Budget Savvy Brides: $5K and Under

Biggest Money Saver

What is the largest thing you are cutting completely out of the budget?


What is the one thing you just could NOT cut?


 

Posted on July 6, 2011 at 4:13 am
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Alcohol my fi and I don't drink.  I know I will be saving a pretty penny not serving it.  I am also not having a dj.  So thats 2 things I cut out completely.  We are pretty much having a fancy dinner party for our wedding.


 


Flowers I could never ever cut flowers out! My mom is a florist and I want flowers dripping from everything!  

Posted on July 7, 2011 at 8:22 pm
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Also am skipping on alcohol.


And I would never ever skimp on photography!

Posted on July 8, 2011 at 9:37 am
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no alcohol and real flowers! Pier one has flowers that look just as good and you get to keep your bouquet forever! I bought all the flowers for the men, mothers, bridesmaids bouquets, and mine for around $160 there. And let me tell you, mine is HUGE! You need two hands to hold it up! It's going to look alot like this one ;)


no alcohol and real photo 3048987-1

Posted on July 17, 2011 at 3:20 pm
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I'm managing to skimp on reception venue 295$ for the whole day! - Will not skimp on photography...those are the only things that stay around forever- I want to make sure lighting is good and everyones heads are accounted for!! 

Posted on July 19, 2011 at 10:34 am
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I am doing my own flowers and decorations and iPod reception with a stand in DJ to man the playlists. 


I would never skimp on the food and drinks! That's just me & my fiance, we are big foodies :]

Posted on July 22, 2011 at 1:53 am
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I found both my dresses for less than $500.  I would never skimp on food or drinks as I love to eat!!!

Posted on July 23, 2011 at 6:55 am
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I can live without the flowers, fancy transportations and others things.... the things that I am not willing to cut are photography and food...


 

Posted on July 23, 2011 at 11:59 am
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I cut our guest list from 100 to 40. Hubby made a good point Why r we inviting people just to show off and not truly support us. But i have a huge family etc but we figured the closest of the close and r doing a dw wedding in florida

Posted on July 29, 2011 at 4:54 am
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Alcohol, buying wholesale flowers instead of going to a florist, dad is a sous chef at a restaurant and the owner is catering our wedding for free. Moving the location to my home town where its cheaper.

I couldn't give up photography!
Posted on July 31, 2011 at 5:03 am
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I'm cutting favors out completely though I don't think it saves that much.  I just would rather spend the money on good food, rather than junk they'll probably throw away.  I just couldn't cut out a convenient venue- includes food, ceremony, reception, set up, tables, linens for around 3k because I'm trying to get through grad school and not be completely overwhelmed by the wedding.... not really working tho lol

Posted on November 7, 2011 at 6:19 pm
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I bought my flowers through Sams Club. We spent less than $500, I had them delivered on Wednesday for a Saturday wedding. I most definitely recommend them!! I was more than pleased with the quality!!!! I DIYed them on Friday with my girls.. here are some PRO PICS: ( We had a mismatched vintagey wedding)


MY BOUQUET


I bought my flowers photo 3209023-1


I bought my flowers photo 3209023-2


I bought my flowers photo 3209023-3


 


**The thing I didn't skimp on was photography. That is what you have for the rest of your life!! I had my photographer use a 2nd shooter, & I'm really happy I did!! OUr pictures came out gorgeous!! We only had her for 6 hours, which was plenty of time because we had a dry reception. 

Posted on November 8, 2011 at 4:53 am
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super cute!!!

Posted on November 10, 2011 at 4:34 pm
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The thing I'm cutting is a band/dj.  We're going to use cd's or an ipod.


 


Alcohol: I've got that covered. I work for a winery and I get a discount


Photography: I've got a friend who's looking to change careers and will be doing it for free


Flowers: I went minimal on the fresh flowers - bouquets, boutonnieres and a corsage, plus a couple for the cake


Favors: Our centerpieces double as favors


Invitations: I'm making/printing them myself

Posted on December 2, 2011 at 8:36 am
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I'm skippng the tradtional wedding dress.  I did that the first time around & seeing as we want to have a surprise wedding I'm going to opt for a pretty coctail dress or 1920's inspried flappers dress instead.  Having the cermony & reception at my house will save money.  Having it on Dec 24th & FI & I both love Christmas the place will aready be decorated though I do plan on adding a few special touches.  No DJ or transportation cost for us.  We will not skimp on Photographer, Food or beverages. 

Posted on December 30, 2011 at 10:37 am
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I cut the DJ and had an iPod reception.  My bro in law manned the playlists for me.


I skimped on photography, but I SERIOUSLY regret it!!!   My photog found me on Craigslist when I posted looking for wedding decor. She understood I was on a tight budget and offered to do my wedding, all pics on cd for $350.  She was a 'professional' and I saw some of her work.  She did a good job.  Sounded too good to be true, but I wasn't going to have a photographer because all the quotes I got were well over $1300, so...I went with it.  Now, she did get some nice shots, but she lied to me on more than one occasion, she was hard to get hold of, and when she FINALLY sent my pics, she had stopped editing halfway through the cd.  I was so pissed.  If you have the money, hire a real photographer!!!

Posted on December 30, 2011 at 6:43 pm
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flowers and wine.

Posted on March 15, 2012 at 9:39 am

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