(Closed) wedding on a budget

posted 12 years ago in Pittsburgh
Post # 3
565 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Lots of ways to cut cost.  No idea about a venue in Pittsburg area but I’d say DIY flowers people seem successful with, print your own invites, programs, etc. Buy a dress that doesn’t need alterations (lots at department stores), smaller guest list, at someones house or somewhere you can bring in your own alcohol


Post # 4
14 posts
  • Wedding: December 1969

biggest cost cutting tactic:  have a friday or sunday wedding

Post # 5
3928 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

My wedding is on a Thursday, and that has saved me a lot of money.

Post # 6
24 posts
  • Wedding: May 2008

Check out the facilities in North Park for either your ceremony or reception – http://www.alleghenycounty.us/parks/fees/permit.aspx#north.  They have nice facilities and really low prices.  Some of the buildings (like the boathouse) have great outdoor settings as well that would look great in pictures.

Use the Pittsburgh Craigslist to find a photographer, DJ, etc for cheap! People who are just starting out want to get experience and are usually willing to provide their services for a fraction of the cost!

Finally, when shopping for a dress, look at the more formal bridesmaids dresses as options.  Bridesmaids dresses are almost always available in white and ivory and are a fraction of the cost of “wedding gowns” even though the bridesmaids dresses are usually just as nice! The only thing you’ll sacrifice with this is the long train on your dress.

Best of luck! – Lisa

Post # 7
168 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I don’t live in PA – but there’s a million ways to cut costs.

The first place to start is with invitations. If you haven’t chosen yours – if your on an very low and tight budget, I HIGHLY reccomend 123print.com. I personalized mine to match our theme and I ended up getting 120 STD postcards, 120 invitaitons and envelopes, 120 favor tags, 500 address lables, and 120 thank-you cards, all custom printed, for only $119 after tax and shipping!

Imdh beat me to the punch – I found my photog on Craigslist and saved a TON. Just put an ad in the gigs section about you, your wedding, the style your looking for, and your price range. I literally had over 100 responses within the first day of my listing!

If your bridesmaids aren’t buying their own dresses, or if their price range is lower – check out convertible dresses. I’m making my girls these dresses at a fraction of the price of retail. They can be twisted, tied, and wrapped a million different ways, assuring that each bridesmaid can have a dress they feel comfortable in. They can have sleeves, be a halter top, strapless, or their own personal creation! Even the most novice seamstress can do this – it’s literally a few pieces of cotton jersey, and three straight lines of sewing…I’m making 4 dresses with premium bamboo cotton jersey for only $200.

For centerpieces, think outside of the box. Centerpieces can double as favors – a BIG cost-cutting idea.

We’re also cutting costs dramatically by using more peacock feathers than flowers in our centerpieces, the decor, and the ceremony. We’re also buying flowers from our local Sams Club at wholesale prices, and then making the bouts, centerpieces, etc. by ourselves.

Shopping Goodwill and other thrift stores can really cut costs when looking for vases, dishes, etc. You also might want to check out craigslist or freecycle for that too. I literally got 100 vases for FREE by placing a wanted ad on those two site. I had to drive a bit to get them all, but you’d be surprised how many people have old dusty vases they don’t need or want!

I saved some cash by buying compostable plates, cups, napkins, and wooden cutlery. You can throw it all out when your done AND help the environment! Plus these are thicker and sturdier than plastic or paper plates and look much more eco-chic! Check out branchhome.com for the fun stuff I got!

And for misc. wedding stuff – my #1 FAVE site is save-on-crafts.com

Just take your time and do research. That’s whats saved me the most cash. Good luck and congrats!

Post # 8
97 posts
Worker bee

I am in Weirton, WV which is about 30-45 mins. south of Pittsburgh. In my opinion, I would check in to the Gateway Clipper. It is an absolutely beautiful setting. I actually went to my senior prom on it. There are 3 different boats I think, and the largest one I belive accomodates about 400 people. I also belive they have their own caterer. Talk to them and see what kind of combo discount you can get. Think of how pretty Pittsburgh will be at night on a boat with all of your family and friends. They have a huge dance floor, and dining area, plus there’s room on the top deck for the view. You would only have to worry about one venue with caterer included.

Also, I am getting ALL of my flowers from Hollie Matt who is located in Robinson. She is an in home Silk flower florist, and her work is absolutely gorgeous and she is EXTREMELY budget friendly. Google Flowers By Hollie and you’ll find her. I am getting everything from bouts & corsages, to bouquets, to alter arrangements and pew bows, plus cake toppers and 12 centerpieces for under $1000.00. Best of Luck!


Post # 9
219 posts
Helper bee

Check out the Georgetown Inn in the South Hills. They have a very reasonable package. Hope this helps and let us know what you decide.

Post # 10
14 posts
  • Wedding: June 2010

You might also try the Grand Hall at the Priory.  If you do you wedding on a Fri or Sun they give a 10% discount. 

Post # 11
499 posts
Helper bee

Can you make your own flowers or get them wholesale?  That will save you A LOT of money.  I’d also look into Craigslist.  My friend who got married looked on Craigslist and got amazing centerpieces from a lady who was a former wedding planner and had a stash of centerpieces in her garage.  I’d also try weddingbee classified. You’d be surprised what you can find!

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