budget weddings

posted 3 years ago in Money
Post # 4
3978 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@beba_beato:  I want to get married in your parents’ backyard!!!!

Post # 5
741 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

me too !

Post # 6
1071 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Greenbrier Country Club

@love108: +1

Super beautiful! it sounds like your doing just fine 🙂
Use an ipod for music 🙂
Tables and chairs may be donated by your church if you go to church? 

Post # 8
543 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Your parents yard is lovely. Do you have a rain plan? What time of day are you planning on? Are you going to try and serve a meal or punch and cake? Of course it can be done for $1,000, but it depends on what type of event you’re doing. Are you just doing a reception since you’re already married or were you going to have a vow renewal ceremony? If you’re renewing vows will you need to pay an officiant and want to carry a bouquet and have a bridal party? 

Post # 9
1482 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Creek club at ion, SC

@beba_beato: gorgeous back garden. Im hoping to have my rehearsal dinner somewhere like this. We are looking at ordering in those giant giant pizzas as well as having FFIL cook side options. It should be fun!! Ive also seen bees put pizzas in monogrammedd pizza boxes.

Some pretty plain coloured round balloons  (but dont get the biggest ones 36 inch is costly to fill) can work real well and give a whimsical feel. 


Post # 10
135 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@love108:  +1! 

It can totally be done! Just get creative and use your recources!  

Post # 12
715 posts
Busy bee

@beba_beato:  Looks wonderful. Hope the planning will go smooth.

Post # 13
9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@beba_beato:  Since you are doing it in your backyard, you being reasonable with your budget so far, and it seems like you have some help with DIY, I think you can absolutly do it!

Post # 14
725 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

You can definitely do a wedding on a $1,000 budget. Here’s a few tips from my DIY wedding rant that might help.

1. Artificial flowers, order way more than you need. Way more, double the order. You can always use them elsewhere. Or between yet sell the leftovers and recoup some of your funds. My girls used them in their hair. The shipping costs on small orders will kill you. And most bulk orders have free shipping if you order more that $75 – $100. Afloral and efavormart have inexpensive flowers. Also try your local dollar store. It may take a while of sifting through all the ugly fake flowers for nice white and light colors hydrangea and carnations that look real.

15. The cake – if budget is an issue, look for alternatives to the $600+ wedding cake at boutiques. I was lucky enough to find someone at my church who makes cakes. Ask family and friends if they know anyone who does. But if I hadn’t I had several other plans up my sleeve. Here they are:
a. Publix or your local grocery store – always tasty. Not too expensive layered wedding cakes start around $200
b. Wholesale clubs – Sams. BJs, etc. if you are doing cupcakes, go this route. Where else can you get 48 cupcakes under $40. Have them make pretty flowers that match your theme or add your initials. If the bakers aren’t that crafty or nice, maybe buy pre-made letters or some other fun edible topper. I saw a website where you could get custom cupcake toppers made and shipped to you. But I don’t remember the site – google or ebay it.
c. Buy regular round cakes and rent or buy the stackers. How much is a round cake at your local baker – $30 or less, right. For under $100 you could buy 3 cakes and the stackers and assemble them yourself. I would suggest watching a u-tube or two before the day of and maybe baking a few cakes to practice on, say for your bridal shower. Add fresh flowers or some silk flowers from your centerpieces/bouquets and voila – you have a cake.

16. Think outside the box for decorations. I used candle warmers from Bath & Body works as my centerpiece bases. I saw where one bride use the practice balls that come with baseballs (from the dollar tree) as the bases for pomanders. Be creative

21. Catering – I was fortunate enough to have a friend refer someone to cater for us. However, we looked into having a few other places cater it too. About the only thing I didn’t do was cook and sew for the wedding. Crazy enough, our local grocery store, Publix, does cater for large events and was only going to cost a little over $500 for what we wanted, less drinks and paper products. I’ve even been to luncheons that Winn Dixie has done with a huge salad with all the fixings, baked chicken, rice and veggies – All at a descent price. You just have to pick and set up the food. I know atleast one of the stores didn’t provide food warmers, but you could pick those up at any party store.

Read more: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/lessons-learned-a-diy-brides-post-wedding-rant#ixzz2aYpqLKfc

Post # 15
92 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Gorgeous backyard…you won’t have to worry about decorations or flowers as the yard is beautiful and will be the backdrop.  You’ve gotten tons of great ideas so I’ll probably be repeating lots of it, but doing your own invitations is a biggie – I made mine and it cost me an ink cartridge and the cost of paper and envelopes.  Instead of the cake, get a small single layer cake and then cupcakes…my baker suggested that when we were trying to decide on some ways to cut costs.  For food, depending on how formal or indepth you want to go you can sometimes find an up and coming caterer who will do the food for a reasonable price.  Another idea is to contact your favorite restaurant – I know that we have a restaurant nearby that offers a “party pack” of 40 pcs of chicken, a tray of roast beef, mostaccioli, potatoes, bread, salad for like $100.  It’s enough to feed 25-30 people…

Being in December, you have the luxury of using the holiday decorations which will also save you $$.

Good luck and I agree, I’d like to marry in your parents backyard.  😉

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