PW Guide Article: 5 Ways to Have A Fairytale Wedding On A Limitied Budget

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Posted on December 26, 2008 at 9:43 am
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spongebob
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We chose the wedding day on Thursday evening not to overlap with other parties.  We didn't get any discount for that. It all depends what kind of package you chose. $100 dinner isn't going to be $90 because it's on the weekday.


but, people think that we pay less because it's a weekday.


So far we didn't get any discount for anything.

Posted on December 28, 2008 at 5:21 pm
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Look to your friends and family for talent.


We saved a lot of money and got a few things for free by having some of our friends and family give their services as wedding gifts. One of my brothers baked our wedding cake. My other brother was the videographer. A friend was our DJ. A family friend was our officiant. I'm a graphic designer and am designing the invitations and paper products for my brother's wedding. His FI has asked her college music class band to be the band and ceremony musicians at their wedding.


Sometimes you have to be cautious though. Make sure this is a friend or family member that you wholeheartedly trust will follow through with their plans to help you out.


 


 

Posted on December 28, 2008 at 5:40 pm
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It is totally true what they say about being honest with vendors... especially right now because they all seem to know that money is tight for everyone. I eliminated things from my photography that we didn't need and saved $850, I was honest with our vendor and he saved us $5000... so I have decided it doesn't hurt to ask!

Posted on February 17, 2009 at 5:18 am
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our wedding is a thursday, and it was a little over half the price of a saturday.. we paid $2950 for thurs, and sat in May are $4400.  We also have a lot more leaniancy as far as rehearsal times go, etc.. since it's in the middle of the week.


We didnt' negociate with any vendors except our photog (no album, she added a dvd for free).. and the jeweler making my ring.


Our DOC is a friend from church.. so that was free


We're hardly having any flowers, b/c our venue is so pretty natrually..


And... my dress is DB for $550... and it's my dream dress :)

Posted on February 17, 2009 at 5:22 am
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I choose to have a Sunday evening wedding instead of your typical Saturday because of the cost. Just to rent the venue we saved $2000.00.

Posted on June 13, 2009 at 7:34 pm
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I saved the most money by buying things second hand off of this site and using some of the PW ladies who have gone into business!  Marinag saved me about $1600 on my manzanita alone!


This is why I've been so willing to pass things along that I've purchased that I may not be using...I've gotten such great ideas, prices and things just given to me!

Posted on June 13, 2009 at 7:39 pm
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Never would of thought to switch to a Friday or Sunday. Ill keep that in mind!

Posted on September 1, 2009 at 1:21 pm
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I would question the advice to hire a wedding coordinator when you have a limited budget.  From everything I've heard around here, wedding coordinators tend to have relationships with the kind of vendors you use if you have a larger budget.  For example, it is of no use to have a wedding coordinator who has special relationships with limousine companies if you can't afford a limousine anyway.


A wedding coordinator may help to save your sanity, but if you are on a limited budget, you may be better off with a lot of DIY and use of nontraditional vendors, and skipping the coordinator.

Posted on January 26, 2010 at 6:31 pm
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I completely agree with the wedding coordinator part........ there are many paths you can take with a coordinator for example I happen to have a few friends who throw and plan large events and have natural talent all of which have offered to coordinate my wedding as a gift/ for next to nothing.... I even recently became friends with a lady at work who I have become close with who does a different wedding just about every weekend and has already been extremely helpful in narrowing down a venue on my extremely low budget and negotiated a huge discount for me and has introduced me to a dj vendor she works with that has offered to do my wedding for next to nothing because of there and now out friendship.... oh and as a plus she also does professional wedding cakes and i have seen 3 of her cakes first hand so far and they are amazing .... needless to say friends, craigslist and friends of friends goes along way 

Posted on August 4, 2010 at 9:46 am
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love this article!

Posted on January 12, 2011 at 11:35 am
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In regards to wedding coordinators, not ALL wedding coordinators require their clients to utilize the network of vendors that they've established relationships and discounts with. As the customer, YOU are ultimately in control of who you contract with. Wedding coordinators are simply that: we advise you up until the day of and then coordinate the plans that you and your spouse have already made. Wedding coordinators are GREAT assets and can save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars if contracted early on in the planning process. If you wait til the last minute, however, you're really doing yourself a disservice. Most coordinators offer unlimited communication from the date of signing and are available any time for questions about design, decor, vendor referrals, tips on maximizing your budget so your money goes further, etc. A day-of Wedding Coordinator is a DIY bride's BEST FRIEND!!

Posted on May 8, 2011 at 4:04 pm
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great article!!

Posted on May 14, 2013 at 6:46 am
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Good to know-Some very useful tips here.

Posted on May 14, 2013 at 6:54 am
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Hiring a wedding coordinator is one of my must haves. She will keep me on track and help me put my vision to reality. I will give her exactly what I want, where i want things and she will make sure it's in place. She will also be my contact for vendors the day of.

Posted on May 14, 2013 at 7:06 am

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