(Closed) What was your biggest money saving move?

posted 13 years ago in Money
Post # 92
1476 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

DIY invite kit from Michaels (Brides.com kit)

DIY Centerpieces and flowers. Am taking round vases and these tin vases and hot gluing fabric to them, then filling them with white flowers. Using tall vases filled with lemons and other tall vases filled with flowers for the other tables (food tables, etc.)

Ceremony and reception in same venue, with no additional ceremony or set up/take down fee. Tables, chairs, linens, flatware, glasses included, and we are doing it on a Sunday which is way cheaper, and it’s BYOB. We’ll bring beer, wine, champagne only. Have to pay for their bartender only, but no corkage fee. They also don’t charge for the cake cutting and serving (we lucked out, especially in the Atlanta area).

Using an upscale BBQ joint for the caterer, and I’ve gotten him down to $18 a head for a buffet.

No programs, no favors. Haven’t decided yet on if I’m doing a seating chart. The guest list has been knocked down A LOT.

A friend is going to DJ for free.

A friend of a friend is a prof. photographer and is giving us a deal.

A friend is going to be the videographer for free.

Am searching for a secondhand or sample dress. Found a Watters sample that is in good shape for $125, but haven’t decided on it yet.

Doing my own hair and makeup. Buying the veil and flower for hair on Etsy. Wearing vintage jewelry I already own.

Having a friend get ordained and perform the ceremony.

The cake is coming from Publix instead of a custom bakery. Just doing a three tiered buttercream swiss dot, and will decorate it with flowers myself.

 Searching on ebay and craigslist for cake serving things, champagne glasses, etc.

Making a "wishing tree" ilo a guest book for friends to sign.


Post # 93
74 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Here’s how I’m doing it!

My centerpieces are braches (which I will go and find this summer in the mountains) with crystals and flowers hanging from them. There’s a website where a roll of the crystals is like 30 bucks! and as for flowers, I’m only putting a few roses, or tulips, it will be cheap

I won a nearly free wedding (covers food, location, linens, china, tables, chairs, and a few other things)

I’m making my invites for about $50! My RSVP cards are going to be postcards, which saves on stamps.

Silk flowers, I will have red hydrangeas! Maybe spending 200 on that

only 75 guests

i was gifted a wedding cake, apparently asking for handouts works

my brother in law’s mom does photography, she’s doing it for 250

I’m more than likely taking the risk of buying a wedding dress online! For 168

my best friend does hair, makeup, dress alterations, pretty much you can think of it, she can do it

My best friend is making the flower girls dresses

um, there’s other stuff, but i can’t think of it right now.


Post # 94
74 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

oh, i remembered some more.

we’re not buying toasting flutes, we’re grabbing our fav glasses from our own cupboards.

no need for an actual minister since we’re already married, and just now having the wedding

no need for marriage license, obviously, lol

cash bar, i don’t care how cheesy people think they are, i am supplying juice, tea, and water, if they want to drink alcohol, that’s not up to me to pay for. There is champagne included in our partially free wedding, so they have that option that they wouldn’t have to pay for.

 no shoes! It’s a garden wedding, so I’m making all my bridesmaids barefoot sandals, and I don’t care if the guys wear tennis shoes or go barefoot, lol.

the favor i have chosen is a cookie bar. pretty cheap and i’ve never been to a wedding that had one.

that’s all i can think of right now…. 

Post # 95
13 posts
  • Wedding: September 2009

I had a few big money-savers..


1. Having a vegetarian dinner. We are both vegetarians, so we would have done that anyway..but it ended up beig much cheaper.

2. Instead of having corsages for the Mother-In-Law, MOB, etc., I am having flower jewelry pins made by a local jewelery artist. It costs ABOUT the same as the corsages, but doubles as their gift.

3. a. Only doing flowers for myself, groom, wedding party and b.  tell my florist I wanted a "wildflower" look. She took this as a creative challenge, I think, but also said it would be some of the least expensive bouquets she’s ever made! 

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