So here is what we skipped altogether:
-limo (seriously? $200 to drive 10 miles wasn’t going to happen)
-professional make up(though I used it as an excuse to upgrade some of my make-up)
-videographer (I really didn’t care)
And here is what we saved on (forgive me for including pictures. I can’t resist. I loved my wedding)
-Flowers from Sams Club ($365 ffor the bouquets/boutineres, $435 for the flowers to make my centerpieces)
-Did a dessert bar as our favor (Less than $200 for our 125 person wedding, including the boxes)
-A dear friend of mine and her daughter made our cake/cupcakes as a gift to us
-We got married at my church so we paid only a $75 cleaning fee
-I bought my wedding dress at a place that doesn’t charge for alterations
-I made my own veils
-my “getaway” dress was purchased at goodwill for $8
-we had a limited bar (beer, wine, and cider with fireball) that was charged by consumption rather than per head. They even got the beer my dad really wanted in specially.
-Had Will Ferrell DJ (Just kidding. Our DJ happened to resemble him. A coworker who DJs on the side was originally going to do it but had to back out and his replacement honored the quote we were given)
-My shoes were $15 at Shoe Show
-We were between two venues and I picked this one because while it was *slightly* more expensive, we got a LOT more for the money and it was much nicer looking so it required much less in terms of decoration.
-Got a big discount from the photographer because I was a past client
-MIL’s boss gave us the ice cream we wanted to serve at the reception for free (man it was delicious. Pumpkin Pie and Cannoli ice cream)
It really didn’t feel like a huge amount of sacrifice. We even came in under budget.