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    • MSE Archna
    • By MSE Archna 3rd May 11, 9:28 PM
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    MoneySaving Weddings Article Discussion
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    • 3rd May 11, 9:28 PM
    MoneySaving Weddings Article Discussion 3rd May 11 at 9:28 PM

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    • LEJC
    • By LEJC 29th Dec 11, 2:27 PM
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  • didz
    Wedding Discounts from Wedding Club
    Hello all,
    I was just reading all the comments and the different post under the Cheap Wedding. I have never posted a comment on forum and hope to be of help.
    I have got my wedding in 6 months and I have been organising it for the past 10 months. It is a hair pulling job to organise a wedding. I did not want to hire a wedding planner as I wanted to keep all funds available to make my day the best ever. I will only get married once in my life and want to make it the best ever. Unfortunately money does not grow on trees and mum and dad have supported us financially to a certain number. My husband to be and I had to make up the rest of the money.

    I have found a wedding club on the internet which offers a one off membership to access a lots of different suppliers with discounted prices. I have saved £180 on photographer, £60 on wedding cake. Tiara for free when I bought wedding dress. My wedding venue offered me a complimentary stay on the night prior to my wedding with my bridesmaid, £40 off wedding cars, £55 off DJ, etc etc... I have booked most of my wedding suppliers through the Wedding Privilege Club and have either saved money, got free stuff and/or upgraded to different services.

    Overall, YES saving money on your wedding day is hard as whenever you had the word "wedding" the prices double up but with my membership I did not have to do anything. Just call the wedding suppliers you need, mention your membership number and they automatically give you discount.
    I would recommmend the Wedding Privilege Club to anybody wishing to get married.

    Google them : wedding privilege club

    Hope to have help all of you looking to save money on your wedding day.
    Sarah xxxx
  • Manchester86
    Music - I used to work in events and we used to use string quartets from local Universities. They're as good as professionals and are glad of the experience so usually charge around £100 for couple of hours if it's local. Each unviersity Music department has their own groups and societies you can contact. Term time dates are obviously easier and make sure that all members of the group won't have graduated by the wedding date.
  • Andy Guptan
    Hiya. After having recently got married and spending more than we wanted to (what a surprise!), we were looking to try and recoup some of the costs from the items which were filling up the garage. We had a variety of wedding related items, centrepieces, seat covers and of course the dress itself which we were looking to recoup some of the costs on. After looking around we used sellmywedding.co.uk and have sold all of the items. Don't forget that having a low cost wedding doesn't have to stop with the wedding itself!!!
  • SallyAnnie
    I cant stress this website enough to brides to be, [B]lightinthebox.com[B] do all sorts but mainly dresses that would be of interest to most people. They are based in China but have fantastic reviews (and dont delete the odd unhappy review so they are genuine and they also resolve any issues quickly which people always comment on). I was recommended this site by a friend who only accepts the highest standard, and she was blown away with them! I'd risk using them over ebay but ultimately it's a personal choice I guess, just check them out and see what you think.
    Originally posted by angelcakes_smw
    Couldn't agree more. Lightinthebox are amazing. I bought my wedding invitations from them because we're getting married quickly (well, planning the wedding quickly, we've been together 12 years and don't want to wait any longer!) and didn't have time to make them. When I received the order, I got an unexpected £20 bill for import tax, which I was none too pleased about. I contacted Lightinthebox to complain and they offered to pay half of the bill, I replied saying I thought they should pay it all and they did. Absolutely brilliant customer service, when I complained I expected nothing. It was my fault for not thinking about they where they were coming from! I think Ebay is a little riskier but havifn said that bought my dress from Ebay at a bargain price of £60 and it is gorgeous; much better than anything I could have bought in the UK !
  • MrsV to be
    Cameras
    I'm getting married in September and am trying to do a lot of things myself on a budget to keep costs down!!

    One thing we really liked the idea of was disposable cameras on the table to see all our guests photos as well as the professional ones, however even shopping around the price of buying these and getting them developed is mad!! As most people have digital cameras and phones with cameras these days that have a much better quality than disposables, what we've decided to do instead is put blank cd's on the table with a little note in them asking guests to each take one and put their photos on to it and send it back to us. It's cost us next to nothing, we bought cheap blank cds with clear plastic wallets for them, and as I plan to print my own invitations anyway we've printed the message on the same card and font so they will match.

    Also, I know favours maybe aren't essential, but we wanted to give them as little gifts to our guests. ebay is fantastic, we've got organza and ribbon in our colour scheme for so cheap to wrap them all up, and instead of place names we've made personalised wine charms using letter beads and popped these on to the favours so they double up as place names too.
  • tina01904
    Hi MrsVtobe

    Can I please ask where you got your cheap blank cd and clear plastic wallets from as we are also thinking of doing this but have only seen cheap cd stacks.

    Thanks in advance
    MFW 2012 #70- 1996.98/10000
  • MrsV to be
    CDs
    We just bought them when they were reduced in Tesco - a 50 stack of blank cds then a pack of 50 clear plastic wallets. My finace works in Tesco so we used his staff discount too. I think they put these on offer fairly regularly so look out for them
  • scarlet1985
    Blank CDs
    Sorry to hijack I bought my CDs from Wilkinsons and clear plastic wallets from a poundshop.

    Included the following poem:

    Your pictures of our wedding day
    Will help us in a special way.
    We’d love for you to share your snaps
    Upload your photos and send them back
    We’ll put your pictures in a photo book
    So in years to come we can take a look
    We hope you’ll take some different shots
    For which we thank you lots and lots!
    Preparing for arrival of baby by clearing out the debts...
  • MrsV to be
    CDs
    That's a lovely poem, we just wrote:

    We would love to see the memories you have captured of our special day. Please take this CD home to download your pictures and send back to us to cherish forever.
  • MrsV to be
    Shoes
    Just bought my wedding shoes in New Look - plain ivory satin court shoes, only £20 - bargain compared to some I've been looking at in specialist wedding shops!! The ones on the shelf were a little bit dirty, so I asked one of the employees if they had another pair through the back in my size. She came through with a pair still in the cellophane so they had never even been tried on by anyone else either. I'm really happy, most of my shoes come from there anyway so I know they will be really comfy on the day. Depending on your colour scheme, Debenhams also had some really nice ones in, but unfortunately the ones I liked didn't come in a shade close enough to my dress.
  • printed_com
    Stationary/Invites
    We find that a lot of our customers actually design their own invites, by getting fonts online or finding freelance and student designers who's portfolio the design would benefit then coming to a digital printers like us.

    Same also goes for photographers- you'll find that a lot of student or starting freelancers will do it for a low price or free because they need the experience and images for their portfolio.

    Behance is a really good place to find such people as you can narrow your search down to your town/city.
  • sj999
    We find that a lot of our customers actually design their own invites, by getting fonts online or finding freelance and student designers who's portfolio the design would benefit then coming to a digital printers like us.

    Same also goes for photographers- you'll find that a lot of student or starting freelancers will do it for a low price or free because they need the experience and images for their portfolio.

    Behance is a really good place to find such people as you can narrow your search down to your town/city.
    Originally posted by printed_com
    Facebook has an Wedding app which you can use (saves on postage). You can also create a wedding invitation website and email the link (there are loads of free hosts out there).
    Or you can use wedding invitation templates which you can download from the internet. These are normally in MS Word format so can also be used in Open Office as well. Then you just need some good quality paper, some envelopes and lots of 2nd class stamps.
  • Miss Bliss
    Hi All,

    I haven't posted on here for some years but do confess to being a fan of Martin's and a Money Saver plannin a wedding under £3K.

    After OH proposing three times (lack of diamond ring which was important to me having got it wrong twice before!), recent holiday in Majorca I proposed, materialness aside - I bought him a lovely silver patterned high street ring and it's become really special to him

    We're marrying in January - we aren't saving for a big one, both in our 40s, no reason to wait. I came on here for help with my dilemma, which I'll ask at the end after sharing my ideas:

    Dress: recently purchased 2nd hand on ebay, Maggie Sotterro dress originally £850 for £75 plus £30 courier - she threw in veil and underskirt (which will be resold on ebay and maybe recoup about £40 from that). Needs a small stitch fixed, cleaning (about £50) so a fantastic dress for less than £200. although Mother wanted me to have a big expensive £1000 dress, I couldn't justify it even if it cost me nothing!

    Invites: own, OH is a printer/designer

    Cake: Tesco Large and Medium Celebration Fruit cake, dowel rods for stacking them, Sainsburys large plain sponge photocake for cutting out the back - cake topper is my extravagance, made and personalised, clay to keep.

    Mens Suits: just OH's, and buy ties or ties/shirts for dads, best man and my best man to match

    Bridesmaids: None, my 18yr old son is my best man and will walk me down the aisle but not give me away - I've already left

    Flowers: Mum paying but still on a budget - small posy any in season flowers (keeps price down) that match color scheme, buttonholes and corsages, total less than £50

    Favors: make own, in discussion because if they are on a budget, is there any point at all.

    Photos: a friend

    Hair/makeup: blowdry straight down (usually put up scruffy in a scrunchie!), makeup by a friend who knows how to do her own (I'm useless with it)

    Cars: Friends offered to drive me, which I may do yet, is only 2miles up the road, otherwise cab!

    Overnight guest accommodation: £19 rooms bagged at Premier Inn following MSE email two weeks ago.

    Rings: Tesco vouchers at Goldsmiths, but waiting to see if they increase to 4x as they did last Christmas before we cash them in -OH may have titanium ring which will give me vouchers for some diamond earrings

    So... ceremony (100 guests), informal buffet with a reception drink from 4pm. Evening 7.30 (potentially a further max 300 guests - we belong to some clubs and have a lot of mates!) with nibbles (paid service charge to provide own but have a 'friend' setting up some theme colored fairycakes she's bringing to brighten up the table), dj.

    Dilemma: part from reception drink, toast drink, it's total pay bar, which is fine for the ceremony people as they are getting buffet and wedding cake. Party people are getting nibbles. Neither of us drink. If we wanted to spend more we would be tempted to put on food (we like to eat).

    What's your view on pay bar? I know they are common these days but that's more acceptable when you are paying for food anyway...

    Thanks

    p.s. a free way to involve people close to you, is have readings at your ceremony.. my best friend and my mum
    • geordie_ben
    • By geordie_ben 8th Oct 12, 1:11 PM
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    I've not yet been to a wedding where the couple have paid for the bar. I'm sure people know you're on a budget, so won't really mind. And those that do.. are they really friends?!
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  • gabrilesimmons
    Affordable alternative wedding bands
    After spending a great deal of time searching for affordable white gold wedding bands we had no luck. Gold is simply just out of our price range, after doing some research we found cobaltchromeforever.com , which were a tenth of the price of white gold and look exactly like them. Also these rings don't scratch as easily as gold or even platinum! We couldnt be happier with our wedding bands.
  • sheeppappar
    Hi All,


    Dilemma: part from reception drink, toast drink, it's total pay bar, which is fine for the ceremony people as they are getting buffet and wedding cake. Party people are getting nibbles. Neither of us drink. If we wanted to spend more we would be tempted to put on food (we like to eat).
    Originally posted by Miss Bliss
    I think it's nice you're giving 2 drinks and no prob to expect guests to pay for the rest!! Have a lovely wedding x
  • Miss Bliss
    Thank you both for your response.. I'm a bit more relaxed about it now
    • geordie_ben
    • By geordie_ben 27th Oct 12, 6:34 AM
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    geordie_ben
    Just hint to people that if they bring a bottle of wine/vodka etc in a gift bag it looks much like a present... it'll fill their glasses up nicely
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  • Scotsbride
    transport: use friends or family's cars if your a car buff/ptrol head then see if a local car club will let you hire/lend you one
    Married 29th September 2012
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