Ways I’ve Saved Money:
1. Booked my venue for a Wednesday afternoon. Got it half off. Comes with tables, chairs, linens, etc. Chose a venue that fit my theme, so it needs minimal decor.
2. Booked photographer through a special promotion. After that and the weekday discount, that’s half off too.
3. Small guest list! We’ll have about 40ish.
4. No open bar- just wine.
5. Self catering and no full meal. Just munchies and cake!
6. Aunt is doing ceremony music for free. Reception music via iPod. (Venue comes with a sound set-up for iPod music.)
7. DIY invitations, centerpieces, aisle decor, and all other decor.
8. Cake from the grocery store bakery. 1/3 the price of specialty wedding cake shops and their cakes look and taste just as nice.
9. 20% off on officiant for paying in full at the time of booking.
10. 10% off gown for paying in full at time of order. Will also get an additional 10% back on the GST at customs at the airport, which will essentially knock off the cost of the alterations.
11. Bridal veil from Etsy for $60. Cheapest veil in any boutique I saw was $200 for basic 1-tier tulle. Mine has Swarovski crystals and edging on it. Much nicer!
12. Saving $300 on groom’s suit by ordering it in America and having it altered there just before the wedding.
13. No bridal party!
14. Silk flowers- Bridal bouquet and groom’s bout for $130 on Etsy made from silk flowers. All floral decor is also silk. Saves time AND money!
15. DIY photo booth. Using my dad’s iPad and the Wedding Booth app. Buying props second hand. DIY Cost: $10. Renting photo station from photographer: $600.
Ways I’ve Wasted Money:
1. I wasn’t clear on how far in advance we will have to apply for a marriage license and ending up wasting $300 on change fees to our plane tickets because I didn’t take into account the waiting period on the marriage license.
2. I didn’t discuss with the bridal boutique before ordering my dress the kind of alterations that would need to be done. I’ll be paying $200 more in alterations than I expected.
3. I added pearl embellishments to my invitations that made them just slightly too thick to be mailed at the letter rate. They had to be mailed at the parcel rate at $1.90 a piece. That was about twice what I had budgeted for. Good thing my guest list is small.
4. I told my mom and sister (who are in charge of making the DIY decorations) to buy whatever they needed to do their projects and that I would reimburse them for it and just save the receipts. I didn’t realise they both have an addiction to Hobby Lobby and they bought a ton of stuff that they thought was cute, but then couldn’t think of any real use for. Thankfully, they were able to return a lot of it, but I nearly got stuck with a tab for almost $600 because they are impulse shoppers. Now I’m making them send me pictures of anything they want to buy before they buy it.
5. I’ve been very indecisive about shoes and I’ve wasted money on shipping charges by ordering different shoes online and then returning them.