(Closed) What are you scaling back on/cutting out of your wedding??

posted 9 years ago in Money
Post # 3
4192 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

No Limo. DIY flowers. DIY invites (used to be a graphic designer). Nothing monogrammed. $3 white wood vs $7 Chivari chairs (BIG savings there).

Fiance is doing IT for trade for a party rental company, so we’ll probably have $1,000 of rentals at no cost. And with the DIY things I’m doing/inexpensive centerpieces I’m doing (votives from Big Lots!), we’ll save close to $3K.

Post # 4
500 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

-No favors

-No save the dates

-Flowers from a wholesale club

-Afternoon reception

-No special lighting/monograms/photo booth

-No limo

-Scaled back on cocktail hour food

-No dessert table/hour: just cake and a few pastries for each table after dinner


We scaled back on the above so that we DIDN’T have to cut:

-open bar

-having it on a Saturday

Post # 5
148 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Our list has a lot in common with lioness’:

-No Favors

-Limited Bar

-No Wedding Party

– No reception decor since it will be in a restaraunt

– Minimal ceremony decor since it will be in a beautiful garden

-No DJ (iPod)

-Nothing Monogrammed

– No printed invite stuff, all online

– Restaurant is doing Menu Cards

– Used dress via preownedweddingdresses.com

– No engagement session

– Guest list of ~ 70

– No hotel for us

– Sunday wedding and reception

Post # 6
302 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We were planning to do a candy bar, dessert bar and favors.

Now we are just doing a candy bar with boxes for people to put the candy they want. That will be the favors.

No flowers, I am doing feather bouquets and decor.

No limo, we are renting a car

Buffet dinner instead of sit down

Cut the guest list (100 instead of 150)

Mother is doing my alterations (she worked at Kleinfelds for years and knows wedding dresses)


With these cuts we can afford to:

Have it at the venue we wanted even it’s more expensive than what we had planned to spend

Have it on a Saturday

Have an open bar

Post # 7
1517 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

No limo, no flowers (DIY brooch boquet), got my dress from preownedweddingdresses.com, the reception venue is free (Fi’s mom belongs to the country club) my mom is professional photographer and refuses to have anyone else shoot the wedding, and FI’s cousin is a caterer so we got an amazing deal on food. Reception for 200 is going to run about 6k. I refuse not to have alcohol for my guests, we are doing beer, wine, and a signature cocktail. I must have a DJ, I think music and drinks makes the reception, I know some do not agree, but those are areas I wall not sacrifice. We are doing a candy bar and photo booth for favors and guestbook.

Post # 8
1445 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

No limo

Using the linens my caterer provides (no fancy chair cover, monogrammed napkins, etc.)

No sit down dinner; only appetizers and desserts

No Saturday wedding; doing a Sunday afternoon wedding


No photography package; hiring them hourly so the price is cheaper but no engagement shoot or albums

No alcohol or just beer/wine, haven’t decided yet

No menu card/escort cards


No cake cutting/fancy champagne glasses

Post # 9
550 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

No limo

No favors

No programs

DIY centerpieces not floral (bought vases off craigslist, supplies at Ikea)

DIY flowers – 2 bouts, my bouquet and Maid/Matron of Honor flowers

2 person bridal party

DIY STD’s (most of FI’s list are Out of Town so it was necessary but only spent $15 on 50)

DIY Invites  – In progress

DIY Placecards

DIY Table numbers/pics

Buffet dinner

Beer & Wine only not open bar

No passed apps

Cupcakes not wedding cake

Small guest list I would say about 60-70

Dress from Filenes’s Running of the Brides

Ceremony & Reception in the same place.

I didn’t cut back on photographer or dj. It’s on a Saturday but the venue was inexpensive for this area so it was within budget because it included beer/wine and some apps as part of the package.

Post # 10
6891 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012



-Cocktail Hour

-Seated dinner

-DJ or Band

-Medium guest list

-No alcohol

-No Chair Covers (so far, my only almost-regret)

-VERY little flowers

-No unnecessary fancy stuff (no fancy dinnerware, for example)


Also, we tried to just buy stuff that we can re-use later, like our cute drink dispensers and our plate stands.


Post # 11
773 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

No save the dates, no limo (we have a pretty nice car already), no programs, seat covers, ordering our flowers from costco and doing them myself, the hall was super cheap (but crazy nice) and we’re renting alot of our decorations.

Post # 12
2695 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Hmm…most of the things that we “cut back” on, we genuinely wanted to do it that way. DIY flowers, self designed invites, wine and beer reception, diy decorations/centerpieces, etc

A few things we cut that we actually wanted:

Classic car 

Professional Hair/makeup

(Possibly) favors

Post # 13
5653 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

I made all of the flowers for our wedding, which saved us a lot.

We didn’t have a wedding cake, instead we had a wedding pie which was included with the meal.

No limos/transportation. 

I did my own makeup and my friend did my hair

We had a cheap DJ (I wish we had spent more on this, our DJ was really amateur)

No chair covers and extra fluffy stuff like that lol.

I made almost everything for the wedding myself (programs, invitations, STDs, website, flowers, table numbers, seating chart, ectectect the list goes on and on lol)

Post # 14
376 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

No Hotel

No limo…using a friends very nice car

No favors

No save the dates

No cocktail hour

Bridal party consist of two people

Post # 15
2063 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

No full meal.

No flowers (real or fake, we are using alternative decor).

Friendors for Photography & Officiant.

This actually saved us so much we were able to offer everything else 🙂

Post # 16
2413 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We cut back alot as our original budget was higher.

-vistaprint for wedding stationary

-no special chairs

-cutting out florist….DIY bridal party and for centerpieces we are doing the cheapest flowers possibe

-Friendors for photographer and DJ so we’re getting them super, duper cheap.

– may cut out favors

– budget dress (consignment shop)

-DIY decorations


….we had to cut the budget by $6k….but, we are keeping open bar for the entire night because that’s where we place importance.

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