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Weddings on a Budget ($50 Giveaway)

submitted on September 25, 2011 by YanBz in "Buxr Website / Contests", last updated on September 26, 2011 by YanBz
A special wedding celebration is a memorable event many people dream of having. But costs can put financial strains on the young family and even affect the relationship. Read our recent blog post full of tips on how to lower the wedding costs and take the poll below for a chance to win a $50 cash prize.

For the poll, please pick your favorite tips, and post in the comments if you have any of your own tips to add to the list. Everyone who took the poll will be enrolled. The giveaway will close on October 3, 2011 and the winner will be announced in the comments the following day. Good luck! Smile

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1. Invitations, Favors, Menu Cards
  • Choose single page invitations, save postage by eliminating the RSVP cards
  • 33%
  • Choose printed rather than engraved invitations, or print them yourself
  • 36%
  • Email your save-the-date notices
  • 28%
  • Make your own menu cards and invite friends to help you assemble favors and centerpieces
  • 33%
  • Don’t feel obligated to invite dates, children, distant relatives, or coworkers
  • 28%
    2. Flowers and Decorations
  • Use more greenery and buy flowers that are locally grown and in season
  • 39%
  • Use inexpensive flowers in large arrangements that will only be seen at a distance
  • 28%
  • Rent or purchase large potted plants to frame your ceremony site
  • 14%
  • Create your own centerpieces
  • 33%
  • Split the flowers costs with another bride who has booked the same day and location
  • 17%
  • If you’re getting married in a church, choose a date near a holiday when the church will already be decorated
  • 11%
  • Skip getting married in February, when flower prices are at an annual high for Valentine’s Day
  • 19%
    3. Attire and Rings
  • Shop wedding sample sales, outlets, or the Internet for discounts. Shop regular retailers instead of bridal shops
  • 47%
  • Check out jewelry at warehouse stores (Sam’s Club or Costco) or buy froom micro-vendors at Etsy
  • 19%
  • Do your own hair, nails, and makeup; make your own veil
  • 28%
  • Plan the wedding yourself, and save the cost of a wedding planner
  • 58%
  • Get dressed for the wedding at home and save the cost of a hotel room
  • 28%
    4. Ceremony and Reception
  • Hold your ceremony and reception in the same location
  • 53%
  • Get married in the off season, or on a weeknight or a Sunday.
  • 25%
  • Hold your reception in a restaurant. Rent a private room or the whole place
  • 19%
  • Hold your reception in a city park or your (or your friend's) back yard
  • 19%
  • Hold your reception in a local theater or an art museum
  • 8%
  • Give your friends different roles on the wedding day to cut down on attendants
  • 33%
    5. Refreshments
  • Give the caterer a limit and choose less expensive entrees, or serve a buffet
  • 61%
  • Buy some of the food in bulk, provide your own liquor
  • 53%
  • Ask for a moderately sized decorated display cake, and use sheet cakes as extras
  • 36%
    6. Photo, Video, Music
  • Make sure you get the originals so you can later make prints yourself
  • 64%
  • Make your own wedding album
  • 36%
  • Consider hiring a photography student
  • 39%
  • Don't hire a disc jockey, make a playlist and appoint a friend to monitor the music
  • 31%
    Total: 36 votes

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    • 126245
      DebsFreebies
      professor
      2
      10 5 1
      Posted by DebsFreebies on September 26, 2011
      [reply] 3 0
      Nice tips! My biggest tip? Don't get married - NO COST Mr Green

      How to save money on a divorce: sequel to follow lol
    • 126263
      Sherol
      guest
      Posted by Sherol on September 26, 2011 [reply] 0 0
      Very practical tips.
    • 126265
      coolsherol
      learner
      Posted by coolsherol on September 26, 2011
      [reply] 1 0
      Very practical tips.
    • 126270
      eye144
      learner
      Posted by eye144 on September 26, 2011
      [reply] 3 0
      It has been 30 years for us next month! Great summary.
    • 126271
      ChristieStruck
      learner
      Posted by ChristieStruck on September 26, 2011
      [reply] 4 0
      Spend your money where it counts! I spent about $3000 on my wedding (true, 16 years ago), but the biggest part of our budget was the photographer. We got married in my parents' backyard, had a buffet we made and had friends fill for us, had the local grocery store make us a cake, and my dress and bridesmaid dresses were sewn for us. We rented chairs and a tent for the reception on the other side of the house, but we wanted some great pictures to remember how fun everything was, so we told the photographer to go wherever he wanted to get great shots. He did. It was awesome.
    • 126275
      fleurette
      learner
      2
      Posted by fleurette on September 26, 2011
      [reply] 1 0
      Elope! Mr Green
    • 126320
      deathbynosleep
      teacher
      7 1 1
      Posted by deathbynosleep on September 26, 2011
      [reply] 3 0
      I just got married a few months ago. Ask friends if they or anyone they know does any wedding stuff...I found out I had a friend that prints greeting cards. He printed up all of our invites, programs, and save the dates really cheap. My dad had a friend that has a photography company...still expensive though, but tossed in a lot of extras. My wife went to a lot of bridal shows to get discounts on things. Also don't forget to HAGGLE. We got a weekday price for a saturday night with a couple other little freebies(like free dinner on our anniversary extra bartender etc).
    • 126322
      lootango
      professor
      11 9 1
      Posted by lootango on September 26, 2011
      [reply] 2 0
      I got married 5 years ago and had a gorgeous wedding and reception with about 75 guests... and did a lot of the stuff myself and saved a ton. And yes, most of the tips up there do save a lot of $$. Bring your own liquor, make your own playlist and ditch the dj, plan yourself because wedding planners are way over priced and from what I've heard, don't save you too much of the stress.
    • 126338
      Version
      professor
      9 7 2
      Posted by Version on September 27, 2011 [reply] 0 0
      It is very important that you set a date that will give you enough time to plan your wedding the right way.
    • 126339
      tiny2009
      master
      9 3 1
      Posted by tiny2009 on September 27, 2011 [reply] 0 0
      Great tips!
    • 126519
      mommy25
      professor
      1 4
      8 7 2
      Posted by mommy25 on September 28, 2011
      [reply] 2 0
      I got married 4 years ago next month....total cost of wedding...$2,750. Lucked out by getting a perfectly fitted $99 dress off the rack at David's bridal Total cost with sash and shoes, $179. Made my own centerpieces total cost $60. My local shaws has markdowns on their flowers every Friday, i picked up all my fall flowers for less than $40. I have a friend that is a D.j. $200. I have a friend that is a photographer...free (our wedding gift). Our venue was at a great restaraunt,we got married in 1 room, had the reception in another served filet mignon for 55 guests. Since November wasn't a busy month, (and my sister is friends with the coordinator) got the room for free. Kept the bridal party to maid of honor, and best man, and my son gave me away, (as my father passed away when i was 10). It was a great day....on a great budget. my biggest tip, white x-mas lights go a long way. Big Grin
    • 126533
      orangearrows
      professor
      2 3
      7 1 1
      Posted by orangearrows on September 28, 2011
      [reply] 1 0
      CostCo is great for jewellery. Best value and good design too. Not many people are aware of it.
    • 126542
      josetring
      master
      Posted by josetring on September 28, 2011
      [reply] 1 0
      Win win
    • 126593
      ecollins86
      learner
      1
      Posted by ecollins86 on September 28, 2011
      [reply] 1 0
      Doing as much as you can on your own saves so much money! Trying to find friends (or friends of friends) that are willing to give you a discount on cost always helps!
    • 126594
      psplove
      professor
      3 1 6
      11 9 2
      Posted by psplove on September 28, 2011 [reply] 0 0
      My wedding album already charged more than $2000. too bad! You should post this topic early. Yan!
    • 126743
      Bonnie32934
      learner
      1
      Posted by Bonnie32934 on September 30, 2011
      [reply] 3 0
      If you are flexible on dates, try and plan for an August wedding as flowers are least expensive during that month - this will also pay off for anniversaries, almost ensuring you will get flowers every year at a bargain price!
    • 127136
      mooncow728
      professor
      1 1
      12 6 1
      Posted by mooncow728 on October 4, 2011
      [reply] 1 0
      To save money my husband and I got married at the county building and had a small get together at pizza hut with friends afterwards. We didn't get all the fancy pictures of us all dressed up and weren't surrounded by beautiful things but we have the memories. Our friends snapped shots of everything and we had a good time. We figure on our 10 year anniversary we will probably have a more traditional reception but by then we would have more money. Not to mention we can put our kiddos to work then! Amused
    • 127144
      YanBz
      admin
      Posted by YanBz on October 5, 2011 [reply] 0 0
      Alright, I just ran the random number generator at random.org and it told me that the winner is,... equipurple, who was #17 out of 36 people who took the poll. Congratulations and thank you to everyone who took part in the contest! Smile
    • 127150
      mommy25
      professor
      1 4
      8 7 2
      Posted by mommy25 on October 5, 2011 [reply] 0 0
      COGRATS Equipurple!!!! Big Grin
        127151
      • mommy25
        professor
        1 4
        8 7 2
        Posted by mommy25 on October 5, 2011 [reply] 0 0
        I mean CONGRATS!! l.o.l. Big Grin
    • 127152
      sandyshore
      professor
      2 1
      12 8 1
      Posted by sandyshore on October 5, 2011 [reply] 0 0
      Congrats Equipurple!

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