Post # 1
I’m newly engaged and me and my fiancé are planning to have a small wedding on a low budget.
At the same time we would love for it to be memorable and elegant.
Our theme colors are light purple (lavender) and dark purple (royal purple).
Feel free to share any DIY suggestions that have worked for you or that you have seen work for others. I would much appreciate it 🙂
– Bride on a budget <3
Post # 2
JClove: Tell us more about your wedding so we won’t be wasting your time and ours.
Are you just looking for decor ideas for the ceremony and reception?
Time of day?
Type of venue?
Do you want a theme other than your color palette? e.g vintage.? modern?
Post # 3
I’m looking for ideas for the reception.
we have not chosen a venue yet.
it will be in the early evening around 5pm until about 9.
we are going for an elegant theme with both colors.
Post # 4
JClove: Lilacs should be in bloom at the time of your wedding. If you can track down a source where you can get them free,(do you belong to a church, have friends or relatives with older homes and gardens?) you could have gorgeous centerpieces at minimal cost.
You can get vases at the dollar store and use the clear glass, or spray paint them white,silver or gold.
Or you might be able to find a buy on lavender at the end of this year’s farmer’s market season.
Anither idea that reduces the cost of flowers is to make a grouping of inexpensive bottles with just a single flower in each one.
Once you find a venue, you will know what they provide in terms of linens. Renting linens can be costly. Some brides find it less expensive to buy their linens, then sell them after the wedding to recoup some of their costs.
Check http://www.adhuntr.com It lists all ads from all Craigslist sites. You can narrow down the results by geographic area. You can find vases, linens, charger pates etc at great bargains.
Post # 5
Wow thank you for the wonderful ideas and effort.
I will definitely keep them in mind 🙂
Post # 6
- Wedding: July 2015 - Calamigos Ranch
Here are a few things I did to keep costs down. Hope they help!
1. Keep an eye on Groupon and Living Social deals. I got all of my invitations and save the dates and envelopes for $75
2. DIY flowers. Flowers can cost thousands of dollars and they’re only good for one day! Wholesale flowers or buying in bulk from Sams or Costco is a fraction of the price. But you’ll need to get a group together and set aside time to assemble.
3. Buy a sample dress. If you have you’re heart set on a designer dress, buy a design that’s a few years old. I got my Monique Lhuillier dress for $700 compared to $3k because it’s a 2012 design and I bought a sample.
4. Skip engagement photography and use photos of you and teh fiance throughout your relationship for a questbook instead.
5. Pick an outdoor or otherwise visually appealing location to minimize decore needs
6. Check out Dollar tree for things like super cheap candle holders and rose petals. You’d be amazed what they have for dirst cheap.
7. A friend skipped the DJ and just played a special iTunes playlist. No one knew the difference and the music was great.
If I think of anything else, I’ll post again later!
Post # 8
esaints2: thank you so much for ideas that haven’t even crossed my mind lol! I love the idea of getting flowers from Costco and buying things from dollar tree! Your comment was of great help :)!
Post # 9
Bridey77: gotta love mason jars!
Post # 10
The biggest expense is easily the venue/caterer. If you find somewhere that seems super cheap, make sure you find out what is included (and what it would cost to source yourself…and the time it would take to DIY setting up/tear down/cleaning, etc)
if you can find a venue that will let you choose your own caterer and supply your own alcohol, you’ll have a lot more control over two of the largest costs.
Check the elks clubs/community centers in your area. Sometimes they’re more lovely than you would have expected.
If you plan on buying any of your decor, wait for the big sale weekends (notably Black Friday) and purchase as much as you can then.
List your decor to sell before the wedding…I had people pick up a bunch of things the morning after and I never had to worry about it again!
Post # 11
JClove: Choose the top 3 most important things for the both of you. Think outside the box! Make your own invitations.
cateyes: I agree, choose a venue that allows you to bring in your own food/drink.
Post # 12
creativeplannertobee: yes! I agree as well. We plan to bring our own food and make our own invites 🙂 I think I’m going to have a hard down narrowing down all the possible ideas for them Lol.
Post # 13
cateyes: thank you so much :)!!!!
Post # 14
JClove: If you are going to include gold or silver consider buying items after Christmas sales, or even, or even before Christmas if shopping at a Dollar Store.