Miav
Devoted September 2020 Alberta

Budget cuts

Miav, on August 1, 2019 at 17:06 Posted in Plan a wedding
What are some elements of the wedding that you've cut/thinking to cut closer to the day of because of budget? Smiley smile


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  • Amelia
    Expert October 2020 New Brunswick
    Amelia ·
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    We're not serving a full meal. (Appetizers and Cake)


    I'm DIY-ing bouquets and centerpieces. (Maybe artificial so I can resell them afterwards)
    We're not having favors. (Who wants our initials on a jar of jam anyway?!)
    I've set what I hope are fair amounts for different parts of our big day, and so far I've been on track or under budget! Hopefully that continues, we're trying to stay under $6500.
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  • Ananka
    Newbie April 2021 Ontario
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    Hi wondering where you are having your wedding ??

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  • K
    Frequent user July 2024 Ontario
    Katrine ·
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    We cut the favours. No one will miss them and most of the time, guests forget to bring them home.
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  • Ashley
    Super August 2020 Ontario
    Ashley ·
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    A photobooth and limo we cut!

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  • Miav
    Devoted September 2020 Alberta
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    Who will control the playlist? thank you! Smiley smile

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  • Becky
    Beginner July 2020 Alberta
    Becky ·
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    We skipped the DJ instead we are using a playlist on our phone and a rented sound system! It saves us about 1500-2000 dollars
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  • Miav
    Devoted September 2020 Alberta
    Miav ·
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    So sorry to hear about your FH injury! I hope he gets better very soon

    thanks for the tips, we are thinking to cut out corsages/boutonnieres for parents too, our decor will be 95% second hand


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    Devoted October 2019 Ontario
    Amanda ·
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    It's funny that I seen this today, over the weeding my FH and I were sitting down and talking about cutting things out. He got injured and is off work for at least 6 weeks ( wedding is in 9 weeks) so now the money is even tighter than before.

    So we are cutting out ceremony seating, chairs only for the elderly and ones we know can't stand for long.

    Our favors are the cupcakes as our buffet comes with dessert.

    We originally planned on paying for the ladies hair and makeup, they are now and understand why.

    No day of coordinator

    cash bar, my step mom offered to pay for the wine, which is being served instead of just left on the tables

    No gifts for each other

    parents and grandparents are not getting corsages/boutonnieres

    Decor is borrowed from friends


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  • Miav
    Devoted September 2020 Alberta
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    Great tips! We are doing similar things regarding: same venue for reception and ceremony, no wedding planner, simple and multipurpose place cards/favours, our wedding is on a Sunday so we saved a lot of money with that! Smiley smile

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  • Sondra
    Frequent user August 2021 Ontario
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    I'm still 2 years out from my wedding, but I am reducing paper! I'm going with digital save the dates (most of our guests are flying in from all over the world so it also saved an additional $240 on postage), we aren't doing menu cards, we aren't doing timelines on paper, just one on glass for everyone to see, we aren't doing name cards either we are just doing a seating chart and people can choose where they sit at the table allocated to them.

    Fake flowers, I'm making our bouquets so I want to be able to do them well in advance and not worry about them dying. It's a 2 for 1.

    Our honeymoon - Matt and I are avid travellers and have decided to do a very unconventional honeymoon, instead of all-inclusive relaxation we are going for a conservation trip in Africa. It's longer, cheaper and suits us better.

    Ceremony and Reception at the same venue. We fell in love with our venue and don't feel we need two locations.

    Wedding cake - Just a tiny cake for us to cut. Nothing spectacular and we aren't telling the bakery it's for a wedding to save even more $$. We don't need it delivered so it works out.

    We are doing an open bar, but we are keeping it simple: Wine, Beer, Vodka and Bourbon

    Found some cute, cheap wedding favours on eBay. I wasn't bothered either way if we had them or not, we are covering everyone's accommodation with the rental of our venue so I don't feel I owe our guests a spectacular favour.

    By supplying accommodation we save on transport too, no drunk drivers and no need for us to hire limos or anything.

    We aren't using a wedding planner, and I have connections from working in the wedding industry for 6 years so I am taking advantage of that when it comes to photography and videography.

    We are cutting corners in places that won't be noticed so we can spend in other areas like the open bar.

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  • Valérie
    VIP September 2019 Quebec
    Valérie ·
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    Not so much having cut those close to the day, since most of our vendors were booked far enough in advance. Here's what we've cut:

    No engagement photos, no bridal party, we're going with fake flowers instead of real ones (and saved about $2,000 doing so!) and we're reusing some of them throughout the ceremony and reception, went with a buffet vs. a plated dinner, not renting a limo or fancy car to drive us back to our airbnb (my parents are renting a car, so we're using theirs), not doing favours, not doing an open bar, not renting any decor and using everything that's included with the venue.

    I'm sure there's more but I can't think of them right now.

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  • Miav
    Devoted September 2020 Alberta
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    Thanks for the tip! We are not planning to hire a planner either. A lot of days for sure, especially flowers! Smiley flower

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  • Amanda
    Featured June 2019 Ontario
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    I didn't really cut things closer to the day, but I planned ahead of time to do a lot on my own. We didn't bother with a planner, our wedding was at a restaurant so we did very minimal decorating. They would use their own linens or we could bring our own - we opted for theirs. It just depends on how important certain things are to you.

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  • P
    Newbie August 2021 Ontario
    Paige ·
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    Ok awesome, thank you so much!!
    Let me know if it's too personal to ask, but just curious: how old are you, if this is both you and your partners first marriage and if any kids are involved? If too personal just say so, i am just curious because of my, i guess "story"
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  • Miav
    Devoted September 2020 Alberta
    Miav ·
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    Save the Dates are for when you have an exact date booked, and it goes out a few months before the actual wedding invites, to inform guests early so that they can reserve that day for you (i.e. not plan anything else on that day) Smiley smile

    VistaPrint is an online company that offers somewhat affordable invites https://www.vistaprint.ca/vp/welcomeback.aspx?xnav=welcome&rd=1

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  • P
    Newbie August 2021 Ontario
    Paige ·
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    Thats smart, i will have to think about it more for when I do get married, that being the invites or save the date.
    Feel dumb asking but does save the date just mean to tell guess that this date is most likely will be when you will/might be getting married?
    Also what is VistaPrint?
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