Are you trying to plan the wedding of your dreams but don't want to break the bank? Check out our tricks of the trade and read below for some helpful tips that will give you the most bang for your buck.
“Tips & Tricks”
Get your tableware in bulk for cheap (plastic plates, utensils, cups, napkins, etc.) by buying from restaurant supply stores. We recommend the following website: WebstaurantStore: Restaurant Supplies & Foodservice Equipment . They allow returns for a 30% restocking fee deducted from refund.
Buying your tablecloths will be cheaper than renting, just make sure you plan ahead to iron or press your linens. Tablecloths Factory is great for all your tablecloth and napkin needs. Website: tableclothsfactory.com | High Quality Table Linens at Wholesale Price
For perfectly priced wedding dresses and hair pieces, check out Hebeos. Website: Wedding Dresses, Prom Dresses, Evening Dresses - Hebeos . For our local NC brides, we recommend checking out Tulle Bridal to find beautiful dresses for up to 80% off the retail price. Website: Tulle Bridal
Publix has it all, from catering dinner, desserts, sodas, tea, water, etc. Check out their expansive menu and hire servers, bussers, and clean up staff separately for your event.
If you or a family member have a SAM’s Club membership, now is the time to use it! We recommend taking advantage of your membership for all alcohol (can return unopened wine with original receipt if purchased within 30 days). SAM's Members Mark Brand prices (as of this post) Red wine (1.5L) - $8.98 per bottle / White wine (1.5L) - $7.98 per bottle / Prosecco (750ml) - $7.98 per bottle
Skip the liquor and only serve beer, wine, and seltzers to save on your bar costs.
Opt for a more casual reception and rent cocktail tables for your event instead of having a sit-down meal. Heavy Hors D'oeuvres and some music might be all you need for a relaxed night. Creative Solutions (704-825-8701) has a great cocktail table rental selection to fit your event style.
Get Creative with things! Create projects for little to zero dollars - customization & personalization is everything. Go to the dollar store or get crafty with what you have at home and make a fun night out of decorating.
Pro-Tip: Pick a venue that offers donated items from other weddings, and embrace the different variety of options! At Camelot Meadows we offer free décor passed down from our previous weddings and have onsite rentals available through Sweet Carolina Events.
If flowers are an important aspect of your wedding day, consider buying through a local flower farm. If you're flexible, opt for fake flowers to save some money or use a mix of both.
Don't be afraid to do it yourself! Get out your home printer and make your own bar menus, signage, and programs. Etsy has tons of great templates if you want to leave it to the experts, but still save on the printing costs.
Photo booths are fun but consider having a "selfie station" or "polaroid table" to give your guests a photo spot to capture some unforgettable memories. Bonus points if you make the photo props yourself!
Now you know our cash saving secrets. We can't wait to celebrate with you soon!