Post # 1
So I’m not engaged yet. It’s coming within the next few months though.
However, my Mom and I got into a discussion last night about budget for a wedding. I want to know if you fellow bees think my dreams are realistic – or sane. lol
Here are my plans for a $6,000 wedding for 225 people
- Ceremony at the same church we attend, our good friend offciating.
- Reception in the fellowship hall at another church down the road.
- Pot-luck style dinner – ordered chicken from caterer the rest friends and family will make.
- No alcohol
- No D.J.
- We want to watch a movie (His church doesn’t agree with dancing and we don’t want to offend people, and movies are our thing. The church has to projection screens in the hall. We’d watch the Princess Bride. Action for guys, romance for girls, deals with marriage, tasteful as to not offend anyone.)
- Candy “bar”
- My centerpieces are going to be sprayed painted branches in a vase with some crystals hanging down
- We’d rent – or buy chair covers and table cloths (whatever is most cost effective)
- No limo or anything fancy for transportation, it’s all a mile away from one another.
- Photography….. how much should I pay for this?!
So.. is this too much stuff on a skimpy budget?
What do you think of my ideas?
How much did you pay on this stuff?
Thanks for your help bees!
Post # 3
- Wedding: September 2011 - Timber Lake Playhouse - Mt. Carroll, IL
You’ll have to remain budget conscious but this can definitely be done! 🙂 My friend just had a wedding similar to yours for about $3000. Hers was at a state park, reception food was all made by her family and it was delicious, they had stew, soup, some meat, rolls, and a few apps like veggies and fruit. Cake too. No dj – they did an ipod but you don’t even have to worry about that. Sounds like fun! Maybe had some games in there for after the movie? Cards or board games, or fun bride/groom games.
I’m doing mine for around $6000 – our photog only costs $800 – so just look around for that. We’re growing our own flowers too. Just gotta be thrifty!
Post # 4
The good thing about a wedding is that you can customize it to your tastes and your budget! I think that sounds very nice!
Another big cost cutter would be to not have an actual meal, but plan the wedding at a time between lunch and dinner and just serve ‘theather’ snacks and cake!
Post # 5
I think it is doable. You will just need to be willing to DIY things and cut corners. Can you lower the guest count? That would give you a little more wiggle room, but if not, you can still throw a great wedding for $6K.
Post # 6
It can be done. You just need to be willing to sacrifice certain things to stick to the budget. However I’m not really sure about the watching the movie part.. because that might be a bit dull.. Cant you play music anyway and do other activities? And when you say no dancing does that mean no first dance either?
Post # 7
@missapis: Oh I plan on it being DIY! 😀 I can’t wait to start making stuff.
@bells: Alot of our friends have had huge weddings without dancing and just music in the background. Everyone left within 2 hours, as soon as the cake is cut. I don’t want that to happen. We plan on playing music during dinner.. just as background music
Yes there would be no dancing at all. No first dance. We’re okay with that. I never even went to my dances in highschool. I hate dances. None of my friends or his went to dances either. Not our thing.
Post # 8
I don’t know if I’d do a “candy bar” per se. I think it may be pretty costly for that amount of people. I think I’d look into getting theater type boxes of candy from dollartree, 1 a piece that would cost less. Maybe you could set them up in a fun box, and tie them with curling ribbon in your colors, with a thank you tag-then they could double as your favor that way. I think candy bars cost people much more. And this way it would go with your theme. I agree with games after, so there is more interaction after the movie. Having a movie is fun, because you are into it, and Princess Bride is a great movie, but then there is little interaction at your reception. Also, with the savings from the candy you could likely get salads/sides/rolls ordered at your local grocery store if you didn’t want to have to do a potluck.
Post # 9
@jayelcee85: Oh we plan on having the theatre food. But I think out theme for our reception will be something like “Join us on our first date as a married couple – Dinner and a movie on us!” When it gets closer though… it might just change to movie on us.. haha
Post # 10
@creativeplannertobee: Wow! Great ideas. I was thinking about changing it to the movie candy. That probably would be more cost effective.
@raevnn: I like the game idea too!
Post # 11
Oh! I like the “first date” theam. I think it is really cute! Have fun with all the DIYing…I am DIYing most stuff for my wedding too, and I am super excited!