Post # 1
So, starting out my fiance said the budget shouldn’t be over 10. After discussing details, visting venues, speaking to photographers,djs and already married people we cut that down to 6875$. The catch is we want to go on a honey which would cost around 2000. All together thats over 8 thousand which means we are headed back up to the 10 thousand mark. Ouch I’m trying to cut the whole wedding down to 5 thousand so we can go on the honeymoon too. I don’t want to take a honeymoon later because we will no longer be newlyweds. We already found the perfect venue which includes a sit down dinner, linens, centerpieces, open bar,cake cutting, plating, horsdoeuvres, and room rental for 3500. Its everything else cake, dress, marriage license, flowers, dj, rings, hair, makeup, nails and someone to marry us thats putting the cost past where I want it. Any sugesstions on how I can cut costs? Thanks! Oh and ps: there is only 60 guest coming
Post # 3
Dont forget to add tax and service charges to your bill! My venue cost $1,500 to rent BUT when you at tax and the 20% service charge it is actually $1,965 to rent! There is also usually an extra liquor tax if you are serving alcohol!
I cut my budget by DIYing invitations and DIYing some of the flowers! You just have to prioritize!
Post # 4
Ask the venue if they require liability insurance too. My CHURCH didn’t bother telling me till THIS MORNING! (6 days before our wedding date!) They even told me we wouldn’t be able to get married there without it!
Post # 5
1 – ask a friend to marry you as a gift (online ordination)
2 – look for “used” dresses – no need to spend $1k+ on a dress you’ll wear once
3 – Nix the flowers for fake ones (or just don’t use flowers for your centerpeices). I used fakes for my BM bouqs and it cost me ~$30 in total for 5 BM’s (I made my own brooch bouq)
4 – Do you really need professional hair/make-up/nails? Can you prioritize and just get one, not all 3?
5 – Do an Ipod wedding (have a friend be the MC) rather than get a DJ
Google “$2000 wedding” to see other budget ideas.
Basically, write out a priority list with your FI and divide the list into “must haves,” “it would be nice,” and “I never even heard of chiavari chairs before looking into wedding stuff” sections
Essentially, all you *need* is you, your FI, a marriage lisc., and someone to marry you. Everything else is extra. Keep that in mind…..and with a $5k budget, you certainly can have a lovely wedding, just don’t get sucked into the “OMG I have to have THIS” mentality!
Post # 6
Oh…one more thing – look up sample wedding budgets. Most of them say your reception should not cost more than ~45 – 50% of your wedding budget. If your reception is costing you over 50% of your budget, then know you will need to seriously cut back elsewhere, or maybe that reception hall is not the right fit for your $5k budget.
Here is an example of a wedding budget worksheet.
Post # 7
@Bride2be21: Do you really need a DJ? You could make your own iPod playlists, no? I’ve never thought DJs were worth the cost.
Could someone make the cake?
Could you make your own centerpieces?
Post # 8
I never even thought of a used dress. I thought about the ipod idea but I didn’t like the idea of someone having to switch the songs all evening but maybe we could make it work. I totally agree with djs not being worth what they cost. I guess I kinda did get caught up in the whole “must have” thing. This is the most money my fiance and I have ever spent and im just worried we are either going to spend too much and regret it later because we are broke or not spend enough and regret being so cheap. Thank you everyone for your suggestions especially rock hugger. I really like the idea of making a priority list.
Post # 9
Check out Brides Against Breast Cancer (bridesagainstbreastcancer.org). They travel around the country hosting gown sale events, and you can get something lovely at a great discount. Some of their gowns are pre-owned, many of them are brand-new (donated by shops or designers as tax deductions, etc.)
Post # 10
I got a used dress and its awesome. I saved a ton of money, it was professionally cleaned before I bought it so it looks brand new, and its still a designer dress.
Try looking on:
oncewed.com (where I got mine)
Post # 11
Make a list of what you need, what you would love to have and what you want but can do without.
Go about researching vendors that can work with your budget (don’t be a afraid to haggle…some will bring their prices down to contract your business).
You can definitly have a wedding for $5000 for 60 guests (my wedding is costing me almost as much for 150).
$3500 for that venue is a great price for all they include but I bet you could have found something cheaper… maybe. That leave $1500
Cake: sheet cake from the supermarket or supermaret wedding cake or homemade cake or cupcakes ($100).
Dress: online or David’s Bridal $99 sales
Marriage license: shouldn’t these be cheap, like $50?
Flowers: wholesale online or supermarket loose flowers you diy. Or maybe a florist who is willing to work with you: $300
DJ: check craigslist for up and coming dj’s. Or do a playlist (we were going to do this). $200
Ring: overstock, jcpenny, walmart, ebay ($200)
hair, makeup, nails: all can be DIY…except maybe the hair: $100
and someone to marry us: look for someone within the $200 range.
Keep looking, you can find vendors willing to work with your budget. Good luck
Post # 12
@Rock Hugger: I’m glad I’m not the only one who thought that when I heard the word Chivari!
Post # 13
@canarydiamond: The great thing about iPods is that you can make a playlist – the only time you’d need to stop and start would be (I think) during speeches, if you have any. No one would have to monitor it!