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A cake for 250 people would have cost us $4-$5 a person, while an ice cream sundae bar that our reception facility is putting together for us is $1.60 a person. This includes ice cream, toppings like nuts, candies, strawberries, whipped cream, fudge & caramel that guests get to pick & choose! Since our wedding is in August, everyone loves the idea!
Stephanie B.
My home church is allowing me to use their multi-purpose/gymnasium room for my reception at no additional fee. Also, my church has tables, chairs, linens, serveware, tableware, and a full kitchen. I'm also delegating certain tasks to friends and family. My sister-in-law is wonderful with paper art - hence my invites and personalized paper products. A close friend is helping me with DIY floral, decor, and the cake.
Julie C.
One BIG tip I can offer anyone is take the time to do research. There are so many smaller vendors that would love a chance to showcase their talents that could probably do just as good of a job for a lot cheaper.
LINA K.
Try not to worry about your guest list. I found the reception room of my dreams that could only fit 85 people. The room looks a lot more expensive then what we are paying. I cut out of towners and people I knew would understand by budget and person limit.
Kimberly Z.
OK ladies, here is your SOMETHING BLUE! Blue Rosary, hanky, flowers, topaz or sapphire jewelery, anklet, toe ring, toe nail polish, garter, panties, bra, eyeliner, shoes, or hair jewelery. Good Luck!
Crystal D.
Have someone who scrapbooks make you a book with pictures of you and your fiancee and have your guests sign around the pictures. It will be a special keepsake reminder of your guests.
Jennifer T
Centerpieces for reception tables can all be different. Find beautiful antique glass vases or unique decorative pieces to hold candles or flowers at a an antique store or even a yard sale! Each centerpiece can be gifted to your guests and each one is a reflection of the personality of your relationship!
Jessica M.
Cut back on extras such as favors, little candles or candies (people won't remember it anyway!) ,and realize it is one day and just a party!
Christina R.
A dusting of baby powder on your finger before the ceremony will ensure that your ring slides on smoothly.
Holly S.
Shorten the guest list...if you or your fiance haven't seen whomever in more than 2 years, cross them off the list.
Patricia R.
Ditch the florist and be creative with center pieces. My centerpieces and crystal trees that I am doing myself and having my venue set up. Each table is going to end up costing only about $40.00. My cousin also did centerpieces that were flagstones on top of each other with one of their pictures framed on top. They came out great.
Danielle V.
Ask for the list of vendors that the reception site uses. You may be able to get discounts from the supplying vendors that the catering site uses.
Raffaelina G.
Get a very beautiful fake wedding cake with only the top tier as a real cake. Have an incredibly delicious cake in the back and serve that instead! It will cut costs greatly and no one will know!
mehruba a.
Its your day, however, it is a union between you and your groom, so enjoy it together and don't let the complications of the planning and decision making cause a change in your relationship. Love is support and support is showing love.
Devon E.
Use candles in centerpieces to cut back on flower expenses
Sandra F.
Don't buy a gown that is too heavy for you to walk in. This way you can move comfortably and still have a good time.
Roxana F
Try on a dress that you absolutely hate maybe you will like it!
Melissa N.
Create a budget - if you set a budget you will most likely keep within the budget rather than getting out of hand.
Monica H.
Double-up the favors as the seating assignments. Tie a pretty bow on a candle or bag of candy that tells the guest where they will be sitting.
Ashley N.
Create simple and inexpensive wedding decorations and favors. Some easy DIY ideas: Rock candy colored to match your scheme - especially if there are going to be lots of children. Organza flowers - It only takes a few yards of organza, and you can have tables-worth of decorations. Also, have your wedding on a weekday in the off-season. This will cut down venue costs significantly, and it might even help weed out some of those guests you invited out of obligation, which means less to spend on food and favors for them. It sounds a little selfish, but we are in a recession and having the wedding of your dreams is not worth the debt. Last, do the work yourself. Make your own favors, ask family members to help cater the food, decorate the venue yourself. Enlist your family and friends. They'll be happy to help you out!
Amber M.