simple intimate affordable wedding

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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2355 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I’m not in the planning phase yet, but this is something SO and I have discussed and made known to our family for the last couple of years. We’ve been together for a long time.

We may or may not do the courthouse. You can also call the courthouse and get a list of officiants. You can get one to come out to your location of choice for about the same fee. Parks, backyards, or homes are pretty much free! If we do go with a backyard, an archway and a runner would be nice. I would have someone do music for me to walk down the “aisle” to via an Ipod with speakers. FFIL and FMIL saved the archway and runner from FSIL’s wedding, so that would be free.

We would have 20 people max. After the ceremony, we would most likely do dinner at a restaurant that would cost no more than $20 per person. As for traditional elements, the only thing I can really think of is a wedding cake. My favorite cake maker is my local grocery store, so that cake would most definitely be less than $100. If the restaurant has a private section and would allow it, I could see putting some wedding themed-decor on the table. I’m talking cheap stuff like ribbons and balloons that say “Just Married.”

I am not planning on a wedding dress. I see myself in a casual white dress that costs no more than $50. SO would wear a dress shirt. I do see myself with a bouquet, but I would either use a leftover from being a BM or throw together a few plastic flowers and ribbon.

The most important thing to both of us is a honeymoon. Everyone is aware of this. Our parents have said they would contribute to a honeymoon in lieu of a wedding; SO and I would pay for the officiant and dinner. I can see us having our own private first dance later in the evening, and then leaving on a modest trip the next morning.

I could happily elope, but I think it’s important to have immediate family there. Even if we use the courthouse instead of a park or backyard, we would still have the dinner. I guess it’s a kind of eloping-but-not.

Post # 4
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3210 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

We are doing something similar! We’re getting married at a pretty little venue with just immediate family, and then going out to dinner afterward–we booked a private room at a nice restaurant. We’re not doing too many traditional reception things: no dancing, we’ll have music on an iPod, no cake, umm… I don’t know what else is traditional, but we’re probably not doing it! We will have table decor, though.

Post # 5
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362 posts
Helper bee

Still a ways off but we want our wedding at a georgous public park right by a creek.  It has a really nice stone covered picnic area with tables for 50 people we can rent for only $100 and theirs some rustic cabins bordering the park well use to get ready

Post # 7
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10219 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Courthouse Weddings with a Celebration afterwards can be awesome.

There have certainly been great pictorials here on WBee… you can use the SEARCH function to find em.

(I’ll come back and post the link perhaps if I find the one in particular I’m thinking of)

 

Post # 9
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166 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@howsweetitis:  That’s pretty much exactly what we’re doing too.  Our wedding is destination and we are having some decor and musicians at the ceremony site, but it’s still going to be pretty simple and very intimate.  The dinner afterward is in a private room at a restaurant we love.  Parents, siblings, and best friends only.  I like that the small guest list is affording us the option to spend a little more per head than we ever would have if we had the big, traditional, extended family in a banquet hall type wedding.  I think it should be a pretty nice weekend for the people who have supported us the most.

Post # 11
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3210 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@Sweet Melissa:  Yay, I love it! Well, yours is two months before ours, so let me/the bee know how it goes!!

Post # 12
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1416 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

We are having about 12 guests! We are getting married at our Capitol and then having dinner at a nice restaurant downtown. We are keeping it really simple. The only traditional thing I plan on doing is having a small wedding cake. No bridal party. We did make sure to book a photographer, it was the most important thing on my list. And of course I made sure to get my dream dress! 

Post # 13
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Helper bee

We’re going to be doing something similar. We only want to have 15 of the closest people at our wedding, and then have dinner at a nice restaurant afterwards. We’re not keeping anything traditional at the reception, apart from the cutting of the cake and speeches.

Post # 15
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2441 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

We are having 28 people at our wedding (family and close friends). The ceremony is at a cabin in the mountains and for the reception we have rented out an entire restaurant. Budget wise, it’s looking to be around $200-250/person, but we went with a pretty expensive restaurant. It can definitely be done for a lot cheaper

Post # 16
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2441 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

@ontbride:  photography for us is $1,500. W. Are doing the ceremony at 3pm, cocktail hour at 5:30pm and dinner at 7pm. Guest list was pretty difficult and we ended up adding a few extra people. 

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