Post # 1
I’m working and reworking our budget and would like to give us some more breathing room…I’m taking out our “faux-to” booth since it would cost me close to 200 to put together and am contemplating not renting a dance floor at all and a few other cuts.
What are some things you could have gone without on your wedding day? That didn’t make or break the day one way or another?
Post # 3
The disposable cameras. The biggest waste of money for the whole wedding. I spent $40 on cameras and $60 on film developing….i should have just thrown that money in the trash.
Post # 4
you could cut out favors and programs…most guests don’t notice them anyway!
Post # 5
@kitzy: Oh yeah I see favors as sort of pointless but I worked so hard on designing our programs I’d be sad to see them go…I could cut back on them though and find a way to economize them.
Post # 6
@kate169:you could always print them through vistaprint or something to keep them really inexpensive.
Post # 7
What items are you considering cuting? Where are you spending your money? If you posted what you were thinking about cutting, we could help more.
I can’t think of anything that I wish we didn’t spend money on or later thought it didn’t matter that much. But that has as much to do with my original selections as how I felt afterwards. Not sure if this is making sense.
Post # 8
favors, chair covers, toasting flutes/cake cutting set, save the dates.
Post # 9
We spent a huge chunk of money on gifts for parents and wedding party. I kind of wish we did something cheaper, but still meaningful.
Post # 10
@texasmeredith: Well I’ve pretty much cut back on all I can short of having a totally dry wedding with email invitations. I’m diying almost everything.
I kind of wanted to know what married bees would have just forgone in hindsight.
Post # 11
my coworker asked myself and a friend to delivery the bridesmaids to the church in our white sedans, she saved a few hundred dollars by doing this as the car/driver hire started after the ceremony for the bridal party
Post # 12
Cake. We threw most of it away.
We also cut programs.
We did however have a faux-to booth and seriously those photos still crack me up. Best part of the day besides actually getting married. Sorry if that’s not helping you cut the budget…
Post # 13
For starters, I think its wonderful that you are thinking about this ahead of time. I know many women who had a ‘gotta have it’ attitude for their wedding, and now that they are still paying off debts, they wish they had stuck to a reasonable budget. I think some of the suggestions already mentioned are good. I wish I had cut on the programs, most people didn’t even pick one up, and I had spent days on designing, making, tying ribbon, etc. I also wish I hadn’t sprung for the nicer tablecloths. Honestly, no one would have noticed if I used the plain ivory ones that the venue had gratis. I wish I hadn’t spent much on flowers, or at least shopped around a little.
Don’t underestimate Michael’s or Jo-Anns. Their generic bridal paper goods can be dressed up with a little paint which you can later use on your cardbox, menus, etc. I just made a cardbox with glittery wrapping paper and the box our hand vacuum came in, which served its purpose.
You can probably save more by having the DJ or photographer/video for fewer hours. See if a cousin or something can hook up an IPod during dinner so you only have to pay the DJ for the dancing portion of the evening. Also, I know some brides may gasp, but I did not think it was necessary to have a photog following us around all day while I got ready. My friends and I took pics, and that was just fine.
Best of luck!
Post # 14
@SapphireSun: NO!!! lol not helpful at all because the fauxto booth was so hard to let go of!!!
@thanksgivingbride: My photographer includes all day coverage…so yay I guess? I would probably be one of the brides that would gasp since photos are my priority 😉 Thanks for the advice…I’m getting that programs are not necessary!
Post # 15
We’re not doing flowers outside of our bouquets (yep, you heard me, no blooms!). All the rest will be candles!
For our centerpieces I’ve been able to enlist friends, and family to help out. Since we’re using mason jars as a huge part of the theme, they have all been able to contirbute a jar or two, or three……
We aren’t buying toasting flutes, cake cutting sets, etc.
We’re using as much of the decor provided from the church for the ceremony as possible. The church is so beautiful, it doesn’t need much help :o)
I’m not interested in spending much on invites. They’re going to be simple and to the point. No need to overspend on something that will most likely end up in a majority of garbage cans.
We’re also getting family friends of my parents to take us to all of our appointments, to the church, etc in their Coach (very big, and uber comfortably fabulous RV)
Those are just a few things…
Post # 16
We didn’t have a cake cutting set (the one at the venue worked just fine – it would just sit in a box otherwise)
We shopped around for alternative travel. We ended up having a trolley, which was only about $100 an hour (including gas!). Don’t worry about things like send-offs – most people won’t stick around for them anyway.