Budget brides–let's see your compromises!

posted 3 years ago in Money
Post # 3
4441 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@MrsRevolutionize:  My compromises were no limo and centerpieces.  I would have liked something crazy big and floral and instead I used these (and resold them after to make most of my money back!)


I also would have loved to have a candle backdrop like this:

And I ended up with this:

Post # 4
3442 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I have really simple taste for the most part, so I didn’t have to compromise very much in order to get my 6k wedding, but I definitely did have to keep budget in mind. I am, overall, a budget conscious person, so I didn’t really mind.

One thing that I sort of compromised on was my centerpieces and decor. I had a ceremony & reception decor budget of about $500 for every single thing, so I opted out of doing fresh flowers. Instead we did freeze dried deep purple lilac petals and votive candles w/ birdcages. We also used our bouquets as the bridal party tables centerpieces. Lastly, we did not decorate our ceremony space what so ever, except with soft lighting. I think it all turned out really simple and ethereal 🙂

(Oh, and we also didn’t do a wedding cake! Instead we have hilarious pics of us cutting a shanty circle cake with no decorations lmao!)

Ceremony Space:

Lilac & Spearmint Candle Centerpieces:

Other Decor:

Our “cake cutting” 😛

Post # 6
2535 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I always forget budget means under 25,000


i was a haedcore budget bride (2,200) 


I don’t know if it’s cause I always planned on a low budget that I didn’t have to

give up much but I didn’t have 


venue ( just a church gym :/) 

dinner ( only cup cakes and veggie trays )

no cattering 

I wanted a ceiling ballon that draped the walls

but couldn’t afford anything so I draped Christmas lights and love love loved it !

instead of big beautiful exoensive wall decorations we had Cotten candy trees! My 6 year old



Post # 7
2535 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012


brother came up with that idea and it was a hit and super fun and so




i know these are probably not helpful at all but don’t stress about your budget! 

It will all work in the end ! 

Focus on your top 5 things and nothing else will seem



Post # 8
975 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta

No chair covers. The chairs at the recpetion venue are kind of ugly but oooh well. Transportation I am  not sure about… We will need something to get around in for the photos and not sure if we should use the company vehicle (nothing flashy) or rent a limo for a few hours. 

Post # 10
1662 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Waldorf Astoria, Chicago

@MrsRevolutionize:  Love the sparkly BM dress, where is it from??  I already picked mine out for my girls (also $300) but still curious 🙂 

As for the topic, I haven’t completely comprimised on anything yet.  I did comprimise and not buy a 5K dress I was in LOVE with, bought a used one for 1/2 that, but then found the one I wanted at 1/2 price and bought that too, so still spent 5K (but I have 2 dress…ceremony/reception).  And I comprimised slightly on my flowers, my proposal came in at $7.5K I comprimised some things and brought that down to $6K, I’m obviously not on a tight budget, lol!! 

Post # 11
3016 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - Prague

I’m compromising on everything. But actually, I don’t feel like it’s a compromise, since I feel like it would be IMPOSSIBLE for me to agree to pay the kinds of prices that the wedding industry thinks I should pay. 

My photography is– THANKFULLY– going to be basically free from a friend who is also a wedding photographer.

I’m having a friend do my makeup. My cousin is doing my cake. My uncle is going to be my officiant. I will have NO bridal party. No limo, no rehearsal dinner, no flowers (unless I figure out how to DIY), no favors.

The only thing that is making me a bit sad is my dress (or lack thereof), and that is less about compromising than about where I live and what’s available.

People have been getting married forever, without “uplighting” and candy tables and photobooths and whatnot. Once you trim it down to what a marriage/wedding really means— lots of stuff is totally irrelevant.

Post # 13
265 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@MrsRevolutionize:  I’m pretty much compromising on everything. Our orignial budget was $10,000, but FI and I have huge families that we are all close and in contact with so we ended up going over to afford them. I am going to be having minimal decorations, no flowers other than the bouquets. Haven’t bought my dress yet, but I have my eye on a few that are only about $500. We wanted to have out wedding at the venue, but we decided on a ceremony at the church instead because it is completely free. The venue provides cylinder centerpieces so we are using those and filling them with only babys breath, water and candles. We are doing a photobooth instead of favors, FI’s coworker just got a photbooth and is giving it to us for a super discounted rate in return for us telling everyone about him.  The only thing I really splurged on so far was the photographer we had a budget of $1500 for the photographer, but FI and I fell in love with one that was $700 over budget. 

It sucks to have to compromise on some things, but in the end all I care about is that all the people we love and care about are there to share our day with us and that everyone has a good time. Really decorations and what not will not affect how much fun everyone haas at the wedding!

Post # 14
3618 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@MrsSkeletonKey:  Everytime I see your pictures I just fall in love! You had such a gorgeous wedding 🙂

OP, I didn’t get my solitaire enhancer and won’t get it until this may (boo!) I am sure I gave up quite a few things but can’t seem to remember what…We pretty much had everything we wanted for 10,000 or maybe less (?)

EDIT: I gave up a big cake, did etsy custom dresses, DIYed all the decor/flowers, DIYEd my makeup/hair, used a vacation rental for my venue, used a mom and pop business for catering, when to micheals for centerpieces, and big lots for extra details 


Post # 15
147 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

I am commenting to follow this thread. I would love to hear all of your different budget ideas. Ou wedding will have a budget of about $5000. YIKES!

But we can do it!

We are not “compromising” but trying to be resourceful and as clever as we can to find ways to dave money.

SO far for my dress I am going to go shopping for dresses in the traditional manner and then have my final pick made in China to save a big chunk of change.

Our guest list will be less than 50

We are not going to have a full blown reception, but rather pay for a private room at a restaraunt that we love and just have a big family dinner

Post # 16
3442 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@Payless:  You’re so sweet 🙂

I love your wedding too & am massively envous of your absolutely stunning dress! You made such a lovely bride!

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