|Fight for the bouquet!|
|Throwing of the garter.|
Love the picture of Kari dancing with her dad. Her face says it all. It is saying, "Thank you, Daddy, for spending all this money on my wedding!" Just kidding. But it is a good lead-in to the subject we are really talking about: money!
Here is a list of things we did to save money, and how we could have saved even more money if we had needed to or decided to. In our case, we wouldn't have changed a thing. I don't necessarily recommend that you do all the money savers. They are just suggestions if you do need to make things less expensive.
- Everything I purchased, I researched the best price, for the quality I wanted.
- Sewed the wedding dress. Though this is not always an option, this is probably the single best way we saved money. The only way we could have saved more on this would have been to not use a lace overlay.
- We made the veil. ANYONE can do this. It will save you $200 or more!
- Sewed the bridesmaids skirts and dresses, and provided only the skirt, not the rest of the outfit. Money saver: fewer bridesmaids, but we loved having them all involved!
- Sewed table runners. Purchased tableclothes (same price as renting, can use again). We had a tablecloth, a table topper, and a runner. Money saver: only have one layer, ie. just a tablecloth.
- Rented Farmington City Arts Building instead of a reception center. Money saver: use the church cultural hall.
- Invitations: researched prices. Money saver: send less invitations, choose an invitation without a band, purchase an invitation that has the picture printed on it instead of separate from the invite. Hand deliver invitations to people who live nearby.
- Cake money saver: learn to make and decorate your own cake, choose a smaller cake, or don't even have a cake if it doesn't matter to you! I went to one wedding where they had a cake made out of cans of diet pepsi (the bride and groom's favorite)
- Photography: had Kevin's sister take engagement pictures for the invitations. Money saver: don't do bridals, have someone in your family with a good camera take pictures, or consider a professional photographer for just an hour either after the temple (where you can get some great formal shots of the bride and groom) or before the reception.
- Men's clothing: purchased matching ties instead of tuxedos. Money saver: select a slack color that most of the men already have.
- Decorations: we did the decorating ourselves for the best price we could find for what Kari had in mind. Money saver: borrow or use fewer decorations. I have heard of lovely wedding receptions done solely with borrowed decorations or fewer and simpler decorations.
- Chairs: researched the best prices. Money saver: use the chairs provided by the facility. We could have used chair covers, but the price for those was the same as for chairs. Sometimes just a tulle bow will spruce up a metal chair.
- Flowers: used our neighbor, who provided us with flowers at wholesale and only charged a little for her time. We also did not use out-of-season or specialty flowers that would have cost more. Money saver: use less flowers. Some brides have smaller bouquets and do not provide flowers for the entire wedding party. We used fresh flowers on each of the guest tables as well. Some other type of centerpiece might have cost less (especially if it was borrowed). Doing the flowers yourself is another way to save, but also adds a lot of stress the day before the wedding!
- Food: we saved big time by doing the food ourselves. Money saver: guess right on how much you will need. Or serve only cake or cheesecake.
- Candy: researched best prices. Money saver: don't even have a candy bar. Or have a smaller one.
More money saving ideas appreciated if you'd like to comment!