Post # 1
Hi I am new to this site. I am planning a vow renewal possible date September-October 2013. We’re are already married with kids(city hall wedding,no party). Our guest list is about 80(hoping for less). The ideas that I have so far are…
Venue-Art gallery,Museum, any off the beaten path place.
Food-Food cart, soul food, or culinary school. There is a place(community) that sells dinner at $3.50 per person, dont know if they will cater, but will not hurt to ask 🙂
Cake/Alcohol: Walmart, Trade joes(wine) or ny local bakery, dont really mint having pies or something else instead of cake/cupcakes
Photo: Craigslist I think will be my option, all the other places are so expensive. Also thinking of creating a flick acount(guests download pics)
Invites: Diy, walmart, aldi?
Dress: Ebay or china store
Rings: Already own
Flowers: Dont like flowers that much, fake diy flowers…
I am forgetting something? Any other tips to have a budget wedding in Nj?
Post # 3
I feel you! We are having 100 people.
Venue: Essex Manor in Bloomfield including alcohol and food. They worked with my budget.
Cake: Belmont Bakery in North Haledon under $3 per person
Photo: http://arianderik.com/ We splurged on this since it is something we will keep forever! They did our Engagement Pics and are doing the wedding.
Invites: invitationsbydawn.com i found invitations and RSVP cards for 75 for about $100
Save-The-Dates: 123print.com Ordered large magnets for $60 about 80 magnets
Dress: GroupUSA and David’s Bridal have a sales rack. Look for sales during the holidays. I got mine labor day weekend in 2012 for about $200
Flowers: Kearny Flowers we are only getting the bouquets, corsages, boutineirre’s and bouquet of flowers for the front of the church for about $300
Centerpieces: went to Muller in Newark, got tall glass cylinders for about $5 each, a 10yd blue ribbon for $5 and 18 candles for $12
Hair and Makeup: A friend of mine is doing it and charging me about $300 for 8 girls
Tux: Starlight Tuxedo in Bloomfield about $120 pp. The groomsmen are paying for theirs and my FI’s is free.
Limo: All Star Limo in Green Brook, charging about $700 for a 16 passenger limo (4 hrs) and a car at the end of the nice for me and my FI
DJ: A friend is doing it for $400
The most expensive items were the venue and pictures. Everything else you can work with.
Post # 4
Im barely getting by $13k budget with 65 people.The venue and food are by far the most expensive/most remembered. If you can get pass that hump then it’s smooth sailing. For the record, Im having my reception at a restaurant because in the end all people will remember are: 1) the dress (hopefully!); 2) the food.At least that’s all I remember from the weddings I attended.
Post # 5
There are low cost options for photographers and dj w/ http://www.thediydj.com
This pinterest page lists a bunch of rentable spaces that are interesting http://pinterest.com/colorblindprd/nj-unique-venues/
You’ll find cheap flowers in pretty styles at wegmans, shoprite or costco.
Post # 6
@brokeninnj: I don’t see DJ on your list. Are you planning for IPOD music or no music?
For a vow renewal, you may have a chance of keeping it in the 5 to 6K range. A few years ago my daughter had a very small courthouse wedding where she lived in FL. The following year on their anniversay we had a reception in NNJ with family and friends. In many cases because this was an anniversary instead of a wedding, the prices were cheaper. We DIY’ed decor, flowers and invitations and had a photographer off craigslist. I think the total for that party was about 6K for 50 people.
You can get print your own invitation kits at Walmart, Michaels, A.C. Moore.
G & G Distributers in Saddle Brook has decor and nice fake flowers at wholesale prices.
I’ll be an encore bride in Oct and even with doing a lot of DIY, I’m struggling to keep it under 12K.
Post # 7
My sister in law had her wedding in the church’s hall. 50 people, flowers from Shoprite in Dollar store vases, food as buffet style on paper plates from a local restaurant, my husband was the photographer, another brother the Dj (no dance), David’s bridal $99 dress. I am actually quite sure that this was a $2000 wedding. Everybody had a blast and that was what was most important to them.
Post # 8
$5,000 is ok if you be realistic with your budget and allocate your money to what’s important. Of course you can’t have 200 people on $5000. Also depends on whattime of the year. If it’s warm/mild you can save by having a cute garden brunch wedding with finger foods.
It is hard even on my $30k budget, because this area is expensive, but I wanted to give my guests a great experience. My coordinator is struggling to keep up with all my demands lol. I fear we may be going over.