Post # 1
and along the same lines, what was worth splurging on?
We are saving money by:
– not having a limo (we’re renting a yellow school bus to shuttle between the hotel and venue throughout the wedding)
– not having a cake (one of my bridesmaids is making cupcakes as her and her husbands wedding gift to us)
– not having a typical 3-course meal (instead, dinner will be “tapas” style, with a large variety of hors deurves and finger foods
– not having a DJ (we’ve had a BLAST working together on a playlist on the laptop, and since the Mr is in a band, they have graciously offered use of the PA, and one of them will jump up and “MC” only when needed
– no garter, no throwaway bouquet
We are splurging on:
-well uhh… this isn’t a we. My dress was a splurge. Aaaaand I kinda bought a pair of Jimmy Choo’s.
– the decor – we’ve been collecting antique bottles and jars, I’m ordering a King Protea for my bouquet, and the Mr. laid eyes on the glow in the dark bar that the party rental company has, and was all “SOLD” (before asking how much it was…haha)
We’re still torn on booze (champagne or no champagne, full bar or beer/wine/2 cocktails?) and videography (do people actually watch their videos more than once?)
So far, we’re still coming in under budget, but I know how quickly that can change…
Post # 4
Were doing a dessert buffet instead of a HUGE cake (well, SO wont budge on NO cake, so it will be a small one to cut!)
No garter or bouquet toss
Cutting back on type of booze (most likely just beer and wine with a few signature drinks)
No elaborate centerpieces
No 3/4 course meal, getting food stations and heavy hors d’oeuvres
Post # 5
We are going with a destination package that gave us many options for food – we’re going with a mid-level buffet. Bringing our own booze instead of getting a bartender and no limo or anything fancy like that. But it’s also a family wedding – 30 of us.
Post # 6
Saving money by:
– Having the ceremony and reception in one place, so no limo needed
– Very light appetizers, most of our guests wouldn’t eat the very fancy h’ordeuvres anyways. Sticking with cheese and crackers and a salad bar.
– Purchasing a sample dress. Okay, technically this wasn’t really saving money, but it stopped me from going over budget on the dress.
– Also not having a garter or throwaway bouquet, I don’t lik the tosses.
– Didn’t do an inner envelope with our invites, just specified exactly who was invited on the outer envelope.
– No videographer or photobooth. This one still breaks my heart a little bit, sigh.
– A new camera for the honeymoon and a new ipod for playing the ceremony music and fill-in music when our band is taking a break. Okay, these are things I’ve been wanting anyways, but the wedding is the perfect excuse haha.
– My shoes. I ended up getting them half off but they were still $150. That’s what I get for falling in love with Vera Wang shoes without realizing they’re Vera Wang shoes, haha.
– The band. But it was the only thing Fiance asked for with the whole wedding.
– The linens. I can’t even think about it. I paid for this one because I don’t even want Fiance to know how much they cost. But for reason I freaking hate traditional chair covers, I found gorgeous ones I loved, but of course they were more money, and look best with a special sash that is also more money. And the sash looks best tied a certain way. Which is also more money! Okay, I’m going to stop thinking about it now.
Post # 7
No rings at all, or just low-cost rings?
Did you get any flack when you told people you weren’t doing the “traditional” meal? Most people have been super encouraging but I’ve had a few people make a face at me like “but…but…thats what you DOOOO AT WEDDINGZZZ!!!” (and yet, anyone I ask says the long sit down meal was the least memorable part of a wedding they’d gone to… a bit of a disconnect I think)
Post # 9
Do you mind me asking how much the envelope thing saved you? I was thinking of doing that just for eco-friendly reasons, but if it makes a budget difference too- I’m even more enthused by the idea!
Post # 11
@mandypop: Well I was lining my envelopes, which it turns out I’m horrible at so I had to pay to have the invite company do it. So I saved like $20 on the envelopes, $80 on the liners and mounting, and $20 on postage. I only had like 80 invites though, so the more invites the more you’re saving. It’s funny how in wedding planning saving $120 doesn’t seem like all that much, but for some reason I cares deeply about the outer envelope, the liner, the invites, etc…but just couldn’t bring myself to care at all about having an inner envelope.
Post # 12
We cut transportation out of the wedding first thing. No limo or bus, or anything like that. Our beat up grand am is going to be our getaway vehicle.
No alcohol. I really agonized over this, but this cut our catering budget in half, so it was worth it.We are going to have a lemonade stand instead, which fits our vintage theme perfectly. Also, no cocktail hour means no cocktail food. We are going right into the reception from the wedding.
Professional Photography. I have a good friend, whom I feel, is a wonderful amateur photographer. He is doing our pictures as his gift to us.
We opted to have our wedding at our church, and we are also using the church’s social hall for our reception. We are members of the church, so we only have to pay $250.00 for both. This is about 1/4 of what it would have been anywhere else in town. The church hall is actually really nice, better than some of the venues we were considering.
Decorations, we are DIYing everything. We are buying used, and on sale. We have most of it, already.
I made my own hairpiece/veil for under $20, which is almost identical to one I saw in a bridal shop for $200
I think, unless money falls from the sky I will do doing my own hair and make-up too. I will be practicing a lot in front of the mirror this winter,
Post # 13
hey, 120 bucks is 120 bucks worth of something way more awesome than extra envelopes when we’re on the honeymoon 🙂
Thanks for the tip! All the little stuff adds up
Post # 14
-No garter/bouquet toss….we really have no single friends, lol
-friends are doing video and photography (non-pro)
-DIY veil, invites, Save-The-Date Cards, centerpieces/favors, guestbook, cardbox, memory books, Out of Town bags, wedding party totes….some other stuff I can’t think of right now, lol
-food and drink, plated dinner, full open bar
Post # 15
@mandypop: No ring of any kind, engagement or wedding band. I’m not sure exactly what diamonds cost these days, but I figured we probably saved a pretty sizable chunk of cash relative to “average”. My wedding wasn’t very budgety, but this savings let me feel better about indulging elsewhere.
We didn’t skip them to save money, per se, but since a. we can’t really wear them very often b/c of what we do and b. I loose everything and c. I’ve got philosophical reservations about the mining it seemed like it it would be best to not put so much $$ into this tradition if we weren’t into it ourselves.
Post # 16
We aren’t doing favors, but the money we’re saving on that we’re putting towards more beer. We think our circle of people will appreciate our gesture =)