Wedding on a TIGHT BUDGET

posted 3 years ago in Seattle
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@yeukaikaren:  I’m not from Seattle- Minneapolis- but my wedding is $10k- under, and things here are expensive.

 

There are tons of different ways to do this/look at this- I think it would help to know how many guests you hope to have- for starters.  

 

Here’s how ours is panning out:  Our original guest list was 65.  Venue is mansion, including open bar, and elegant cocktail style reception with heavy food- $6700 including cake (we are doing cake pops, but price is the same per person)-

 

invites were about $200, save the dates were homemade and materials and postage were under $35.  You can choose to do website/online RSVPs- money/postage saver right there.

 

I think what you need to do is this:

 

make a list of the absolute “must haves: for you wedding- things you aren’t willing to go without.

 

make a guest list.  realize that your guest list will change after talking to parents (if you allow it to)

 

decide if the season you’re getting married in (April you said)- in Seattle- requires an indoor wedding due to temps/rain/etc……

 

You need a starting point- because it’s hard to jump right in- it gets to overwhelming.

 

You can start looking at different venues- you live in a large city- it’s likely there are “hidden gems”- places you might not think of initially when you think “wedding”- our venue was unheard of until I looked and looked and looked!

 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

One suggestion I have is that rather than finding out how much things cost and crafting a budget around that, to do it the other way around. I said, “I’ll pay X amount for a photographer and Y amount for the venue” and even though it ruled out a lot of options, I ended up with an incredible wedding that looked like it cost 2 or 3 times what it actually did. For example, I said, “I’ll pay $500 for a photographer and $100 for a piano player.” I put 2 ads on craigslist and was overrun with responses. I ended up with very talented people for a great price.

 

edit: I do this with shopping too! I put on a dress, look in the mirror, and come up with an amount I’d pay for it. If the price tag is less than my made up number, it comes home with me. 

Post # 6
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7531 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

What style/feeling are you going for?  How many people do you expect to have?  What are your top 3 priorities?

Post # 7
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Helper bee

It can be done !    

Post # 8
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1068 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@yeukaikaren:  Seattle is hard, honestly.  The prices I’ve seen there are a lot higher than prices elsewhere.

Seattle parks has a lot of great venue spaces.  They’re not the cheapest, but they’re a pretty good value.  Golden Gardens is always a great option.

You probably also want to look into restaurants, since you can make your money go a lot further if the place is already decorated, has linens and plates, etc.  Lake Union Cafe is a popular choice.  Farestart had very good rates and a cool mission, but I don’t think you can do your ceremony there. 

For dresses, I really enjoyed Bluesky Bridal as a consignment shop.  They are crazy meticulous about their dresses and have a ton of options under $1000.

Flowers: florarama and metro market were pretty reasonably priced.  I would also go stop by Pike Place/local flower markets and ask if they do weddings–I’ve gotten some giant bouquets at farmers’ markets for $10, so that could save you a ton.

I swear there’s something in the water in Seattle that makes the photographers great but expensive.  We actually looked into hiring photogs from Portland and paying for their travel, which was often cheaper than getting a Seattle photog.

A girl I knew in highschool had her hair done at Evergreen Beauty College, and it turned out great.

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