(Closed) Ways to save, on a tight budget?!

posted 7 years ago in Money
Post # 3
224 posts
Helper bee

We are on a major budget this is what we are doing:

Cut the guest list as much as possible. (thankfully this was easy for us)

No Save-The-Date Cards, DIYing invites/announcements

Minimal flowers (none or just my boquet)

Dress will be under 500 (looking into bridesmaids dresses, prom dresses, ect.)

Not having a lot of liquor. Just champagne for the tost and thats it. (having red bull, soda, and juice as well)

Doing my own hair and makeup

Going with a basic photography package. (just shoot it and give me a disc with the proofs and printing rights thats it)

Video of the ceramony will be filmed by my future step son

Having a smallish cake thanks to guest list

Buying stuff on sale

Not buying anything until I am postive it is what I want (and price comparison shopping)

No wedding party at all

DIY programs

I’m sure theres more as well but thats what I can think of off the top of my head.

Post # 4
42 posts
  • Wedding: July 2012

i helped my sis out with her wedding and saved a ton of money by doing our own flowers… however this was a lot of work even for a small wedding and the centepieces were super simple but turned out really beautiful we ordered from costco the flowers we needed and the day before picked them up and “de foliaged” the flowers… the cost vs work was worth it for us

She only had champagne at her wedding but i think that doing a “serve yourself” bar saves a lot of money too it depends how formal yours will be if this is possible for you

Post # 5
9029 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

lots of lots of DIY, but you gotta be careful because sometimes DIY projects can end up being expensive. My birdcage veil is a DIY project it cost me $34. the plain swarovski veil was $24 from davids bridal and I got a sparkly flower from Icing and attached it. Other similar veils were atleast $99

Avoid flowers if possible

Have a buffet over sit down dinner

Get a hall that allows outside catering

Research dresses like crazy and then when you find  style you love, look for a cheaper version of the same style frome a trusted designer

Get a simple photography package.

Post # 6
1761 posts
Buzzing bee

We are having as few flowers as possible and DIYing them.You can order “Wedding packs” from Sam’s Club for $75-$130 for 100 stems (depending on color).

For invitations we got a $50 for $130 worth of invitations from VistaPrint, so we should just have to pay $50 + postage. We’ll get regular sized  invitations so that the postage isn’t more expensive. We also did StDs for $25 by getting 100 free postcards from VistaPrint. They have a lot of deals, so check frequently.

For cake we will just have a small display cake for cutting, and the rest will be sheet cake in the back from Sam’s Club or somewhere similar. Inexpensive but delicious! The last wedding I went to, most of the cake went untouched once it was put on the table. Everyone was too busy dancing.

Centerpieces using candles instead of flowers.

Post # 7
11 posts
  • Wedding: June 2013

We are DIYing everything we can

Shopping sales, using coupons – don’t pay full price for anything

Buying used items in great shape at great prices

VistaPrint free paper goods items – YAY

Dollar Tree and Ebay

This is for my daughter’s wedding and we are just getting started but I am sure there will be much more as our budget is tiny and her dreams are big!!!!

Good Luck and Happy Planning!!!!!

Post # 8
5110 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2011


watch sales,

if you are buying something like on etsy… bargin with them.


cut the guest list.. then make a few more cuts. (people you dont even know dont have to be there lol )

shop around and do your homework

dont let hidden fees creep up on you.. cake cutting, table linins, bar set up fees, etc.

Good luck!! 🙂

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