JoAnns, Hobby Lobby).  I would recommend doing spreadsheets as well when it comes to venues, catering, photgraphy, etc., so that you can look at to final costs/what’s included at a glance.

Post # 6
398 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

Have the wedding during the off-season (winter, in most places) or a Friday or Sunday. Take advantage of deals–we got $800 off on our photographer by booking them by a certain deadline. Don’t bug them for discounts they don’t offer themselves, though. Artists deserve to keep a roof over their heads just as much as the rest of us. If someone is out of your budget, just tell them so. If they want to offer you a discount, they will. If they don’t, they don’t. Tell the truth, don’t haggle/manipulate.

See what you can do without–flowers, for example, are expensive. Do you really need them? Do you need a hotel suite for the night before? Do you need a limo or trolley? No.

Get a venue where you are allowed to bring your own alcohol. Hiring a few bartenders and buying the booze yourself will be much cheaper than paying for open bar, especially if your friends and family don’t actually drink much. Be careful, though, because many of those types of venues also require you to bring your own tables, chairs, and linens, and those rentals can add up fast, so do all the math to figure out what a venue will actually cost you before you assume it’s cheaper.

On that same note, our venue had the highest room rental fee of all the places we looked at, but when all is said and done, it will be the second cheapest overall. The higher room rental fee includes everything. There’s nothing we have to rent. And the food/beverage minimum is lower there. Do the math. You may be surprised.

Get your dress from a sample sale or Brides Against Breast Cancer sale. 

Readjust your perception of what’s “cheap” when it’s an item that you need a large quantity of–$1 per invitation seems pretty cheap, right? But wait…you have to multiply it by 100 and don’t forget envelopes and stamps! Not cheap anymore. $10 per centerpiece sounds totally reasonable at first…until you realize they have to go on 15 tables! That sort of thing. Look for better deals than that.

Conversely, don’t readjust your perception of what’s “cheap” on the things the wedding industry deems important. When you watch too many episodes of SYTTD, it’s easy to start thinking that $2000 is a low price point for dress shopping, and $5000 is still totally reasonable. Those things aren’t true. Don’t get sucked in. 

Don’t forget taxes. If your budget for a certain item is $1000, you’re not staying in budget by choosing something that costs $1000. After tax, it’ll be higher than that. In order to stay on budget, you’d have to choose something with a price in the $900-$950 range, depending on the tax in your state.

Spend your money on people, places, and industries you want to support. This won’t actually make it any cheaper, but it’ll make you feel good about where your money is going. The church and the museum where we’re doing our wedding are places that I don’t resent giving my money to–they’re places that I’d support with charitable donations even if I weren’t getting married. Music is important to me, so we’re allotting a relatively large budget to musicians. (Musicians deserve to be paid!) Decorations? Not important to me. So we’re pretty much not having any. Looking back, I won’t regret having spent $2500 on music. I would have regretted spending $2500 on decorations.

Post # 7
1732 posts
Bumble bee

FutureMrsBullard: I’ve won tons of things at bridal shows. Maybe check out some of those?

Post # 8
2510 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I did a lot of DIY to save money, and found the Joanns coupons to save me a ton of money.  We also got a few things at small bridal events.  I didn’t go to a bridal show, but I’ve heard good things about them.  

Post # 9
41 posts
  • Wedding: May 2014

I bought a bunch of stuff used and am sharing lots of stuff with a friend getting married a few months after me

Post # 10
8576 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

DIY saved us ALOT of money. I’ve spent a total of $500 on paper goods, which sounds like alot, but that inlcudes : escort frames, programs, invites w/ 3 inserts, envelopes and postage, wood save the dates w/ cards, envelopes & postage, programs, DJ request/seating cards, and everything else made of paper [reserved signs for ceremony, reserved signs for tables, candy buffet signs & frames, ect].

We found a venue that allows us to bring in our own caterer, alcohol, decorations, ect.

We are using a local resaurant which will be WAY cheaper than a traditional caterer, they also delicious food.

For alcohol for are purchasing our own and then hiring a bartender to serve drinks. This has saved us TONS.

I found that it was cheaper for us to purchase our own linens [with intent to sell after the wedding]. I paid the same price I would have paid to rent them, and i’ll be able to recoup some of the money.

We purchased everything we needed for decorations, including chandeliers and uplighting. It was cheaper for us to purchase uplighting than it was to rent it.

We chose a ceremony venue that was a historical home – it cost us $80 to rent for the day, and they threw in the day before for free – which is where we will have our rehearsal and welcome party.

We are doing our own photobooth, it cost us a total of $300 for backdrops, props, camera, batteries and enough film for 200 photos.

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