I need help planning a wedding

posted 2 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 2
293 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

You could probably find a city park to get married in for free or cheap and only serve cake and drinks for your guests afterwards for relativly cheap. If you limit your guest list to just a few people you could get married at a courthouse for cheap and have dinner in a restaurant.

You can absolutely plan a wedding for under $5000….it all depends on number of guests and what is important to you to have on your wedding day. If you want 200 people and an open bar and serve everyone filet and lobster you’re not going to be able to do that for under $5000.

Write a list of your most important things and go from there. (Also, write a list of what’s NOT important to you and your FI. That way if someone tries to tell you that something is important but it’s on your not important list you know you don’t need to worry about it.)

Post # 3
2390 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

You can try to find an affordable wedding planner. 

Post # 4
2679 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

It is definitely possible! You just have to do a lot of digging to find the best deals. Off the top of my head, my suggestions would be, pick a free ceremony site, such as a park or beach, and do the reception at your house/a friends house/a parents house. Keep your guest list small, buy your dress second hand, DIY as much as possible. Check out offbeatbride.com they have tons of examples of stunning weddings on smaller budgets.

Post # 5
15 posts
  • Wedding: May 2015

It really depends on a lot of things like the size of your guest list , what you expect from your wedding, and what you’re willing to give up to make your budget work.

As someone with a $6,500 budget I can say it is entirely possible to do it on a tight budget.

Tell me what about what you want from your wedding and I’ll help you come up with some ways to save on your big day 🙂

Post # 6
9526 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Of course it’s possible! Youu just have to keep your budget in mind while planning. 

My best recommmendation is to sit down with your fiance and talk about what’s important to eah of you for a wedding. Take notes. Talk about some of the big things. It sounds like you’ve already decided on “small” so start putting together a preliminary guest list. Think about season/timing, location, formailty level, time of day, religious vs secular, etc.. Continue taking notes! Think about things you’d like to include. It may not all make i  inot the wedding, but write it down as you think about it. Most importantly, talk about priorities. What is really important? And what is not so important. 

Then start the real planning. Personally, for a small $5000 wedding, I love the idea of an afternoon church wedding with a light hors d’oeuvres, cake and champagne punch. Or a very intimate ceremony followed by a fancy dinner at an awesome restaurant. 

Post # 7
6448 posts
Bee Keeper

That sounds very reasonable for a small, simple wedding. I agree with PP about finding a community-sponsored venue (e. g. county park building), and since you have a small guest list, you won’t need to big a space anyway. A lot of featured weddings are big and lavish, but it doesn’t have to be that way at all and yet still be beautiful and memorable.

Post # 8
15 posts
  • Wedding: May 2015

I see a lot of people mentioning parks and such and I just wanted to add a few things to consider. If you do it in an area like this, you may end up having to rent chairs for the ceremony and even tables for the reception if the park does not have something like picnic tables. I can tell you from my own research that the cheapest chair rental I found was $1 per chair, plus $.50 per chair to set up, $40 to deliver, and tax. It ended up being slightly over $200 just for chairs, no tables, for 100 guests. Granted, you could cut those costs by having family/friends pick them up and set them up if at all possible.

Also, consider the fact that the weather may not always be in your favor. You may want to spend a few extra hundred for a place that you know you can have a back up plan with.

There are places out there that you can work into a tight budget if you look hard enough. My wedding is on a holiday Monday and I was able to get a beautiful place for 8 hours for $500. This includes tables, chairs, and piece of mind regarding the weather. 

Post # 10
458 posts
Helper bee

It is possible!  As long as your guest list is relatively small and you don’t live somewhere where everyone just has crazy-expensive weddings, you should be all set!  It will take more work than it will for the bride who is able to throw money at every situation to fix it and make it happen, but it will be worth it!

Post # 11
883 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2015 - On a Cliff Overlooking the Bay, Florida

KatyKatCass:  Where are you located? How many people do you want there? have you thought about what you want for a wedding? Sorry for all the questions I’ve helped 7 friends plan their wedding before becoming engaged.

 Anything is possible, you just need to find the hidden gems of your city or wherever you are getting married.

Post # 12
3195 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Here are some money saving tips:

  • Have an intimate wedding of 50 or less.
  • Marry during the winter months.
  • Have your wedding on a Sunday or Friday.
  • Buy your dress at a trunk sale, small dress shop or even an online replica company.
  • Your partner can wear something he or she already owns; my husband wore a well cut Hugo Boss suit when we married and he looked so dapper.
  • Have a morning wedding and a brunch reception.
  • Have your reception in a rec room with simple decorations.
  • Serve beer and wine as alcohol at your reception.
  • For dessert, serve cupcakes or sheet cake instead of a tiered wedding cake.
  • If you live in a large city, look for venues outside of where you live. 
  • Use artificial flowers instead of real ones. 
  • Take your honeymoon on your one year anniversary (To save up the money) or just stay in a nice hotel for a few nights.
  • Search Craigslist for photographers. Sometimes photography students advertise there to gain experience. 
  • Use Itunes and speakers instead of a DJ


Post # 13
98 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

We’re doing it for about $2000. Totally possible. The biggest things saving us money is an outdoor wedding venue (free), small number of ceremony and dinner invites (16, around $30 a plate) and then having a big reception in the evening that everyone will attend (venue $80). It also helps that no one does open bar weddings where I’m from so I don’t need to worry about that. 

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