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

posted 6 years ago in Money
Post # 61
172 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016 - Cambridge Mill

We are just in the early stages of wedding planning but this is what we have so far!

-Smaller guest list

-DIY Invites, ring pillow, flower girl baskets, guest book, centerpieces for the cocktail hour

– I am making my own bouquet

-No Limo

– Plain inexpensive cake

-reusing decor items from our engagement party, and bridal shower

– wearing shoes I bought years ago that i knew i wanted as my wedding shoes!


Thats all i have right now but this board is giving me a lot of great ideas!

Post # 62
17 posts
  • Wedding: November 2009

View original reply
leesagettingwed:  No gifts of course

Post # 63
40 posts
  • Wedding: August 2015

We are not doing favors (half the time no one takes them, and I have countless beer cozies and mugs that I never use), my mom is making the food and gathering a group of friends to serve it, we are brewing the beer ourselves, the flowers will be from my mom’s garden and assembled with friends, we are borrowing candle holders from church, borrowing table settings from friends and church, buying vases from thrift stores, having the event at a state park with cheap rental fees (though we will have to pay entrance fees for our guests), getting a heavy discount on speakers from friends, no DJ, hiring a friend to do the ceremony music, DIY save the dates and invitations, cheap rings that we can upgrade on some future anniversary if we want to, cake toppers (while unnecessary, we’re still having them) are DIY with sculpey clay. We found a really affordable photographer and are not having a videographer. Pinterest is probably the worst thing for a cheap wedding – all that really matters is that you are celebrating your union with friends and family, and having them help demonstrates the support you will have in your marriage. 


This board is one of the most refreshing I’ve seen on the site, btw. You go ladies! The more you skip, the less you stress!

Post # 64
100 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Oooh I like this thread!

– Thursday wedding (My Fiance and I knew we wanted to get married on October 13th since we got engaged) 

– My mom is good friends with someone that owns a winery so we got a killer deal. 

– My dress is vintage and was only $350, I’m using my mom’s veil/hat.

– I’m either buying used decorations or making them myself. 

– We are having breakfast for dinner, it’s our favorite meal. 

– I’m doing the calligraphy (invites/decorations/place holders).

– A good friend of ours is doing our wedding photos. 

– We aren’t paying for a DJ, we are too picky when it comes to music. Insted we are just using Spotify. 


Post # 65
163 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

-Sunday wedding
-diy decorations
-diy invitations and save the dates
-diy calligraphy
-diy favors
-sending invitations online or in person to as many people as possible
-RSVP Online or through phone call only
-No videographer
-no limo/car rental
-beer and wine only
-small guest list
-diy wedding dress…I got a cheaper david’s bridal dress and transformed it into something more unique and that looks a lot more expensive πŸ˜‰
-dress also fit me perfectly so it needed minor alterations
-only two bridesmaids and groomsmen
-no designer shoes
-diy hair and makeup
-no ring bearer
-lots of baby’s breath on centerpieces
-no photo booth

Being a professional digital and traditional artist + being good with technology ended up saving me a LOT of money! πŸ™‚ 

  • This reply was modified 6 years, 4 months ago by mochikj.
Post # 66
75 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2015
  1. Friday afternoon wedding in City Hall
  2. Late wedding means we only need a short day photography package
  3. Sit down meal – we’re serving everyone once, mini buffet and bacon rolls, saved us over £3,000(!)
  4. No drinks package – just Prosecco on arrival, then it’s a cash bar (saved us over £1800)
  5. No favours (saved us £250)
  6. No chair covers (saved us £250)
  7. No fancy centrepieces (we bought 95p scented candles from IKEA, saved us £200)
  8. We asked friends to make our wedding cake and cupcakes and they’ve only asked for costs
  9. No cars (hotel and ceremony are 2 minutes walk from each other)
  10. Sourced my videographer from Gumtree with 4 weeks o go. She’s a graduate, not a pro but I just want someone to record in a straight line and she literally just asked for £50 for her train fare and said she will edit for us – cheapest videography package I found was £500!
Post # 67
1103 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

1. Friday wedding (saved $20/guest or $3,000)

2. No videographer (saved $1,000)

3. Minimal flowers in the centerpieces, using mostly candles (saved $1,000)

4. No wedding cake (saved $500)

5. No fancy shoes that no one will see! (saved $500)

6. Mother-In-Law is doing calligraphy (saved $200)

7. No favors (saved $300)


I wish I could bring myself to eliminate more – but at least it’s something!

Post # 68
645 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

View original reply
yerle:  This sounds like my parents wedding, to be honest. They were married at the court house and did a backyard BBQ after where all their friends celebrated with them not by bringing gifts, but by bringing food and drink so I feel you on the bring your own food/drink. Many people in our families and friends have asked what “stuff” we want for gifts. Honestly, I’d rather if they want to get us something, they bring a bottle of wine for us to all sit around and enjoy together than more… “stuff”. 

Kudos to you guys for making your day work for YOU and doing what makes you guys happy. πŸ™‚


For our wedding, we are doing as much DIY and on sale shopping as possible.

No limo, bridal party, dj, videographer, menus, programs, wedding planner, save the dates, hair, make up.

Found a lot of goodies on sale or clearance at Michael’s to DIY – bouquet, centerpiece flowers, boutineer, favors, cake topper, invites, rsvps, guestbook, bow ties for the dogs, etc.  Using the china sets I already own and picked up some real silverware at Sam’s – $7 for 32 real forks! Groom already owns a tux, and my dress was on sale at David’s for around $250.

Purchasing plastic cups, napkins, serve ware from smartyhadaparty and a catering set from Sam’s.  All food will come from Sam’s as well – Jack Daniel’s BBQ with sauce, buns, baked beans, veggies, fruit and veggie trays, cookies, soda, water. Beer/wine will be purchased at the grocery store. 

The venue which we are getting married includes 5 hours time for ceremony & reception, photographer, delicious cake, officiant, bouquet and boutineer, tables, chairs, linens, set up, tear down, and clean up for $1750! 

Post # 69
204 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016 - Ever After Banquet Hall

Oh, I am so cheap. Here we go.

– Centerpeices are not floral.

– No videographer

– Ceremony and Reception are in the same place, so no transportation at all

– Not booking a block of rooms anywhere. I really only see like 3 or 4 out-of-town guests coming anyway

– We liked the idea of a photobooth, but they are so expensive! We are doing a DIY selfie booth

– No chair covers. 

– Arangements will be moved from ceremony area to reception area…double duty

– Making my own arch rather than renting one

– Painting my own cheap clear votive cups to match my colors rather than paying more for ones already in that color

– Only beer and wine will be served at the open bar, no alcohol


There are probably more πŸ˜‰

Post # 70
2268 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

I like this game πŸ™‚

Wedding dress: I bought one for $100, and another for $35. Neither are my dream dress, but its one day. I’m marrying my dream man and that is good enough.

Garments: Veil $4 from Amazon, $15 shoes from Payless, Undies $2 on clearance at Target, $6 headband i bought off a FB for sale site

Flower Girl Dress: $25 on sale on Children’s Place

Ring Bearer: $21.98 for a vest,tie, shirt and pants set on Burlington Coat Factory

Flowers: Bought my bouqet and bridesmaids bouqets on FB for $35. Bount for guys and family, making myself. Supplies for those total $15

Centerpieces: Skipping flowers (allergies) Lots of my family like wine, so they saved me all their bottles. Spraypainting them with glitter. Mirrors and candles are free with the venue. Bought mini bread loaf dishes after Xmas last year, 20 cents a piece (reusing for Xmas this year as gifts)

Invites:bought them on Vistaprint during a sale. 100 for $55. I made my RSVP and other cards with Cardstock and my home printer


We are skipping: Huge cake (sheet cakes in the back instead), no STD’s, no pricey limo, pricey rehearsal dinner, church decorations, getting hair done at a hair school instead

I’m sure there is more, but currently blanking πŸ™‚

Post # 71
203 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

-No florist. My mom and aunt are great gardeners and will be providing a lot of the blooms. Then we’ll supplement by ordering some from fiftyflowers. We are arranging everything as well.

-No favors

-No videography

-Providing our own liquor (caterer provides beer and wine at very reasonable price) my aunt purchased for bottom dollar. πŸ™‚

Post # 72
4572 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2016


View original reply
PinkPearls:  We are still early in the planning process, but we do not plan on getting a videographer, having favors/welcome bags, or providing transportation/shuttle service.  Also, the only flowers we intend to have are bouquets/bouts.  It was more important to us to have the wedding at a convenient to everyone time (Saturday night) and spend money on food + open bar than to have those extras. 

Post # 73
411 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

A few things I am considering:

– Possibly no favors and if there is it will all be homemade (jam jars)

– No videographer

– No save the dates

-Cash bar (providing 2 drink tickets and 2 bottles of wine on the tables)

– Cheaper invitations (Zazzle or Vista Print)

– No fancy cake (just having a cake to cut into)

– No ring bearer/flower girl (we have no children that could be used for this)


Post # 74
745 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

I love this thread! Okay, here goes:

–Guest list. Picked a venue that had size limitations, so we won’t go over

–Save the dates. Sent via email. But, it turns out we are sending very nice invitations

–Flowers. Can’t bring real ones onboard anyhow. But I found a beautiful silk/rhinestone bouquet

–Meal. Most of the guests are sailing and will have lunch on the Lido deck right before our wedding. So, rather than serving a second lunch less than an hour later, we will have a heavy hors d’oeuvres reception with an open bar.

–Dress. I set a budget and stuck to it. I looked at one dress that was over the budget, and it confirmed where I wanted to be. Alterations….well, we’ll see!

–Cruise wedding. It eliminates the need for table decorations, which was good for me. The videographer is included, we only pay for the actual video if we want it. The photographer seems to be cheaper than most land-based, as well as most elements of the actual wedding. Cake, food, and open bar are included.

In the end, its not for everyone, but I’m really happy I chose a venue that made everything simple.


Post # 75
1249 posts
Bumble bee

This is what we did to save:


DIY programs, placecards, seating chart, card box – all this probably cost us $20 in total for supplies. 

Cheap shoes (I wore flip flops most of the time. You can’t see under the dress!)

The topic ‘Wedding Details – What Are You Skipping to Save $ ?’ is closed to new replies.

Find Amazing Vendors