Post # 1
mine is my venue! i’m so excited about it! when i first starting wedding planning i thought i was going to have to have a backyard wedding (not saying anything is wrong with that). but after i researched how much rentals were (tent, tables, chairs, plates/silverare, dance floor, bathrooms, ect.).. i’m actually saving money!
so for just $950, i get all of this:
choice of four locations (two different ballrooms, a patio location, or on the grass at the first tee box)
use of bridal suite before the wedding as well as a room for the guys to get ready
as many chairs as needed with white or ivory coverings
choice of archway (wooden or white metal)
aisle runner and white bows for chairs
- gorgeous room with a fireplace and cathedral ceilings
- as many tables and chairs as needed (including head table, cake table, and gift table
- set up and clean up of room and can come decorate the night before the wedding
- white or ivory linens with choice of colored napkins
- use of hurricane or cylinder vases for decor/centerpieces
- all china, glasses, and silverware
- cake cutting and plating
- coffee and fountain soda stations
- dance floor and sound system
- bar and bartender fee
- bathrooms right outside room
and another plus is that it’s only twenty minutes from home! so bee’s, what was the best deal you found for your wedding?
Post # 3
My beautiful gown from a Brides Against Breast Cancer event!
I got the veil somewhere else, but the gown, the lace overdress, and the headpiece all came from BABC and together they cost me less than $600.
Post # 4
Everything in general, every vendor gave me discounts and threw in freebies when I negotiated and I got great deals for my Tahitian Honeymoon!
Post # 5
I saved lots and got great deals from all my vendors. I uess biggest savngs might be my florist. For what she is giving me:
6 bm bouquets
brides bouquet and toss bouquet
flower girl basket and petals
8 boutinaires plus groom bout
17 centerpieces (I saw them yesterday and they are GOREOUS): 3 vases of varying height, all filled with blue water…highest with flowers, the other two with floating candles. Petals around.
Delivery and decoration
Post # 6
@KCKnd2: Wow, your gown is amazing!
We had a lot of deals and things gifted to us (photography, venue) but I think the best deals that were atually paid for were on the table clothes ($2 each) and runners (I bought curtiains or table clothes at a thrif store and dyed them myself, so about $4 total).
And my dress. I got it at a consignment store, half off. It had apparently been one of the model dresses ($250 including tax).
Post # 7
@MsCarabiner: Your dress is beautiful! I love the sleeves.
Post # 8
@MsCarabiner: Thanks! Yours is pretty awesome, too – the train is lovely!
Post # 9
I was excited when I found my dress for $695. Budget was $1000.
Our DJ is going to be $600 and that includes uplighting, 6-8 hours, no set up/tear down fee, fully insured, lighted columns, back up equipment, etc. First couple of quotes I got were $1000 – $1500 and I almost shat my pants. Thankfully a friend/BM had a friend in the business.
Officiant. Also nearly shat myself when I was getting quotes for $400+ for a 15 minute ceremony and NO rehearsal. Luckily a FB friend recommended the mayor of a nearby town and she is going to do it for a $50 donation to the animal shelter she founded.
Cake. Friend from high school has her own bakery and she is making our cupcakes with silver wrappers and icing and assembling them on a giant stand that looks like the Stanley Cup (Penguin themed wedding here). $400 to feed 250 people? Sounds like a plan.
Caterer is also amazing. $24 per person for h’or dourves (I know I spelled that wrong), punch fountain, 3 main courses, 3 sides, 2 salads, 2 potatoes. Also they provide table linens, decor for the bridal table and champagne for bridal party. They also cut and serve your cake, tray your cookies (Pittsburgh tradition), take care of your cake topper and toasting flutes, and help coordinate the day’s timeline with the other vendors. Food is literally home-cooked Italian. I want to give these guys a standing ovation.
Post # 10
My sample Maggie S dress was $150, as oppsoed to $1100 in the bridal salon. Wedding band was I think $230 with coupon off overstock.com. Wedding photag was a friendor building his portfolio, costing us a total of $200 plus a bottle of Captain (haha), a meal & room on the day of 🙂 Officiant was $100 work aquaintance.
Post # 11
@housebee: Thank you! I really wanted sleeves so I was really lucky to find a dress that already had them.
@KCKnd2: Thanks! That was our biggest alteration. My mom cut the satin train out, so it would just be the lace 🙂
@Stace126: Wow, what a great deal for all that food!
Post # 12
MY dress, a david’s bridal $99 purchase
The chair rental company that’s renting us Chivari Chairs for $6 each vs the $11 each everywhere else!
A local deli is going to cater our lunch reception for only $400!!!!!!
Post # 13
The venue was free! Though we did donate our $100 deposit.
Post # 14
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
Dress is either $110 (Macy’s) or $220 (Sue Wong) depending on which I go with – flowers are almost free except for bouquet-making supplies (wildflowers out of my parents’ garden) – band are friends who are playing for gas and hotel money instead of their usual $2500 – officiant is a friend who’s doing it for free. Doncha love deals?!
Post # 15
Our videographer took $500 off his total cost, because his original quote was out of our price range. We told him he was our #1 choice, so he was willing to work with us, and threw in part of his package for free!! 🙂
Post # 16
Our Bridesmaids dresses were the best deal I think (Each only $98 dollars marked down from $250). Our photographer was also a phenominal deal, as he was an old friend of my Darling Husband who just happens to be increadibly talanted. I bought my $2000 dress second hand for only $700. We tried to be savvy with everything for our wedding and I made almost everything else myself.