I've just gotten engaged - can you suggest any good wedding deal sites?
We're paying for it ourselves and will have to do a LOT of DIY. Is there a dealswoot-like place to find deals on invitations, decorations, etc?
Congratulations to you and your beloved!
Consider making your own invitations. Lots of pretty blank invitations & envelopes are out there. Use your local higher end grocery store for your wedding cake. It will cost less and if you are clever enough to avoid calling it a "wedding cake" but saying it is for a special party, you might realize even more savings. In fact, don't use the "w" word at all when planning your event. There's something about that "w" word that makes hall rentals, caterers, florists jack their prices into the stratosphere.
Do your best to keep family and friends from persuading you through guilt or any other means of manipulation of straying from your plans. You'd be surprised at how gosh darn easy it is for that train to go right off the rails.
(There are a few questions along this very line. If you do a bit of searching, you should be able to turn them up. MARVELOUS ideas for saving money in the comments!)read more collapse
I'm 55 days out, so hopefully I can help a little bit!
-As someone mentioned, DIY invites can save a bit over having someone else do them, but it's not a huge cost center in and of itself, and it ends up being a time sink - so if you're absolutely trying to cut to the bottom dollar, this is a good way, but not going to result in major savings (even if you save $5/invite, and send out 100, that's $500 savings... may not be a ton in the scheme of things).
-Your biggest savings will be in the guest list. Make some sort of policy as to who is getting invited (a la, immediate family, good friends, and aunts/uncles... or something) and do your best to stick to it. We are stuck with a lot of guest list bloat because we were not good at sticking with our policy. At $50-$100,000,000 per guest, this is a huge way to save.
-There are a few websites that deal in "secondhand" wedding stuff - I can't think of them off the top of my head, but google can probably help. Good deals on centerpiecyread more collapse
but everybody remembers the cocktail hour and the general vibe of the party. So, booze and a good entertainer are critical to having a good time. Band or DJ is up to you - I have had a great time with both.
And at the end of the day, keep in sight the fact that a) it is about you and your soon-to-be spouse and b) that no matter what, you are married at the end of the day. The shade of pink of the napkins and tablecloths will have no bearing on the success of your marriage. Have fun, you (hopefully!) only get to do this once!read more collapse
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