Post # 1
To Brides concerned that they can not do it on a small budget, let me tell you my experiences
Within the span of the past 3 months I went to two good friends weddings.
One spent $21,000 on hers and one spent almost $5000.
I swear to you, you would never be able to tell the difference!!
The $5000 was planned in 4 months, had AMAZING food, like SOOO good, an all day photographer, beautiful flower girl dresses made by her mom, a twoonie bar with so much alcohol per drink that it tasted straight up haha. People danced, people laughed.
The $21,000 she had a beautiful dress, light snacks, no flowergirls/ring bearer, 3 hour photos, full priced drinks, and a much less nicer venue, lots of big lushious flowers!. I’m not sure where all the money went into this wedding because you’d never have been able to tell the cost was any different.
Its all in the planning ladies – any wedding can be beautiful on a budget!
Anyone else been to comparable weddings with two totally different price points?
Post # 3
most of the weddings I’ve been to have all been within the same price range. my budget is $5000-$6000 and I’m it’ll turn out beautiful 🙂
Post # 4
Where were both weddings held? Because location really determines price. A ‘lavish’ wedding in nebraska is a budget wedding in new york city.
Post # 5
@meetmethere2013: I know what you mean – small/budget weddings can be beautiful too! But getting things for a good price can depend on who you know (I don’t know about you but my best friends aren’t master crafters/bakers/musicians) and, as another poster said, where you live.
Post # 6
Both weddings were in very small Canadian towns – not too different from each other. They are so comparable it’s crazy. Really makes me wonder where all of the money for the expensive one went to. And no, neither brides “knew anyone’ who could get them deals.
Post # 7
- Wedding: September 2015 - Diplomat Country Club
i would love a five thousand dollar wedding but with my big family and a wedding in miami florida? probably not gonna happened. we trying to keep it withingat fifteen k
Post # 8
I’m doing a less than 5000 wedding too, sometimes it seems like it wont work but despite anything that may go wrong, I’m going to marry my best friend and that’s all that really matters to me!
Post # 9
That is awesome. You really can make it work with whatever you hae access to!
Post # 10
- Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge
@meetmethere2013: We’re planning on $10,000, hoping that we can come out less than this. A friend of ours is officiating which saves us money, the reception and ceremony are in the same place altogether $800, my uncle (takes photos as a hobby) and my cousin (a photo-journalist) are doing our photos, another friend who was a producers assistant in Hollywood is doing our video…
I’m thinking we can pull this off. But budgeting is stressful because there are areas where I’m not sure what or how much to cut. I have apps for my phone and computer that help with budget but I don’t feel they are accurate at all. An example is they allow $496 for a wedding planner (like I need one), $1600 for wedding bands (ummm I hope they don’t cost that much all we’re buying is FI ring, mine is already paid for), $1120 for hair, make-up, spa (WHAT!?!?)
Post # 11
@NurseMandie: WOW yeah that seems very excessive. $1120 for hair and makeup! Jeez……
im not having a wedding planner either – then I’d have nothing fun to do!
Im not sure about bands but I know DJs are less than half of that so i doubt it unless its a popular one!
Post # 12
Alot of the times most of the money goes into the venue itself [some brides tend to get a really ritzy place when they could spend a less on a venue and spruce it up with lighting and decor], and a dress. Honestly, most of the time unless you’re a fashion designer, you can’t tell the differance between a $300 and a $6000 dress, because they are equally beautiful in differant ways. I myself am on a budget, at one point in my life I wanted that big, ritzy wedding, but realized I would much rather have something beautiful and affordable that will be talked about for years to come, instead of taking out a loan on something that looks just as great as I could have done myself for 5k.
Post # 13
I love hearing this because I want a small, intimate wedding with a smaller ($5,000-7,000) budget in Chicago. I REALLY believe I can throw the people who have the priveledge (joking) of being invited to my wedding an awesome party!
Post # 14
I had looked into some of the hotels in chicago for weddings/receptions, and opted for a smaller bed & breakfast closer to home [which is about 2 hours south of chitown]. Many of the places were very expensive, although beautiful. Most seemed too white-tie-affair for our tastes.
Post # 15
I have to say, I’m having a weddign in NYC and I’m keeping my budget under $20,000. Let’s just say, when having it at a banquet hall/location (parents request) that it’s expensive!
That said, I’m lucky because due to my parents request – they have chipped in.
Post # 16
- Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge
@meetmethere2013: That’s what I thought too. Seriously who spends $1120 on their hair and make-up?!?! I’m in the mid-west we do our own hair and make-up lol. Actually one of my uncles was a hair stylist so I’m probably going to have him do mine and my mom’s cousin did make-up as a profession previously so I’m probably going to see if she’ll do mine. I have never been so thankful that I come from a large family until planning a wedding.