Does anyone have any amazing ideas for DIY weddings to save money?

by DIY wedding planner on December 8, 2011


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I plan on planning a wedding that has a lot of DIY to save time. I am looking for ideas from future brides with the same idea or from brides that have fought the battle already and have conqured the fight to have a low budget, yet elegant wedding with money saving tips and ideas. Anything is greatly appreciated. Thank y’all so very much! (Please give ideas such as centerpieces, food, decor, drinks, invitations, etc.)

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One and only December 8, 2011 at 8:49 pm

Flowers- Order bulk online like sams club.com and do the arrangments your self. I did my bridal party the church and center pieces at the recption hall for under 800 bucks.

Favors make choclates or anything edible easily can spend under a dollar per guest.

Invitation kits at AC Moore with there weekly 40% off coupon will make it super cheap

drink i feel you shouldnt skimp on cause its an inconvinece to your guests. But you can look for halls that let you bring you own alchol or I went to a wedding and they had both a cash bar which had everything and an open bar that had 2 beers 2 wines and one mixed drink.

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CJ Baby's December 8, 2011 at 9:17 pm

My budget was $3000. My wedding is next month!! We are doing EVERYTHING DIY. I bought my dress at a bridal shop for $400….regularlly $2000. As far as decor, I bought the ribbon and everything at Michaels and did it myself. I even bought the invites there for $40 for 40 of them. I bought 2 boxes. My guest list consist of 150. I am having a buffet style food for the reception. I will stick to two main meats then several sides….We are doing this also diy but with ALOT of help. I went on DIY network online and found these BEAUTIFUL centerpieces. They are of a hurricane lamp shade and tall pillar candles with grapevine twisted inside. A round mirrior underneath with my theme color wired ribbon tied around to make a bow. I will have rinestones scattered on the table. I bout all my utensils such as plates, cups and cutlery at SAMS. BEAUTIFUL plates. Plastic but looks like glass. My FMIL is making our wedding cake. Goodness. There is so much to think about to write now, but you can do it! I know if I can do it with alot on my plate already, you surely can do it. CONGRATS!

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shannon052865 December 8, 2011 at 10:02 pm

I’m doing handmade/handwritten invitations, programs, etc. I’ve been teaching myself calligraphy so it will look really nice. And I get the satisfaction of doing it myself. But I’m also having a small wedding. The DIY wedding invites you can find at most retailers are nice and budget friendly.

Stores like the dollar tree are really good for finding vases, candles and the like for a great price. you can order in bulk online dollartree.com You can get most of what you need for centerpieces there.

I’ve also been checking out wedding in a box flowers.

http://www.growersbox.com/catalog/arranged-wedding-flowers-1379/

Of course flowers are totally optional!

We are lucky enough to have found a venue that included food/drinks/linens/DJ all in the price.

Good luck!

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CC December 8, 2011 at 10:41 pm

Our budget is $1500, we are getting married Sept 24th.

Inviting 40 people, keeping the guest list low to keep the cost low.
Having the ceremony in a rose garden. No need for decorations because the garden is nice enough. On top of that, the garden charges $0 for small wedding. The garden has pretty white benches that seat about 25 people…so we only need to rent about 20 more chairs for our guests. Cheap.

Flowers: I’m getting my flowers from a department store and making the bouquet myself. I only need to make my bouquet..we are not having wedding party..so no need to worry about bridesmaids flowers. We aren’t having any bridesmaids. Only the flower girl and I ordered her flower petal from ebay for $3 for 1000 petals.

My dress- $89 at lightinthebox.com
Flower girl dress $25 on ebay.

Reception- we’re taking our family and friends to lunch at a nearby restaurant for appetizers and sandwiches. Again, the restaurant is nice…so we don’t need to decorate. We aren’t even going to hav centerpieces on the tables. No need for that, no desire. We just want to get married and go eat and hang out with our familes. And since it’s at a restaurant..we don’t have to worry about renting tables, linens, place settings..nothing. The restaurant has it all. All we do is pay for the food.

Invitations- vistaprint.com. Invitations for cheap.

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Sandra F December 8, 2011 at 11:01 pm

When my daughter got married, I did all of her decorations. One thing that helped was that the decorations that were used in the church were reused at the reception.

She had her cake made at a bakery, but I made the topper for it. Most wedding decor is just a bunch of flowers, ribbons, tulle and lace. Not hard to do at all.

Silk flowers look just as good as real flowers now. You really can’t tell the difference unless you touch them, and sometimes it is still hard to tell the difference.

As far as the wedding announcements and paper things you need, consider an on-line source where you can add your own information, especially if your handwriting is not that pretty, or you don’t have the time to put the text on a bunch of cards.

Zazzle has a lot of nice wedding related items and most are customizable. The url is http://zazzle.com

and here is a link to my wedding related items on zazzle.

http://www.zazzle.com/randysgrandma/gifts?cg=196705034407911627&sr=250900164656661956

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thedreamweaverwolf December 8, 2011 at 11:56 pm

save on crafts website

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Anna B December 8, 2011 at 11:56 pm

for invites 123print is real cheap same with vista print, Michaels is pretty good too I have been doing some sourcing and looking dress is always cheapers online plenty of good sites mention centerpiece can double as favor so do something edible that people can take on their way save money there drinks buy bulk decor a lot of DIY make the craft and dollar store ur friend chic

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Vibiana December 9, 2011 at 12:01 am

Have the wedding in the afternoon, around 2 or 3 (no later than that). Serve cake, punch, tea, maybe some finger sandwiches or light hors d’oeuvres. Wear a simple gown rather than an expensively tailored one–even perhaps a tea length rather than floor length.

If you give up the major expense item of the typical wedding–food and liquor–you will find that you have a lot more to spend on things like flowers and decor. Your invitations don’t have to be engraved, but raised printing looks better than plain.

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faith burke December 9, 2011 at 1:12 am

This site
http://www.weddingbee.com/ is AMAZING! With diy wedding projects trust me I LOVE IT

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Because I Said So December 9, 2011 at 1:53 am

my wedding came in $200 under budget, because I bought stuff at dollartree.com and etsy.com. the centerpieces ended up costing me $$$ because I had to find the exact right color candles :( but we saved a ton of money by printing everything ourselves. the STD’s, thank you notes, invitations, response cards, reception cards, escort cards, luminary bags, and table # cards were all designed and printed by us at home. so if you know someone who’s good in publisher or photoshop, use them!

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Alana December 9, 2011 at 2:28 am

Hi there!

I did my wedding for under $5,000 with all the trimmings, mostly by sweat equity. I had made invitations by designing an “Etsy’ish” graphic, very crafty, and tying layers of paper together with ribbon. I made the cake myself, surprisingly easy, by using rolled fondant over a 3 layer cake made with pans from Wilton, bought at Michael’s. We had our favorite local restaurant cater (Wishbone in Chicago).

But the biggest saving was that we rented a house on Lake Michigan and had the wedding in the yard, using the gorgeous lake as a backdrop. The rental for the entire week was $2500, and we stayed there with my 2 daughters for the week after the wedding, making it a family honeymoon. We used the very large porch as our dance floor and suspended about 50 round, white paper lanterns from the pergola roof. It was magical, relaxed, and very pretty. We had so many friends say that this was the best wedding experience they had ever been a part of. It was all about friends, family, and the beautiful lakeside setting. If you pick a beautiful setting, nature is your decor. We put candles all over the place, but when you have a gorgeous blue lake for a backdrop, how can you top it?

We had 1 theme cocktail, then served sangria and beer in addition to sodas, etc. We wrapped the whole party around the idea that this was a bbq on the beach.

Another tip: When you call for rentals, DO NOT tell them it’s for a wedding. Everything gets marked up higher as soon as they hear the “W” word. Tell them it’s for a large family gathering.

Good luck!

-Alana of Bluebird Goods: http://www.bluebirdgoods.com

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Emma December 9, 2011 at 2:43 am

Garden Weddings can be inexpensive.

Planning a wedding can be both fun and stressful. Trying to have a theme, like a garden wedding, can require extra work, but can also help make your wedding unique and memorable. Remember that keeping it simple but tasteful can go a long way – there is no need to go overboard with a garden theme.

Garden Weddings – http://www.perennial-gardens.com/flower-articles/tips-for-garden-weddings.php

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