(Closed) What did you do to save your budget?

posted 7 years ago in Money
Post # 3
6247 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 1900

Because we live near Boston and things are so pricey here, we opted to have a longer engagement in order to save enough money for a nice wedding.  We are now 6 months away from our wedding after a 22-month engagement.  =)

Post # 4
1550 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

-I won an essay contest and got $400 of my invitations

-Bought a sample wedding dress

-DIYed programs, centerpieces, ceremony decorations, the whole candy buffet, the wishing tree, and even hairpieces for BMs

-Got married at a church where a family member worked–only $300 fee

-Had a friend do the catering ($5,000 for 240 people)

-Spent a lot of time researching every single vendor we used, making sure to get the best deal possible. I even haggled a bit.

-Went with a local florist who worked out of her home. She had zero overhead and VERY low prices.

-Had guests bring dessert. We provided the candy and cotton candy (we spun it ourselves) for the candy buffet, but we had guests bring cookies, cheese cakes, brownies, and cupcakes that we arranged nicely. It looked beautiful!

-No wedding cake

-Friend did our videography–FREE!

-Just used a CD for ceremony music and had a friend sing (free)

-Had beer and wine only–all purchased from Costco.

-Convinced the employees of the museum where we had our reception to let us provide our own security, waiters, bartenders, and clean up crew. That way we didn’t have to pay them for any of it… only the rental fee.


Here are our wedding photos here–we had 240 guests and our wedding cost $13,000.



Post # 6
166 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We don’t have much moolah, so we have been looking for deals like crazy…

* venue is a courthouse on the historic registry so FREE

* music by a close friend, he will be playing acoustic guitar for the ceremony, FREE

* diy ring bearer box

* diy flower girl basket

* my dress is from a 2011 line so it was discounted

* diy flowers (bouquets/boutineers)

* catering is counting as my wedding gift from caterer

* diy decorations

There is other stuff I just can’t remember everything…

Also I have had a conversation with my family and BMs about how hard I am trying to save on this wedding, bless their understanding, so everyone is buying their own attire, and in exchange I don’t turn bridezilla.

I made a budget early on and placed a maximum amount on each item, so when I come under budget on an item I then subtract what I saved and let the saving go for other items that I may have not been able to meet the budget for. 

Post # 8
3771 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

We had 130 quests and our wedding cost less then $9,000.  The onyl thing I “splurged” on was the photobooth and that cost $800 for 5 hours, so still a bargain.

*DIY flowers

*bought my dress used

*Craigslist for photographer- custom package with shorter hours no album and DJ- $450/6 hours (both were new to the business and amazing)

*Non-flower center pieces

*Made our own invitations (70 pocketfolds for less then $100)

*Had a family member use our own video camera to record the ceremony and first dance


Post # 9
4675 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m working on having an awesome day with smaller budget. So far…

*DIYing invitations, and um, lots of other stuff (most of the decor, chalkboards, poms, well, lots of stuff)

*our ceremony musician is or GM’s brother who agreed to do it for gas and a bass guitar my Fiance borrowed him a few years ago but never got back!

* phototgrapher we found a former classmate of my sister who is just starting out with her photography bussiness

* flowers- wholesale and having a friend of my moms who has experience in floral design put everything together- some flowers will also be grown in my moms garden

*venue is a county park building- has everything we need, is gorgous and comes with a low price tag.  

*for favors we are doing a desert bar, and guess who will be making most of the deserts, me!

*cake is discounted from our caterer if we use both services! 

Post # 10
4014 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

So far?

  • got my brand new dress w/ tags for 65% off by scouring PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com
  • Won $250 towards my invites (YAY!)
  • Found a lesser known venue that is owned by the city IE: 1/2 our budget!
  • I’m DIY our flowers except my bouquet, it helps that my ladies will have baby’s breath bouquets and we’re using bud vases for centerpieces
  • getting table linens from previous weddings of family members
  • My DOC was having a special when I booked her, free design for my wedding and free decor items (ALL candles/centerpiece glass) AND we get her assistant as well. They will do all set up free.
  • BYOB is allowed at venue, its saving us a ton
  • FI’s family caters so we’re using them!
  • I’m starting my cupcake business and will be making the cupcakes for the wedding in advance
  • My grandmother and I are making the favors!

So far so good! Great job Bees!

Post # 11
576 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@artichokey:  Just a question. We need to use an Ipod for the ceremony music, how did you go about using the ipod for music? What speakers did you use and how much did the speakers cost?

Post # 12
1916 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

*Bought a preowned dress

*Designed wedding invitations and save the dates.  Had them printed by a local printer, but assembled and addressed everything by hand.

*Got a fake cake.  There will be a small layer for us to cut on top and a sheet cake to cut in the back.

*My parents are paying for the catering in CASH.  This is saving us 20%.

*My brother’s friend is doing video for our wedding.  He works on movies.

*My wedding coordinator recommended a DJ who is doing both the music and uplighting for a steal.

*DIY Favors and Decorations

Post # 13
1048 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

  • getting married in March (not a busy wedding month = easy price negotiations)

  • custom dress from etsy

  • getting married at a restaurant that does weddings (no need for centerpieces or decor, saved TONS of money)

  • iPod reception

  • vistaprint invitations

  • got pies instead of cakes – they are coming from upstate NY because they’re better (and cheaper) there

  • friend of friend photographer (he’s a pro wedding photographer, but we are getting a discount)

  • glass flowers instead of real flowers (first “flower” Fiance gave me was a glass rose when we went to the Corning museum of glass – this was after I told him to never get me flowers because they just end up dying anyway. It’s sentimental AND cheap).

Post # 14
7339 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@MapleMoose:  Same thing over here, long engagement! I just want this wedding to come already lol

I am DIYing ALOT of stuff for the wedding to save some money on things that I know I can do myself. Let’s see if I can remember everything off the top of my head:

Everything Paper related – from Save-The-Date Cards to invites, name cards to thank yous, kids activity books

Centerpieces / favours

Strassing my shoes / Did my own bracelet

Garter belts / Ring Bearer pillow / Flower Girl kissing ball

Making my own cake

Bridesmaid or Best Man and Groomsmen gifts

I’m sure I’m forgetting alot more but this is what I can think of…



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