Post # 1
Hi! I’m Brittany and I’m new to the site 🙂
I’ve been looking at wedding locations with my fiance and we’ve decided we want to have a “cheap” wedding as we don’t have a lot of money and we don’t want to break my parents bank.
We’re thinking of a local park or nursery/garden for our wedding location, but don’t know what to do for a cheaper reception. Are hotels fairly priced in your experience, what other kinds of places would be good?
We’re having the wedding Oct 1 next year and we’d prefer an indoor reception since the weather in CO is so random. We’re going to have roughly 80 guests (max) so it doesn’t need to be huge, but an apartment community room/center would be too small.
Like I said, I’m new to this site (and to wedding planning). I worked at Michaels for 3 years and loved the wedding stuff, the customers always seemed to know what they were doing and I’m totally lost. I’d love friends and any advice you’d be willing to give. I have bought invitations, know our date, who we want in our party and what we want the cake to be/look like … that’s about it and according to theknot.com I’m WAYYY behind! Eeek, help me, please! 🙂
Post # 3
Welcome to the Hive and Congrats!
I would start by scouring the internet and putting pictures together of all the details that you want to add to your wedding. Take a good look at them and see if you think you can reproduce them at a lesser cost. I would also check out the DIY section and maybe hop over to projectwedding.com and look at their pictures. I am doing my medium sized wedding (140 ppl) for around $5000 and we are paying for everything ourselves.
- I got most of our paper products from vistaprints.com for free with just paying the shipping. (sign up for the business emails not the wedding emails) Some of which I used in ways it was not meant for. ie – business cards as favor tags (and I got tons of free stuff like t-shirts, hats, notebooks etc…)
- Frequent clearance racks and after christmas sales – I got just a ton of stuff at the after christmas sales last year and some this year. Also the Hobby Lobby 90% off section.
- Dollar Tree has some great stuff that can be utilized in different ways. I bought 50 ceramic bells there for out tables. I also got all my centerpiece flowers there. Late spring or early summer they come out with there white and ivory flowers. I cut apart the bunches, redid them in styrofoam, and have had tons of compliments on them already (but they are all over my house.
- Thrift stores are great. I got silver bowls that I am using for my centerpieces for just a few dollars.
- I found a place where I have to bring in an outside caterer and DIY the alcohol. We are having a local bartender bartend for us.
- Always ask for a discount or if they could possibly go any lower, you would be suprised how much I saved by haggling.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you are not crafty, you prob have a friend that is. They might find it fun to help.