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Budget Savvy Bride: Talisha and Brandon’s Story


Planning a wedding on 10-15k budget when you have expensive dreams has been a challenge.  Our wedding is set for 3pm Sunday, Jan 16th in the Seattle area.  Here is how much we saved, how we have saved and how we plan to save:

  •  Wedding date/venue savings: $1,100

    • By having the wedding on a Sunday we received a discount as compared to a Saturday wedding.  We are getting married at my dream venue. 

  • Wedding date/photographer savings: $700

    • By having the wedding on a Sunday and in January (off-season) we received 10% off just for asking.  By paying in full we received another 10% off and we received another 10% off as an incentive.  This was still a huge splurge but was important for an amazing photographer.

  • Videographer savings: $500

    • Will save money by using a "friendor".

  • Flowers savings: $500-$1,000

    • Saving money by using baby's breath and carnations for the centerpiece and altar which still go with the "romantic winter wedding" theme.  Will save more if we DIY which is TBD.  For the altar, I bought curly willow from Ikea and will form it into an arch and bought urns from TJ Maxx which I painted.  The aisle decor will be clusters of yarn balls hanging from every other chair.  I made the bouquets out of fabric turned into flowers and used other material to make the corsages and boutonniere's.

  • Hanging tealights savings: $350

    • My mom works for the church childrens department.  I asked her to request baby jars from somone and received all I needed in a week!  I'm going to frost them and make them hanging with wire.  No one will know!  They will hang on my centerpieces and on my altar.  I saved on them and S&H.

  • Dessert savings: $100-$500

    • We are having a dessert bar as opposed to cake and it will be DIY.  My sister will be in town the month of January and will bake the cupcakes, cookies, and prepare the dessert shooters.

  • Wedding Dress savings: $300

    • We saved by paying for the dress in full the same day I tried it on.  I wasn't even nervous!  14 months before the wedding and I knew it would always be the one.

  • DOC savings: $225

    • I found a DOC on Craigslist.  She was just starting out and so was hugely discounted.  I knew she would be perfect though so I didn't even meet with any others.  She will have completed several weddings since I booked her and raised her prices already.

  • Paper products savings: $300

    • Saving money by designing and putting together all the paper products myself.  Also, I bought all the paper I needed during a PaperZone huge sale.  They hid pumpkins all over the store with coupons in them.  I searched and searched until I found 25% off. 

  • Favors savings: $75

    • My favors are fleece scarves.  I saved by going in during a 50% off sale.

  • Vases savings: $100

    • I bought all the tall vases I needed using Michael's 50% off coupons and my mom and I went in 2 times a day and bought from several different locations.  I bought all the short vases I needed from another wedding off Craigslist.

  • Table linens savings: $150

    • I found a suggestion on Weddingbee for a great linen store on line.  I checked them out and they were cheaper and having an anniversary sale which came with free shipping.  I did a quick search and found a coupon code online and saved even more!

  • Other savings: $500

    • I have saved in other ways by shopping around, waiting for sales, shopping Ebay and Craigslist, and finding good deals, suggestions, and tips on Weddingbee.

I wanted to enter right away so I don't have pictures on me.  I'm hoping I can upload some even after I hit create!

Last Updated: July 13, 2010 at 5:59 am
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