How did you save money?
What did you DIY?
What hints do you have?
I emailed places for quotes for my wedding cake,
$500-$600 to serve 80 people.
Then I emailed a few more places and said it was for a 21st...
I'm kind of annoyed lol.
Do you think it's okay not to tell them it's for a wedding?
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25-05-2012 12:51 #1
**Spin Off** Saving money on a wedding...
25-05-2012 12:56 #2-
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Saving money by eloping
Sorry OP, I know that's not very helpful.
25-05-2012 12:57 #3Senior Member
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I think it's fine to say it's for a function. A wedding is a function
What's not fine is them charging more than double the price for things just because you mention the word 'wedding'. I've heard a lot of companies do this once you mention the W word.
25-05-2012 12:58 #4
Yes! My mum bought her wedding dress and said it was for my debutante ball (we're the same size). Went from $2k to $500!
25-05-2012 12:58 #5
25-05-2012 12:59 #6
Damn wedding tax!
25-05-2012 13:04 #7Senior Member
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I made my own cake (im a chef). I made my own invites, place cards, save the dates etc. I got my MIL to decorate the reception (chair covers, place setting etc). I asked my partners grandfater to MC (which he was MORE than happy to do).
YES, tell them its for a 21st!!! I HATE the way as soon as you say wedding THE PRICE doubles
25-05-2012 13:05 #8
When I order it the start of next yeah I'll say family function lol.
25-05-2012 13:09 #9
By never, ever mentioning the word 'wedding', you save a lot of money.
We ordered a bouquet of blue and teal Singapore orchids for every table and one extra, for my bouquet.
We paid $200 for all of them, because we said it was for "a general meeting"
For invitations we bought a bulk lot of thick red envelopes, bought gold ink and a large stamp of a leaping fox, and decorated our own envelopes like that. Then all we ordered were the paper of the same colour and style, and went to DH's uncle, who owns a print shop, to have them printed in gold ink.
We had candles on each table, bulk ordered from a soy candle maker. Their price for wedding candles was $7 a candle. We ordered 100 candles of the exact same type for $200 by saying it was for a backyard garden party.
One of my friends is the daughter of a pastry chef who runs a custom cake shop in Victoria. Ordered our cake from him through her. $100 for a 7 layer red velvet cake with white vanilla fondant and hand sculpted red fondant foxes nuzzling, leaping and playing around the base.
Having an aunty who is an alternative and vintage hair stylist...free hairstyling.
25-05-2012 13:13 #10Guest Guest
The ways I saved was:
I did my own invitations.
I only had 2 bridesmaids and no flower girl/page boy, so less expense in outfitting them.
Because I didn't have a big wedding party I could afford a smaller car, I found the limos really expensive and we hired 2 bmw's 7 series (they were new back then) The cars were beautiful.
I bought a nice dress but off the rack at a large wedding store. You can buy cheap ones online now.
I hired a dj instead of a band.
I didn't spend alot on my flowers, I barely had any at the church and didn't need them at the reception.
I chose June which is winter in Melbourne and a Sunday, it halved the reception cost.
I only had a photographer and family videod it. I'm not big on wedding videos and don't watch the videos we have.
I did spend about $600 on my cake.
I just kept everything simple though, no over the top on anything. I had 110 people, was a beautiful reception/church traditional wedding and I spent about 15k That's pretty cheap considering friends had identical weddings at the same reception and managed to spend 40k+++
There are alot of stay at home mum businesses. Cake makers, photographers, you can really save a great deal by not using shop front businesses.
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