Flowers...going to the farmers market the day before and spending about $10 on each bouquet. if you ask how I have been saving money throughout this wedding its a "hasnt been happening". I am glad I had saved over the years because I would have had to take out a loan or waited.
A ton of diy for decor....luckily i have a lot of craft supplies already on hand and a lot of my friends have a lot of useful craft supplies they are donating to help out as well. also getting rid of unnecessary things (imo) like garter belt, seat covers, no bridal shower, no new jewelry for my wedding attire, buffet style reception, ditched the wedding planner, and having people we know do the cake, dj'ing and photography.
The biggest thing you can do is prioritize all the "extras"
IMO buy your dream dress (within a reasonable budget), and get an amazing venue/caterer..... anything after that is considered extra.
Once you prioritize you can demote a portion of your overalll budget.
We skipped out on a limo, my grandma made a lot of the "extras" such as garter, a shawl, my viel, I bought a braclet that I made into a sash... etc.
I bought wholesale flowers and am making my own bouquets, we did donuts instead of cake.
We splurged and got a double entree and a fully stocked open bar for the whole night... spend th money on what is more important to you and the rest will fall into place. Don't try to be extravengant in every area, even with DIY it's not possible on a budget. Don't stress either, everything will come togethr and be gorgeous.
I am DIY'ing everything if that option is cheaper.
I'm also super crafty, and owned most of the craft supplies I needed, which made it affordable, and if I didn't own it, I probably wanted it for other crafts so it validated the purchase. All of my decor is going to be less than $200.
Yea I am already planning on doing alot of DIY, like invitations and std, any other things I can print my self/ create with illustrator. My budget from what my parents have given us is only $10,000 so I am trying to stay as close to that as possible. I know I am going to be over though, I have found that there are some things I have been very particular about and can manage to stay with in what I gave myself.
we really don't have a big guest list either, only 95 people on it including plus ones which my mom won't let me get rid of. And we bring in our own alcohol so I may have over budgeted for that but I want to make sure I have enough money left to buy it.
DIY bouquets and centerpieces is how I saved a lot of money and you just have to think about whats most important to you. For a moment thought having chargers and real china on the tables were really important to me but then I thought about past weddings I went to and I couldn't remember what they had on their tables if you paid me. People remember how good the food was and the experiences they had. Don't overspend on things just to make people gasp for the moment because they will never fully appreciate the effort and money that went into it and it will end up have been a waste on your part.
Bargain hunting for craft supplies- Ribbon on ebay is about$1-3 for 25 yards! same deal on the lace. Using coupons and waiting for sales at Hobby Lobby and Michael's and JoAnn's.
I got votive candle holders, AND the candles online 72 for $38 including shipping (got 3 sets!)
We have shopped around for everything really, I did most of my research online for venues, found a reception venue that is all inclusive and very nice for price. Same thing for photographer and videographer. I knew what I was comfortable with spending, and a photographer that starts at 2k is not it! I got one with a huge package option including parent albums, and our album and lots of other stuff for $2300 or so.
I got my dress a local bridal shop for less than MSRP. Candy buffet jars off craigslist.
Saving money by doing the wedding at our home, I did the flowers and simple decorations. I also did a lot of shopping around for vendors who worked well below our budget yet were good. I did a lot of negotiating especially with my photographer/ DJ.
We went with the cheapest videographer, photographer, baker and florist (with the best reviews) that we could find! Other than that, we aren't saving at all! I hate to say it but everything is really adding up and we are seeing no light at the end of the tunnel--well I am freaking out about money but FI is real calm and is confident that we will be fine! I hope he is right
I have friends/family doing cake, photography, and my bouquet. I'm doing my own centerpieces - with square mirrors, glass vases (from ikea - so under $5 per centerpiece); buying BM bouquets from Costco/BJ's before the wedding, Making our own card box, cake topper, photo booth prop table, etc.
(My budget was the venue/caterer/dress - Everything else is less then $2000)
Just trying to save here and there. Our venue is free. However, I did splurge on photographer and a DOC. We are doing cheaper catering (bbq), minimal on the decorations, may forego the cake and just do cobbler, buying bulk flowers and making my own bouquets with my bridesmaids, having a smaller wedding party... doing music ourselves (renting sound equipment was a LOT more affordable than I thought), Hmmm... and just kind of bargain hunting. Trying to find the most affordable rentals and stuff.
It's a lot of work. Somedays I wish I had money to burn, I would just hire a wedding planner, tell her what I want and write the checks! Haha.
Amateur photographer, no videographer, ceremony is in a garden so no decor needed, DIY centerpieces, ceremony and reception at same location so no transportation needed, skipping professional make-up since I only want minimal anyways, using my mom's veil, splitting chair rental with another bride in earlier time slot, borrowing jewelry, vistaprint for stationery, disposable plates, etc.