I pride myself on being a saver not a skimper. So, why would my wedding be anything less than perfect, without spending a fortune? My budget is $5000 from dress to dinner! And I'm on the right track already, with dollars saved every step of the way so far.
My Maid of Honor dress was our very first purchase. She is my only attendant, so I have the advantage of not having to buy multiple dresses. Since our wedding is at the beginning of the summer, we decided to hit the "post-Easter" sales. Our very first stop was Macy's Department Store. We struck gold right out of the gate! Grabbing a few dresses off the sale rack, we decided to take a quick peek at the clearance rack, too. There hung a dress the perfect color. It was the last one, and when my MOH tried it on, it became THE one. Original price, $160. Marked down to $55. Scanned in at $42. I had a store coupon for $10, so her $160 Maid of Honor dress was a whopping $32! WOOHOO! I highly recommend skipping the bridal stores for wedding party outfits, if you can be patient and look in department stores, especially right after a holiday that is near in date to your wedding.
Next came my dress. I went to several bridal stores before finding one I really loved, but it was a little more than I wanted to pay. We went to another shop and found the very same dress- the difference was, I had picked up a coupon at a bridal show for $125 dollars off at this particular shop. So, I got my dress...but saved $125 by grabbing the coupon at the show. YIPPEE, more savings! Definitely check out the bridal shows. Often the vendors attending have coupons or special pricing for those that attend.
I started looking for invitations as soon as our venue was booked, but invitatations are expensive, so I decided to do them myself. I searched online to find a design I liked, and I bought a sample for $5 (etsy.com). I then went out and purchased the identical paper at a paper store, matching envelopes and some vellum that I can print on from my pc. If I had bought the original, they would have been $5 each, but by doing them myself, I will save at least half that amount. Plus, I can say I made them, which makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
I can't wait to see what other ways I can have a stunner of a wedding, without feeling stunned by the price.