Already cutting corners to save money. What else can we do?

by DIY wedding planner on April 24, 2012

Our wedding budget is $1500. That’s fine for problem. But now we are wondering if we can lower that budget so we have more money to go on a 6 day honeymoon cruise. The cost of the cruise is $1200…plus a few hundreds for spending money.

35 Guests
Getting married in a Rose Garden…for FREE…no cost
Reception–taking family/friends to lunch at nearby restaurant. $13.00 per person (includes drink). $455 total…plus tip and tax
Not buying decorations, tables, chairs..none of that..the rose garden and restaurant are nice enough.
Planned on hiring a photography student or amature photographer…around $300
Officiant $300
Dress, suit, flower girl dress….$500
No wedding bridesmaids, main of honor, groomsmen..nothing
Flowers–only buying my bouquet from floral shop. $50
Using the last few hundred for invitations., cupcakes..and whatever other small items we need.

What can we cut out of this…to put more money to the cruise???? We can easily afford the cruise…but don’t really have spending money for the cruise.

We do not have a DIY nobody we know can be the photographer or make the cupcakes…ETC

Any Ideas?
No idea what we’re doing for music. I wanted to hire a violin soloist for $300…but can’t afford it really. Then I thought about loading songs on an mp3player and playing it on speakers at the garden…???…but we don’t even have speakers and they cost about $60 from the store. We only need music for the ceremony…not the reception because the restaurant already plays music.

We’re getting married in Sept.
$300 wedding? No, that’s not what I’m saying.I don’t know what I said to make you think that.

We plan on spending $1500 for the entire wedding…but wonder what we can cut we can make that $1500…to…$1400…$1300..OR $1200…so on. So those savings can go to the cruise.
Further explanation—-we have the $1500 for the wedding…AND we also have the $1200 for the cruise. But we don’t have money for “spending cash” while on the cruise So I was hoping to cut about $200-$400 from the wedding..and put that to the cruise for spending.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

diamondcollector April 24, 2012 at 5:35 am

are you saying you want to have a 300 wedding? answer back?

you made it sound like you wanted to reduce your 1500 wedding – 1200 cruise = 300 left

i would learn to make duncan hines cupcakes (easy!), with a real butter and confectioners sugar frosting, and print your own invitations on the computer.

honestly, ya know how many times i have looked at the professional wedding pictures? once in 15 years. if i had to do it over again i would just ask family to take pictures.


The Immaculate April 24, 2012 at 6:32 am

Go to vegas and get hitched.


Barbara B April 24, 2012 at 6:36 am

Don’t forget your marriage license. Cost varies by state.

Now then. Here’s the chopping block.

Cut your guest list by 20 people – just 15 people attending. (20 X $13 = $260)

Eliminate the flower girl (another $100 for her dress)

Carry a single rose instead of a bouquet ($45)

There. That’s $405 saved.


Perse April 24, 2012 at 7:10 am

You’re the prime of example of doing a beautiful wedding on a budget! Give yourself a pat on the back for being thrifty!

I went through your list and I didn’t see anywhere you could deduct until I got here:

Officiant $300
Dress, suit, flower girl dress….$500
Flowers–only buying my bouquet from floral shop. $50

If this officiant is worth it, stick with them, but you should be able to find one for less. Maybe you live in a more expensive area, I don’t know, but they usually advertise for $50-$100. You could even post a wanted ad and see if any officiant will take the bait for $40-$50.

As for the dress, I know this is a very personal thing and worth it, but I know you have mentioned you’re not looking for your typical bridal gown, rather something off-white and short, which you should be able to strike a deal on. If you really look, you could probably spend $50. You can rent a suit for $100. And then you can get a flowergirl dress for $25. Total: $175. Or, get really thrifty and some of you can maybe wear clothes you already own? Does your fiance already own a nice suit? Might the flowergirl already have a nice dress? You could also get her dress used.

You can go without a bouquet, or pick one up from your grocery store for $5. Cut the stems and wrap in ribbon to glam it up.

Not necessarily corners you want to cut, but the option is there.

Good luck!


starbright54500 April 24, 2012 at 7:24 am

I made my bouquet from fake flowers. No one could tell and now I get to keep them. It was super easy and cost was around 15.00


arizonakal April 24, 2012 at 8:10 am

You say you have the money for the wedding and the money for the cruise. You also said you were getting married in September which is 9 months away. That should be enough time to save up a few hundred dollars more plus you may get some cash as wedding gifts. I don’t see anywhere else you can cut from your wedding. You’ll be completing quite a feat if you stick to this budget. Good luck!!


Stormie April 24, 2012 at 9:02 am

Cut the flower girl, single flower as bouquet, no need for cupcakes, 35 guest? No need for invitations just call them or print out your own.
Dress find a cheaper one on clearence
suit- rent it or use one you already have.
Ask guest instead of wedding gifts to donate 100 each, they have 9 months to save up. Plenty of time.

Cut out some guest keep it an intimate reception with just close relatives.

Good luck!


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