Post # 1
Some of us are blessed with knowing ppl in the wedding field…..
I went to High School with our DJ -hes a pro and just a great friend
My mother in law to be is our officiates neighbor
and My Maid/Matron of Honor makes Jewelry
My Fiance is a trained chef a long with a few other ppl in our family so if we did do a catered thing we would have been covered on that too haha
Post # 3
FBIL’s girlfriend is a graphic designer and she is doing all the paper. Other than that all of our “friendors” thought this would be a great opportunity for them to make lots of money off of us, so we said screw it and hired pros for less money! Even the paper is costing more than if we had ordered them but everything is so cute and custom I can’t complain.
Post # 4
I wish! Some of the prices we pay for wedding services are crazy! It would be great to get a “family discount” on a thing or two.
My mom and I have quite a bit of experience in rubber stamping and scrapbooking, so we DIY-ed our invitations. She also knows her way around a sewing machine, so my garter was DIY as well. Lastly, just because I’m crazy, I’m going to try to DIY my veil as well. Woo!
Post # 5
Ok I just had to say..
When I read your title I thought you were talking about how many people you’ve hooked up with at other people’s weddings haha.
Post # 6
Lol, I thought the same thing @babyboo! My fiance’s family is really close to a photog and he’s getting us a nice discount on our photos.
Post # 7
Mom is an art photographer, DJ works with the FH, FH’s Best friends wife works at OTC (40% discount), Officiant is a really good friend, our ceremony music is being done by a really talented long time friend and my boss at the restaurant is starting a catering company and has offered to do the food for cost and the other boss has told me any equipment in the restaurant that I need I can use free of charge. I am thinking we save 4-6 thousand by the use of friends and family. The only person I asked was my mother, and she would have been insulted had I not. Everyone else volunteered. Thank goodness.
Post # 8
My FBIL’s father is a jeweler, so we got my engagement ring and anything else we want at cost. Whoo hoo!
Um, not sure this counts, but I bake an insane amount (I cook at work, although it’s for a nursing home, so not “pro.”) and I’m baking our cake.
Beyond that, my Maid/Matron of Honor is going to beauty school, so she offered to do hair and makeup. I’m not sure if I’m taking her up on that, though, since I don’t want her to be stressed the day of!
Post # 9
Future Mother-In-Law used to work for a florist, so she’s doing all of our flowers. My grandmother works for a linen company so she’s getting us some freebies.
Post # 10
My fiance is a very talented architect and designer, so he has designed all of our paper products — Save-The-Date Cards, Invitations, Wedding Map, Program, etc.
Our family friend will be playing jazz piano during out cocktail hour. He also played the piano at my parents’ wedding 31 years ago 🙂 He is super talented.
Post # 11
My florist is a family friend so she’s definitely hooking us up there and our DJ is one of my parents friends from high school :] Score!!
Post # 12
FI’s parents are very good friends with a jeweler so he has been able to provide Fiance and with jewelery that he designed for really great prices!
FI’s Aunt works for a large printing company so she was able to provide us with our Save-The-Date Cards and invitations at cost (basically 50% off). She was also able to get us a great price on custom printed canvas tote bags which we will use for our Out of Town bags!
Also, FI’s childhood pastor is a good family friend so we knew exactly who to ask to officiate our outdoor ceremony 🙂 That was actually the first wedding decision that we made. His Mom suggested it and we really liked the idea!
Post # 13
Wishing we had more connections, but…
My uncle is our band and although we didn’t get a huge discount (travel, hotel rooms) it made the decision terribly easy and puts my mind at total ease!
I’ve designed all paper things as I’m in the design field. I fell in L-O-V-E with letterpress just like many brides and learned letterpress in order to press our invitations. I am so happy with how they turned out! ($600 for 110 invites!)
My mom is also a wonderful gardener and doing all the flower arrangements. We’re bringing the flowers from ours and friends’ gardens in NJ to Upstate NY (eeek!).
Post # 14
I have to say we are very lucky. My Future Mother-In-Law owns an alteration shop and will be doing my dress, as well as my two attendants for free. She is also custom making my veil. We have a family friend who will be officiating the wedding for us and my FBIL’s g/f is a hair dresser and will be doing my hair the day of. Otherwise, I work in advertising and am designing and putting together the invitations ourselves. =)
Post # 15
I thought the same thing as Babyboo when I read the title LOL
My mom is an artist, so she helped me to design my Save-The-Date Cards, and her friend set them up and printed them for a nominal fee. My mom is also hand-drawing our guestbook tree (the one where people put their finger-print and name as a leaf on a branch), it’s going to be so beautiful! My parents have like a zillion hydrangea trees in their yard, so we’re getting lots of free white hydrangeas for our centerpieces from them and my mom can order all of our envelopes and paper at wholesale prices.
Other than that, we got an awesome deal on our invitations by going through a small, local print shop (about $300 for 100 two-color letterpress invitations, completely designed specifically for us, and we also got to keep the letterpress plates, which is an awesome keepsake…yes, I’m a nerd!).
Other than that though, I don’t really have any “connections”.
Post # 16
My photographer is a guy I was seeing 8 years ago (nothing serious) before he became the 2nd best documented photographer in Montreal. He is giving us the biggest package possible a 12 000 $ package for 2000$. I could not believe it, and when my fiance saw his work, he as well could not believe the deal we are getting