PW Guide Article: 10 Ways to Cut your Budget

jeanish submitted an article for the Project Wedding Guide.

10 Ways to Cut your Budget

Weddings are expensive! If your budget is becoming a nightmare, there are a few ways to trim the costs without sacrificing your dreams or the comfort of your guests.

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Posted on August 18, 2009 at 3:31 am
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Great ideas everyone!

Posted on September 29, 2010 at 8:08 am
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geat ideas, I am going to use some of them, I am a low budget bride!

Posted on September 29, 2010 at 9:10 am
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I was able to save money on a dress by finding a designer who makes more than 100 styles of brides maid dresses in any color (including white).  I found a floor-length, empire waist, dress that I love and I'm having a train added.  The grand total for the dress and alterations - including having the train added - is approximately $300 (almost 1/2 of the cost for an nearly identical "wedding dress" without alterations). 


 

Posted on October 3, 2010 at 8:22 am
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I am still looking for a reception location that is affordable I am on a really tight budget and I am really into nature and the outdoors. Please help!

Posted on October 6, 2010 at 5:49 pm
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snugglebunny, what kind of catering, cake and decorating did you get for $1350. How many people did you serve? this is incredible!

Posted on October 6, 2010 at 6:00 pm
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If anyone is in the Northern VA, DC or MD area, check out Teatime Delacacies Inc.
Ruth (the owner and head caterer) met with us and within those few hours we knew we were going to choose her company. Because we choose her, we also get a free professionally designed cake. I am working with her now on our design for the three tiered cake.


She worked with us to hit our budget right on the head, literally! My budget for 50 people (including myself and FI) was $2000 and nothing higher than $2100. She came right at my mark and the menu is perfect. We don't want anything changed and tasted the main foods and loved them. My FI ate the entire plate of food and loved the cake samples we had.


Our Date, we got super lucky, is on a Friday which saved us a couple grand, compared to a Saturday. The date we wanted was taken, until the venue called us back when we got home and told us that the couple that was holding the date we wanted backed out. So we got the date and the venue + reception space all for a flat fee. I highly recommend a week day compared to a weekend, if one can help it. The cost is amazingly cheaper and you can get better rates for a week day as well.

Posted on November 9, 2010 at 8:53 am
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I found my dress on the Davids' $99 sale rack...but it did need alterations. My budget friendly solution was to take it to the local bridal shop and have their alterations lady do it for me. For $200 it was shortened several inches, let out an inch on each side and I had a 2 point put in.

Posted on November 11, 2010 at 11:01 pm
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My dress is a 500 dollar dress from david's bridal that I got off of Craigslist for 40 bucks! It's never been worn<3

Posted on December 3, 2010 at 1:31 pm
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Wonderful tips!

Posted on December 3, 2010 at 3:19 pm
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Go vintage! I bought an awesome vintage dress for $200 and it's much better quality than anything new I could buy for that price. The lace on it is gorgeous and it's one of a kind! If you're in Minnesota, go to Andrea's Vintage Bridal for the best prices on vintage dresses. Or vintageous.com is a good option. 

Posted on December 14, 2010 at 2:15 pm
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I found an Alfred Angelo style 1153 for $85 on craigslist! BRAND NEW WITH TAGS! Deals are out their ladies...you just have to find them!

Posted on January 7, 2011 at 4:29 am
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I got my dress from David's Bridal it was an discontinued dresses (they no longer make the style, never been wore),  for $99.00 Very Nice also since David's Bridal dry clean and steam your dress for free when you buy from them it was a steal!  The dress looks like I pay a good amount. Also I found jewelry for my dress at a consignment boutique that sparkles like diamonds.


 


 

Posted on February 15, 2011 at 2:55 am
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I also found a discontinued dress at David's Bridal for a steal - plus, through the end of February, they're taking $50 off any dress.

Posted on February 15, 2011 at 9:14 am
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i am on a very tight budget! luckly we have a ton of awesome family friends who are doing a ton to cut costs for us. Heres a few ideas we have used. We know someone who does elvis for a living hes really good so hes doing entertainment as our wedding gift for free. Somone else is giving the cost of food to us while someone else is baking all of it. as well as our centerpieces are cupcakes cheaper than flowers! shoes i got off ebay. and as for vails and ribbons and table cloths ect were renting or people are loaning from their weddings, ask around tons of people have stuff lefted over that you can use!!!

Posted on March 11, 2011 at 2:49 pm
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I agree with a lot of this, but not when it comes to your photography. The photography will be what's on your walls, on your coffee table. Besides the rings it's the only part of the wedding you'll see all the time. So while your cousin may take cute pictures of the family or pretty landscapes she most likely is not experienced in how to photograph weddings, how to deal with family members, not only in groupings, but how to deal with pushy ones too. She won't know about how to add light when needed, what lenses work best and a myraid of other details people who are not photographers don't think about.

Posted on March 26, 2011 at 5:34 am
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My dress was going to be what ever I wanted as far as cost but not over $2000. I have never spent a fourtune on dresses. Even my prom dress cost me only $20. I still was able to find one I absolutly love for $600 not to shabby. We were/are lucky to have family take the photos he is a professional photographer. We also had our invitations done for free by a friend. I have been shopping for a year looking for the best deals on everything. Silk flowers were my choice also spent maybe $150 on just flowers and someone else is putting them together free of charge. She has all the material. One less stress over real flowers looking good the day of the wedding. Maked my own card box which saved a lot. Coupons and sales are wonderful things.

Posted on April 4, 2011 at 1:57 pm
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I'm on a tight budget, so anything helps.  My next goal is to find a wedding veil I can borrow from a friend. 

Posted on May 31, 2011 at 7:26 am
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I'm on a tight budget, so anything helps.  My next goal is to find a wedding veil I can borrow from a friend. 

Posted on May 31, 2011 at 7:26 am
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Definitly look on ebay and the other wedding dress resale websites.  I got the exact dress I wanted for $100 on ebay. It was in perfect condition. Also, I made my veil...I wanted a birdcage veil, so I ordered some Russian netting ($4.50 for a yard) and found the perfect decorative flower at Claire's ($8).  It took me maybe 30 minutes to put the whole thing together and it is exactly what I was looking for and for less than $20.

Posted on June 28, 2011 at 2:59 pm
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We're DIY-ing lots of things.


I have made our invitations, envelope labels, drink bottle stickers, programs & thank you postcards by scanning some printed craft fabric from our bunting & using that as the background, our RSVP's are on-line thanks to our free wedding website.


I'm making bunting & napkins out of discount craft fabric. Also making my own wedding dress & fascinator($550) & my partners 3 kids outfits( $250), our witnesses are wearing their own outfits. I'm splurging on made to measure shoes $275 from Shoes of Prey.


My Father-in-law to be is painting some chalk boards, mdf cutouts & Ikea picture frames for signs & decorations. Our vases are old jam jars with ribbon & flowers from a wholesaler that we are preparing the day before. My bouquet will be a posy purchased from our local florist on the morning of the wedding for $40.


We're not having cars as we are getting ready at a cottage at the venue. Ipod music for the reception with a couple of my past school students singing at the ceremony.


BBQ dinner, ice cream for dessert & an Eiffel Tower gingerbreak 'cake' made by a friend for $90. Homemade lemonade for the kids.


You just need to plan ahead & start early, so you're not stressing out the week before.

Posted on October 4, 2011 at 2:38 pm
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