posted 3 years ago in Money
Post # 3
2117 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Does the $1500 for the venue include food and drink? If so, you can make it work, but if not, I really don’t think it’s feasible.

Your FI can wear a suit – if he already has one, it’s free. If he doesn’t, you can get one for cheap. You can buy a cheap bridal dress – I’ve seen some beautiful ones for $300 or less. Why do you need to pay for your bridal party’s attire? Find a cheap dress and ask your bridesmaid’s to pay for it. Target even has bridesmaid’s dresses! Your FI’s groomsmen can be responsible for their own suits.

What about flowers? Photography? Your venue rental shouldn’t really eat up that huge of a portion of your total budget, in my opinion.

I know it sucks, but I think your best option is to cut down on the guest list and find a smaller, cheaper venue.

Post # 4
3249 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

To stay within budget, I would ssay you might need to limit your guest list.

Post # 5
1666 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

@Nacho522:  You can get a dress for very little money at David’s Bridal. Or you can buy one from a Department store or see if there are any at a Consignment store as well.

Bridal Party attire is usually the responsibility of the people who agree to be in your wedding. You can let them wear something they already have if you want to save them money.

I can’t really help when it comes to decorations, but if the place you like is already nice looking you may be able to skip that part.

Will you want music at your wedding? If so, you could see about having an IPOD set up and you can make a playlist for your wedding. It’s not the same as a good DJ or band, but those cost a lot of money.

What about food and drinks? Are those included? You can see about getting catering from a local grocery store or a restaurant. It could be cheaper than hiring a caterer, but you’d have to do some research.

It might help to have a full list of things you’d like to have in your wedding, so we know what advice to give.

Post # 6
1168 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@Nacho522:  how many bridesmaids are you having? Do you plan to cover the cost of their alterations, if needed? I would guess that 1,000 would be very hard to stretch for your dress, their dresses, your FI’s attire and decorations for the wedding. I do believe it is possible but your options will be very limited- figure you would have 6-8 tables to decorate. 

I would first budget how much you want to spend on each thing, then start shopping for each thing with in the price range that fits your budget. 

Are you planning on DIY for hair, make up, nails etc? What about invitations? RSVPs? Stamps for invites and rsvps? Do you have an officiant? marriage application costs? 

Post # 8
3249 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Nacho522:  I notice your date is a Saturday; have you considered changing to a week day?  It’s less convenient for your guests, but the rental may be less.  Does that number include food and drink?

Post # 12
7531 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

@Nacho522: Right now, you have a $2500 budget. I would make a list of guests,  all possible expenses and then go from there.  In fact, that’s how I did my daughter’s wedding.  As you allot $ for something cut the budget by that much, that will let you know if it is possible. 

Post # 14
3249 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Nacho522:  Actually sounds like you’ve got it pretty well under control.  The guys should all be able to match such a simple dress code from what they already have.  If you want to buy them ties, every tie on http://www.TheTieBar.com is $15.  You might want to give guidelines on shoes – it can be as simple as “black or brown dress shoes,” or even just “dress shoes.”

Have you looked on eBay, and vintage stores for a dress?  Also, if you go into bridal shoppes, many actually have a rack of “$149 or less” dresses. It sounds like a big gown with a train and all that isn’t really what suits your wedding, anyway, so probably not what you’re planning on, so that should help finding one cheaper.  But, if you want a big, traditional bridal gown, you can find those at discounts as well.

For invitations, 4×6 or 5×7 postcards can usually be had for pretty cheap.  I do this kind of printing for my business.  You can design them yourself in Microsoft Publisher, or Word.  If you make the background white at the edges, you won’t have to pay for full bleed (colour all the way to the edge requries them to print past the edge, then cut the document to size).  The key to keeping prices down on this kind of stuff is to stick to the formats that a particular printer is pushing.

What about your officiant?  Have you found out the cost of a marriage licence?  Are you buying your wedding bands within that budget?

Post # 15
291 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@Nacho522:  I have several friends that have had beautiful weddings on a 2k budget! don’t worry!

1. Venue, food, chairs, tables are already taken care of! Thats a GREAT start! usually that’s the most expensive part!

2. You don’t need to pay for your bridal parties dresses or your groomsmens outfits

3. Use an ipod and speakers as your sound system (or does the venue provide music?)

4. Davids bridal has cheap dresses, and ETSY has beautiful ones for $200, $300!

5. Decorations- DIY…hobby lobby is amazing!! They are always having incredible sales…especially if you are going the rustic theme, even right now their mason jars are 50% off and so is their burlap! If youre talking 75 people, thats roughly 10 tables….arrange some mason jars ($1 a piece at hobby lobby right now, look online), tie some burlap around them and some lace, arrange them cute, boom. centerpieces for less than $20.

6. Cake – not sure where you live, but some grocery stores have incredible cakes for way cheaper than a fancy bakery. OR have a small wedding cake with cupcakes around it:



Actually, just check out my pinterest board: http://www.pinterest.com/rebeccarec/dream-wedding/


there’s SOO many rustic DIY decoration ideas for cheap. Especially the cans with flowers 🙂 so cute.


7. For photography, either ask a friend OR there are SOO many photographers out there who are wanting to expand their portfolio and are willing to do wedding photography for either free or really cheap.


Don’t stress! it will be a beautiful wedding 🙂

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