(Closed) under 3k

posted 7 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Newbee

Of course you can have a wedding under 3K.  Depends on how many people you plan on having come.  We did our wedding at a great theme resturant (WWII) if you spent enough on food with them they didn’t even charge for the room.  If you would like more suggestions, hand out some more details.  How many guests, personal tastes things like that.  Best of luck! 

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I am doing mine for around $1000-$1500.

We are getting married at our church for free and our reception is also there.

My dress is $500 and it is the dress of my dreams

My grandma is making my cake

We are going to have the reception potluck style

We are buying plates and such from Costco

I am getting our flowers at Costco

We are using our iPod for music

I got invitation kits from Micheals

 

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2014

budget has always been a huge huge factor for us (hence our 4 yr engagment). but i have finally been able to plan our wedding at right around $2k. i found a city ran japanese garden for the ceremony that is $255. my dress was on sale at DB for $449. i found a hall online for $825 with table & chairs included. linens and what not have totaled to $365.

you can do it! just be very patient ๐Ÿ˜‰

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I have helped plan many weddings for under 3k for friends. It is completely doable as long as you are willing to put in the time and elbow grease. 

 My favorite wedding cost only $600. It was an older couple, widowed. She found her dress for $45 in a consignment shop. Bought a pair of new boots for $50. Held her reception in her FH barn. We scrubbed that barn for 3 weeks then painted the floors a linen color. (Painted donated from many different contractors in many shades of white or tan in every brand imaginable which we mixed together.) I made her garter as a shower gift. We grew our own sunflowers which we made into bouquets and centerpieces. Every other centerpiece was a different farm animal resting on straw. We made wooden sheep and painted them and covered with donated wool $0. We borrowed faux setting hens/roosters from a local country restaurant. We snagged 2 resin cows from a yard sale $5. We purchased 2 ceramic pigs and painted ourselves $12. We borrowed tables and chairs from local fire station $25 donation. We made tablecloths from brand new sheets we found at a yard sale for $2 a piece total $48. We made an ice trough to keep stuff cold by asking a local butcher block if we could borrow freezer space for 3 days $0. We made a huge salad from her garden, dressing cost $9. We had a roast pig $0 and barbq chicken $30. I made a jello salad and her wedding cake as my gift to them. Her sister made coleslaw and baked beans. Her SIL made baked potatoes w/ all the fixings and corn bread. Her daughter made oven roasted veggies and rolls. They had grown their own corn so had corn on cob. We rented speakers which we hooked to a laptop $100. Decorated get away vehicle $.59 only because i broke my drill bit on a stubborn can. $50 donation to preacher. $225 for caller of square dance. I can honestly say I have never had more fun planning or attending a wedding EVER!!!!

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Sorry I missed that. Have you tried firehalls, restaurants, local parks, churches, community centers, vfw’s, shirner’s etc.? A lot of those secret society types like masons have halls to rent. I was looking to do my own food too until I can across a restaurant deal i couldn’t pass up.

 

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Ouch! I am sorry this has been such a struggle for you. I wish you all the best in your planning though. Just remember you don’t have to spend alot for your guests to have a good time as my friend proved.

I hate that weddings cost so much. A business I would love to get into is an all inclusive wedding venue. I would have reasonably priced food per person, take care of all the little details, have a choice of 12 different decoration looks, offer cakes under $200, find cheap photogs , dj’s, & hairdresser. I wish I could find a place like that and just have to supply my dress and bouquet!

Good luck on your search! I will be praying God richly blesses your marriage and helps you land the perfect venue ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I came across this site awhile ago.

It’s a wedding done for completely under $2000. ๐Ÿ™‚

http://2000dollarwedding.com/

 

 

Also we’re planning on having our reception in a local church’s “sanctanasium.” They have a huge sanctuary that converts into a fellowship hall. We’re not having alcohol or dancing, but instead since we’re HUGE movie buffs we’re running with the theme of our first date as a married couple and treating our guests to dinner and a movie. The reception hall should only be about $400. Then we’re doing a potluck-ish dinner. Buying chicken from somewhere and asking a few select guests for side dishes. It should be pretty cheap for it all.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Venue suggestions:

If you are religious, churches, especially smaller ones, or rural ones, can usually be rented for fairly cheap, and then you will be able to bring your own food/drinks. For a 3k budget, traditional catering is pretty much out.

State or local parks usually have picnic shelters, and some even have buildings. These are also pretty cheap, and food/drinks can be brought in.

Also look into community centers. If you go to your local city or county government home page, there will usually be information available.

Do you know anyone with a pretty backyard? Do you have a favorite local restaurant where you could hold your reception?

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@weddingnut: thats how mine is! its a 1500 food and drink minimum and the site, tables, chairs, linens, dishes and DOC is included!

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