(Closed) whats your best money saving tip?

posted 10 years ago in Beehive
Post # 3
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88 posts
Worker bee

What saved me the most money was having our wedding on a weekday. While this may not work for some, we ended up getting some amazing deals from vendors. We figured that anyone we really want at our wedding would be there no matter the day of the week.

Other things we did to save money:

  • Used a City of Seattle park site for the ceremony and reception.
  • Used a upscale grocery store as the florist.
  • Had an hors d’oeuvres only buffet.
  • Beer and wine only.
  • Cupcakes instead of cake.
  • IpOD for background music.
  • Bought a sample wedding dress.

 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

I have two, that were life savers for us!

First: Prioritize.  Once you know what’s really important to you, you can fairly easily focus your spending.  If it didn’t make the "Most Important" list at the start, it’s expendable.

Second: Focus.  Just because it’s pictured in Martha, or advertised on the sidebar of Weddingbee, or discussed endlessly in the boards, doesn’t mean that you need it!  Particularly if you didn’t even know what it was until now.  A couple of weeks on the internet may convince you that you must have chivari chairs, but if you can honestly say that you haven’t noticed the chairs at any wedding you’ve been to in the past couple of years, it’s a good bet that none of your guests will notice them at yours.  It’s easy to get distracted by all the things that you could have, just because the industry is trying so hard to convince you that you need them.  A quick trip back to Tip #1 will remind you what you really wanted when you started planning.

Post # 5
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135 posts
Blushing bee

Money saving tips are best used towards the most expensive items in your budget. Typically this is the reception so you might consider a daytime wedding or a weekday celebration. Also, food and drink is pricy so skip the open bar and don’t serve a full meal. Combine these with some DIY-ing and you’ll be well on your way to a budget-friendly wedding 🙂

Post # 6
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2434 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

Stuff I did that saved me the most money;

Non-floral centerpieces (we did a hurricane lamp with a candle and fake-berry candle ring)

DIY flowers (I did bridal bouquet, 4 Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets, and 6 bouts + vases of flowers to decorate the altar at the church for less than $150 including delivery to my rural destination.  It just took a couple of practice runs and I was able to do some in advance and the rest the morning of the wedding while my hair was drying).

Non-traditional bakery (instead of going to a bakery, I got my cake from the bakery of a local grocery store.  They made a variety of cupcakes for us to taste, for free, and I sent them picture of what I wanted it to look like.  We got a 3 tier cake for 100 people for $2/slice!)

 

Post # 7
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1718 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2008 - Winery in the Gold Country

I would say the more picturesque your venue, the more you can skip/skimp on decor.  If you start out with a blank canvas, say, a ballroom, you’ll have to fill the space with flowers, candles, nice linens, etc.  If you get married in an already interesting space, say an atrium, or garden, or park, the surroundings will already be picturesque allowing you to cut significant decor costs, which all add up quickly! GL!

Post # 8
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752 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I’ve found that we’ll be saving a TON by using a reception site that lets you bring your own alcohol. One of the cheaper reception sites I found that required you to use their bar (anywhere with a liquor license cannot legally let you BYO, at least in GA) charged $24 for the first hour of beer & wine only, and $18 for each hour after that. That cost didn’t include bartenders or taxes. I know that no one at our wedding will be drinking $60 worth of alcohol in 3 hours!!

 I’ve also found inspiration for our wedding invitations that my fiancee and I love, and we’re making them ourselves for pennies per invite, as opposed to the $4.00 each that the inspiration invites would have cost. Plus, we get to spend quality time together doing something we enjoy. 

Overall, I’d say it’s important to look at both what your priorities are and where your talents lie. There are so many opportunities to trim the fat at a wedding, so to speak. Many of the things that the wedding industry tells you that you HAVE to have wouldn’t be noticed by most of your guests if they weren’t there. Pick what’s important to you and your fiancee, and put your money and energy towards those things. 

Good luck!

Post # 10
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596 posts
Busy bee

– don’t spend a ton of money on the dress.  there are beautiful dresses for every price range!

– it never hurts to ask.  a lot of venues and vendors are willing to negotiate or adjust their packages to fit your price range.  just be as honest, respectful, and sincere as possible.

– don’t opt for a saturday dinner reception.  having it at lunch and/or another day of the week can save a lot of money.

– don’t spend a ton on invitations.  costco.com has a lot of pretty and affordable options that are easily customizable.  skip the inner envelope.  do online rsvp on a site like mywedding.com and save on stamps and envelopes.  also, don’t bother with inserts and directions and maps – no one ever looks at those.  people can get directions and maps online, through their phone, and/or gps.  save a few trees in the process by cutting down on all this paper!

good luck and have fun!

Post # 11
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184 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Getting a wedding planner!!!!!! she’s the best

Post # 12
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24 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2018

Ways I saved money:

1. picked an amazing venue – Cabo San Lucas on the beach at an incredible house that we rented for a week and stayed at with 8 friends (who shared the cost of the house).

2. didn’t do flowers.  I did feathers instead and it saved me hundreds of dollars.

3. brought in my own wine and champagne.  The caterers provided margaritas and beer.  This saved me hundreds as well.

4. had a simple meal.  We only served beef/chicken/fish tacos with beans and rice, chips and salsa, etc.  It fit the theme of "Mexican Wedding" and wasn’t insanely expensive.

5. didn’t buy things I didn’t need.  I would stand in Michael’s and want to buy the pretty crystal doohickey that goes on the handle of the bouquet.  I WANTED it!  But I decided another $10 wasn’t worth spending really.  I made those close calls right and left.  I had intended to buy a $$ veil/headpiece from etsy before the wedding and then ran out of time!  I ended up spending $15 on a crystal headband and silk flower from Claire’s!  I didn’t buy extra wedding jewelry (only $17 earrings form Macy’s) and I didn’t go nuts on wedding lingerie (only a $22 nightie from Nordstrom Rack).  I also did my own hair and make up which was totally easy because I have long straight hair and basically just added fake eyelashes (that I already had) and some makeup my sister bought me for my birthday.

Despite all my savings and scrimpings, my wedding was seriously luxurious.  I did have a $1,000 Maggie Sottero dress and my claire’s accessories were gorgeous and over the top.  (Fake eyelashes make a HUGE difference!)  The whole thing felt $$$ and yet it was less than $7,000.

Good luck! 

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