Post # 1
Hi bee’s recently my husband and I got married by the court because we did not have the time with our busy work schedules and 2 daughters to have an actual wedding. Also I really never wanted a wedding until I met my husband who completely changed thought of weddings because I always thought they were a waste of money…in other words Why waste all that money when you could use it on a freaking awesome honeymoon right Lol. Well anyway I have decided to have a wedding but on a very very very small budget $1000 in my parents back yard call me crazy but I’m determined to make it work. My sister and I are making most of the decorations, invitations, etc. and my parents/Family/guests are going to be making the food (30ppl Max). I have picked out my dress which was only $130 and it’s completely beautiful and chose the color scheme from my dress. Now here’s the big question for all you bee’s who have had their wedding do you think my budget it to small? My sister had a small wedding as well with about 30-40 ppl and spent $5000 I really don’t want to spend over $1000 because I want to spend the big money on a wonderful honeymoon. Can I please have all your idea, thoughts, and opinions!!
Post # 4
@beba_beato: I want to get married in your parents’ backyard!!!!
Post # 6
- Wedding: October 2014 - Greenbrier Country Club
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 # 7
@love108: @BeautyBox: @Anna10-05-2014: thanks ladies I’m really trying to get everything prepared and I’m really hoping everything’s turns out okay I will defiantly keep posting pics to get more ideas and help
Post # 8
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
- 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
It can totally be done! Just get creative and use your recources!
Post # 11
@Goofball: we are planning it in December and we are doing the ceremony because no one got to see us get married and the weather is usually really nice in December if it does rain my parents have a huge screened porch that faces the water just in case and our pastor will be marring us unofficially I guess?? I’m not planning a bridal party I feel it’s unnecessary at this point.
@leecy87: that’s a really good idea I never thought about pizza I know the kids will love that lol and balloons I’m getting from dollar tree
@Dutchbee: thank you my sister and I have been on pintrest and etsy non stop getting ideas
Post # 12
@beba_beato: Looks wonderful. Hope the planning will go smooth.
Post # 13
- 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
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
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. 😉