Help ! I need great money saving tips for my wedding and honeymoon !

Stephanie - posted on 07/11/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I am getting married next summer, and although I had always had my eart set on a nice small backyard wedding, my soon to be husband has a huge wedding in which he and the others would all like to attend, and it's not even like they arn't close. They all live in the city and whenever hs grandparents have a BBQ there is like 50 of them who come, so I need some great money saving tips on anything related to the wedding, and of course what I can plan for our honeymoon. Thank you all for your help, and please don't post anything negative as I am asking for positve hep. Thank you.

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Mary - posted on 09/17/2010

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One big expense at weddings is the flowers. make the arrangements yourself. thanks to places like ac morre and walmart it is very simple to do. Also think outside of the box when making flower center pieces you will be surprise what you can come up with. One of the prettiest ones I have seen is a simple vase in the middle of the table with water flowers floating at the top with a fighter fish in the vase. Also just a simple mirror with a wine glass on it with sand and a tea light also looks nice to. Use rose petals scattered on the table.
A great wedding favor for your guess you can make chocolate kisses roses, Here is a link
http://www.ehow.com/how_4882693_make-cho...
Also for your wedding dress (big savings here) check your local vintage shops and even the good will local bride shops donate unsold dresses for the tax write off so you get great saving there. A friend of mine luck out big time on this she found the dress she wanted for like $50.00 instead of the 3,000 the bridal shop wanted. It was a couple of sizes to big but we all have dresses altered for the big so it was no big deal. Also check on E bay too. I know sounds strange but true you can even find bridesmaids dresses too this way.
Last thing for alterations on your dresses check on craigslist or in your local paper too. you will find a great semesters with out paying a fortune for the work.
I love the idea of having a potluck wedding that Carrie mention. We have thought about doing this because it fits with our theme of a renaissance wedding and that is what they did in those days.

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Sounds like his grandparents have a big enough yard, have the wedding there. Make it a pot luck. And keep the wedding semi-casual, no fancy tux's or brides maid dresses. See if anyone you know knows how to decorate cakes. Have them make a one layer cake, keep it simple.
You & hubby should do the money dance (people pay to have a dance with you at the reception) and a his & hers money tree. This will help pay for honeymoon. Dont go too far for your honeymoon. Find a tourist attraction that's not too far and get a motel room. It's not where you are, it's who you're with.
Oh!! You can also compromise by having a small private wedding and then later that week have a large reception.

Krista - posted on 09/09/2010

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Do as much as you can yourself or with the help of family and friends! My family did all our food. I designed and printed our programs and had my bm's and cousins help put them together. Our wedding was outdoors at a state park and it was much cheaper to do it there than renting a church and reception hall. Although depending on where you are it could be really hot.
We did all the decorations ourselves too, except for table centerpieces and bouquets. Hope this helps! GL!

Katie - posted on 08/24/2010

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When my uncle got married last year, my grandma (his mom) made all the food. And it was a really nice event. They had the ceremony at a state park on the lake and then rented a shelter to serve the food in.

Joy - posted on 07/14/2010

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Take a Dave Ramsey cores if you have the chance. It will teach you everything you need to know. This will help you not only for your wedding but for your whole life together. Hope this helps and God bless.

Amanda - posted on 07/12/2010

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If you have an afternoon wedding like around 2 or 3 then you could just do heavy hors d'oeuvres and not have the expense of serving a full meal. I have also been to an 3pm wedding and they just served a ton of desserts. Wedding cake, pies, cookies, sundae bar,ect.

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