I'm doing all of my own flowers, centerpieces, arrangements, decor in general. I ordered all my flowers online via Afloral.com. (I didn't look into how much it was going to cost to get these done professionally, but the decor bill is still ridiculously high)
We're very picky on the guest list. So far the list is (tops) 30 people.
We are not having a formal reception, just having everyone over to our house and having Chinese food (which... also... is not cheap)
Don't need a DJ. Just Spotify, and a family member who's talented enough to press a button
No special transportation. My brother or mother will be driving me to the ceremony... (If I could fit myself, in my dress, in my car I'd at least consider driving myself)
Hi Emy. I haven't done this before but it is definitely worth giving a call to the company and see if they can provide either a group deal or something similar to a business.
If not, you could always look into some kind of bus company, if they will be going to the same location. Lots will do it for the wedding day, but you could also check and see if they'll do it for other days as well.
We're saving a lot by having a Sunday afternoon ceremony and luncheon. The venue gave us a smoking deal on the room and reduced their minimum spend considerably due to being a Sunday daytime affair. It also saves in that we won't be paying for a DJ or for guests to quench their thirst from dancing all night!
Trying to find deals on decor on Craigslist, probably ordering bulk flowers from Costco, decorating with the help of Mom and a very talented aunt. We got our invites on a 40% off sale from Vistaprint and skipped save the date announcements (their invite *is* their save the date announcement!)
Oh and most importantly, we are keeping the guest list small (approximately 40 family members).
We got a reduced rate on the venue, but it is still very beautiful, and the luncheon menu is amazing - two things we did not want to skimp on.
I have a question about car rental. Do you think it is possible to get discounted rates from Car rental company if I say that many of my wedding guests are looking for a car to rent during wedding days (they come from Europe and the wedding is in Edmonton).
The best way I found to save money is to get picky about the guest list. The more people=the more food=the more beverages=more tables and chairs= more décor you need= more money spent.
We also have our reception and ceremony in one place, so we got the use of the ceremony room for free. I am double using our flower centerpieces, they will be brought into the ceremony and then placed back on the tables. Wedding party bouquets will be the flowers for the head table.
For invitations, I am making them and printing them off at home.
For favors, my uncle is a honey farmer and he is giving us the honey to use.
I think it’s important to chalk down what both of you believe is important for your day. The rest is fluff you can look into DYI or cutting out. For us, the venue, food, music and photography were important. So the rest was easier to look into alternatives!
So far, here’s what we’ve figured out: All-in-one venue (ceremony/reception) with a buffet dinner. We’re not having a cake or offering favors. It’s a cash bar with 1 drink ticket + wine at dinner. We’re not sending save the dates, we’re buying an invitation template from Etsy and printing it off via Etsy. I’m DIY’ing all my flower arrangements with fake flowers. We’re pretty strict on the guest list. We don’t have a wedding party and don’t plan on a bachelor/bachelorette party. A talented friend of the family will be doing my makeup, as my wedding gift.
We're having a morning ceremony and brunch reception. Me and my bridesmaids are going to cook all our food our selves and make our own wine. We're planting our own flowers in the spring. The hall we rented comes with all tables and chairs and table cloths so no rentals there! Yay! We're also keeping the decor minimal and were only hiring a photographer for 5 hours and the officiant. And our guest listis under 80.
Their where things that we new we didn’t want to cut like food. This was important to us and the photographer. So I found a photographer who is only doing photos for 4 hours. We are doing our own centrepieces I have made most of our favours and we have a friend making our cake.
We aren't doing a cake, no photo booth, at this point 95% sure we are cutting our wedding favours, 2nd hand decorations (dollar store is the best for these items), skipping the limos, no wedding planner/day of coordinator, for invites we got 50% off on Vistaprint, most we are giving out in person and some will be mailed off.
We are doing fake flowers for bouquets, so no florist we will be doing them ourselves.
I found the best thing we saved money on was the food, I was so floored when I found out how much money people spend on catering. I looked around for someone to do it and found someone to make all the sides and someone to roast a bunch of chickens on a rostiserie. Pretty reasonable
Electronic save the dates and invitations! We asked people which they preferred, and %99 wanted the electronic one! Saves time on stuffing envelopes and money on the printing, the envelopes, and the postage! I really liked greetingisland.com because they let you download and use it for free, it only costs money of you want the watermark removed.
Lots of vendors also charge less if your wedding is in the middle of the week, or out of peak season.
If you can find vendors that take work trade to cover part of the price that helps too!
Go to wedding fairs to win prizes ( like free make-up/hair trials etc).
Buy discount décor that you can sell afterwards! Join wedding buy/sell groups on Facebook and you can get second hand items and then turn around and sell them after