(Closed) Wedding saving tips from married bees HELP

posted 4 years ago in Money
Post # 2
366 posts
Helper bee

im not married yet, but i just did a post on how im not doing favors or programs! i was surprised to see how many other brides are with me on that one! im actually considering not having a bridal party-even though i already asked them. i know its totally against WB rules, but i think my friends will understand. its another 450 bucks we could save. 

Post # 3
1204 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Not married yet either, but I think Pinterest is a money pit with all of the picture perfect decorations and wedding projects. Avoid like the plague.

Post # 4
145 posts
Blushing bee

lightchaser:   + 1

so with you, avoid pinterest, it will convince you that you need so many things that really don’t add THAT much to your day. apart from a cool picture 🙂

Post # 5
3306 posts
Sugar bee

I made my own hair vine for $20, I am also making my own veil for $20. We aren’t doing programs or menus for each guest, and we are DIYing our invitation suites. Our favours will have name tags that will double as placecards.

Fiance is helping me make our ceremony and bridal table backdrop using sheer curtains, PVC pipe and cheap adjustable curtain rods. We can sell them afterwards for more than they cost us.

My advice… Research the SHIT out of everything you need to buy.

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Post # 7
3306 posts
Sugar bee

I am thankful our engagement is 15months long so I have been able to take my time and DIY a lot 😀

Post # 8
1092 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

If your venue allows you to bring in your own food and alcohol, that’s a huge savings. We had 130 guests and spent about $13,000. With the help of friends/family I did all the flowers, bought blank invited on clearance from Target and took them to the printer, my husbands co worker bought our cake as our wedding gift and I scoured Craigslist and thrift stores for misc things. 

A beautiful wedding can be done on a tight budget , you just need to plan and also ask a and everyone for help.

Post # 9
2712 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter\'s Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle

– Skip the favours.  No-one will notice. 

– You can use Spotify or Pandora for music, rather than getting a DJ – we did this and it worked really well.

– VistaPrint invites; easy and not expensive.  

– Don’t bother with elaborate save the dates; I got a photo of us, put a filter on it, and added text to it then e-mailed it out.  Totally free.  Also, don’t send Save-The-Date Cards to everyone you think you’re going to invite, in case you have to cut your guest list.  Important out-of-town guests were the only ones I sent them to.

– I used silk flowers for bouquets – three bouquets cost me $72 including shipping.  And they didn’t die so I could get it sorted early.  No-one knew and you’d never tell by looking at our photos.

– Can you negotiate with your photographer to pay less but get a smaller package?  Fewer hours, no albums, no second shooter, that kind of thing.  We had 2 hours of getting ready photos, ceremony, family and bridal party photos then an hour of the reception.  Didn’t need anything else really, I don’t look at our pics and think “I wish she’d been there longer” at all.  I got all the edited photos on DVD and printed my own albums.

– I did programs myself (we had a church ceremony so really did need them) using Word and then printed them at the local Officeworks for about 4c each.  I didn’t care that they didn’t look super-fancy because everyone leaves them behind anyway.

– Do beer and wine only – full open bar adds loads to your costs.  Add a signature cocktail if you want, but restrict it to that.

– Don’t bother with menus, or if you do, do one per table.  

– We didn’t do escort cards – I just made up a seating chart, printed it on A3 paper (at work!) then stuck it on a bigger piece of cardboard in our colours.  Looked just fine.

– It’s often the small, inexpensive things which make the most impact.  I got family wedding photos (great grandparents, grandparents, parents, siblings) and framed them in $1 Ikea frames for display.  It looked great and was a real talking point.  I re-framed them in collage frames (less wall space taken up!) and now they’re hanging up in our house.

– You don’t need super expensive shoes!  Unless you have a short dress, no-one really sees them.  Mine were $20 (admittedly reduced from $160, but I wouldn’t have bought them at that price!) and they were perfect.

– Get a small cake for cutting and then sheet cake for the guests.  Again, no-one will notice or care.  Or skip the cake altogether – my SIL did and I didn’t notice until Mother-In-Law mentioned it over a year later in conversation!

Post # 10
369 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

There have been so many great suggestions so far! Here’s a few that I can think of:

-Be careful with the DIYs; sometimes people assume that diy’ing will be more cost efficient, but depending on the cost to purchase materials and to assemble everything, you may find it’s better to purchase

-when it comes to purchases, look for secondhand items first.  You’d be amazed at how many wedding items  you’ll find on classified sites and in local wedding buy and sell groups on Facebook.  I got my veil secondhand from a bride that barely wore it, and it was immaculate (almost got a $100 gown, too, but unfortunately it wound up not fitting right haha). 

Post # 11
212 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

-I’m not married yet but I suggest vista prints for invites I spent around $100 for invitation and rsvp card for 80 invites. Just be on the look out for disount codes.
-I am also buying flowers from Costco and making bouquets for me and the bridal party.
-I found free templets for programs, and added my info and printed them myself at home.
– I found my wedding shoes on clearance at DSW

Post # 12
549 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: Backyard

We are trying to save with pretty much every part of the wedding.

– Our venue is a backyard

– No bridal party

– Having a friend play ceremony music

– No charge for our pastor

– The church making our programs

– I got my dress from a woman who sells them out of her home

– He is wearing a suit he already owns

– We are using the same chairs for the ceremony and reception

– Serving BBQ for about $8/person

– Smores instead of a cake

– Simple table decorations: a picnic basket and placemats

– Picnic baskets will hold smores ingredients and serve as favors

– Pandora thumbprint on a phone and sound bar we already have

– Postcards for guestbook

– Vista print invitations

– No save the date

– We are using a photography student from the local university

Post # 13
1633 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

Yup, there’s a lot of stuff the Internet is going to make you feel like you need, but you don’t, such as:

-save-the-dates (seriously you don’t need them at all; use the phone for people who are really important and/or out of town)




-fancy transportation


-Cutesy signs all over the place. I mean, they’re adorable, but I know a bar when I see one; I don’t need a sign telling me that’s where I get my drinks.

-I went super simple with the invitations, no crazy inserts or doilies or crap like that.

-I didn’t buy any new jewelry; wore jewelry I already owned.

-Some brides have successfully DIY’ed their own music (with an iPod or computer), instead of a DJ or musician.


Post # 14
2712 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter\'s Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle

Oh, I forgot transportation.  We used DH’s car and his uncle’s car – both nice, reasonably new cars.  No-one saw them and they were free! 

Post # 15
79 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

We didn’t have

– Save-The-Date Cards

– chair covrers

– programs

– favours

We used eBay for everything.  Decorations,  gifts,weddingske toppers, all the artificial flowers, bridesmaid dresses-even the dress for my hen do.  It’s amazing what you can find on eBay, I went there first for everything we decided we wanted.

Our friends made cupcakes and our gorgeous Lion King wedding cake and only charged costs.

We also hired a videography student to do our highlights video and she only charged £50. For all the expense of a wedding my 2 favourite elements were the £80 cake and £50 video so it’s not always what you spend! 

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