Any Ultra-Budget Brides Out There?

posted 3 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We had a fantastic 50 person wedding at around 10k! 😀

My dresses, shoes, veil-replacement, all accessories, etc. added up to less than $500. (Two dresses, a headpiece, my shoes, earrings, necklace, ankle bells, etc.) DH actually spent more than me on attire & accessories!!

We skipped a DJ, and made our own playlists, which worked out beautifully. We skipped live flowers and had centerpieces made from test tubes in racks with colored water and paper flowers – only a few dollars each. We got a few paper lanterns to hang, and I folded 1000 paper cranes. Very cheap decor if you have the will to do it.

We hired our photogs for only five hours – no getting ready (didn’t want it anyway) and just ending about an hour before the reception did. Worked out perfect, about $900.

Invitations and all papers were done via groupons with vistaprint, paid probably under $50 for ALL our paper products, invites, table cards, programs.

Favors were sandalwood hand-fans sold for a few cents each on amazon.

Cake toppers were $30 on etsy, probably about normal.

Our rings were hematite rings, very cheap, probably only a buck or two each. (He’s not a big jewelry person, I plan for my e-ring to be the star, we’ll upgrade someday but now is not the time to spend real money on this and I’m allergic to basically everything but platinum.)

The expensive part was our venue, which came with food and cake, but it was kind of a special local thing so it’s not super helpful anyway. (It’s an historic boat turned restaurant.) That was my biggest splurge – awesome food in a pretty locale for our guests.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I think it definitely depends on what type of wedding you are looking for and how much time you have. I did pretty much everything myself (invitations, centerpieces, backdrop, my veil, ect, ect) & utilized Etsy for so much awesome stuff!

We had BBQ foods, which were a major hit & significantly cheaper since my mom & in laws did the BBQing the day before. My DH and I made our wedding cake (I bake a lot so this was just natural to me). We opted out on the alcohol since I have some family memebers who are alcholics but it saved us lots of $$$. We rented a nice speaker system & played our playlists we set up. We got our cake toppers off etsy (like PP) and had our bridal party flowers done by a girl on Etsy as well. I wish my pictures were back so I could show you.. they were gorgeous. For our centerpieces we used flowers from Trader Joes and only spent around $35 in all and they worked really well for our theme.

My major expenses were photography ($1.2k) & chair/linen/table rentals (around $600).

All in all, we spent less than 3.5k on our 120 guest wedding (majorly because we didn’t have to pay for a venue as a family friend let us have our wedding in their amazing backyard) and because I spent a lot of time making sure that I found great prices.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We have to keep to a strict budget too. Firstly, we are having a small wedding of 50 guests, which of course cuts costs.

Here are some budget friendly tips from me to you…

You can buy great accessories, veils and headpieces online. Etsy and ebay are your friend there. I also bought my bdsmaids drresses in a regular (but fancy) store. They were cheaper than in a bridal shop, and they are lovely.

We used vistaprint for invitations and save the dates, and everyone loved them!

We will also buy sky lanterns for a special celebratory effect. They look really special even though they are ultra cheap.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia

Yep! I refuse to read bridal magazines for the same reason; I’d be setting myself up for disappointment — our priorities are renovating the house and saving up to put my FI through school.
The very same reason why I glance over a lot of pins on Pinterest.
Actually, this article helped me a bit in deciding what and what-not-to-do:
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/10-things-the-wedding-industry-wont-tell-you-2013-04-19

I have been going to offbeat wedding blogs and websites for ideas and vendor sources. (I actually just Googled “Offbeat Wedding Venues in Los Angeles”; there seems to be a LOT of venue options!)

When I picked my venue, I made sure that the rental of tables, chairs, cutlery and basic linens were provided. Another factor was the venue didn’t require too much decorations; as well, the food had to be good. The ultimate winning factor was we didn’t need to provide our own liquor licence.

Things that gets a wedding expensive real fast:
– Chair covers
– Photo Booth (I have done some research into DIY Photo/Video Booth, but have yet to test it out/discuss with FI)
– Booze (Instead of open bar, FI and I are planning to do limited wine bottle service during dinner)

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

Our wedding is definitely not a big priority for us. We’re doing ours for around $2,000… it’ll still be nice because we’re only inviting a few people. I would consider cutting the guest list as much as you can. At least for us, there aren’t really that many people we actually want at our wedding.

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

We are doing a beachfront BBQ wedding with a $5K budget. It’s doable using the Bee and the Offbeat Bride blog for inspiration and tips on saving money.

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2015

yep we’re on a small budget as we already are a family of 4! LOL 🙂

 

Our budget is $5000 AUD for the wedding not including our wedding rings, and honeymoon. the rest i am hoping to get done in this figure & so far we’re on track! but its early days.

Havent come across any negativity yet thankfully 🙂

 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I never considered our wedding “budget” at all, mainly because we never made a budget and money wasn’t an issue. My 300+ person wedding will come out to just around 13K and has everything I want. I definitely looked for deals but I’m still have a large meal, open bar, nice venue, good photographers, and two dresses. It is so possible to have an awesome wedding on a budget! 

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