Post # 1
I’m just now starting to plan my wedding….again! ha we changed our date back more so we could pay for our wedding. our first budget was only 3 grand, but that was still way to expensive for us. now my goal is $800. (my mom is also giving us $700 for the reception) but all the decorations, cake, tux, flowers…etc are everything that i have to pay for. The good thing is, we are having it at my parents house. I have been researching tons of DIY projects, which is hard because im not a crafty person.
I already bought my dress for $299 & i’m a hairstylist so i will be doing my own hair and make-up, which is a big money saver. The photographer is a friend so that is my wedding present from her. So I’m a few steps head already. And we are not going to be giving anyone presents (becuase i personally think its a waste of money). So thats a few things that will save us money.
Anyways I was just wondering if there is anyone thats might be able to give me a few pointers or any ideas on having a cheap wedding.
Post # 3
@s.renea9: Well, you could make the cake yourself, or even make cupcakes – even easier. I’ve seen a million deals where if the groomsmen rent a tux the groom will get his for free. If you know anyone with a great garden, ask if they could supply some fresh flowers for small bouquets, and then have a BBQ!
Sounds like a fun wedding to me!
Post # 4
How many people will be attending?
For flowers, you can just buy bouquets at the store and put them in vases. You can buy bases at Goodwill or a local thrift store for around $.50, usually. Or, skip vases all together and do lots of candles- you can get a ton from the dollar store or local craft store.
As far as a tux, they have suits on overstock.com starting at $70. One of our GM actually ordered one and said the quality is pretty good. You could also go the thrift store route, my little brothers have gotten nice suits from there for under $10.
I would probably buy a cake at BJs, Costco, or Sams club. They actually taste delicious and are really cheap. If you want a traditional looking cake, try the local grocery store, some of them do a really good job, and they’re cheap. (Varies depending on the baker on staff). Better yet, have a family member/friend make one.
What other stuff do you need to finance?
Post # 5
I am using a Costco cheesecake for my cake, $15, using a cake topper off of Etsy, $14, and using a gum paste flower, $8. That’ll be my cake 🙂 I’ll be buying or making mini cupcakes for everyone else.
Post # 6
I joined weddingful.com… not sure if there is one in your area. It’s like Groupon for weddings. I got $200 worth of flowers for $85! and $75 worth of table overlay rentals for FREE. that’s it so far, but I keep my eye on their deals…
Post # 7
Well im gluten free so yes i have thought about making my cake.
And i found a perfect idea for my bouquet & my fiance hates the idea. it was going to be super cheap. like $15 for 3 bouquets, i was gunna use babys breath…cool right. but i guess i’ll have to figure something else out.
Thanks for the ideas=]
Post # 8
@les105: ther will be at the most 70 but probably more around 50 people. but 30 of it will just be family. well this budget isnt’t including our honeymoon, although of course that will have to be on the cheaper side also
@meg.miles: I’m goin to try to make my own cake topper, but if that desnt work out then i’ll have to find a cheap one.
Post # 9
Try blogs such as A Practical Wedding or Offbeat Bride…I see some really good tips on there. Otherwise the biggie is scaling back on the guest list that’s where you will slash the costs. I have seen people talk about pot luck receptions. Also, for centerpieces you could use jars. Ask friends/family to save any jars then they are free!
Post # 10
@MrsElopement: yes there will be a ton of mason jars at my wedding. lol
Post # 11
You could have people (probably close family and friends) donate wedding items as wedding gifts. (if they would be willing) The cake, the food, the beverages, the decorations, flowers, etc. You may not get the traditional dishes, wine glasses, small appliances, home decor etc. as wedding gifts (which you probably wouldn’t use anyway) but it is a way to get some or all of what you really want for your wedding.
Post # 12
http://www.canon.com/c-park/ < they have amazing paper crafts that are free to download.
Post # 13
These were made with soup cans and twine from someone on the bee!
Here’s a link to a free fingerprint tree pdf, you can print it at Kinkos or at home: http://offbeatbride.com/2012/01/downloadable-fingerprint-tree
Post # 14
I haven’t tried it yet, but i’m thinking of making these cake stands and maybe making a few naked bundt cakes to put on them, then putting flowers in the middle since FI doesn’t really want a cake topper. I think a cake can be done really well without spending too much.
Post # 15
This is a great thread! I found going to thrift stores, flea markets, and junk auctions was super helpful. I got 3 old wood and glass doors for my altar for $35. We got a bunch of really cheap old suitcases for decor, as well as a ladder ($4) and a table ($3). Paint is cheap and you can have a good time distressing the furniture. I’m not sure what kind of theme you’re having – but it works for me!
I’m also having three or four ladies make all the food for us. My friend, who is an amazing chef, has helped me create a menu, and I’ll give all the recipes to the ladies in a month or so.
Not sure if you’ve done invitations yet, but we have a graphic designer who designed ours for us, put it in a PDF, and we printed all our own at my mom’s office. We bought handmade paper from http://www.handmade-paper.us, and had it cut down to size, and it was beautiful, and they looked just perfect! If you or someone you know can draw, perhaps you can design a little picture and then scan it into the computer, clean it up, and print your own.
Hm…how else have we saved. I’m buying dried and/or preserved flowers, which are about a million times cheaper than fresh flowers. Though not ideal, they are still very pretty and fragrant. I’ll also be mixing in fresh flowers that I pick up from Lowes, the grocery store, anywhere I find on the day-of. Babys breath is beautiful, shame that your FI doesn’t like it! How about lavender?
Are you having a sit-down meal, or just finger food? What will you do for plates and such?
Post # 16
Im under a 2000 budget. 3,000 Max!
Im So going to make it work!.. ( trying to be hopeful here. 🙁 )