Post # 1
My fiancé and I are planning on a 10 month engagement, which I’ve heard is relatively quick to plan a wedding. We’re lucky to have our venue already covered, but I was wondering if anyone had tips for creative but inexpensive/not tacky ways to cut costs for any and all aspects of planning?
Post # 2
It depends. How many people do you have, how many people can you count on to help, and roughly how big is your wedding budget? All those will narrow down what tips you’re going to be able to use.
You’re right before the season starts so you’ll probably be able to have an easier time getting a vendor you like for photography etc.
If you have the time, diy decor usually saves. If you don’t, buy used decor. That’ll save you time and cash but be mindful of shipping and scams.
Post # 3
- Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter\'s Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle
– Figure out the 3 things which are most important to you and your fiance – food, music, photography, the dress, top-shelf alcohol, whatever. Once you figure out what those three things are, it will give you a good idea of where to spend your budget and where you can save.
– Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that DIY-ing everything will be cheaper – sometimes it’s not, by the time you’ve bought all the supplies, ruined your first effort so you have to go and buy more supplies, decided you don’t like your idea and changed it, meaning more purchases!
– We used VistaPrint for invitations; cheap and effective. Ours cost us $75 (including shipping) for 50 invitations. I did electronic save the dates – free and very easy and nobody complained.
– Skip favors. We used stacks of our favourite books as centrepieces and invited guests to take them home as favors and it worked really well.
Post # 4
I second Vistaprint. I designed my own and they came out well. I didn’t like the envelopes it came with so I purchased those separately. And the sizing is a little off with Vistaprint so if u decide to buy other envelopes keep in mind it’ll be a bit snug. But I think it worked out just fine!
I didn’t do favors since we have a photobooth so I figured that would act as their favor.
We have very simple centerpieces. We thought about diy centerpieces but I didn’t want the hassle and stress of working with flowers just days before the wedding. Plus the savings just wasn’t worth it.
My dress was purchased at an off the rack Bridal store.
Check with your vendor if you can byo liquor/beer if you plan to have any.
The two things I didn’t skimp on is photography and videography.
Happy planning! Just remember to take a break once things start getting overwhelming!
Post # 5
Our engagement was only 8 months, so just a few months shy of yours. I didn’t want to spend a ton, but wanted a great wedding still. I definitely achieved that!
- As another PP mentioed… Vistaprint! I spent SO much time trying to find the perfetc invite, and unfortunately one I liked was about $600+. No thanks. We had over 200 guests (300 invited) and spend about $240 on everything… when they had a sale. It was awesome.
- My mom and I made the flowers with silk flowers. We got them from Michaels and other stores.
- The cake came from a local grocery store, which has really good cakes. We had a 2-tier for the cake topper, and served sheet cakes.
- No table decor, except for what our venue already provided. No one remembers that stuff, so I could have cared less.
- My dress was under $900. I did try on a LOT of dresses, but didn’t want to go over $1K. I got a great deal, and I loved my dress.
- We did get a cheaper photographer, but she does GREAT work. I have no regrets.
- We splurged on the band, as Darling Husband really wanted a band.
- No favors, but we had a photo booth, so we felt that was a great option – and was worth the money.
Post # 6
KiwiDerbyBride: This comment is right on point. I agree! We had an 11 month engagement… Just cut the BS and you’ll be golden!
Also –> floral is huge. We needed minimal floral because our venue was a beautiful old house turned into a restaurant. They already had the decor we liked so we didn’t do many flowers.