I'm getting married in late May! Woohoo! Here's some tips I've used or heard of in all my planning efforts:
- Like squished18 said, having a lunch reception is cheaper than dinner. In fact, something between lunch and dinner will be even cheaper. You can have the ceremony after lunch, and the reception can be light refreshments and snacks. You can still make it elegant with wine and cheese
- Your center piece idea is similar to what we'll be using. We're buying glass bowls that will hold floating flowers. It might be cheaper with floating candles and flower petals sprinkled around the bowl.
- Bought wedding dress at "Bride & Joy" and received a 50% off coupon for all tuxedos at Men's Warehouse. This saved me over $400.
- Ask a friend/relative/college art student to do your photography. If you are good with Photoshop, then all you need is someone to take the shots. We're having a friend shoot for $500, and I'll take my time post-processing and making layouts for a wedding album after the honeymoon.
- Sign up for credit cards to get bonuses for flights and hotels. Both out tickets to Europe and two of the nights at a hotel will be free for us.
- Make your own invitations. Again, if you are decent with Photoshop, you can design pretty nice designs and laser print them. To finish them off, we bought a custom monogram embosser. We are now using the embosser for everything!
- Save the date postcards from vistaprints. You can find a 50% off coupon and get them printed for about 10 cents each. The photo quality might not be as good as shutterfly, but they come on nice thick cardstock.
- Wedding bands. Got ours at www.e-weddingbands.com
and am very happy with them.
- Shop around for wine at supermarkets. Most places will give you at least 10% off if you buy cases.
- Wedding cakes are cheaper at Chinese bakeries. No joke. And they taste better too.?
If you have questions let me know.