(Closed) What else can I eliminate to save money??

posted 7 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Kudos to you–that looks like a model list of how to save. 

Hmm…Don’t spend a lot of money on paper products! Some people look down upon it, but I’m a fan of the website/email/or call RSVP instead of a reply-card–saves paper and saves postage 🙂

Also, if you want dancing, a $700 DJ is awesome, but fwiw, we’re also doing a brunch and skipping the dancing. I don’t think people will miss it for a daytime affair…

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’m not sure if you planned on doing flowers, but we cut that out. We are just using some wild flowers and vines that we have. You could cut that cost, if you planned on spending there.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

You could also eliminate alcohol completely if that is okay with you and your guests. Or for a brunch wedding I would expect nothing more than mimosas. MMMM mimosas.

I second cutting out paper products.

I would also look to ways to cut down on your budget in day to day life if you want to save more money for the wedding. There are some tips in other threads on how to save on things I would never even think of..

 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee

Try buying your linens! Our rental company wanted to charge $16 a tablecloth but I bought them online for $12 each…you’ll get to make that money back if you sell them after, too.

try linentablecloth.com

and follow them on twitter! They do trivia for $100 gift cards once a week!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Also, instead of buying your linens you might be able to make them cheaper. If you don’t have that many tables, and your mom is an experienced seamstress, I’d say you could buy a couple of bolts of fabric and cut and sew.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I would think with the alcohol you could JUST do mimosas and bloody marys and do a cash bar for everyone else.  And maybe do a limit to how much you’ll pay  for the mimosas and bloody marys.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

The best money-saving tip I can offer is to sign up for a hotel credit card to get the points, and use the points for your hotel room (assuming you are staying in a chain hotel). We got a SUITE for free for our wedding night doing this. We also signed up for a mmiles card and we use it ALL the time (we pay it off every month) even for very small purchases- it’s amazing how fast miles add up. We flew first class to Hawaii from New Husband that way.

I also belong to a website club called mypoints.com You go to mypoints.com, sign up to receive emails (you get a few a week), and if you read the email and click through (I only half read most of them), you get points (you get points for other stuff, too- purchases, surveys, etc). I’ve been a member for years and have gotten all kinds of free gift cards and free stuff. I saved points this past year and got a $100 Macy’s card. My Maid/Matron of Honor and I are getting our makeup done at Mac for FREE now!

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Instead of paying $700 for a DJ, why not use your ipod/computer and make your own playlist?

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Can I vote against the cash bar? I know it’s kind of controversial on weddingbee and common in some regions, but I’m on the side that says guests shouldn’t have to pay for anything to come to your event. I think you’d be better off purchasing cases of wine from Costco plus a signature drink (like mimosas) and calling it a day. You don’t need a full bar–particularly not at 11am!

 

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