Post # 1
I’m curious, I’ve read different blogs where they list different couple’s budgets and how they made things happen. I’d like to see some more “real life” weddings where couples pulled off awesome weddings on a budget!
Please post pics!
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Our budget is $8500. Our venue is $3750 with a $500 dollar return. Its a non profit venue and you can use any caterer you want to. Our Weddng cake is $322 professional bakery for a 3 tier cake. Catering is $2200 serving 130 people and that includes cocktail hour. (Key is to have a set menu,decide whether you are trying to fill your guest up or just have something to satify them, buffet style not plated, plated is too expensive), Photography is $500 my brother own his own photographer company, Decoration is $500-$700, my coordinator has alot of things I wanted in stock so she did not have to order alot of things, as well as my wedding planner is free because its my best friend mom who has her own company. DJ is $500 for 5 hours including ceremony. Invitation and Save the Dates all completed by me budget is $250. Our wedding is in November 2013. I dont have pictures, but i do have pics of invitation and save the dates on my profile.
Post # 4
We were on a budget. We went over a little-original budget was around 6K, ended up being closer to 10k after all of the bridal party/parent gifts/makeup/rings ect were purchased, but I still think we did a good job!
Our venue was free because my husband is a founding board member for the theatre we got married in. We were the FIRST Wedding to take place there, which was awesome. We were able to bring in our own food and alcohol. We had a dixie land band, a 25 piece big band, and a DJ. The place was a disaster before we got in there, so I think we did a damn good job.
(That’s not DH. That’s one of our friends)
Post # 5
Ours wasn’t as beautiful as the one above, but we loved ours and it was perfect for us. Low key, fun and us saying I do!
Our original budget was $4,000. With the dress (which my mom paid for) and the misc items we had to buy last minute we spent about $6000. Our venue was only $350, our musicians $200, food $450, dress $1200, $200 favors, bought the bridesmaids dresses and all the misc items totalled out around $6000
Best pics to show what the wedding had…
^basic table set up, the jars had pics of the guests at the wedding
^Take one table, favors were off the the right but you can’t see them in the pic
^The cake, traditional just like we wanted
^The grooms cake
^The guest book… Made with drum heads
^The food set up… BBQ, we’re in the south, that’s how we do it!
We didn’t have alcohol, our reception was at a church, and no one danced but it was quick, everyone had fun laughing at many different things and talking and it was very intimate despite the nearly 100 people that came.
Only thing I regret is not spending more on a photographer, these pics are about as good as they get, well there are some good ones but I need some serious editing
Post # 6
@kris325: Your wedding was beautiful!! That groom’s cake is hilarious.
Post # 7
$5000 budget and came under. i can only show the pics dh uploaded on here… I have a ton more of the reception but he didn’t upload those.
Thereare so many more great pics to showcase the decor so you could get a better feel. the pic above is our diy phot frame guest book which was a huge hit.
the venue was $400. Food was $10 pp and i had over 130 guests. That menu included 3 apps per person, unlimited fresh fruit juice, sparkling cider toast, main course with chicken, salad, dinner roll and rice and dessert. cake was $100. Dress was 220 my father paid for that. ceremony space was 100 bucks plus i rented 2 tables for $4 each. I brought in some snacks for a mocktail hour which were gone so people enjoyed it. flowers were less than $300. bm’s dresses were $24 (I bought the material) and gm’s vests were $10, mil made their ties. Dj was 140 for 4 hours. Photograper was 220 for all day coverage. transportation for guests to and from ceremony and to reception and for bridal party was 120 (that was 4 trips). It was a 30 passenger mini bus and it was the best decision I made to add to our budget. My shoes was n clearance at payless for less than $10 (ballet flats which I painted blue with sparkling glitter). Lots of diy elements to the wedding.
It was truly a wondeful day and I was so happy with how everything turned out, how professional and reliable my vendors were and just amazed that I planned the whole thing ob my own. It was the best money we could have spent and I am happy we didn’t go over budget or sacrfice too much to stay under.
Post # 8
We eloped at City Hall! We didn’t have a traditional wedding, so no guests and no reception. We are hoping to have some sort of party at our house this summer, but not labelled as a wedding reception – just a get together. However, getting married at City Hall is very inexpensive and we LOVED it.
Price breakdown (from best recollection):
- marriage license $50 (would have had to pay this whether we got married at City Hall or had an elaborate wedding)
- wedding by the mayor at City Hall $60 (they ask for a donation of $30 or $35, but that all goes to the food bank)
- my outfit (dress, shoes, underthings, jewelry, etc) $200 tops
- his outfit (owned suit, got a new shirt, tie, and shoes) $160
- I guess makeup – I did it myself but bought a few new things that I’ve since used $160
- Photographer $350
- Dinner $50 (we went out with a few friends)
- Ribbon (we tied our rings to our wrists and I made bows for our dogs) $5
- Wedding bands $500
Post # 9
@Birdiebaby4: We eloped – well a privately planned wedding with two witnesses! He’s parents were our wtinesses and joined us for our dinner.
All in all we spent under $3,300 – attire, rings, photography, dinner, flowers, cake, officiant.
$1250 – 3 hours photography
$701 – all of my attire
$227 – all of H’s attire
$350 – H’s ring (I went with one ring, my e-ring)
$206 – officiant and license paperwork
$550 – lodge’s packaged elopement for 3 course dinner, champagne, bouquet, bountoniere, wedding cake (rough value of package)
My something old – a postcard of the lodge from 1903 – mint condition!
Bouquet and Bountoniere
RRings (mine was too wide for a wedding band, so I wear one ring – saves on costs!)
Post # 10
Great photos, everyone! I can’t wait to add mine (sometime in October). 🙂
Post # 11
Gorgeous weddings you guys! You’re all making me want to elope now lol!
@Brideonabudgetlauren: That’s gorgeous how you did the lighting and cute how it had sentimental value too for your guys!
Sorry I didn’t reply for a while I wasn’t getting email notifications
Post # 12
- Wedding: October 2014 - Greenbrier Country Club
@kris325: Your grooms cake is awesome!!! mind if steal it?!
Post # 13
@bridalprincess: IDK what that food is but it looks sooo good. You’re making me hungry!
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Our “budget” was 25k (my parents) but we wanted to stay well under that and take the rest of the money to put down on a home. So we did a lot of DIY, and came in WELL under 25k. Like almost 10k under.
I wanted a blingy cake stand SO bad. But online they were outrageous. So my mom and I cut acrylic at Lowes, bought the rhineston wrap, and the plastic beads from shopwildthings, and spent a total of $23 when it’s all said and done. We used some LED lights that my dad had laying around and put them in 9 votives to make the stand.
I did NOT want to spend a lot of money on flowers. Since, well, they die. I used carnations and gerbera daisies in the bouquets. These were the only fresh flowers that we had. AND we got in on the florist’s 20% off sale. I want to say flowers were $350 ish?
DIY cardbox- $18.
Favors. $0.79 cookies from our local grocery. With handmade tags by my mom. $102.00
Centerpieces unlit, and then lit at night for the reception. $375. Re-sold on Ebay last week for $280.
Shoes $30 on clearance at DSW.
Venue (old theatre)
Post # 16
@sienna76: Your photography is amazing! I especially like the last photo of the two of you in the canoe.