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

posted 6 years ago in Money
Post # 16
1212 posts
Bumble bee

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BrynneF:  Thursday bride also. $850 vs $8500 on Saturday. This is cere ony, reception and F&B minimums

Post # 17
17 posts
  • Wedding: November 2009

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stefano101:  Yep. He was actually gonna be at work before the wedding and just gonna slip out of work and come during his lunch break but thankfully he’s now able to just go into work later  that day 

Post # 18
358 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

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fscarlett:  Our $521 doesn’t include food, that’s going to be another $550.  We’re having catered bbq that is $12 per person.  My original idea was to pre-make some lasagnas and have someone pop them in the oven since we have access to a kitchen at the venue, then serve with salad and bread but we’re getting married at a Texas cattle museum and that doesn’t really scream Italian food, lol.

Post # 19
300 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

We are skipping save the dates, favors, menus/programs, rehearsal dinner & we are having our ceremony and the reception at the same place, so we are skipping a limo.

Post # 20
90 posts
Worker bee

Seeing other people’s lists has reminded me of more things I am skipping:

  • Makeup artist 
  • Expensive invitations (I’m designing and printing them myself)
  • STDs 
  • Ceremony and reception on one place
  • Limited alcohol options – our venue only allows us to serve beer, wine, champagne, and one signature drink anyway
  • My dress was a sample
  • I had considered photo booths an “extra” anyway, but unless I can DIY one on the cheap, we won’t be doing that, either. 
  • Looking at using a tasty but relatively inexpensive BBQ restaurant for catering instead of hiring a fancy caterer. 

Basically, our goal is to be able to invite our closest friends and family, to have an attractive venue, to create a meaningful ceremony, and to provide a good meal, some drinks, and some dancing music for our guests. Oh, and to get some decent photos of the most special day in our lives (so far). If we can pull that off for $10K or less in Los Angeles, we will be WINNING.

Post # 21
509 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

We only care about the food and pics, everything else we’re cutting or downsizing. Minimal decor and flowers(grocery). EBay rings. Replica china dress. Off the beaten path venue. Photographer for few hours. Craigslist dj. Wedit video(maybe). Small grocery cake and donuts. Ethnic food. Beer and wine only. No limo. No stds or programs. No fancy invitations. No fancy shoes. Beauty school makeup. Officiant online. No bridesmaids or groomsmen. Favors (maybe). No engagement party, or after party , no fancy honeymoon

Post # 22
729 posts
Busy bee

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PinkPearls:  Hmmm. We’re marrying in a place without such a huge wedding-industrial complex, so a lot of the things we’re “skipping” are normal to skip here, but in any case here is my list!

second photographer/assistant (small wedding)

designer shoes


tons of flowers (our venue has tons of glasswork and doesn’t need any, but we’ll still have a few)


Post # 23
6492 posts
Bee Keeper

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PinkPearls:  we skipped:


Fancy transport/wedding cars

Decor (had minimal flowers, that was it) 

We also DIY-ed our stationery (apart from our invitations) which saved us a few hundred £. And rather than spend a fortune on groomsmen’s attire, we bought their ties, and then gave them each £60 to either cover a rental, or put towards a suit for their choice. 

Post # 24
894 posts
Busy bee

Things we skipped or did to save money:

– got married in my smaller hometown vs a bigger town a half hour away. This saved money on the venue, food, and drink prices!

– Chose an independent venue that allowed us to bring in our own caterer. Our rental fee also included tables, chairs, and staging for the head table. It also included a kitchen for the caterer for food.

-We chose a caterer that gave us a discount for our larger guest list and one for also having them do the bar. We saved about $7- 10 pp from this. (With 325 guests that adds up!) We also didn’t have to hire any bartenders since his staff was already there.

-using a small tier cake for us/ photos and using sheetcake for guests. The baker is also not considered “professional” although she easily could be!

-Looking around for small town djs. We saved over 2,000 by doing this.

-No limo.

-Making our own decorations and centerpieces.

– using inexpensive invites and waited for a big sale.

-Using sales and coupons for all decor.

-Very limited church decorations. Only our unity candles decorated the already beautiful church.

-No limo.

-No designer shoes.

-Using non personalized favors that were on sale.

These are some if what I remember from my big day in July.

Post # 25
4232 posts
Honey bee

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yerle:  How many guests are you having?

Post # 26
443 posts
Helper bee

Lol at leftover Halloween candy. Why bother having guests for a wedding at all? 

Post # 27
47413 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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yerle:  Someone`s attempt at humour.

Post # 28
1183 posts
Bumble bee

I love this thread!

Ways I’m trying to save pennies:

  • Not having a make-up artist
  • Having my normal hairdresser do my hair (she’s opening a bit early and having 2 people in to do me and my BMs – how lovely!)
  • Not having expensive invitations – I’ll design and VistaPrint them
  • Ceremony is at my church – no church fees. 
  • Reception will be in a family garden 
  • We’re buying the wine and beer for the receptinon a few bottles a week when it’s on offer.
  • My dress was a sample (bought on clearance), which I’ve had some alterations to make it just what I want.
  • Not having expensive shoes – £60 on sale
  • No evening reception – just the afternoon and drinks into the early evening
  • No photo-prop items for getting ready e.g. Bridesmaids’ robes, personalised hangers etc
  • Family are making the wedding cake
  • We’re ordering our food from a good food retailer and collecting it on the morning
  • No second shooter – but we have spent a bit on our photographer. It was one of our splurge items.
  • No videographer
  • No signature cocktails
  • Not having these ‘sets’ e.g. sofas and dressing tables in a field type things 
  • Rehearsal dinners aren’t really done here – which is good
  • I’m not fussed on a wedding car, but I think we’ll end up with one.
  • Using a local florist and getting a posy of flowers that are in season – when I explained we’re doing a low key day and the last thing I want is proper ‘bridal flowers’, they were really accomodating.
  • Buying my make-up online when I see it on offer
  • Not having a hen weekend – we’re having one girls night out and that’s it.
  • Only having 2 Bridesmaid or Best Man – my sister and FI’s sister. 
  • Bought Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses on sale
  • Only having 60 to the wedding.

I look so tight now reading this list back. I’m still trying to save money.

Post # 29
2097 posts
Buzzing bee

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PinkPearls:  your list… 

We aren’t doing:

-Favors (unsure maybe some matches and big serve yourself jordan almonds becuase they look vintagey 

-Big fancy cake  (Doing small fancy cake and big sheet cake)

-Fresh flowers  (I’ll have some fresh flowers from the flower market, DIY)

-Designer shoes 


-buy booze ourselves

– cheap veil from etsy or used

– lots of decor from craiglist/crafty and relying heavily on venue’s own look to use less decor

– no “dessert” besides the cake 

– probably skipping the shuttle to take guests to and from hotel as its $800! 





Post # 30
268 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

Our biggest saver was probably doing the wedding on a Friday. Our venue offered us 15% off our package. 

We also were able to customize the package we selected, so that we removed the ice sculpture and the appetizer course during dinner. The ice sculpture seemed completely unnecessary and we are having tons of food at our cocktail hour, in addition to dessert tables and late night snacks, so an appetizer plus a salad, rolls, and an entree seemed like too much. 

We are also saving money by

-doing low floral centerpieces

-having our ceremony and reception in the same place (no limo/transportation costs)

-no charger plates/other Pinterest decorations that are unnecessary. 

We prioritized food and drink, and also saved money by really shopping around. Most venues in our area charge $100 per person for the basic package (chips and crackers with dip during cocktail hour, salad, dinner entree, cake and coffee). We are paying about the same price at a less well known venue in the area (that apparently has delicious food too; the secret is getting out) for so much more food. If we need to downgrade, we can too to save more money. Our package comes with warm baked cookies to take home as a “farewell” to the guests, so we are counting that as our favor. 

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