Post # 3
– No save the dates
– DIY invitations (pocketfolds)
– No fancy transportation
– DIY wedding decor and table runners
– Venue we chose included all table linens, tables, glassware, dishware, etc…
– No ceremony chair flowers
– Cheap flowers – I’m thinking mainly carnations with pricier flowers peppered
– Cash bar
Post # 4
-No Save th Dates
-No Fancy Transportation
-No Ceremony Flowers (we will have an amazing view)
-No Reception Flowers…lots and lots of candles
-My bridesmaid’s will have ostrich feather and peacock accent pomanders instead of flowers
Post # 6
I have done editing work in the past, and a colleague of mine makes stunning wedding bouquets. Instead of paying me for editing over 20 articles for an upcoming magazine, she is crafting my bouquets, my bridesmaids’ bouquets, and the boutonnières for all of the groomsmen!
I have loads of family/friends in the wedding industry, so while we are spending a fair amount, we are getting much more bang for our buck.
Post # 8
1) photographer is a friend who is just starting out & in return for me shooting her wedding (did it as a wedding present) , she is shooting ours (shes like a lil sister to me)
2) bought our invitations from Wal-Mart on Clearance!!!! ($14 for 50 invites)
3) diy flower arrangments/bouquets/etc
4) having the wedding on my parents farm
5) wedding is <50 people
6) dinner is for wedding guests only (having a bbq curtesy of parents)
7) couponing @ hobby lobby & michaels
8) even the honeymoon is getting discounted! (My Fiances aunt works at the place we are visiting while on our honeymoon, so free tickets for us!)
9) found the flower girl dress on clearance at Sears for $10
10) discounted DJ (The photographer claims the dj as her “other dad” so I get the “family” discount)
11) No save the dates, using Facebook events for that instead
12) hand delivering as many invites as possible
Post # 9
– I bought an Off The Rack Dress on sale & it’s gorgeous!
– Future Mother-In-Law is a cake pro so she’s making the cakes 🙂
– I use 50% off coupons at Michaels, JoAnn & Hobby Lobby much as possible
– I cut out hair and make up and I’m doing my own. Hair & makeup are second nature to me 🙂
– I made my own own cake topper
– I’m not set on specific flowers for the centerpieces, so I’m planning on buying them the morning of & seeing what I can find
– I realized some DIY projects actually cost more, so it’s better to just buy certain items done. For me it was invitations.
Post # 10
-Got the invites from VistaPrint with a groupon
-No STD’s and online RSVP’s only
-No rehearsal dinner; instead we are having a rehearsal lunch with just the wedding party (their SO’s and kids have already said they’d rather go wander around and do touristy stuff than go to the rehearsal and lunch) and then meeting up with anyone who wants to join us at the hotel, because the hotel gives free happy hour
-No favors (but that’s more because I think they’re wasteful– no one takes them home– than because I am trying to save money)
-No decor (just worked out that our venue doesn’t need it, it’s beautiful on its own, but I’m happy to not have to pay for or plan that)
-Minimal flowers– and I mean minimal, just bouquets and corsages for the wedding party
-Bridesmaids choosing their own dresses and buying them themselves
Post # 11
A lot of the same things as the rest of you (yay! I love fellow budget brides!) and a few different ones:
-I’m doing things a little weird and having a tiny destination wedding with 25 people max, then in our home states having two fairly casual receptions
-My best friend is designing the invites and we’re going to have them printed on Vistaprint.
-No save-the-dates (We’re just going to send out our invitations farther in advance for the destination part of our wedding, and put all the details on the website)
-Mom is making the dress and most of FI’s outfit
-No alcohol at receptions (more for family reasons and venue considerations than anything)
-Receptions will be in our church basements for free or cheap
-Pretty much everything for the destination wedding is part of a package: photographer, videographer, venue, officiant, flowers, limo
-Reception following the Destination Wedding will be at a restauraunt with no fancy decorations
-Engagement pictures and reception photography are by a friend for cheap
-No traditional wedding party
-No flowers except the bouquet and bout that come in the Destination Wedding package
-For the 2 receptions, we’re having htem in the afternoon away from normal mealtimes and serving cake, punch & cheese and fruit.
Post # 12
we did save the dates but not the typical ones. Our save the dates were sent out the end of november so we did a save the date holiday letter and took one of our engagment pictures to target and got a holiday photo card to add into the letter, it cost us like $30 total! It was really great 🙂
lots of DIY
Made our own invites, printed with vista print with coupon
Made our own programs
Made favors that were also seating cards (they were a huge hit!!)
Had our wedding at a place that took care of the cake, food, DJ, ceremony, decorations, flowers etc we got to pick what ever we wanted and it was all included at that one price!
Uncle brewed our beer
Got discount on wine
had a 75 person wedding
Post # 13
– Off the rack dress
– DIY all stationary – my aunt is a graphic designer and then we just printed ourselves
– We are not using a traditional caterer, instead we are going with Freebirds (its a burrito place), its one of our favorite places to eat and I was tired of having bland, cold, tasteless food at other friend’s weddings. So hopefully this works out great.
– I haven’t looked into it, but we are going to try to rent a convertible from a rental car place like Hertz, Enterprise, Budget. I’m having tough luck finding a company to transport less than 5 miles from the reception to the hotel.
– DIY decorations
– Cupcakes – 240 cupcakes, 5 different flavors for under $500. A local Mom&Pop diner is doing them
Post # 16
Saving and stretching my budget by:
Finding cheap vendors within my budget or negotiating with their prices
DIY: invites (simple yet elegant), save the dates, veil, garter, card box, ring pillow, table signs and numbers, car sign, etc.
Using Oriental trading and Vistaprint for favors (cheap cheap)
Cutting back on unnecessary costs: like a limo or videographer.