Post # 1
I am on a MAJOR buget, and I have quite the guest list. Here are a few of the choices we have made in order to cut costs.
Wedding on a Sunday, savings us $2 000.00 on the hall over a saturday
Early wedding – serving brunch, cutting down on the bar bill
Eliminating the photgrapher, FH works for Best buy we are buying SD cards at a super discounted rate and having people take some photos with their cameras then loading them into our computer and giving them the card.
DJ is a friend who owns his own DJ company usually charges 2500 we are paying 700.00
Apple theme making carmel apples using them as center pieces with some paper ribon in pretty bags. Eliminating the cake, but will do desert-ish breakfast items.
Bought my dress which was a sample on clearence for $150.00. Mom does bridal alterations for a living, so she will do mine.
Tux Rental is $24.00 becuase we are doing the whole wedding party there
Ceremony and reception are in the same location, we only need to provide (rent) linens.
Our Pastor is a friend of FH from highschool who recently found religion and became a youth ministor. (donation of our comfort only)
Are there any other ways I can cut costs? Did I miss anything? Any thoughts would be great!
Post # 3
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
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
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 # 6
My mom (bless her heart) while they can’t afford to help us financially is the most creative person I have ever met. My garter is coming from the fabric that is being removed from my dress (four inches on each side… lost 60 lbs sense we first bougth it)
We have discussed making only my bouquet and a flower for him, we are doing silk flowers, which we will find on sale at michaels if we do them. I hadn’t even considered flowers.
My family, we are party animals. They dance no matter what time of day it is… lets hear it for being latin and italian! lol
Post # 7
Great thoughts!! I agree on the email/ web site save the dates and RSVPs we are printing all of our own invites, which I will probably get from target or walmart.
Post # 8
our hall is $1500.00 so between that and the food thats where the bulk of the money is being spent. I thought about doing a cash bar, and doing vodka drinks, mimmosas (spelling??) and bloody marys and if any one wanted anything else at 11 am on a sunday that was there doing… lol
Our hall includes a bar and bartender, set up, clean up, chairs, tables, a dance floor, changing rooms, and use of the facility till from 6am to 6am the next morning.
Post # 9
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.
and follow them on twitter! They do trivia for $100 gift cards once a week!
Post # 10
Thank you for the Tip. There should be a book compiled of money saving tips such as these.
Post # 11
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
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 # 13
Like commit to purchase so many bottles then make it a cash bar from there. That sounds like a great idea.
Post # 14
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
Instead of paying $700 for a DJ, why not use your ipod/computer and make your own playlist?
Post # 16
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!