Post # 1
With me, everything has worked out pretty well except for my dress. I elected to get a knock-off, didn’t check the business’ BBB rating (which I later found out to be a rating of F!) and got a dress that broke my heart. I got a lot of wedding essentials off of eBay and other online businesses because I HATE shopping and have limited time.
So has any of your cost-cutting ideas backfired?
Post # 3
Luckily, not yet. (I am still a year out!) But I am interested to hear if any other bees have had backfires trying to cut costs!
Post # 4
So far, so good! *knockonwood*
Post # 5
I’m interested in hearing also! I’m a little over a year out so I’d like to know how things have worked out and if DIY things really save $.
Post # 6
buying a gown on sale at kleinfeld for only $599 then paying $700 in alterations whew!?
well, it was a size 22 I am a size 2, but the design was exactly what I wanted-I looked at 12 before the dress and cried when I tried it on; its just so incricate and beaded and embroidered so she has to deconstruct everything
my heart and practical side sinks at the cost but when I wear it I feel like a bride and special; despite the cost I feel very happy when I wear it because I waited my whole life to wear a gown like this for this special day–probably why I cried when I first wore it
Post # 7
Ouch! I’m so sorry to hear about your alterations costs!! But I bet you will look amazing.
I thought changing from a destination wedding in Savannah to a local wedding in Atlanta would help cut costs – and based on my original budget it did, and then my "guesstimates" for a lot of things came in wrong. For example, I thought 1K for photography was plenty – ha!
Post # 8
Limiting the number of guests didn’t really help to keep our costs down as much as we thought it would. Truth is, the photographer costs the same amount whether you have 30 guests or 300, same for the DJ, same for the dress, etc. etc. A lot of the major expenses just aren’t based on your guest count!
Post # 9
We got a more inexpensive venue, but it didn’t come with *anything*. Rentals of tables, chairs, glasses, linens etc etc ended up being pricer per head than we otherwise would have calculated. In the end it was still cheaper than most local venues, but it wasn’t the huge savings we first imagined.
Post # 10
I partly agree ali-o, but we have rented a tent and I have to keep the number down or the next tent up was like $300 more and more chairs, more food, more table, more linens, more favors, more booze, etc.
But so far I wish I had hired a wedding planner, just like for the day of so I can relax.
Post # 11
I thought I’d DIY my own invites and save SO MUCH money. Yeah right. THAT didn’t happen. I bought stuff I didn’t end up using and couldn’t return, and wasted a lot of money. Not to mention that I got to the end and thought they looked cheap so I ended up hiring a letterpress artist anyway to make an insert to jazz them up. I ended up spending about the same as if I’d had a pro make them, and I bet the pro would have done them way better. I told my Maid/Matron of Honor to have her invites made professionally. It is SO worth it, in saving so much TIME that you could be spending on other details. Sigh. I’m crafty, but I’m a very SLOW crafty!
Post # 12
I’m with @MightySapphire – my invitations didn’t save any money. But ours did end up being a huge success and we got a much better invitation that we could have bought with the same amount of money. Not to mention, I loved making them with my family!
Post # 13
Ali-o, that is what fiances friends wife told me. She said that there is no difference in 100 or 300.
Post # 14
oh DJ; I originally hired for $250 but didnt have a contract they jacked it up to 750 but I brought them down to 700 again
still think I could have found a better deal; but others I found at 400 and 500 did shabby job looking at their websites
finally found someone good for 500 here but too late I had signed the dotted line
Post # 15
I disagree about keeping the guest list down … the amount of money cutting your guest list will save you truly depends on what you are serving for dinner! At $35 a plate, no it’s probably not going to save you all that much to cut, but at $65 a plate plus gratuity, you bet your butt it will. Plus, if you are renting chairs or tables you pay PER chair = per guest, number of tables/table cloths/centerpieces all goes down when you cut guests along with your costs!
Post # 16
I agree cutting my guestlist helped me afford my wedding, at 4 people running $1000; I get upset when my mom wants me to add extended family, nope uh-uh unless someone is shelling out money to help I’m sticking to my 60 person guestlist