When we booked with Evin Photography, we chose a $2500 package that we customized- it basically included the wedding coverage, an engagement session, and the disc of images. But when I got laid off in December, we had no idea how we were going to pay for our wedding, and the photography was eating up a huge chunk of our budget. It just so happened that when I told Evin about my employment situation, that she was looking for someone who did the kind of work that I do. So we worked out a trade. I worked off my balance to her by doing design work and editing photos. Basically all we paid was our deposit- which was $500. The fact that we were able to work out this arrangement is the only reason we were able to have the wedding. PERIOD. If it weren't for this it wouldn't have happened for another year… or we would have had a lot of credit card debt. So thank you Evin Krehbiel! Of course the fab Evin had already been booked for our date so she contracted Chris and Adrienne to shoot our actual wedding but they did a phenomenal job and we couldn’t be happier with the results.
We bought all the alcohol to serve at our reception, instead of hiring a bartending service to come in and do it. If you can find a venue that will let you provide your own alcohol you will save a BUNDLE. I would say this is a MUST if you want to save some cash. We saved by purchasing wine from Trader Joe's for super cheap, and one of E's groomsmen was in the army so he got our beer for us at the PX for a discount and no tax. We hired a bartender who came recommended from a friend to serve the alcohol, as that was a requirement in our venue's contract.
$280 on wine- Trader Joe's 2 Buck Chuck
$130 on beer
I also spent $19.49 on 20 pages of ink-jet printable Waterproof labels from OnlineLabels.com to put on the wine bottles. I had no idea that they existed, but this was a MUCH cheaper option than getting them printed somewhere else. Trust me! I designed the labels to match our other printed materials and printed them on my HP C6380 and the labels held up great- even in a bucket of icewater!! E and his dad peeled all the labels off the 2 Buck Chuck, and my mom and her friends affixed the new labels to the bottles. It worked out great!