(Closed) new DIY bee on a budget!

posted 7 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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713 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Welcome to the bee! Your ideas for both the weddings sound awesome!! And the venue is gorgeous – great find. Happy wedding planning!!

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2011

My budget is even smaller than yours.. and I am going to MAKE it work and still be very happy with my wedding!!! I am getting my outside garden wedding even with a low budget. πŸ™‚

ok.. i HIGHLY recommend dressilyme.com.. i ordered my dress from them on 17 June 2011 and i recieved it on 05 July 2011.. yes.. i got it in like 2.5 weeks!!!! and it is beautiful!!!  I would suggest asking tons of questions.. and dont assume anything.. I asked how long the train was and wanted it longer.. and they were happy to add length for a 23.00 fee.. πŸ™‚ So in total i paid 200 for my dress, shipping and the added length.  I am very pleased. πŸ™‚

I also tried to hook up with a local park, but here in Tennesse most places wont let you actually rent the whole place.. and if they do it is a PRETTY PENNY for sure.. I thought about using a public park but i got scared when i called a townhall type place to rent for the reception and found out that someone had rented it for the same day with the intention of using the exact same park I was planning to use.  How horrible would that have been for us to show up to get married and someone else be there already!!!  So I decided to go with an actual venue… and it is going to be awesome.. the only problem is that they block it off in 4 hour time slots.. and my budget only allows for THE 4 hours..lol.. no more… so by golly it is GOING to work!!! LOL

I am currently looking for some really inexpensive paper to make my invitations..

I have used craigslist to purchase mason jars that i’m going to use as drinking glasses/candle holders.. i found a lady selling 120 for $50.. so that was a great deal.

A lady from my work is going to help me with the food and we are going to go to Sams Club and get finger foods.. i found Boston Pork butts on sale and bought 18lbs worth to use for mini BBQ sliders.. My brother has smokers and is going to smoke them up for me.. hehe.. mini quiches, mini spirals, meatballs, fruit, a few sides and it will be great.. i wont spend no more than 200-250 on food total. 

I have always wanted to have real plates at my wedding instead of plastic.. so ive hit up several thrift stores here and there.. and found some really great deals on plate sets.. since my “theme” is more gardeny it works great for me πŸ™‚

Another BIG money saver is my cake.. instead of a tiered cake.. i saw some really cool ideas for a cake buffet!!!  I LOVED it!! so i have found some random cake plates gthat match my plates and wedding colors and my sis-n-law is a really great baker and she is going to hook me up with a few different types of cake!!

Instead of flowers.. i am going to use herbs.. herbs bouquets are VERY pretty and inexpensive compaired to fresh flowers.. I found some really cute picturs of boutonnieres made out of lavender and another made out of mint.. very cute!!

I know our themes are different but some of these ideas can be very universal for all different types of weddings. πŸ™‚

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2011

Welcome to the bee. Your wedding sounds like its going to be gorgeous cant wait to see pics

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Welcome to the Bee! I’m sure you’ll get lots of great information and help and your wedding will be FABULOUS!

BSHEA — yours sounds great too:) Yippy!

Post # 9
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Welcome to the Hive! Both your weddings sound fabulous! I’m sure you will find tons of tips, ideas and help from fellow Bees. Happy planning and I can’t wait to hear and see pics.

Post # 14
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@kymleemurphy: I know the feeling, I’m doing alot of DIY myself, have started on a few things but can’t wait to get going on more.

Post # 16
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34 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@kymleemurphy:

SUPER!!!  another thought i had toyed with since i wasn’t sure if i was going to have a kitchen.. was more “picnic” type food.  things that didn’t have to be heated or cooled necessarily.. just a thought.. catering can mean big bucks, but with what you are saving on your venue, you could swing it.. ORRRRR.. do you all ever do potluck style events??  Ask a few family members to bring specific dishes??  its an idea.. πŸ™‚  that way you aren’t stressed with making it and they can bring it warm/cool..  again just a thought.. πŸ™‚

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