(Closed) Wedding saving tips from married bees HELP

posted 5 years ago in Money
Post # 16
136 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

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denisexoxo:  There have been great suggestions so far! Some things we did to save money:


– Dress was preowned so saved a lot of money

– Used sola flower/dried flower bouquet rather than fresh flowers (we had our wedding outside in a botanical garden so didn’t feel the need for flowers to decorate)

– Used free options on paperlesspost.com for our save the dates

– Printed our own invites – I did the design in photoshop using the free trial and teaching myself how to use it with videos on the internet. Didn’t do a whole invitation suite, just one card and made a free website using weebly.com for all the info. Also used an online RSVP site.

– Made my own flower crown for less than $20

– Kept numbers of guests as low as possible – by far the easiest way to keep costs down if you can

– Made our own guestbook print in photoshop and bought a cheap frame from Ikea – inexpensive and we’ll be hanging it up in our home

– Got more cheap Ikea frames for table numbers – we’ll be printing wedding photos to go in these to hang on our walls afterwards

– DIYed signs using cheap wood from home depot and sample pots of paint

– We didn’t do menus

– Of the decor we did have, we tried to use things we would repurpose. Ceremony backdrop was made out of a photography backdrop stand which I’ll use again as I’m trying to get back into photography, muslin linen which I’ll be using for sewing projects and a doily/embroidery hoop display which I used second hand pieces for and it’ll be used to decorate our spare bedroom afterwards


Other ideas:

– Have a morning wedding with brunch/lunch or lunchtime wedding with afternoon tea, tend to be a lot cheaper than an evening wedding

– As others have said, don’t feel like you have to have a Pinterest perfect wedding with all the bells and whistles decor nor every tradition included, it’s not what guests remember – be yourselves and make the day reflect who you are. Don’t feel the need to conform to anything!

– As one of the other Bees said, research everything you buy really well and look for coupons before making the purchase!



Post # 17
4235 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2016 - Manhattan, NY

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denisexoxo:  I’m in a different part of NY state (closer to Canada) but got married in Manhattan. I used Thumbtack to find an amazing, local photographer duo (husband and wife) for a great price. WEEFAN Photography is the name of their company and you can find them on Facebook. They travel all over to weddings. I love Thumbtack because you can explain exactly what service you want and vendors contact you with a quote. I used it for catering quotes when I was planning on getting married in my hometown.

Our wedding was in the morning and we had an intimate brunch reception after photos. There were about 20 of us around one long table in the private room of a restaurant. No decor at all, minus my bouqet in a bucket of ice lol You really don’t need a lot of decor. I think food and good company are the most important part of the meal. 

Another tip would be to join local wedding groups on Facebook if you can find them. Plenty of people get married then want to get rid of their decor so they’re reselling for great prices. I’ve seen a lot of nice things in the local groups and my best friend has gotten some good deals for her wedding that way. I think everyone else has covered anything else I would have said. Best of luck!  

Post # 18
831 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

We lived off my salary for almost a year before the wedding. We saved all of his income. 

Post # 20
954 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

We aren’t doing favors.

No programs.

No save the dates – we just let the out of town people know, the in town people too.

We got simple invitations from vistaprint, it was like $63 including shipping – they are one card, picture on the front and information on the back, rsvp is online, so no inserts.

For flowers, I’m having the women in the bridal party carry a single stem, all of which will be put in a vase on the bar and my bouquet is not fancy.

On the tables, we are doing vases with a single stem and tons of candles.

When my caterer asked me which chairs I wanted, I replied with “the cheapest ones you have.”

We are doing disposable barware, plates and silverware.

We aren’t doing a cake. Instead we are having our favorite local bakery make their baked doughnuts (we got to chose the flavors) and some cookies. If we decide we want a small cake, it’s like $30.

I personally feel like all the DIY stuff doesn’t save you anything becuase even if the supplies are inexpensive, you have to spend soooo much time on them. And lots of pictures of them I see here don’t really look that great. Although some do.

Just keep it simple. It’s so easy to get swept away in everthing, but I can’t reall a china pattern, table cloth or type of chair from any wedding I’ve been to. No one really cares about that stuff. Pick what you want to focus on – for us it was food and a good bar package. That’s where we spent the most.

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