So, I've been trying to come up with some ways to cut corners, save a buck or two (or two thousand) with budget saving ideas. It's tougher than I thought, especially when I'm not willing to budge on the guest list. We chose May to get married so we're in the beginning of wedding season, therefore we won't save there because it's peak time. And we decided to marry on a Saturday, because we'll be having many out of town guests come in and that's the easiest way to do it, so no savings for booking a Friday or Sunday.
With the plethora of craft stores out there, there's really no reason why I shouldn't be able to get it done for cheaper than getting them professionally done. And they'll be more personalized, which I like. 🙂
Serve light appetizers instead of a sit-down meal
or forgo the fancy filet mignon for some tasty southern BBQ or hot wings- E loves him some hot wings. MMM… delicious. No matter what anyone says, I feel like I definitely want to serve heavy enough food to fill up my guests. It might not be fancy but hopefully it will be delicious.
Have a family friend make our cake as a gift to us
Tammy, our neighbor in the house we lived in from my middle school to high school years made all of my birthday cakes during that time period. She makes amazingly delicious and beautiful cakes, which I dubbed Tammycake many years ago and the name has stuck within my family. She has graciously agreed to do our wedding cake and I could not be MORE excited! I actually just recently read this post
on Ashley's Bride Guide
brides!) about rental cakes! You rent a pretty, decorative cake that looks good, but then buy plain, delicious sheet cakes from your local Publix. Very cost-friendly!
Use an iPod instead of a band or DJ.
E's not such a fan of this idea- he really wants to use this DJ that his sister used at her wedding. Get this, his business name is “DJ DUDE.” Really. How am I supposed to take this guy seriously? He also is a dead ringer for Willie Nelson.
No unnecessary flowers as decoration.
Just bouquets for me and bridesmaids, bouts for the groom, groomsman, grandfathers, and fathers and corsages for the mothers and grandmothers.
Less attendants = less cost.
I have 2 sisters, and 3 best friends from High school. I have a few girlfriends from college that I would like to include, but I feel obligated to include them all if I wanted to include one. So I think I will go with the 2 sisters and the 3 HS friends…
Creating our own centerpieces, decorations, and other miscellaneous crap.Again- there are so many craft stores out there, there is bound to be something out there that I could create that”s unique and stylish.
Not paying exorbitant rates to rent glass jars for our candy buffet.
We will just buy them at Goodwill, thrift stores, places like (OTP) Old Time Pottery or Carolina Pottery. I have already found a TON at Carolina Pottery- each under $10. And they can definitely be used again for one reason or another. Once I figure out how many I need, I”m going to start picking them up. I”ll definitely be posting on this later!
Borrowing some tables instead of renting extra.
We're not getting married in my home church. This is a subject that my mom and I have argued over many times already. But I think we will definitely be able to borrow some tables to set up for a buffet, guest book, gift table, etc.
They are a waste of money, and any item with E & I's name and wedding date is just going to get tossed by most people in attendance. In my case I think the candy
buffet is probably going to double as the favor. At least people can enjoy that, ya know?
Browse sites like Retail Me Not for coupon codes.
people upload coupon codes for discounts to thousands of online merchants. You can search by store, website, and- in some cases- by item! E and I always use this site when we order pizza. Lots of codes for free shipping at different stores which is AWESOME. Check it out- it”s become one of my first stops before I make a purchase online!
Doing my own makeup.
*GASP!* Do my own makeup?! NO WAY!? I”m not a makeup artist or anything, but there's alot of great ways to figure out what looks good on you. I personally LOVE to go to Sephora
. The girls who work at the Sephora
in my area are SO helpful. They will do your makeup for you, show you how to do it yourself, tell you what looks good on you- it's great! My friend K who got married a few weeks ago, just went to the Clinique counter in the local mall on her wedding day and promised to buy something if they did her makeup and it turned out AMAZING. She looked beautiful! And all she had to do was buy some lipgloss that she will definitely get some good use out of. There”s no need to pay someone to do your makeup when you can do something like this or just learn how to do it yourself.
Splurge only on the things that are MOST important.
As far as photography, which is my #1 priority price-wise- I've been thinking that it might be worth it to spend the extra money for an awesome photographer, but only pay for him/her to shoot and then buy the digital negatives from them. We could forgo the prints, albums, canvas-sized portraits, slideshows, etc- and just get the disk of all the original images. Then down the road when we save some more money we could get stuff printed, order albums for us and our parents, etc. Plus I want to design my own album anyway and this would give me the freedom to do so!
So that's what I've got so far. Anyone have any other tips or tricks to share?