I LOVE when people post about small budgets because I get so many great ideas for my small budget wedding!
In my pipe dream we spend no more then $4000 but I’m allowing $5000. I am trying to DIY as much as I possibly can and spread the costs out over time. Right now my focus is on invitations. I was going to get a Goco and make them, but my time is worth more then the money I may save by doing that. As much as I really want one, I’m going to hold off and just go with the ones you can print on your home computer – they have so many options at http://www.wilton.com and at http://www.target.com that are well under $1.00 each – people just throw them away anyway, right?
My venu for the entier thing is going to be about $1,200 – because he is alumni we are getting a break (it’s at a church on campus) and that will include the church for the wedding and then the "hall" for the reception – it also includes the use of the kitchen so I’m hoping that will save money on the food.
The food is still up in the air – I’m only going to have little finger foods though, so it won’t kill us in the budget – I would love for it to be no more then $500 for the food and then $500 for beer and wine – but if I have to spend more on the food to get what I want – we will just have wine (this is all assuming they will allow beer and wine?? – no, I have yet to ask!!)
My dress I’m getting on line – it will be about $200 and then I’ll have to take it to get fitted, but there are some really great places in my area that are really good and won’t gouge me – I’m going to guess $50, but even if it’s $100 I’m good with that – $300 for a princess wedding dress?? I think I can swallow that.
Decorations, flowers, and favors…. I saw a post on here about using carnations and that is so what I’m going to do. I’m going to price the cost of buying them in bulk at the markets in my area, Sam’s Club and Costco and see where I can get the best deal. I’m also going to price daisys and baby’s breath – because I saw something done with that and it looks great! I have looked and Martha Stewart and there are some really great ideas for DIY decorations and oh my goodness the things you can do with tule!! You can get it for under $1.00 a yard at Walmart and it makes everything screem wedding! I’m making my own favors – just cookies in the shape of wedding cakes and hearts and personalized with our initials and the date put in cello bags and tied with ribbon or folded and sealed with a sticker (I print my own stickers on address lables and clip art is wonderful!)
I am truly blessed to have a co-worker who is a photragrapher who is going to give us a great deal and I’m planning on enlisting my guests to take the reception shots on their cameras and then giving me their chips so I can download the pictures and print them for myself. Ask friends with digital cameras if they will be your extra set of eyes and I’m sure they will catch so much you never thought!
I am not hiring a DJ because between the boy, my kid, and myself we have two Ipods and two Zunes so we will be good – the site has speakers we can use for like $20 or $30 extra.
But I get a little too excited and could just go on and on about my ideas and could for hours.
Most of all remember this….
DO and have what is important to YOU!
Do NOT try to make everyone happy!
DO make a list of what you THINK you want, what you HAVE to have, what you can live without!
Keep it simple and it will be as beautiful as if you spend $80,000!!