- 8 years ago
- Wedding: August 2010
Alright ladies, it seems that I am going to tempt Murphy’s Law and get excited that we are on time and one budget!!! Our goal was to do our wedding for $10,000. Well it seems that even with my impluse buying we have come in at $9,027.22!!! A lot of things really helped us attain this goal so here are some tips:
* Ask for discounts. Everytime I contacted a prospective vendor I asked if they had any discounts or if there was any way to go down on the price. More often then not people would work with us on our price (small perk of a recession I guess:)
* I looked at all inclusive places that would help me cut costs and provided package deals. I found the place we are using and chose them because they take care of equipment and set up for our ceremony and just about everything for the reception.
* Used doesn’t mean bad. I went through the classifieds, here and other sites, and found girls selling favors because they bought too many (and often for cheaper then what I could get them at retail). I also bought my dress used from a girl who got dress envy and bought a new dress. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure… or in this case bride:)
* I DIY’d a lot of little things because I didn’t think the retail price was really worth it for the product. This included invitations, I mean really the markup on those, and my ceremony decorations.
* I saved cost on flowers by having our ceremony outdoors, and really isn’t nature its own supplier of beauty:) I also didn’t have to get flowers for our reception because the place is already decorated so nicely.
* If one of my vendors recommended another vendor to us we checked them out and more often then not would get better deals because we had mentioned that “so and so” had told us about them. Word of mouth is very helpful.
Anyway, I hope these tips can help any brides who are just starting out on their wedding planning. Good luck!!!!!