Budget Ideas

posted 3 years ago in Money
Post # 3
2276 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@MrsSJO:  I planned a wedding on a 7k budget. We had 100 guests. It was beautiful, too.  I did not settle on vendors. I did lots of research :).

Post # 5
2276 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@MrsSJO:  both. I just looked at weddings with similar budgets. They have a other sites you can find more detailed stuff. I also prioritized everything (dress, flowers, food, venue, ect). I spent more on the things that were more important and less on things that werent. For example: my STD & programs were cheap. I got a groupon coupon for $17 and got $70 worth of printing and ordered them. You could skip those the STDs to save. My invites were clearance print yourself at home from target spent maybe $20. I got invitations, envelopes, and response cards. I could not justify spending a ton on paper that people throw out. Also, I didnt go the gourmet cake route. I found a home business and spent $2 a cupcake or $2 a slice. She had a fb page and had tons of reviews and picture of her work. You can find quality people, you just have to do your research.

Post # 6
2562 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I’m using those little bouquets from Whole Foods, too, for my and my BM’s boquets.

I don’t see the issue with having crafty friends help DIY (hold a DIY & wine party!) since it saves you SO much money.

We were a toss up between modern and rustic-ish as well, too. We looked at barns and high-end hotels, but wound up with a really nice country club resturant that goes WAY out of their way for us – they include a TON of food, drinks, decor, time, etc.

Look at unconventional places, too – maybe a house rental (just check and see if they’re OK with a wedding being there) or a small art gallery. A resturant with a private room.

FI called some catering companies (whose menu options we liked, were in our budget and who we planned to use if they found a good place) and asked them if they had any experiences with places that might accomodate our wedding. That did help us out a lot.

And of course, don’t rule out a wedding earlier in the day. Brunch is a cheaper meal and there may be more places willing to work with you if your wedding is during a less-busy time.

You don’t need a DJ, just an ipod, good speakers, and a trusted friend to guard/operate the dial should suffice for such a small wedding. The dances can be on a playlist, the rest of the music can be played from Songza or a different playlist (and have a backup player just in case!)

Watch the cost of your dress/alterations – a $1k dress plus accessories and alterations knocks out a HUGE portion of a small budget. Same thing with tux rentals (but at least a nice custom suit is a good investment).

And, BTW – ask friends if they know anyone in the business (even if YOU don’t have a friendor, someone might know someone) and don’t be afraid to do some things yourself! I am doing my own makeup, I bought the supplies and looked up tutorials on YouTube. Everyone complimented it for our engagement photos, and were shocked when I said I did it!

Post # 8
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

My wedding is larger than yours, and my budget is slightly larger than yours.

My budget is 20kish, BUT 6,000 of it is honeymoon alone. The rest of the 12k includes everything right down to rings, bachlor/ette, and other pre-wedding celebrations.

Our theme is rustic-romance. Think rustic… but without burlap & mason jars, and more lace & candles.

We saved alot of money by booking a not so tradtional ceremony space, and a community hall for the reception space. Because it’s a community hall, we will be doing more decorating than we’d like, but it’s still cheaper than other venues we looked at.

We are not going with an actual catering vendor, but we are having a local restaurant that we visit often cater [fazoli’s]. This means we’ll get great food for an awesome price.

I’m doing alot of DIY, and like you, I don’t have any family or friends to help, so I’ve been doing everything myself. I’ve made my own save the dates, and will be making my own invitations, escort cards, programs, and anything else paper related.

To bring in the romance, we are using 8 ft banquet tables lined with TONS of candles. Taper candles, votives, tall tealight candles… each hand decorated with lace. All candleholders were purchased for $1 each at the dollar tree.. I saved SO much money here.



Post # 9
2562 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@MrsSJO:  I DIY’ed my invites and if I could go back and do it again, I’d buy ’em. I’d suggest Etsy for that – you buy the designed PDF file and then send it to a printing company. Much less hassle!

But smaller things like escort cards, chair signs, centerpieces (for us: candles and lanterns), etc. are easy to DIY and don’t suck up a ton of time.

And yeah, the catering thing was SUPER helpful. He called a few catering companies with great reviews (this was before we switched our date and we were panicking!) and they reccomended their usual/favorite spots for us!

Post # 10
7531 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

@MrsSJO:  I think if you find the right place, you can do it easily.  I sent you a PM with a couple of places that I found that seem like they would fit what you want! Here’s one  “Rustic elegant venue”

Full Service Plated Dinner – 

Available for Barn, Gazebo and Vineyard
Passed or Stationed Hot Appetizers-
One and a quarter pieces per person
* Parmesan Risotto Croquettes
* BBQ Bacon Wrapped Scallops
* Swedish Meatballs
* Sweet & Sour Meatballs
* Sweet Soy Grilled Chicken Skewers
* Sausage & Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms
* Chicken Livers Wrapped in Bacon with
Honey BBQ Glaze
Plated Entrée Selections
Pre– Selection of three
* Traditional stuffed Chicken Breast
with Pan Gravy
* Queen Cut of Stone House Prime Rib
Au Jus and Horseradish Cream
* Cajun Stuffed Pork Chops with
Smoked Pepper Pan Gravy
-Select a combination of two-


Cold Hors D’ oeuvres Platters-
One and a quarter pieces per person
* Gourmet Cheese Display with Honey
Mustard Sauce, Crackers, Grapes &
French Bread
* Crisp Fresh Garden Vegetable Platter
with Ranch & Bleu Cheese Dips
* Seasonal Fruit Presentation with
Melons, Berries, Grapes & Pineapple
Served with Yogurt dipping sauce
* Snow Crab Claws. Six Pounds on Ice
with Cocktail Sauce, Lemon, Drawn
Butter & Cajun Mayonnaise
* Minimum of 30 guests- $29.95 per person (not including bar)
* All events are subject to both a 6% PA Sales tax and 20% gratuity
* A $500 site fee for Vineyard or a $250 site fee for the Barn and
Gazebo includes standard china, glassware and silver, service staff
and all set up.




Full Service Buffet Dinner – 


Available for Barn, Gazebo and Vineyard


* All events are subject to both a 6% PA Sales tax and 20% gratuity
* A $500 site fee for Vineyard or a $250 site fee for the Barn and Gazebo includes
standard china, glassware and silver, service staff and all set up


Post # 13
7531 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

@MrsSJO:  You are welcome.  Here are some more money saving ideas.  With an intimate wedding you could probably do a ipod type playlist, or even check with the place and see what they have for piped in music. You could still likely have them come in and move tables a bit and have some dancing.  See if there is someone who is taking more advanced cake decorating at Michael’s who would like to make or decorate a cake for you.    After a trial at a make-up counter, you could see if you could schedule for the day of your wedding.  Perhaps you already have shoes and jewelry that you could wear?  When you find your dress, you could make note of the style, size, designer and find a unworn one, or a like new one. There are free printable invitations on Weddingchicks.com  🙂

Leave a comment

Sent weekly. You may unsubscribe at any time.

Find Amazing Vendors