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WEDDING BUDGETING

WEDDING BUDGETING

Unfortunately, nothing in this life is free and that includes weddings. Some people spend their life savings on their wedding day, but spending 50,000 to 100,000 dollars on a wedding is not in the cards for most of us. To be cost effective for your wedding day you have to make an effort to do so. You have to budget and get creative. The DIY wedding section on Pinterest is great and I'm sure those bridesmaids of yours will be happy to help!

++ Here is a cost breakdown that can help set your budget up correctly and some other tips to consider for a wedding on a budget!



++ To budget wisely you have to start with your guest list. That's amount of people is the key to figuring out your budget.


++ THE DRESS: Finding your gown is going to be different for everyone. A small boutique wedding shop is the best place to find designer dresses on sale! Or you can rent your dress or resell it!




++ Flowers: You really don't have to compromise on flowers. You can find a florist that will make great arrangements on a budget. Also re-use! For example, many bridesmaids pop their bouquets in vases once they get to the reception.



++ Guest Favors: Hit up popular sites for parties like OrientalExpress or LogoProducts. You can end up purchasing 250 color changing cups with personal designs on them for less than a $1 each!



++ DIY Projects: Go to vintage stores and find old vases to use as centerpieces, you can paint them or add glitter to them. You can also find Mason jars in bulk for cheap that you can use for glasses. Like I said, PINTEREST DIY wedding section is great!




++ FOOD and DRINKS: Consider going buffet style, such as a pasta buffet or event the trendy food bars. You can have create your own tacos or pizza. You can purchase supplies for that right from Costco or Sam's Club. Make your own desserts! Enlist your friends, familiy and bridesmaids to help make cookies, cakes and more to treat your guests in a unique and personal way. 

For drinks, you could by your own from a wholesale liquor distributior or a local big box liquor store. Find booze for cheap and then hire a friend's brother to bartend. Also, have a beer bin that anyone can just grab their own. 



++ Shop Sales! Utilize ETSY, Groupon and wholesale sights! You can find great deals to spend less on your wedding!

++++ DON'T FORGET TO BREATH, THE DAY WILL ALWAYS BE SPECIAL NOT MATTER WHAT OR HOWEVER MUCH IT COSTS!


  • My gown ...Finding your gown is going to be different for everyone. In my experience, David's Bridal like stores just wasn't working for me. I ended up at a small boutique and walked away with a designer gown for $500...how? Right away I told the lady that I had no more than $600 to spend on the dress and that I also was going to have to ship it. She kept to that, not only did she keep to that but she knocked down the price. And I got incredible service. If you're in the Tampa area, I have the BEST Bridal shop to recommend.
  • Food: You don't have to serve everyone a full course meal. Have your wedding late and offer a snack item like our popcorn. It was a hit and no one complained that they were hungry still. And as far as drinks go, go simple! We served water and pink lemonade.
  • Photographer: Pictures are one of my favorite things, if you've followed this blog for any length of time, you've probably seen that to be true. I wanted amazing wedding pictures as much as anyone else, but I didn't have the budget for the world famous xyz photographer. Be willing to give a new photographer a chance. Birds&Coffee hadn't done a wedding before ours, and our photos were marvelous! Plus we got three photographers for a phenomenal price!
  • His Attire: The traditional wedding tux has come a long way and the recent trend is to do whatever you want. For us that meant the men wore suits. Not only that, but each groom/usher chose/worte their own suits, not rented...something I never read nor seen, though I'm sure it exists somewhere. This saved us a lot because Kevin already owned a suit, and it saved some of our groomsmen $$ because they too already owned a black suit, and if they didn't, well every guy needs a black suit so it was money well spent for their future instead of a one night affair. Items we knew had to match like the ties and shirts, we went to Al's Formal Wear, easy inexpensive one stop shop! And for shoes, we found those at a consignment shop for $30!
  • Design yourself: Listen, I may have studied interior design in school but that doesn't mean I'm a graphic artist (those people have true talent) but if you need to shave off some dollars, be willing to scavenge the internet and design something yourself. Easily done on Photoshop but even if you don't have that program, Microsoft Publisher is an easy to use program. Another trick? A friend of mine made her invitations from a kit from Michael's, I was amazed at how lovely and yet completely personal they were. Those kits have come a long way. 
  • Printing/Mailing: If you live near a university, chances are they have their own printing services which will be a heck of a lot cheaper than going to kinkos/fedex office. OR check out places like VistaPrint, an online printing source. And always hit up Groupon and Living Social for deals.
  • Alterations: Do a little searching. Most often, bridal salons are going to charge more for their services. Since I purchased my gown in Florida but lived in Oklahoma, I was forced to find someone to alter my gown somewhere other than the salon. I made a few phone calls and stumbled upon a lady who used to work for a salon but now worked out of her home. A salon quoted me $500 for my alterations, this lady charged me $240 (and she steamed me gown before the day).
  • Living Social, Groupon, online coupon codes, etc: Utilize. Utilize. Utilize. That's all.
  • Transportation: Pass on the limo. I know it's your wedding day and it seems like everyone who's anyone will have one on their big day but in the grand scheme of it all, it's pretty unnecessary. We opted to borrow our friends car to leave in(since we both have/had pretty rank old red cars). We drove her decked just married suv over the nearby hospital parking lot, hopped out, read everything, and then got in our car and left.
  • Venue: Are you an active member in your church? Often members get a discounted price.
  • Hair/Nails: Call around, I guarantee you there are a plethora of these salons around your town. Call, call, call. I got all kinds of estimates and in the end ended up with a great price and fabulous service!
  • Flowers: real vs fake, your call. In my quotes, I wouldn't have really saved anything by going the fake route so I went real. I made sure my florist new I was on a tight budget and she came through for me. You don't have to compromise your favorite flowers on your wedding day. You can make real flowers work if you want. Also re-use! For example, my bridesmaids popped their bouquets in vases once we got the the reception.
  • Rings: I already talked about this on Wedding Wednesday Ring Posts, but I chose an anniversary band for my wedding band and ended up saving around $300, Kevin chose to get a ring from James Avery that was sterling silver so we saved a good chunk there too.
  • Gifts: DIY it folks! It doesn't have to be diamond earrings or a pearl necklace, check out my bridesmaids gifts post about what we did.
  • Guest Favors: Hit up popular sites for parties like OrientalExpress or LogoProducts. We ended purchasing 250 color changing cups with my personal design on them for less than a $1 each!
  • Tablecloths: Did you know it's actually cheaper to buy your tablecloths than to rent them? Yep it is. I bought mine online with a coupon code for about $7/each from Linens&Things and successfully sold them afterward. Check out Craig's List too. Word from wise: Iron those suckers before the day before the wedding :)
  • Wedding Party Food: For the bridal brunch I snagged some OJ, fruit and muffins from Sams and had the ladies at my house for a simple brunch. We wanted to provide some sort of dinner for our wedding party and the ladies had Subway and the men had Chik-fil-A. Easy, relatively inexpensive and made everyone happy.
  • Rehearsal Dinner: This doesn't have to be fancy, I've seen several BBQ dinners and I even thought of a picnic. We ended up choosing a local pizza joint and everyone loved it!
  • My gown ...Finding your gown is going to be different for everyone. In my experience, David's Bridal like stores just wasn't working for me. I ended up at a small boutique and walked away with a designer gown for $500...how? Right away I told the lady that I had no more than $600 to spend on the dress and that I also was going to have to ship it. She kept to that, not only did she keep to that but she knocked down the price. And I got incredible service. If you're in the Tampa area, I have the BEST Bridal shop to recommend.
  • Food: You don't have to serve everyone a full course meal. Have your wedding late and offer a snack item like our popcorn. It was a hit and no one complained that they were hungry still. And as far as drinks go, go simple! We served water and pink lemonade.
  • Photographer: Pictures are one of my favorite things, if you've followed this blog for any length of time, you've probably seen that to be true. I wanted amazing wedding pictures as much as anyone else, but I didn't have the budget for the world famous xyz photographer. Be willing to give a new photographer a chance. Birds&Coffee hadn't done a wedding before ours, and our photos were marvelous! Plus we got three photographers for a phenomenal price!
  • His Attire: The traditional wedding tux has come a long way and the recent trend is to do whatever you want. For us that meant the men wore suits. Not only that, but each groom/usher chose/worte their own suits, not rented...something I never read nor seen, though I'm sure it exists somewhere. This saved us a lot because Kevin already owned a suit, and it saved some of our groomsmen $$ because they too already owned a black suit, and if they didn't, well every guy needs a black suit so it was money well spent for their future instead of a one night affair. Items we knew had to match like the ties and shirts, we went to Al's Formal Wear, easy inexpensive one stop shop! And for shoes, we found those at a consignment shop for $30!
  • Design yourself: Listen, I may have studied interior design in school but that doesn't mean I'm a graphic artist (those people have true talent) but if you need to shave off some dollars, be willing to scavenge the internet and design something yourself. Easily done on Photoshop but even if you don't have that program, Microsoft Publisher is an easy to use program. Another trick? A friend of mine made her invitations from a kit from Michael's, I was amazed at how lovely and yet completely personal they were. Those kits have come a long way. 
  • Printing/Mailing: If you live near a university, chances are they have their own printing services which will be a heck of a lot cheaper than going to kinkos/fedex office. OR check out places like VistaPrint, an online printing source. And always hit up Groupon and Living Social for deals.
  • Alterations: Do a little searching. Most often, bridal salons are going to charge more for their services. Since I purchased my gown in Florida but lived in Oklahoma, I was forced to find someone to alter my gown somewhere other than the salon. I made a few phone calls and stumbled upon a lady who used to work for a salon but now worked out of her home. A salon quoted me $500 for my alterations, this lady charged me $240 (and she steamed me gown before the day).
  • Living Social, Groupon, online coupon codes, etc: Utilize. Utilize. Utilize. That's all.
  • Transportation: Pass on the limo. I know it's your wedding day and it seems like everyone who's anyone will have one on their big day but in the grand scheme of it all, it's pretty unnecessary. We opted to borrow our friends car to leave in(since we both have/had pretty rank old red cars). We drove her decked just married suv over the nearby hospital parking lot, hopped out, read everything, and then got in our car and left.
  • Venue: Are you an active member in your church? Often members get a discounted price.
  • Hair/Nails: Call around, I guarantee you there are a plethora of these salons around your town. Call, call, call. I got all kinds of estimates and in the end ended up with a great price and fabulous service!
  • Flowers: real vs fake, your call. In my quotes, I wouldn't have really saved anything by going the fake route so I went real. I made sure my florist new I was on a tight budget and she came through for me. You don't have to compromise your favorite flowers on your wedding day. You can make real flowers work if you want. Also re-use! For example, my bridesmaids popped their bouquets in vases once we got the the reception.
  • Rings: I already talked about this on Wedding Wednesday Ring Posts, but I chose an anniversary band for my wedding band and ended up saving around $300, Kevin chose to get a ring from James Avery that was sterling silver so we saved a good chunk there too.
  • Gifts: DIY it folks! It doesn't have to be diamond earrings or a pearl necklace, check out my bridesmaids gifts post about what we did.
  • Guest Favors: Hit up popular sites for parties like OrientalExpress or LogoProducts. We ended purchasing 250 color changing cups with my personal design on them for less than a $1 each!
  • Tablecloths: Did you know it's actually cheaper to buy your tablecloths than to rent them? Yep it is. I bought mine online with a coupon code for about $7/each from Linens&Things and successfully sold them afterward. Check out Craig's List too. Word from wise: Iron those suckers before the day before the wedding :)
  • Wedding Party Food: For the bridal brunch I snagged some OJ, fruit and muffins from Sams and had the ladies at my house for a simple brunch. We wanted to provide some sort of dinner for our wedding party and the ladies had Subway and the men had Chik-fil-A. Easy, relatively inexpensive and made everyone happy.
  • Rehearsal Dinner: This doesn't have to be fancy, I've seen several BBQ dinners and I even thought of a picnic. We ended up choosing a local pizza joint and everyone loved it!
  • My gown ...Finding your gown is going to be different for everyone. In my experience, David's Bridal like stores just wasn't working for me. I ended up at a small boutique and walked away with a designer gown for $500...how? Right away I told the lady that I had no more than $600 to spend on the dress and that I also was going to have to ship it. She kept to that, not only did she keep to that but she knocked down the price. And I got incredible service. If you're in the Tampa area, I have the BEST Bridal shop to recommend.
  • Food: You don't have to serve everyone a full course meal. Have your wedding late and offer a snack item like our popcorn. It was a hit and no one complained that they were hungry still. And as far as drinks go, go simple! We served water and pink lemonade.
  • Photographer: Pictures are one of my favorite things, if you've followed this blog for any length of time, you've probably seen that to be true. I wanted amazing wedding pictures as much as anyone else, but I didn't have the budget for the world famous xyz photographer. Be willing to give a new photographer a chance. Birds&Coffee hadn't done a wedding before ours, and our photos were marvelous! Plus we got three photographers for a phenomenal price!
  • His Attire: The traditional wedding tux has come a long way and the recent trend is to do whatever you want. For us that meant the men wore suits. Not only that, but each groom/usher chose/worte their own suits, not rented...something I never read nor seen, though I'm sure it exists somewhere. This saved us a lot because Kevin already owned a suit, and it saved some of our groomsmen $$ because they too already owned a black suit, and if they didn't, well every guy needs a black suit so it was money well spent for their future instead of a one night affair. Items we knew had to match like the ties and shirts, we went to Al's Formal Wear, easy inexpensive one stop shop! And for shoes, we found those at a consignment shop for $30!
  • Design yourself: Listen, I may have studied interior design in school but that doesn't mean I'm a graphic artist (those people have true talent) but if you need to shave off some dollars, be willing to scavenge the internet and design something yourself. Easily done on Photoshop but even if you don't have that program, Microsoft Publisher is an easy to use program. Another trick? A friend of mine made her invitations from a kit from Michael's, I was amazed at how lovely and yet completely personal they were. Those kits have come a long way. 
  • Printing/Mailing: If you live near a university, chances are they have their own printing services which will be a heck of a lot cheaper than going to kinkos/fedex office. OR check out places like VistaPrint, an online printing source. And always hit up Groupon and Living Social for deals.
  • Alterations: Do a little searching. Most often, bridal salons are going to charge more for their services. Since I purchased my gown in Florida but lived in Oklahoma, I was forced to find someone to alter my gown somewhere other than the salon. I made a few phone calls and stumbled upon a lady who used to work for a salon but now worked out of her home. A salon quoted me $500 for my alterations, this lady charged me $240 (and she steamed me gown before the day).
  • Living Social, Groupon, online coupon codes, etc: Utilize. Utilize. Utilize. That's all.
  • Transportation: Pass on the limo. I know it's your wedding day and it seems like everyone who's anyone will have one on their big day but in the grand scheme of it all, it's pretty unnecessary. We opted to borrow our friends car to leave in(since we both have/had pretty rank old red cars). We drove her decked just married suv over the nearby hospital parking lot, hopped out, read everything, and then got in our car and left.
  • Venue: Are you an active member in your church? Often members get a discounted price.
  • Hair/Nails: Call around, I guarantee you there are a plethora of these salons around your town. Call, call, call. I got all kinds of estimates and in the end ended up with a great price and fabulous service!
  • Flowers: real vs fake, your call. In my quotes, I wouldn't have really saved anything by going the fake route so I went real. I made sure my florist new I was on a tight budget and she came through for me. You don't have to compromise your favorite flowers on your wedding day. You can make real flowers work if you want. Also re-use! For example, my bridesmaids popped their bouquets in vases once we got the the reception.
  • Rings: I already talked about this on Wedding Wednesday Ring Posts, but I chose an anniversary band for my wedding band and ended up saving around $300, Kevin chose to get a ring from James Avery that was sterling silver so we saved a good chunk there too.
  • Gifts: DIY it folks! It doesn't have to be diamond earrings or a pearl necklace, check out my bridesmaids gifts post about what we did.
  • Guest Favors: Hit up popular sites for parties like OrientalExpress or LogoProducts. We ended purchasing 250 color changing cups with my personal design on them for less than a $1 each!
  • Tablecloths: Did you know it's actually cheaper to buy your tablecloths than to rent them? Yep it is. I bought mine online with a coupon code for about $7/each from Linens&Things and successfully sold them afterward. Check out Craig's List too. Word from wise: Iron those suckers before the day before the wedding :)
  • Wedding Party Food: For the bridal brunch I snagged some OJ, fruit and muffins from Sams and had the ladies at my house for a simple brunch. We wanted to provide some sort of dinner for our wedding party and the ladies had Subway and the men had Chik-fil-A. Easy, relatively inexpensive and made everyone happy.
  • Rehearsal Dinner: This doesn't have to be fancy, I've seen several BBQ dinners and I even thought of a picnic. We ended up choosing a local pizza joint and everyone loved it!
  • My gown ...Finding your gown is going to be different for everyone. In my experience, David's Bridal like stores just wasn't working for me. I ended up at a small boutique and walked away with a designer gown for $500...how? Right away I told the lady that I had no more than $600 to spend on the dress and that I also was going to have to ship it. She kept to that, not only did she keep to that but she knocked down the price. And I got incredible service. If you're in the Tampa area, I have the BEST Bridal shop to recommend.
  • Food: You don't have to serve everyone a full course meal. Have your wedding late and offer a snack item like our popcorn. It was a hit and no one complained that they were hungry still. And as far as drinks go, go simple! We served water and pink lemonade.
  • Photographer: Pictures are one of my favorite things, if you've followed this blog for any length of time, you've probably seen that to be true. I wanted amazing wedding pictures as much as anyone else, but I didn't have the budget for the world famous xyz photographer. Be willing to give a new photographer a chance. Birds&Coffee hadn't done a wedding before ours, and our photos were marvelous! Plus we got three photographers for a phenomenal price!
  • His Attire: The traditional wedding tux has come a long way and the recent trend is to do whatever you want. For us that meant the men wore suits. Not only that, but each groom/usher chose/worte their own suits, not rented...something I never read nor seen, though I'm sure it exists somewhere. This saved us a lot because Kevin already owned a suit, and it saved some of our groomsmen $$ because they too already owned a black suit, and if they didn't, well every guy needs a black suit so it was money well spent for their future instead of a one night affair. Items we knew had to match like the ties and shirts, we went to Al's Formal Wear, easy inexpensive one stop shop! And for shoes, we found those at a consignment shop for $30!
  • Design yourself: Listen, I may have studied interior design in school but that doesn't mean I'm a graphic artist (those people have true talent) but if you need to shave off some dollars, be willing to scavenge the internet and design something yourself. Easily done on Photoshop but even if you don't have that program, Microsoft Publisher is an easy to use program. Another trick? A friend of mine made her invitations from a kit from Michael's, I was amazed at how lovely and yet completely personal they were. Those kits have come a long way. 
  • Printing/Mailing: If you live near a university, chances are they have their own printing services which will be a heck of a lot cheaper than going to kinkos/fedex office. OR check out places like VistaPrint, an online printing source. And always hit up Groupon and Living Social for deals.
  • Alterations: Do a little searching. Most often, bridal salons are going to charge more for their services. Since I purchased my gown in Florida but lived in Oklahoma, I was forced to find someone to alter my gown somewhere other than the salon. I made a few phone calls and stumbled upon a lady who used to work for a salon but now worked out of her home. A salon quoted me $500 for my alterations, this lady charged me $240 (and she steamed me gown before the day).
  • Living Social, Groupon, online coupon codes, etc: Utilize. Utilize. Utilize. That's all.
  • Transportation: Pass on the limo. I know it's your wedding day and it seems like everyone who's anyone will have one on their big day but in the grand scheme of it all, it's pretty unnecessary. We opted to borrow our friends car to leave in(since we both have/had pretty rank old red cars). We drove her decked just married suv over the nearby hospital parking lot, hopped out, read everything, and then got in our car and left.
  • Venue: Are you an active member in your church? Often members get a discounted price.
  • Hair/Nails: Call around, I guarantee you there are a plethora of these salons around your town. Call, call, call. I got all kinds of estimates and in the end ended up with a great price and fabulous service!
  • Flowers: real vs fake, your call. In my quotes, I wouldn't have really saved anything by going the fake route so I went real. I made sure my florist new I was on a tight budget and she came through for me. You don't have to compromise your favorite flowers on your wedding day. You can make real flowers work if you want. Also re-use! For example, my bridesmaids popped their bouquets in vases once we got the the reception.
  • Rings: I already talked about this on Wedding Wednesday Ring Posts, but I chose an anniversary band for my wedding band and ended up saving around $300, Kevin chose to get a ring from James Avery that was sterling silver so we saved a good chunk there too.
  • Gifts: DIY it folks! It doesn't have to be diamond earrings or a pearl necklace, check out my bridesmaids gifts post about what we did.
  • Guest Favors: Hit up popular sites for parties like OrientalExpress or LogoProducts. We ended purchasing 250 color changing cups with my personal design on them for less than a $1 each!
  • Tablecloths: Did you know it's actually cheaper to buy your tablecloths than to rent them? Yep it is. I bought mine online with a coupon code for about $7/each from Linens&Things and successfully sold them afterward. Check out Craig's List too. Word from wise: Iron those suckers before the day before the wedding :)
  • Wedding Party Food: For the bridal brunch I snagged some OJ, fruit and muffins from Sams and had the ladies at my house for a simple brunch. We wanted to provide some sort of dinner for our wedding party and the ladies had Subway and the men had Chik-fil-A. Easy, relatively inexpensive and made everyone happy.
  • Rehearsal Dinner: This doesn't have to be fancy, I've seen several BBQ dinners and I even thought of a picnic. We ended up choosing a local pizza joint and everyone loved it!
  • My gown ...Finding your gown is going to be different for everyone. In my experience, David's Bridal like stores just wasn't working for me. I ended up at a small boutique and walked away with a designer gown for $500...how? Right away I told the lady that I had no more than $600 to spend on the dress and that I also was going to have to ship it. She kept to that, not only did she keep to that but she knocked down the price. And I got incredible service. If you're in the Tampa area, I have the BEST Bridal shop to recommend.
  • Food: You don't have to serve everyone a full course meal. Have your wedding late and offer a snack item like our popcorn. It was a hit and no one complained that they were hungry still. And as far as drinks go, go simple! We served water and pink lemonade.
  • Photographer: Pictures are one of my favorite things, if you've followed this blog for any length of time, you've probably seen that to be true. I wanted amazing wedding pictures as much as anyone else, but I didn't have the budget for the world famous xyz photographer. Be willing to give a new photographer a chance. Birds&Coffee hadn't done a wedding before ours, and our photos were marvelous! Plus we got three photographers for a phenomenal price!
  • His Attire: The traditional wedding tux has come a long way and the recent trend is to do whatever you want. For us that meant the men wore suits. Not only that, but each groom/usher chose/worte their own suits, not rented...something I never read nor seen, though I'm sure it exists somewhere. This saved us a lot because Kevin already owned a suit, and it saved some of our groomsmen $$ because they too already owned a black suit, and if they didn't, well every guy needs a black suit so it was money well spent for their future instead of a one night affair. Items we knew had to match like the ties and shirts, we went to Al's Formal Wear, easy inexpensive one stop shop! And for shoes, we found those at a consignment shop for $30!
  • Design yourself: Listen, I may have studied interior design in school but that doesn't mean I'm a graphic artist (those people have true talent) but if you need to shave off some dollars, be willing to scavenge the internet and design something yourself. Easily done on Photoshop but even if you don't have that program, Microsoft Publisher is an easy to use program. Another trick? A friend of mine made her invitations from a kit from Michael's, I was amazed at how lovely and yet completely personal they were. Those kits have come a long way. 
  • Printing/Mailing: If you live near a university, chances are they have their own printing services which will be a heck of a lot cheaper than going to kinkos/fedex office. OR check out places like VistaPrint, an online printing source. And always hit up Groupon and Living Social for deals.
  • Alterations: Do a little searching. Most often, bridal salons are going to charge more for their services. Since I purchased my gown in Florida but lived in Oklahoma, I was forced to find someone to alter my gown somewhere other than the salon. I made a few phone calls and stumbled upon a lady who used to work for a salon but now worked out of her home. A salon quoted me $500 for my alterations, this lady charged me $240 (and she steamed me gown before the day).
  • Living Social, Groupon, online coupon codes, etc: Utilize. Utilize. Utilize. That's all.
  • Transportation: Pass on the limo. I know it's your wedding day and it seems like everyone who's anyone will have one on their big day but in the grand scheme of it all, it's pretty unnecessary. We opted to borrow our friends car to leave in(since we both have/had pretty rank old red cars). We drove her decked just married suv over the nearby hospital parking lot, hopped out, read everything, and then got in our car and left.
  • Venue: Are you an active member in your church? Often members get a discounted price.
  • Hair/Nails: Call around, I guarantee you there are a plethora of these salons around your town. Call, call, call. I got all kinds of estimates and in the end ended up with a great price and fabulous service!
  • Flowers: real vs fake, your call. In my quotes, I wouldn't have really saved anything by going the fake route so I went real. I made sure my florist new I was on a tight budget and she came through for me. You don't have to compromise your favorite flowers on your wedding day. You can make real flowers work if you want. Also re-use! For example, my bridesmaids popped their bouquets in vases once we got the the reception.
  • Rings: I already talked about this on Wedding Wednesday Ring Posts, but I chose an anniversary band for my wedding band and ended up saving around $300, Kevin chose to get a ring from James Avery that was sterling silver so we saved a good chunk there too.
  • Gifts: DIY it folks! It doesn't have to be diamond earrings or a pearl necklace, check out my bridesmaids gifts post about what we did.
  • Guest Favors: Hit up popular sites for parties like OrientalExpress or LogoProducts. We ended purchasing 250 color changing cups with my personal design on them for less than a $1 each!
  • Tablecloths: Did you know it's actually cheaper to buy your tablecloths than to rent them? Yep it is. I bought mine online with a coupon code for about $7/each from Linens&Things and successfully sold them afterward. Check out Craig's List too. Word from wise: Iron those suckers before the day before the wedding :)
  • Wedding Party Food: For the bridal brunch I snagged some OJ, fruit and muffins from Sams and had the ladies at my house for a simple brunch. We wanted to provide some sort of dinner for our wedding party and the ladies had Subway and the men had Chik-fil-A. Easy, relatively inexpensive and made everyone happy.
  • Rehearsal Dinner: This doesn't have to be fancy, I've seen several BBQ dinners and I even thought of a picnic. We ended up choosing a local pizza joint and everyone loved it!

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