How to throw a wedding when you are really cheap

posted 3 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Newbee

Wow, nice job!

I also am having a low budget wedding, just because we are only having around 30 people and not wanting anything crazy. Our budget is between 3k-4k and we are thinking about having it at the Queens County Farm Museum. It will be 2k for the reception/ceremony space (only problem is I think everyone has to stand during the ceremony?) 

I am wanting to do mostly DIY decorations, so hopefully it won’t be too much to handle. For food, I’m not sure what to do with that yet.

I’m a young bride (only 21, 22 when we get married) so I’m a bit not sure about some things, but hopefully I’ll be able to work things out! 

Any tips are appreciated!

Post # 4
Hostess
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Great post! I’ve found alot of great deals doing my research instead of purcashing the first items I seen!

Post # 6
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18 posts
Newbee

@likewoah:  

Thanks for the tip! I have looked into many other farms and they are more money for a less nice place sadly. And this place has a cute indoor barn that is perfect for the reception area. It seems like the best place that I can see at the moment!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@disneyglimmer:  Check vacation rentals then! We got a awesome deal on a cabin rental that was BEYOND beautiful! Check VRBO to see if there is anything near you, anything that is meant for parties/weddings will be TWICE as expensive 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@likewoah:  We didn’t have a low budget wedding but we did not go beyond our final budget. Great post and I agree with everything you wrote, our splurges were different but our approach was the same. 

Post # 12
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795 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

The first part of your post made me LOL

Post # 13
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18 posts
Newbee

@Payless:  I will check that out! Did you have a reception and ceremony there?

Post # 14
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2878 posts
Sugar bee

I agree with everything you said as it is how I work in everyday life, I don’t overspend, and I prefer to buy discount, sales and bargain than full price, on pretty much everything. Unfortunately, even doing all this for a wedding can’t get us under 3K like we thought we would at first. Food alone, we did not want to compromise quality, and the cheaper we found was 4K to begin with. We cut budget on everything else. But it still adds up fast. 

Post # 16
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3618 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@disneyglimmer:  Oh I sure did! We rented it for two nights and me, my FI, our bridal party, parents, and a few others stayed there the night before the wedding. We had a lot of bonding and set up time, we arrived at the cabin early morning the day before the wedding. 

Day before, us practicing and some set up:

Now the only downfall to this is that you will need to be prepared to WORK. The day of my friends and family really came through with helping put the place together while my husband and I got ready. However, in the end it was beautiful and affordable. 

The ceremony:

Reception:

Our cocktail hour was on the patio so that our guets could watch us take pictures while over looking the reception site, I don’t have pictures but here is a far view of the venue:

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