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Would you be this frugal for your wedding?

Posted July 19

Borrowed, rented gowns can cut wedding dress costs

Among other cost-cutting steps, a couple in the U.K. served out-of-date food that was going to be thrown away.

According to a recent Yahoo article, the British couple also used recycled paper for their invitations, e-mailed save-the-date announcements and bought rings made of recycled metal. You can see additional ways they saved money in the article.

Would you do the things this couple did to have a more affordable wedding?

What did you do to save money on your wedding costs?


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  • lindabates Jul 20, 1:57 p.m.

    So for my 1st wedding at age 20&33 we spent was outside in our yard, we rented a huge tent and chairs it was Fathers day weekend and we had a western themed wedding, my ex wore jeans, cowboy boots and cowboy hat w a western shirt, my dress costed $200 and my boots were another $100 and my aunt paid for them . Very small wedding party his sister in law wore a dress, his brother jeans, boots, cowboy hat, his son was ring bearer and he dressed jusr like me ex. my aunt who is a beautician did my hair and makeup, my best friend did the photography, my ex mother in law made the flower arrangements, we had light Snacks afterwards but since it was so hot everybody left except a few close family members and we ended up having a pool party and ordering pizza! a few weeks later we took the leftover wedding money and took a trip to KentuckyWe got divorced a few years later, but are still fr

    For my 2ND wedding it was just a quick trip to the court house and that was fine by

  • raesmom1612 Jul 19, 9:52 p.m.

    I agree jdouglas!! DH and I went right on down to the magistrates office on a Friday evening in March 2006 and here we are 10 years later. We plan to have a vow renewal ceremony once the girls are a bit bigger but with all the things I've learned from this blog.....I dont see it costing us much money ;)

  • tldavids Jul 19, 8:54 p.m.

    My sister-in-law's wedding was the best and cheapest I've ever seen. Each of her friend's donated their services and food, etc so that she only had to buy the wedding dress. She had several friends who owned catering businesses and insisted on hosting (free of charge) her reception and showers. It was really, really good food too! One of them hosted her 1st baby shower too! One donated her services as her photographer since she's a professional photog. The list goes on and on!

  • jdouglas13 Jul 19, 7:42 p.m.

    Kathy, your wedding does sound lovely!

    Our wedding last year may not have been the most frugal as we ran into some unexpected expenses that most couples don't have to deal with, but it was exactly what we wanted. Heartfelt, intimate, our own words, a little music, a few special friends, a couple of great photos, and a pretty little wedding cake that cost me $35. For us, it was perfect. :)

    Weddings don't have to be over the top and exhorbitantly pricey to be special and memorable.

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Jul 19, 5:54 p.m.

    Kathy S. - Your wedding sounds like it was lovely and frugal - a fabulous combination. Thanks for sharing the specific ways your saved so much money.

  • Kathy S. Jul 19, 5:41 p.m.

    No dj or dancing (but my husband and I don't like dancing and didn't want to be in the spotlight). Cake made by the mother of a close friend of my husband who loved being able to make it. It was 3 tier and and absolutely lovely.

  • Kathy S. Jul 19, 5:39 p.m.

    27 years ago we had a thrifty wedding. My dress was from a person who use to own a bridal shop that went out of business. It cost me $20 + $20 alterations. My bridesmaids cost $15 + $20 alterations. Men in the wedding were suppose to buy matching suits that could be worn to church after the wedding was over.

    My reception was at a friend's large farmhouse outside. We rented tables and chairs. Food was organized by a very close friend who did a covered dish but got people to bring like food (bbq chicken, potato salad, veggies and salad) and put it all together to make one dish of meat, potatoes, veggies and salad. There was so much food that at the end they had to give it to the farm animals due to heat and possible spoilage after hours outside. Over 200 people at the wedding and all had a great time. Some were still talking about it years later.