(Closed) Wedding Details – What Are You Skipping to Save $ ?

posted 6 years ago in Money
Post # 2
90 posts
Worker bee

Oooh! I’ll play!

We are still in the early stages of planning, but we are already pretty sure we are going to do without…

  • A DJ (will use an iPod or laptop and make our own playlist)
  • 8+ hours of photography 
  • Professionally arranged flowers (I plan to get flowers from the flower market downtown – they are so cheap! – and make bouquets/boutonnieres ourselves)
  • Floral centerpieces
  • Videographer
  • Favors
  • Fancy cake 
  • Limo/car rental
  • Paid officiant (we have asked a close friend)

These are all pretty much due to our very tight budget. I would totally at least have a DJ and more/better photography if I could. And I’d kill to have a wedding coordinator, at least for the day of the wedding. But they cost about $1,000 at the cheapest. Alas!

Post # 3
3576 posts
Sugar bee

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PinkPearls:  Centerpiece flowers, favors, videographer, candy or dessert station, photo booth And for the cocktail hour we are having the bare minimum that is provided in the package which in one appatizer per guest. 

Also idk if I will have a limo or just jump in my car and drive back home. We may not get a hotel the night of because we most likely will just go home and pass out and leave the following day to our Honeymoon so that is still up in the air.

Post # 4
773 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015 - Carmen\'s Lakeview

Videographer, limo/car, cheap invites, no Save the Dates, limited photography, cheap dress (only $110 for the dress, minus alterations), programs, flowers done by family friend…

Post # 5
2421 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

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PinkPearls:  -We are not having a professional photographer so asking my fsil doing it for free.

-Reception for only 3 hours for free if more than would have to pay more.

-not having a videographer

-centerpieces are not real flowers 

-boquets are preserve flowers not fresh flowers done by my fsil

-not having a limo driver

-not planning on getting nails professionally done.

-small guest list


Post # 6
73 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2016 - Hazelton Manor - Vaughan Ontario

I’ve decided not to use any floral centerpieces. 

Post # 7
155 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

We cut flowers from centerpieces and my mom is doing our bouquets. We are not having a wedding cake or wedding favors. our friend is a photographer so we got a deal there. There will be no wedding day transportation. I also bought my dress of the rack at 50% discount. I used groupons to purchase our save the dates and invites off zazzle.  We also cut out day or stationary such as programs by using large frames that everyone can stop and read.

Post # 9
436 posts
Helper bee

The biggest cost saver for us is that we are probably not having food catered. I think the plan now is to order food from a grocery store and set it up nicely. My sister and cousin both did this with fried chicken and different sides and everyone liked it. 

Cake will be made by family/friends. Not sure how professional it will look, but its likely to be delicious!

Skipping save the dates, ordering the bare minimum for invited from vista print for hopefully under $75.00. 

DIY hair and makeup. 

Disposable plates/cups/spoons/forks

No dancing/DJ. May play music off an ipod. 

Having only four hours of photography for $700.00. 

Basically, we’re having an old school low-ish budget church wedding! Hoping to keep it at around $5,000. 

Post # 10
406 posts
Helper bee

We’ve cut so much, ha!

• DJ – Hey, Spotify, you lookin’ good! Plus Fiance and I are so picky about music anyway I doubt we would have been happy with a DJ. I’ve only ever heard horror stories from other people about them.
• Professional Wedding Cake – We’re serving doughnuts and having a friend who is a pastry chef bake a small cake for us to cut.
• Videography – Why? You watch it once when you get it and then store it away forever. No one else wants to see it either.
• Professional Florist – DIY flowers from fiftyflowers.com, and then we’re having an ‘Arrangement Party’ two days befor the wedding with the BMs and some other friends (mimosas will be present).
• Limo – Again, I’ve heard a lot of horror stories here too. Seems like the limo is always late. Not worth it for the price either.
• Wedding Favors – People forget them quickly anyhow.
• Save-the-Dates – Spreading the word ourselves and letting people know.
• Professionally Printed Invitions – DIY-ing this too. My Maid/Matron of Honor is an artist and designing the invites, and then we’ll print it at the seminary a Bridesmaid or Best Man graduated from which has very inexpensive printing costs, and putting them together ourselves.
• Cocktails and Heavy H’ordeuvres – In lieu of a sit-down dinner.
• Limited Bar – Two wines, two beers, and two types of cocktails. That’s it!
• Designer Shoes – I’ll be wearing the beautiful nude pumps I invested in a while ago.
• Bridesmaid or Best Man Hair / Makeup – I’ll be letting them know the salon where I’ll be getting ready at, and invite them to come along if they like to pay for themselves to get their hair down, but I’m not making them.
• Bouquet / Garter Toss – It’s super awkward.
• Ring Bearer / Flowr Girl

Yet, still with all of that, budgeting has been difficult. Meh.

Post # 11
3383 posts
Sugar bee

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PinkPearls:  My mom is an amazing wedding planner and also does her own floral arrangements – she is basically Martha Stewart without the jail part.  So we are going to save money by not needing to pay for a wedding planner or florist.  

A few other things that Fiance and I decided to go without, that are saving us money here and there — no favors, cupcakes instead of cake, no ring bearer/flower girl, no bouquet/garter toss.  At the moment, we are undecided if we are doing a videographer or not…Fiance wants one really bad, but I’m still not sold.

Post # 12
17 posts
  • Wedding: November 2009

We’re saving by cutting out:

  • All food/drinks – telling guests to bring food if they’re gonna wanna eat
  • Definitely no cake, my aunt is gonna bring over some candy she has leftover from halloween for those guests who want something sweet
  • No DJ – using youtube playlist or spotify
  • No flowers
  • No invitations – we just sent a mass email
  • Definitely no limo
  • No alcohol, no beverages. Again, guests are welcome to bring their own 
  • No paid officiant – we’re having a friend do it
  • No photographer, guests will just snap pics with their phones
  • No expensive wedding dress, got a plain white sundress from Target, and Fiance is just gonna wear his jeans and work boots since he has to go to work right after
Post # 13
1805 posts
Buzzing bee

No bridal party (no playing favorites, no drama haha)

No dj

No limo

No open bar (perhaps just a signature cocktail or two)

4 hours of photography, 1 photographer

Ceremony and reception in one place

No videographer

No ceremony flowers aside from baby’s breath

Cupcakes instead of a cake

Small guest list

Minimizing the paper – no menus, no direction inserts, no programs, etc.

No wedding album – all photos go on jump drives and I will make coffee table books on a site like Shutter fly


Post # 14
521 posts
Busy bee

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yerle:  Your fiance is going to work right after you get married???

Post # 15
358 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

By far the biggest way we’ve saved money is by having our wedding on a Thursday rather than the weekend.  It dropped the price of the venue from over $3000 to $521, and that includeds tables, chairs, linens, and some decor.  The things we’re flat out skipping are bridesmaids/groomsmen, DJ, limo, engagement ring, expensive invites, alcohol, a videographer, most of the flowers, favors, and pretty much anything Pinterest would lead you to believe is an absolute necessity.

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