What did you or will you go cheap on at your wedding?

by DIY wedding planner on November 26, 2012

And what will you splurge on? Im considering splurging on real flowers and going cheaper on invitations. Im doing a lot of things myself and with help of family we are doing some of our own catering ex. fruit and veggie trays and my mom use to make wedding cakes so shes doing ours free of charge! Is the invitation something that should be impressive? I always kinda figured ppl throw them away at some point anyways!

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Aurelys S November 26, 2012 at 5:25 am

I would def go lax on the invitations, something simple but nice. If you go with certain print companies they have great deals and you can get em cheap. try http://www.retailmenot.com and i’m almost positive you can save on a TON of other things.


daVIDica November 26, 2012 at 5:31 am

We went cheap on the invites and the centerpieces. My dress and our photography is number one.


Princess W November 26, 2012 at 5:53 am

We went pretty cheap on everything because it was all done by us or friends! You could definitely do cute invitations that are inexpensive. We only spent $250 on flowers and they were real roses, orchids and calla lilies. We had a friend do them and she knew where to get them cheap. That’s good about your cakes, because those can be kind of expensive. Definitely find a good photographer. Pictures are something you will be very glad you have. Do you have a friend that does photography? If you do that would help because I’m sure they’d give you a discount. We had a friend do ours and he only asked us to reimburse for fuel to get to our wedding. (he was in a different state than we were.) So we only spent about $300 for over 1000 pictures!
Just do as much as you can yourself and you’ll save a lot of money.
Hope I helped!


Blunt November 26, 2012 at 6:25 am

I went cheap on centerpieces (used the venues) and cheap on the dress ($100 david’s bridal special). Everything else, I splurged…and splurged and spent large (our wedding was $30.000). No one ever remembers the centerpieces and I do not feel guilty about my $100 gown in the closet, besides, I looked fantastic and everyone thought that I spent thousands on the dress.

Good luck


Kae B November 26, 2012 at 6:52 am

Def go cheap w/ invites, most people ARE just going to throw them away after the wedding. Your mother & yourself will probably want to keep one, so put a few in frames, or something sweet & nice to preserve them.
I bought blank invites at Office Depot & printed them on my computer at home! My 2 best friends did my flowers & made my cake, & I bought my dress on ebay for $80! It was a worn once before dress in excellent condition & a friend altered the length for me. It is now in storage! So, had i spent hundreds of dollars on it, I’d feel like I wasted money.
We went very cheap dollar wise, but our wedding was still very beautiful. The only reason the flowers & cake need to look pretty is for the pics. So spend enough money that they last through for that, but don’t go crazy because the flowers, like the invites, will ultimately end up in the trash. :)
If you’re gonna splurge on anything, do it for a honeymoon!!
The most important thing is that you marry the person you can’t live without!


B2B 8/21/09 November 26, 2012 at 7:52 am

Real flowers I’d say is a good idea. Personally I don’t even think fake ones are an option. I am going cheap on a videographer, I am having one of my brothers friends film for $200, I think its ridiculous to spend thousands on that.

As far as your invitations there are ways you can go cheap with them with out them looking cheap, your invitations will set the presence for your entire event so be careful “how cheap” you go.


Dahlia November 26, 2012 at 8:02 am

my fiance’s parents are paying for most of the wedding so we are splurging on everything. the only bad thing about this arrangement is that we have to do a bunch of what they want.

some areas we are saving money on is definitely invitations because my soon-to-be-mother-in-law is doing them herself. (it keeps her out of my hair)


April November 26, 2012 at 8:24 am

I think that you can definitely save some money on the invitations. Often times people barely take a second glance at them. You can get simple invitations and dress them up yourself – that is what my friend did. She order simple invites from Costco, then she dressed them up with bows and a border. She saved a done doing all of that herself.
One thing I would say that you should splurge on is the photography. You won’t get a chance to redo this day if the photography comes out bad. Make sure you get a good photographer that will take an unlimited amount of pictures. I suggest going on theknot.com and posting a question about a good photographer in your area. There are great photographers out there that don’t charge nearly as much as you think. We were able to get an awesome photographer for a wonderful price. Also, if you have the money, I would suggest a videographer as well. That is something that I really wish I would have splurged on.
For my wedding I definitely saved a lot of money on wedding favors. We were able to find favors on clearance at Party City – looking back I think we could have done without the favors. They looked cute on the table, but other than that no one would have noticed…


originalblonde43 November 26, 2012 at 9:18 am

i wouldn’t splurge on the flowers….get some nice fake ones(that;s what i did) they still look nice and you get to keep some of them….I would splurge on anything that makes you look absolutely gorgeous on your wedding day, the cake, and the pics/video. I think those are the most memorable. We made our invitations too and they turned out great!!!!!!


My thumb is bigger than yours November 26, 2012 at 9:40 am

- no limo
Limited flowers-ceremony is outdoors so no flowers other than bouquets (reception is indoors, but no flowers because we’re doing something different for the centerpieces)
- no videographer (we felt it wasn’t necessary for us)
- Invitations. We got the kind that you take to kinkos or someplace and print off yourself.

- Food


sillygirl November 26, 2012 at 9:51 am

I splurged on my dress.Well if you think $650 is a lot..lol. That’s about it. Make your own invites cheap and you can make them so cute.They will throw them away anyways. So plz don’t spend a lot. I’m buying real flowers in bulk from Costco’s and making the bouquets myself. Saved so much money. good luck


xoxo November 26, 2012 at 10:23 am

i went all out on invitations, & guess what people do throw them away…
go cheap but elegant…
Good luck.. here are some ideas
go to http://www.wilton.com
most of there invitations you can find them online or at walmart…
go to the site click wiltonprint wizard.. it will guide you threw it ..you can get 50 invites for $20.00
once you pick your invites you can add ribbon in the color of your wedding… its so easy!!!!!
Good Luck


Cupcake's Princess November 26, 2012 at 10:28 am

We spent money on the items that were important to us, and that we knew people would remember later. It was important that our guests have a good time. So, we got an interesting, fun venue, good food and an open bar, a DJ who knows how to get a party going and keep it going, and a quality photographer (though, her cost was very reasonable). I didn’t spend a lot of money on a dress, or on flowers and decorations. I made our invitations, thank-you cards, programs, place-seating cards and centerpieces. Our invitations were nice, but not elegant and expensive. I’m the only one keeping one; I’m sure that guests threw them out after the wedding. We didn’t rent a limo, and we didn’t have a videographer. We didn’t spend a lot on favors or decorations.


NaughtyAngel B2B?4/17? November 26, 2012 at 11:23 am

We saved a ton on our wedding rings, shopping after New Year’s sales at going-out-of-business jewelry stores really adds up!
My dress wound up being a little cheaper than we budgeted ($800 vs. $1,000 budgeted) and we saved some money on attendant gifts (by shopping around like crazy!) and parents’ gifts.
We totally splurged on the venue (per person price, that was hands down our biggest expense) the photographer, and flowers.

I say go with your gut, do the real flowers and make the invitations yourself. Also, check out stationery stores, sometimes they have invitation sales of 20-30% off and it might be worth it for you to get it from them, as it’s less hassle.

Good luck and congrats!


Blossomo2 November 26, 2012 at 12:02 pm

We had a lunch instead of a dinner, which cut costs considerably. We also had a “dry” wedding to avoid any possible drama from my alcoholic FIL. That cut costs a lot, too. The upshot of these decisions was that we were able to pick the most expensive options on the catering menu, so the food was fricking great.


Kristy November 26, 2012 at 12:43 pm

I think your idea sound good. People just ditch the invite anyways. Fresh flowers are amazing, they are a sign of new life and bring life and color to any setting. I LOVE flowers!

We made our own invitations for $32 (not including postage) and made save the date cards for $12. I guess that would be our “budget” item.

We got tons of fresh flowers, food, venue, dress, music, photography, photo stamps for the invites, awesome favors, guest baskets, cake and dessert but I wouldn’t say we “splurged”. We don’t really have a budget cap and we comfortably spent ~$32k.

Good luck!


Future Mrs Zigler November 26, 2012 at 12:48 pm

I’ll probably cheap out on invitations and centerpieces. I’m having my wedding cake made by his grandmother and my DJ and bartender are my neighbor and his brother.

I’ll probably also cheap out on the favors. No one really takes them apparently so I’m going to do a CD and maybe something else.

I’m also not doing wedding programs.


justanotherrodeogirl November 26, 2012 at 1:45 pm

what to splurge on

video photo honeymoon

i would do eh catering and invites cus those normally go to trash i prop would not do favors why no one really likes them anyhow no horderves if i am doing a dinner and cake as the dessert


LBB November 26, 2012 at 1:51 pm

we splurged on horse and carriage.

We are going cheap (silk) on flowers and invites. But they are nice anyway, just simple and pretty. I bet they have been thrown away already :)


tempesunset November 26, 2012 at 2:20 pm

A quick, easy, and fun way to create your wedding invitations is to go CropMom.com at http://www.cropmom.com. Cropmom is a online digital scrapbooking, collage, card making site.

Upload your photos. Make your invitation using them. You can add your own text. There are thousands of graphics to choose from to create your collage. The site has templates and kits to help the process. The tutorials may be really helpful.

Then save it. Go to My CropMom and click on the layout. Then click the “share” link. It’ll let you enter the email address of the recipient, and your screen-quality invitation will be sent via email for free.

For print-quality, you can purchase a JPEG file of your creation (it doesn’t cost much) and download it to your computer.

From here, you can either print your invitation at home. Or – what I usually do – is have it printed by SeeHere, Shutterfly or Snapfish.


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