Suggestions to make your wedding inexpensive in LA

Been doing a lot of research for my best friend.  I am one of her BM...don't mind functioning as her MOH. (it gets so petty with too many girls and ooh I am special ur not drama)  anyhoo another story for another day...I had my wedding back in August but my BF is indoors not outdoors...a few differences.  This is what I came up with to help others out.

VENUE:  Church halls (sometime donation to church only)  New Venues available date maybe cheaper pricing, a friend's backyard can be dressed up

FLOWERS & CENTERPIECES: Take the time to go downtown and either DIY or negotiate with a flower shop downtown.  It is much cheaper than your local flowershop because the flower mart is there. GO EARLY!

VEIL & DRESS:  Again Downtown.  My sister added Swarski crystals to my veil she bought in downtown.  total was 30 bux.  Alfred Angelo wanted 100 bux

MEN SUITS:  Sign up at a bridal show for a suit company.  You get ur fiance's suit for free if you ask the wedding party to get it at the same place, PLUs you get a gift card for 100 bux.  Pretty sweet deal.

PHOTOGRAPHY:  find a new photographer or just pay for the most important hours.  free lance photographers dont charge too much.

CATERING:  family owned restaurants are faily inexpensive.

A LOT OF THINGS CAN BE FOUND DOWNTOWN...YOU JUST HAVE TO SPEND THE TIME.  SOMETIMES ALL DAY :(

When I head back down there I will collect business cards and upload things for all of you to look at.

THAT'S ABOUT ALL FOLKS!

May this be a blessing to all of you. "When you are in love you can't fall asleep because reality is better than your dreams." Dr Seuss

Posted on February 28, 2010 at 11:03 am
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Oh BTW:  Downtown shopping...HAVE CASH ON HAND. It is a great negotiating tool for you when you go! 

Posted on March 1, 2010 at 5:36 am
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Thanks DC I'm definitely heading downtown for my veil and for little things.

Posted on March 1, 2010 at 6:51 am
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i posted this before but this may help


Here is a list of people I used to help me pull off the 10k wedding




Joe www.momento-studio.com for photography



Fidel- The BBQ Man for catering contact them pattymom57@hotmail.com

They work out of their home.  They used to work for big restaurant chains.  Good food!



Venue:  Covina Hills Ranch Estate (new site) AVAILABLE DATES!



Favors, Decorations, Flowers, Tiara, skirt for dress, Veil, Swaroski  Crystals :  DOWNTOWN LA
Posted on March 3, 2010 at 9:47 am
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Hi Can you tell me where in Downtown LA area I can find things for the wedding?


Thanks =)

Posted on March 3, 2010 at 3:14 pm
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I will going downtown this weekend unless there is a change of plans with my BF.  I will write down streets and collect business cards for all of you.  I am a visual person.  I remember icons and not streets :(

Posted on March 4, 2010 at 6:08 am
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Loveydovey,


There's a lot of stores with wedding stuff in downtown LA. Unfortunately, they're mixed in with other stores including fabric stores and floral stores.


When I go downtown looking for wedding stuff, I always park near Michael Levine (a huge fabric store you can't miss) on Maple Ave. Pay a few dollars to park in a lot.  The meters are expensive, some of them are only 1 hour meters, and it's easy to lose track of time and get a ticket!


There are stores that sell only hair accessories and tiaras, while others sell rhinestones, favor boxes. etc. It's often best to just wander the area.  If you can go during the week, it will be a lot less crowded.  Be sure to bring cash and shop around for bargains and vendors willing to negotiate. 


Moskatels (basically a huge Michaels) is close by next to the flower mart. A lot of people like to go there too, but I don't find that they have amazing deals.

Posted on March 6, 2010 at 7:55 am
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Dresses in Downtown:  Between Olympic and Maple.  On Santee.  948 Santee Upstairs is Cocktail dress, prom dresses, etc.  Downstairs is wedding gowns.


Maple & Wall by 7th street:  Flower District


Maple between 8th and Santee:  wedding stuff

Posted on March 8, 2010 at 3:59 am
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thank you dcdemarco and practicallyperfect!!


I will check out some of the stores there...


 





Posted on March 23, 2010 at 9:02 am
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Thanks for the infos.  =)

Posted on March 23, 2010 at 4:32 pm
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Here are my suggestions:


I. Network with other brides regularly.  This is very important, they may have something that they are willing to sell to you to recooperate some of the cost of their own wedding for a pitance compared to what it would cost if you bought it for retail.  They will also have good vendor recommendation and thoughts on who to avoid.


 


II. Make a budget.  Don't get too emotionally involved with your vendors and what they can do for you.  You want to be a bottom line kind of girl(you can still be nice), but before you let your vendors get you all gushy about what they can do for you--ASK UP FRONT HOW MUCH THEY CHARGE.  If they are not in your budget, move on.  LA is a big city, and there are plenty of people willing to take your money, you want to find the one willing to be honest, upfront and understand where you are coming from.


 


III.  Prioritize the things that are important to you--details that you absolutely must have at your wedding.  For us, it was a few things:


 


1. We wanted to have the trumpeters that play for the holiday services play for our wedding.


2. We wanted a good old-fashioned Lutheran wedding with lots of participation from our guests.


3. We wanted alot of choices for our guests with regards to good food and that ate up half our budget.


4. I wanted to make sure that the invites would stand out, in tone, color, attention to detail.  I wanted to make it clear that this would be an event my guests that declined would regret in the future. So I started working on them 6 months out.


5. My dress was important to me, but I didn't want to break the bank.  I spent alot of time looking.  We went $800 over budget and an additional $800 overbudget with the accessories, but I feel it was money well spent.


6. We were able to find photographers that would give us the digital images only, and that made the cost lower(it helps if you're into graphic design and are a photoshop wiz).


7. I am DIYing everyting related to decor. 


IV. Do as much research as possible on the web and keep current with website deals and offers. I was able to save 10% off my linens by checking back often with that website.


V. Know your deal breakers.  Decide what turns you off in a potential employee, for each item you are planning on your list.  This will save you time and money.


VI. Interview at least 3 vendors for the same job.  Pit them against each other like jealous cocks.  Have them compete for your business.  Alot of times, you won't have to do it--the right vendor will do what they can for your money.


VII. Take advantage of all discount coupons available through craft stores.  I religiously print out 10 michaels coupons every week and stash them in my purse.  I don't visit that store without a coupon to use.  Trust me, it adds up very quickly.


VIII. Determine your own sense of style.  Knowing your likes and dislikes will go along way, towards knowing what you think you want to spend money on.  And it will help you to avoid the gigantic "generic wedding item" mark-up.


Things we considered frivolities:


1. Transportation: I thought it was pointless to pay to get a limo when my FI has a nice car that he takes very good care of(I hopes he takes as good care of me as he does that car but that's beside the point.   


2.  Aisle runner: we skipped that and are asking our flower girl to just hold a basket and look pretty.  A white runner will compete for attention with your white dress.  So, it makes it even more frivolous.


3. Engagement Photos: in the scheme of things, a waste.  You're already shelling out a ton of money for the wedding pics.  Go to a museum and have a friend take pictures of you--or a public garden on a day they are not busy.  It's free; buy that friend dinner and you are done.


4. Anything with the word "Wedding attatched to it": whenever I saw something that I thought was cute but I saw the word wedding attatched to it, I avoided it like the plague because I knew there was at least a 200% mark up in price for something that was made in China. 


 


That's all I can think of at this hour :)

Posted on March 23, 2010 at 7:46 pm

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