Post # 1
We are going to be paying for this wedding on our own, which of course has made us take a really close look at the cost of everything we do. The hardest part is that we just got engaged a little over a month ago, and we are getting married September 30, 2012. So not having a lot of time has been an issue. So far, this is what we have planned out..
Venue – 1500 (includes catering, linens, set-up, cutlery..)
Cake – 300
Flowers – 100 (I bought Real Touch from Hobby Lobby & I’m making the bouquets myself..)
Dj – Free (we have a really good friend that is doing this as our gift)
Photographer – 650 (all day service w/ several dvds with all pictures)
Dress & undergarments – 622 (davids bridal)
My bridesmaids & Maid/Matron of Honor bought their own dresses..
I’m thinking of doing my make-up myself and I have a friend that wants to do my hair, so that will save me a lot on beauty..
Right now I am looking into ways to do nice/creative centerpieces & general decorations for a thrifty price. I’m pretty creative so I’m going to do this as my project while my future hubs is gone for 6 weeks for a military school.
So what ways did you save money on your wedding?
Post # 3
Love this topic! 🙂
Ways we are saving:
– Hired a small bakery to do our cake for only $3/slice
– Bought tall glass tealight holders and cylinder vases from the Dollar Tree
– Only using a florist for half of our centerpieces, the other half I’m doing myself using flowers from local flower market (alternative is Sam’s Club which fellow Bees have raved about)
– Designed my own invitations and a friend printed them for free (envelopes included)
– Using a free wedding website to provide details on hotels, directions, etc. instead of using extra cards in the invitations
– Taking full advantage of all wedding freebies – the tux rental offer (rent five tuxes, groom’s tux is free), wedding registry freebies (like at Macy’s and Crate and Barrel), hotel room block with Marriott (which offers free shuttle service and a free room on wedding night for bride and groom), etc.
– No champagne toast, no one will miss it and it would have cost over $1,200 to add.
Post # 4
@roweboat: i save a lil everyday i have one of them big water jugs in my closet and i put all my change everyday in it. well see what i have at the end of the year ; )
Post # 5
Adopting the mantra “Less is more” with respect to all things wedding, and rehearsing the phrase, “That’s just not a priority for us,” to be deployed whenever anyone questions why you’re not having a professional makeup artist/limo/champagne/a chocolate fondue/fireworks/ice sculptures/dancing elephants/whatever other element you and Fiance have decided is frivolous and an unnecessary expense, even though the rest of the world seems to think it’s de rigeur.
Post # 6
My decorations are:
bowls and table cloths from dollar store $16
floating rose flower candles off ebay $12
rose petals down the middle of table off ebay $16
My venue was super cheap since we are getting married at a state park $45 for the entire day which for our picnic wedding was great. It has great views of the lake and tons of space for my kids to play and a playground. We are cooking some of the food ourselves to save money as well. Our cake is a sheet cake instead of a tier cake. Free photographer (really good friend breaking into the business) and for DJ we are having a laptop playing music.
Post # 7
I also save all of my change in a jar & have been making it a habit to pull cash from the ATM every week to put in there as well.