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Posted on May 11, 2009 at 5:08 am
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This is so exciting. I cannot wait to share my budget savy story!

Posted on May 20, 2009 at 5:44 am
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I am having a huge wedding (300) and my budget is $10 000! All it takes is a little ingenuity and some work!


- My biggest money saver -- I got a job at the hotel where we are having our reception as a part-time bartender. I work a shift here and there (make awesome tips!) and gat a 10% staff discount for my wedding! Also, it is an international chain and I get room discounts for our honeymoon! The best part is, I know all the staff and what to expect during the big day since I have worked so many weddings there now.


- The hotel will order me linen in my colours, and I will just reimburse them the rate they get. This is a good saving tip because it cuts out the middleman, if you order from a rental place.


- Work with the chef to come up with a meal based on YOUR budget, not the one given. Chef's like to create menus and are willing to help you have a special meal (It makes them look good too!)


- I decided that I want really tall centerpieces so mom and I went out and cut a bunch of willow from a neighbour's farmland. My bridesmaids and I are glueing on tiny yellow silk flowers (that I bought on sale) so that the branches look like tall orchids.


- I bought my flowergirl and ringbearer outfits second hand from an online site, and plan to sell them again after they are used.


- We have enrolled friends with a special talent to help us out. Friends are doing photography, music, lighting and dj-ing!


- Luckily my groom is a graphic artist and we designed our own invites. Also, luckily, my aunt works for a print company and is doing the printing for us! Ask around to friends with a design talent to help design your invites!


- My groom wants to wear a kilt but they are crazy expensive. We found another family friend with some seamstress skills to make one for about a quarter of the price.


- Using lots of candles! Go to the dollar store. I got some great, simple candleholders for a dollar a piece. I also got some metal chutney cups (5 for a dollar) that perfectly fit a tealight. They look gorgeous grouped around the centerpieces.


- Making my own bouquet! Go to Costco and get flowers! Just have a picture in mind or buy all the flowers in your colour and make your own.


- Try on veil's at the store and then shop online for a cheaper one!


- Have the rehearsal supper and the gift opening at a private home. Ask some people to bring a salad or dessert. Super cheap and informal. People will feel way more relaxed.


These are some of the ways I am staying a “budget savvy” bride!


 

Posted on May 27, 2009 at 4:58 am
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I think the most important thing is to decide which items are most important to both of you, whether it is food, entertainment, or decorations.  However, you also have to realize that once you start planning, these priorities may change....AND THAT'S OK.  :)  Life is all about how you deal with changes!


I think the most photo 558885-1


Creativity will impress your guests so much more than the amount of money you spend!  Small, inexpensive details WILL be noticed....especially if they are something out of the ordinary....PROJECT WEDDING is a great site for helping those creative juices flow!


I think the most photo 558885-2


One thing that I've realized is that you can spend as many HOURS online "wedding planning" for FREE!  And it is very satisfying....Plan your little heart out!  ;)  The best piece of advice I've heard from people is to enjoy every minute, and believe me....I am!!!  You are just "doing your research"....right?


I think the most photo 558885-3

Posted on May 27, 2009 at 2:20 pm
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05/27/2009 at 06:20 pm


Budget Savvy Bride: Alison's Story    (Whoops!  Forgot the article title the first time!)


I think the most important thing is to decide which items are most important to both of you, whether it is food, entertainment, or decorations.  However, you also have to realize that once you start planning, these priorities may change....AND THAT'S OK.  :)  Life is all about how you deal with changes!


05 27 2009 at photo 558925-1


Creativity will impress your guests so much more than the amount of money you spend!  Small, inexpensive details WILL be noticed....especially if they are something out of the ordinary....PROJECT WEDDING is a great site for helping those creative juices flow!


05 27 2009 at photo 558925-2


One thing that I've realized is that you can spend as many HOURS online "wedding planning" for FREE!  And it is very satisfying....Plan your little heart out!  ;)  The best piece of advice I've heard from people is to enjoy every minute, and believe me....I am!!!  You are just "doing your research"....right?


05 27 2009 at photo 558925-3




 

Posted on May 27, 2009 at 2:29 pm
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Budget Savvy Bride: Julie's Story    (Whoops!  Ok...last time this is on here.....My name is Julie!)


I think the most important thing is to decide which items are most important to both of you, whether it is food, entertainment, or decorations.  However, you also have to realize that once you start planning, these priorities may change....AND THAT'S OK.  :)  Life is all about how you deal with changes!


Budget Savvy Bride Julie photo 558932-1


Creativity will impress your guests so much more than the amount of money you spend!  Small, inexpensive details WILL be noticed....especially if they are something out of the ordinary....PROJECT WEDDING is a great site for helping those creative juices flow!


Budget Savvy Bride Julie photo 558932-2


One thing that I've realized is that you can spend as many HOURS online "wedding planning" for FREE!  And it is very satisfying....Plan your little heart out!  ;)  The best piece of advice I've heard from people is to enjoy every minute, and believe me....I am!!!  You are just "doing your research"....right?


Budget Savvy Bride Julie photo 558932-3



 

Posted on May 27, 2009 at 2:30 pm
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I have no idea where my article is. I wrote one for this contest:


http://www.projectwedding.com/wiki/show/rachel-the-nitty-gritty-budget-savvy-bride

Posted on May 27, 2009 at 4:08 pm
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Posted on May 27, 2009 at 5:57 pm
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Here is my full article: http://www.projectwedding.com/wiki/show/michele-and-jason-is-a-budget-savvy-bride-couple


And here is the preview:


Like most newly engaged couples we wanted to make our special day picture perfect but with the economic downturn looming we also knew it could be hard to make our spending match our budget... so we got creative.  Looking back on the weekend the areas we "cut costs" in ended up being the most personal and special aspects of our wedding; turning them into the parts of our wedding we are most proud of.

While it was not always easy, in the end it was a lot of fun to sit down together and brainstorm ways to make our wedding cost effective, environmentally friendly, and unique instead of doing everything by the book.  In fact, my husband surprised me many times with his ideas and gave me a whole new appreciation for his thriftiness and eco-savvy sense. 

Pretty much everything we incorporated into our wedding has a story to it so I will go through several of our favorite cost cutting techniques; telling the story, sharing the cost, and then displaying some pictures.
Posted on May 27, 2009 at 8:51 pm
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Here is my entry!  ...my hopeful story for a charming lil' wedding.

Posted on May 28, 2009 at 5:18 am
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Here's a link to my article!

Posted on May 28, 2009 at 5:34 am
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I posted mine!  http://www.projectwedding.com/wiki/show/champagne-taste-on-a-beer-budget

Posted on May 28, 2009 at 6:45 am
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http://www.projectwedding.com/wiki/show/budget-savvy-bride-jessica-s-story


 


Here is my story!  Hope everyone enjoys.  Happy planning.

Posted on May 28, 2009 at 8:48 am
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Here is my entry.  Thanks for the opportunity.

Posted on May 28, 2009 at 9:30 am
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My budget savy wedding


My wedding was just over $5200.00 start to finish, including rings. I used my year engagement to plan and talk with anyone that was willing to help give me advise. My dress was the first step; I had collected several pictures for ideas and planned to look at designer copies. Two weeks before I was to go to the bridal salon and begin my search, I walked into a salvation army to donate clothes and walked out with one of the real designer dresses I had a picture of.   Turns out a bridal shop had closed down and the owner had donated her try-on dresses. It was a little dirty but I had it cleaned and altered and spent $100.00 for a designer dress with the tags still on it. The dress was so cheap I had embroidery done on the train by the lady that altered the dress. She charged me 160.00 to alter and embroider my dress.



 My veil was bought at Michael’s crafts, it was a kit that we added some crystals to for 15.00 but I had a coupon. The flowers were silks and the centerpiece ideas we found at Martha Stewart. We bought the vases for the arrangements at Salvation Army for 1.00 a vase. The crystals were bought on clearance after Christmas. I had less than 6.00 in each arrangement.



I had some ideas for my ring and started visiting pawn shops. We found my ring within 3 months and it appraised for over 1500.00 more then we paid for it. The appraisal was included in the price of the ring but was done outside of the shop we went to. My hair & makeup was done by a Redkin school and I spent 40.00.



Our head table was decorated with pink fabric I found on a clearance table at Walmart. I paid .50 a yard and found it by accident. I bought 20 yards on my first visit and 30 yards three weeks later. The bubbles were found on a clearance shelf and I paid 1.00 for box of 24. They had enough for our reception.


Our cakes were ordered from Publix for 14.00 a cake. I explained to the bakery lady that I wanted something really nice but could not afford hundreds of dollars. We worked together and came up with single round cakes decorated like the wedding cake I fell in love with. The cake stands are a candle holder set I found on sell at Kirkland for 12.00 with a coupon.


 



I called several photographers and found that some of them teach other photographers. We were referred to a great husband and wife team that spent all day with us and charged 650.00 for the time and 100.00 printed pictures plus a disc of all the pictures that were taken. The disc had almost 600 pictures. We signed a contract that they had the rights to use our pictures for advertising. So far we haven’t been on the cover of a magazine but you never know.


The guys tux’s were rented and my husband didn’t have to pay because we had everyone rent them from the same place. The reception was held at the country club of my choice. I spoke with them and asked for suggestions to save money. They explained that the least expensive room held 100 people and gave me suggestions on food and arrangements. By booking first with a deposit they allow you to have the moveable dance floor without having to rent it. I also attended every wedding seminar within a hour drive, trying to win a honeymoon. I didn’t win but we used the money from our wedding to drive to the beach and had fun spending time together.


You may think all of this sounds cheap but we wanted a really nice wedding that paid for before the big day. By being flexible, and working with ideas but not specifics we saved so much money. We approached the entire process like it was a contest to save money and had fun seeing how much we could save. We never lost sight of the real reason of the event; we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together without debt. We have great memories and the pictures prove it was very nice and I don’t feel like I settled. The big prize was waiting at the end of the aisle and he said he wants to be mine forever. 


 


 

Posted on May 29, 2009 at 4:13 am
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Here is our budget wedding as of now: http://www.projectwedding.com/biography/list/LindElis/our-budget-wedding


Things are still being added as we are about 78 days out.  But this gives you a idea.  Happy planning everyone!

Posted on May 29, 2009 at 4:43 am
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Here is my entry. Great contest!


 


http://www.projectwedding.com/wiki/show/budget-savvy-bride-melissa-s-story

Posted on May 29, 2009 at 7:11 am
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Here is my entry! Had a lot of fun with this!

Posted on May 29, 2009 at 8:15 am
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Here is the link to my entry!

Posted on May 29, 2009 at 9:54 am
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Here is my entry.  This was so fun!  I hope you love my beachy budget wedding.


 


http://www.projectwedding.com/wiki/show/vintage-amor-by-the-shore

Posted on May 30, 2009 at 2:51 pm
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