We got our rings from Wallace Bishops on their take home laybuy thing
Look up young house love- their wedding was under 5k.
My savings plans:
- Get married at home, (so get the home FIRST) so I don't need to spend on venue fees.
- If we marry at home, I'll spend a few weeks raiding the area for milk crates for seating , plus slightly classier hay bales I can sew, so I'll sew blankets for them, which I'll give away later as a thank you.
- Get married at my church, (If I get sick of waiting for a house) and get my pastor to do the ceremony. If you're not religious... maybe find a church you like the looks of? :P
- A friend married at our church for- get this- under $200. Someone from church donated roses and lavender to decorate the pews and to make a bouquet with, and they just had afternoon tea out the back. I wasn't there at the time, but everyone says it was a beautiful.
- Bridesmaids and flower girls to pick their own dresses, within a set scheme. That way, they can pay for it, and I don't feel bad. They'll pick something that looks good on them. I might tell them to wear blue polka dots, or a light colour knee length dress... Or I might assign them a colour of the rainbow, and tell them to wear a knee length dress in that colour, with black shoes. I have a male friend, so he can wear a red suit he already has.
- A dress I can wear again. I'm thinking a pretty, but stylish, printed cotton dress. I could also go for white silk or white cotton, and dye it later. No one will look too closely at my dress, because that's creepy if they do, and seriously: why spend loads of money on something you will wear once?
- Don't be scared to pick people's brains.
- DP wants to have a BBQ. I'm a fan of "bring a plate."
I had no bridal party I think that saved a bit - got my decorations on eBay - I had a Fijian/tropical theme so I got frangipani fairy lights and also some long strands of normal fairy lights for I think $1.50 each from China! I even got balloons, streamers etc on eBay.
Had dh's friends do a lovo for the food, so got the veges and seafood from markets
My dad did the photography as he's really into it as a hobby and we had a civil ceremony
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Buy the house first and have the reception in the garden of you're very own home. The money you save on venue hire for example can be used for some new plantings that will add value to you home. Have family and friends help with catering
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We saved money by:
Not having a cake
Having a photographer who gave us digital copies on a cd and we printed photos ourselves
Asking for cash gifts (but making it optional) which paid for some of the wedding
Not spending very much on wedding favours
Buying a second hand wedding dress and selling it on afterwards
Limiting guests to only 50
Having groomsmen wear their own suits and just buying them matching shirts
You can also:
Have someone with a nice car drive you instead of hiring
Have bridesmaids just wear the same colour, so you don't have to find two matching dresses to buy
Have bridesmaids hold something other than flowers (parasol maybe)
We spent more than $5k but we wanted to spend most of our budget on a fabulous 4 course dinner and thought all the rest was a bit superfluous.
We spent about $5000.
We got married on a Wednesday, everything was half the cost.
We only invited 65 people, were brutal with partners. If we didn't know them, they weren't invited
I had a beautiful deb dress instead of a wedding dress (only difference was no train), but if I could do ot again, id hire a weddinv dress with a train.
Hired only one car and family friend drove grooms party in his nice car.
Bridesmaids and grooms paid for their outfits (which were cheep but nice)
We had an open bar for wine and non alcahol, but spirits had to be purchased.
Our reception was only two hours (on reflection this was too short) and was coctail food not sit down.
Flowers were only on bridal party and parents, restraunt supplied some minor floral decorations, we made the rest.
We made our own bon boneries.
We were super poor at the time, but because we saved so much at wedding, a few years later, we could afford a very nice honeymoon
wedding photography can often be through the roof, but u still want great photos of your day! I found this fantastic affordable photographer for mine such good quality at the best price
Cut down the guest list!
Really only invite the people who matter most, don't just invite people because you know them. Keep it intimate... that is what we realised when we had our wedding, we could have saved a few thousand!
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