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

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Post # 46
1213 posts
Bumble bee

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BrynneF:  mine doesn’t include food, but the 850  is venue fee and the 500 minimum I have to spend for food and beverage. I’m spending significantly more than $500, but compared to $6500, its a bargain.

Post # 47
319 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2015 - Old Mill Boathouse

1. Sunday Wedding

2. Lunch Reception

3. No Flowers (or minimal, like baby’s breath)

4. No Cake

5. Minimal Alcohol (no hard spirits)

6. DIY decor 

7. One Venue

8. DIY favors (cookie table)

9. iPod For Music

10. Half Day Photography

Post # 48
1002 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2016 - Enoch Turner Schoolhouse

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PinkPearls:  My list is pretty much the same!  

We said no to:

Save the Dates – those that really want to come, already know when it will be, and we’re hoping to cut the guestlist down anyway!

Florist – I DIY’ed my own bouquet last wkend and it came out amazing!  Flowers lasted over a week!  Cost me under $25!  

Invites – DIY and printing it ourselves

DJ – we’re going to make up our own playlist from an iPod or bring my Mac

Limo – Staying at a hotel close by and walking!

Videographer – I hate watching myself in videos anyway!

Late night table – We really don’t feel this is necessary!

Cutting down on:

Cake – Getting a 2 tier made by a good friend for cutting and photos, buying a Costco cake slab $25 for the guests (caterer will cut in the kitchen)

Suits and Dresses – Our bridal party will wear their own, all we ask is for them to wear any color of grey and most of them already own suits/dresses this color.  They will also wear their own shoes, jewelry.  The girls will do their own hair and make-up πŸ™‚

Wedding Decor – I used freecycled.org to get most of our wedding decor.  I didn’t think anyone would, but friends and even strangers contributed/donated their old/gently used wedding decor to us πŸ™‚  all for free!  I got lanterns, doilies, vases, candles and decorations!

Alcohol – No corkage fee at our venue, and caterers will serve for free πŸ™‚ so we’re bringing our own and any unused alcohol will be returned.  

Favors – We’re setting up a very small candy stand instead, with DIY’ed candy bags for people to help themselves.  And once it’s all gone – too bad!

Venue – we saved a lot for having the reception and ceremony in the same venue.  Plus we booked on a weekday, instead of Saturday.

Dress – my dress is second-hand, bought from preownedweddingdresses.com and I saved over 50% the retail price.  Then I plan to re-sell it, and hopefully make most of my $ back πŸ˜‰  maybe get it for “free” essentially lol

That’s all I can think of, but there’s so many ways to save!  We all want that “fairy tale” wedding, but at the end of the day, my Fiance and I didn’t want to start our marriage by being in debt!  But we are looking forward to celebrating our love with our family and friends πŸ™‚

Post # 49
722 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Jacksonville Inn

1. We had fewer than 20 wedding guests

2. We didn’t serve a huge 8 course meal. We had a simple but delicous spread for cocktail hour of local cheeses, local veggies and fruits with crackers. Our meal was a buffet of 2 differant entrees, 1 side, 1 vegetable, 1 salad and an assortment of bread. We had 2 vegetarians and we ordered special entrees for them. 

3. Beer and wine only

4. No DJ, we did our own Ipod arrangment and it was great

5. Our cake was only $200 because we chose a simple design in buttercream

6. I did all the flowers by ordering bulk roses for $200

7. A friend officiated

8. Small rehersal dinner

9. We spent our honeymoon weekend in a state park rustic cabin on the coast

10. No limo

11. No menu’s, STD’s, programs, etc


We cut alot of those traditional things people think you have to have but we 100% had the wedding we wanted.

Post # 50
839 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: Church

I’m still in the very early stages of planning my wedding but I know we’re not having any of  this, professional photography and florist, limo, save the dates cards, and no live band. Still a lot left to plan even without all those things. I would like to have a nice bridal bouquet. I think homemade items are so pretty and heart felt. 

Post # 51
839 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: Church

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loudsilence99:  I love your wedding pics. Decorated very nice and the cupcakes really was a nice touch. May I ask, was it hard to make your  bridal veil and where did you find such a pretty table for your cup cakes ? 

Post # 52
3584 posts
Sugar bee

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stefano101:  i worked for a security dispatching company and one of the girls there had a back yard wedding and the night of her wedding she worked and her husband got permission to stay with her in the office. He was a driver for the company so i guess it was ok. She walked in with her dress (which was simple ) hair and make up a mess and i left. me and her did 12s on the weekends so there was no one to cover her shift. I relieved her the next day at noon and he was gone. I will always remember that day. I was like who works on their wedding night. 

Post # 53
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This is my favorite topic! πŸ™‚

1. Inexpensive Dress: bought my wedding dress on tradesy for $200. This also included veil and jewelry. AND it’s a gorgeous dress! 

2. Husband not renitng a tux, but buying a good suit for future ocassions

3. His cousin is doing our wedding photography, which is also her gift to us. She studied photography but hasn’t had a chance to commit to the job 100%. So we help her too!

4. Venue is a bar; Not a typical wedding venue but they are really excited about our business and very accomodating. No cake cutting fee, and they’re also letting us bring some of our other food. Their food and drinks are very reasonably priced, and they have a great dance floor.

5. Decorations are being done by my brother-in-law. He’s a really talented artist.

6. No florist: bouquets done by me.

7. No limo: our friend will be driving us around in his sweet ride.

8. Homemade wedding favors: we were thinking about making seashell candles and Gluhwein (mulled wine) spices, or mini jam jars that I’d make with my mom and grandma.

10. No buying bridesmaid dresses: I told all my girls to wear whatever dress they want in a specific color. I don’t want to make them buy a dress they’ll probably never wear again, and I don’t have the money to buy it for them (though I would if I could!)

11. Not too many guests: we have about 60ish guests total.

12. No paper wedding invitations: All wedding invitations done over e-mail and phone calls.  

13. No fancy rehearsal dinner: small dinner at my mother-in-law’s house

14: No fancy wedding shoes: I almost never wear heels, but I might get a pair of wedge sandals

15. Mom’s friend is my hair stylist

16. No wedding registry: we’ll be teaching abroad and have requested only cash

17. No honeymoon (yet): we’re teaching abroad this year but maybe we can plan a getaway in the cold winter months

18. No tiered wedding cake: I’m dead set on the Black Forest Stop and Shop cake, but my mom has just inoformed me about a wonderful inexpensive Polish bakery

19. no professional DJ: we met a girl through acquaintances and she’s DJed before

I think that’s about it…

So many cool and creative brides here! I’m learning a lot also!

Post # 54
142 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I’ll join in! Things we are doing ‘without’ (partly for $ and partly to reduce planning stress!)

-no videographer

-no bridal party

-one venue (no transportation required)

-no cake

-no favors

-no designer shoes

-no programs/menus/etc

-email Save the Dates

-DIY makeup

-50% off our invitations (online through Vistaprint)

-cut out all fresh flowers except my boquet

-no DJ

-no rehearsal dinner

-no decorations except for table centrepieces

We also got a discount on our photographer for cutting out the engagement photo session, and I bought my dress pre-owned.


Post # 56
351 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2000

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yerle:  Please don’t invite guests to this. Go to the Justice of the Peace and call it done. 

Post # 57
776 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2016 - Magnolia House

I am fortunate in that my venue price includes all the food and cake and I am cutting back inother areas to help keep the budget down

No videographer

No limo/transport (Ceremony and reception at the same place)

My florist is helping me save a ton on flowers by using in season and babies breath And I am using the center pieces offered to me from the venue with just a few flowers around the candles here and there.

No favors

No photobooth

No save the dates

I bought DIY invites from hobby lobby for $45 (for 75)

No candy/sweet table

Beer and wine only (thankfully my venue allows us to bring our own so I don’t have to pay an upcharge)

No programs ( I am going to do a sign with the bridal party names on it but thats it)

I booked my photographer and DJ together so I got $600 off

One thing I did not pass on was DOC. I don’t even want the hassle and my venue gave me recommendations of 3 people she has dealt with that were all under 500 for day of.

All in all, As long as I don’t buy anything else, I am paying $8510 for 150 guests.


I never thought I could do it all for under 15000 but it was totally doable. I actually could have went cheaper if I went the church route but a lot of people want to dance and drink and my church doesn’t allow either of those things at the church. 


Post # 58
190 posts
Blushing bee

no favours

partial open bar (wine is free all night long, everything else is cash)

no limo or transport

cheapie wedding bands (mine is $99, hubs’ is $50 on clearance, WOOT!)

cheap invites ($200), no programs or any extra ‘paper products’

DIY centrepieces and bouquets that double as centrepieces

video ONLY for ceremony, no photobooth or anything like that…..

Post # 59
654 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

No cocktail hour

DJ is in the family so we got a great deal!

Cake lady is a family friend (another great deal!)

Married in church of a family member who got us very reasonable member pricing

Skipping the photo booth

Doing a cookie tablue for our favors, cookies made by family members we just buy the bags for people to take them home in

Post # 60
14 posts
  • Wedding: October 2015

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yerle:  Are you expecting gifts then? Seems to me like you need to feed your guests!!

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