(Closed) Wedding Deals!

posted 6 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
Hostess
3368 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I too am a DIY bride and everything for the wedding is on me. I suggest looking at sample bridal gowns. I got my dress for 68% off of the original price and wound up paying about $1100 for a $3,000 dress! I absolutely LOVE it too!

I have lucked out a lot because I am a designer and have been trading with a lot of people. Like I’m getting all of our food (we’re having a dessert buffet) and wedding cake for free, and two of my clients/friends are professional photographers and are doing my wedding for free.

Look for USED things! Weddingbee has a great classifieds section, RecycledBride is wonderful, and you can also look on Once Wed. You may want to check out Craigslist as well as your local thrift stores, too.

Venue wise, look at city parks! We are getting married on the beach and are having the reception in the picnic shelter that overlooks the ocean, it’s costing us $100 total for the whole venue cost.

If you want to help your bridesmaids save some money (or, if you’re paying for them) you can look at just plain old cocktail dresses instead of “bridesmaid dresses”. Remember anything with a wedding label is automatically increased in price! I am getting my girls’ dresses off of Etsy. They’re convertible and they’re only $79.99 each.

There’s tons of opportunities to save money, you just have to keep an eye out! 

Post # 4
Member
137 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

+1 for Craigslist, Etsy (and I would add EBay)! I’m doing milk glass for my centerpieces and found a local bride on Craigslist who had collected 214 pieces for her wedding last year. I got them for 150$ and didn’t have to drive around/wasting time looking for them! I got earrings for the bridesmaids on Etsy and will likely get decor and other gifts from there as well. 

I would also ask friends/family/coworkers or anyone who has had a wedding in the last few years for advice. My friends were more than willing to help. I did a friend’s hair and makeup in the summer and in return, she’s designing my Save the Dates and wedding invitations. Another friend is a jeweler and I asked her to make me earrings as her gift to me. Another friend gave me 100 candles/candleholders for 20 bucks from her wedding last year. 

You should check out the book “Bridal Bargains” – really interesting/helpful stuff in there! 

Post # 5
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60 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I definitely second checking out Bridal Bargains. It’s literally an amazing book full of stuff I wouldn’t have thought of when trying to cut costs!! So far we’ve thrifted all of our silverware ($2.50 for around 30 pieces) from Goodwill and have slowly started collecting crystal decanters as part of our centerpieces for under $3 dollars a piece at various thrift stores in the area. You just have to keep your eyes peeled constantly!

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