(Closed) 2nd Wedding on Zero Budget

posted 6 years ago in New York City
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

When your title said 0 budget I thought it meant No budget lol! Your on a super tight budget! When are you guys planning a the wedding? How much money do you think you can save up from not until then? Do you have any family that can help you? You could do an elopment and celebrate later with family. Have a backyeard bbq… there are lot os options.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

First, congrats and welsome! You could try and have a friend or family member officiate, I’m doing that. You can get ordained online for about $40. It’s intimate and much more affordable than some of the other officiants out there (I was quoted upwards of $300). Make sure you check local laws to see if they need any other certification from the city.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Ok i looked it up and to have an ordained minister marry you in NYC it’s more compicated here is how it tells you how to do it http://usmarriagelaws.com/search/united_states/officiants_requirements/index.shtml

but if it is more work then you want maybe do something where in the morning you get married at the court house then later in the day do a small ceramoney in the Park and have a friend do that way it’s legal and you don’t have to do the extra work. 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I very highly recommend our officiant. We used Rev. Randi Peck (http://www.theministerdiva.com), and she was incredble. Depending on what you are looking for, I believe she has rates as low as around $100 if you go to her. Otherwise, I think her elope package was $250 in Manhattan with custom ceremonies starting at $400. I got a lot of reallylow quotes in the $100-200 range, but it depends on what you’re looking for. Ultimately, we decided that this was one of the areas we wanted to put more of our money toward so it ended up being second highest on our final budget (after attire). But it was well worth the money to us because the ceremony was one of the most important things for us. If you are looking for lower prices, I actually was surprised to see some of the specials on craigslist for very low if you just want a very basic vows only ceremony. I would just recommend checking references and calling the marriage bureau to make sure you don’t have problems if you go that route. Good luck and feel free to message me if you want more details.

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