Post # 1
I am trying to stay in budget, and now that everything is taken care of except for photographer, florist, and limo/transportation, I think I may need to cut back on those things. How about you guys? Any money saving tips welcomed 😉
Post # 3
I’m doing my centerpieces for cheapppp. I asked about renting them from the venue, because they have awesome ones, but they’re ~$100 A PIECE (and up!). I’m using recycled wine bottles, candles and candleholders from the Dollar Tree, branches that I got 50% at Hobby Lobby, and milk glass pieces from mine and my grandma’s collections. I bought some spray paint, too, but that was under $10 total.
Our ceremony site is $140 for 3 hours, which includes seating and access to electricity. It’s an outdoor amphitheatre owned by the city, in a pretty park and surrounded by trees. It’s actually pretty secluded (we knew it was there and still had trouble finding it), which is nice.
I haven’t decided what I’m going to do about flowers yet (either silk or real), but I’m trying to win a gift certificate to a wholesale floral supplier, and then FMIL’s friend is going to put them together for free.
Our photographer we found through a friend, and we got a referral discount because of that (but she also offers student discounts). She’s also only been in business for a couple of years, so her prices are still pretty low.
Post # 4
We have no cars – decided to use the same venue for both and I am getting ready in the hotel room upstairs…
No DJ – iPod reception instead
Silk flowers – cost me >$200 all up
Our only big expenses are the venue/food/drink approx. $115 pp all up and our photographer.
Post # 5
- Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA
Do you need a limo at all? We are skipping this step and I’m having friends and family who aren’t in the wedding party help with the transportation as needed. For us, this was an item of low priority, so I just skipped it all together.
As for the florists & photographer– I got lucky since I work in the industry, they are both friends and I’m getting a great deal ($1,000 each) but if you’re looking to save, one option is to visit your local college and talk to the teachers for those types of programs and ask if they can recommend their students; often times teachers will allow their students to do it as a final project, and you pay for the materials plus a bit extra for their time.
Post # 6
Our biggest expenses are the food/drink and the photographer. FI and I are having family/ friends make our outifits. We’re doing an iPod DJ, driving ourselves around, having NO real flowers (Mom is making our centerpieces and I have a “different” kind of bouquet.)
We’re paying well for our priorities, and we’re lucky to have talented seamstresses in our families.
Post # 7
we haven’t really looked at budget yet (we don’t know how much it will be yet)
however we have thought of saving ideas:
– we will be asking my aunt and uncle/godfather to do photography – they aren’t professionals, they are both doctors, but they travel a lot and both take lots of great photos, and my aunt took my engagement photos and they looked amazing. they also did the photos for my parents’ wedding 🙂
– we will be DIYing as much as possible
-DIY bookmarks as both place cards and favours (booknerd theme wedding)
– centerpieces we will be doing a pile of old books and some flowers on top, so maybe get the flowers from a market the morning of, or possibly could be cheaper from a florist than a huge arrangement
– invitations and paper items such as programs will hopefully be DIY
basically just as much DIY as possible (i really need to hone my DIY skills before starting wedding projects though!)
Post # 8
I am making decorations and flowers my lowest priority. My rationale is that I dont remember a single centerpiece or decorative theme from any weddings I have been to, so might as well go as low budget as possible on these aspects for mine. For bouquests and centerpieces I will go with in-season flowers and keep them as simple as possible. We are cutting corsages and I will probably try to do a non-floral boutinerres that I saw on Pinterest.
Post # 9
Ceremony and Reception at same location
No dinner (HUGE dessert table, Wraps, Sandwiches, Fruit and Veggies)
Beer and Wine Only
Aunt is making my Dress
Mom and Grandpa growing flowers
Making my own no flower boutineers
Our own transportation
ipod instead of DJ
BIL is playing guitar for ceremony
My cousin (who is a film and tv editor) is doing our slideshow
I am doing my own cake and all of the desserts
Officant is free (My Dad’s good friend)
Made my own invites (for everything)
Free jars and vases for centre pieces
Using vintage tea cups and plates that we found at yard sales, thrift stores, and plates left over from my parnets wedding.
Making my own favours (for DIRT CHEAP)
Making bridesmaid gifts (” ”)
Needless to say, I am quite crafty, and thrifty! We are not willing to go for a low quality photographer, as the photos are very important to me. So far I have come in at about 10 000 under budget! FI is a happy happy boy!
Post # 10
FI and I budgeted the 3 most important things for us first: Food/drinks, Photography and DJ. Our venue (including food and open bar) is taking most of our budget, so we are cutting down on EVERYTHING ELSE! We are pretty much DIY everything. And despite spending more than budgeted on food and drinks, we are actually still under budget for the whole wedding. I have to say, our friends have been really awesone at offering their services, so that helped.
Post # 11
We’re doing beer and wine only, no videography, and only 2 food stations. I would love to do a full bar and offer 4-5 food stations but it’s just not in the budget. The one thing I’m super bummed about is not being able to hire a videographer 🙁
Post # 12
Ceremony and reception in one place. That cuts out limos, rehearsal dinner, programs, rice or bubbles. Anything you would need for that transition. Also good friend is ordained and will marry us for free. Have an appointment in 2 weeks for florist and will try to keep the budget down. No flowers needed for ceremony, caterer provides them. So bouquets, bouts and table centerpieces only. We really didn’t start with a budget in mind but we have kept to the lower end of every package we booked and my dress.
Post # 13
My aunt is doing my flowers which we purchased from Sam’s Club. We are not getting a limo. I booked the photographer through a friend’s recomendation and we’re actually spending like $1500 on that, but we got the best bang for our buck because we get two photographers for 7 hours, we get the rights to our pictures after the wedding. All the pictures will be color corrected. There are lots of different “bundles” that different photographers will offer. My best advice to you is to find out what is most important to you and go with that photographer. I decided not to be cheap with photography because after the wedding is over that is the best thing you will have to look back on the day, so I didn’t want to skimp on it although to me I found the best deal in town for what I wanted.
Post # 14
We didn’t do a limo. We also didn’t do floral centerpieces. We used Moroccan lanterns that I found for cheap on Amazon, and rose petals that we bought the day before at the supermarket (we bought a bouquet of roses, not just the petals). I have also never paid attention to centerpieces, and I didn’t miss the florals on on the table. We used the florist just for bouquets/coursages/boutenires. And after the ceremony, the bouquets worked double duty- mine on my dad’s memorial table, and the bridesmaids’ on the cake table.
This is another helpful thread. http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/share-your-steals-038-deals-help-other-bees-save#post-3775342
Post # 15
Thank you all for sharing how you handled your budget/priorities! I completely agree with you all and especially on the point about deciding what is most important (value added) for us. We are going to spend on photography and video coverage 10 hours for ceremony and reception. We are going to try to lower flower/centerpiece costs & probably just rent a car for 1 day only that day instead of limo. Thanks all and good luck with wedding planning!
@plzhalp: completely agree that in the end, it’s the momories and photos that we will always cherish! 🙂
Post # 16
So the only things you’re missing are: photographer, florist, and limo/transportation? That’s not so bad. Try looking up photographers on craigslist or your local towns paper/website/white pages. I found my photographer locally (his studio is like 15 minute walsk from my house).
The florist was the 1st vendor I ‘booked’. Flowers/centerpieces are super important to me and will lend a touch of elegance and beauty to my bugdet wedding so I knew I had to find a florist that could work within my budget. fter much haggling, I got everything I needed for a price I could live with and actually be happy with at the end of the day.
I was not going to do transportation because it was unnecessary. I was planning on having a backyard wedding and would just walk from my house to the yard. However, I might be having the ceremony at the church so I figured it would be nice for the ladies in my bridal party to travel together with me (I am not traveling with fi). I would only need transporation to pick us up and drop us off, that’s it. We can travel to the rception in our own cars. I am still working out the details of this and meet with a compnay Staurday (it’s also not a limo, it’s a mini bus).
When all is said and done, it’s what really matters to you and how you want your guests to feel. As long as you have food for them to eat and something for them to drink, they’ll be fine. A little music won’t hurt either but your guests won’t really care about all the little details as much as you will.