Post # 1
Hi all! I’m trying to stick to a 5k budget. My dad is paying and has been wonderful about the wedding. (Older bro and sis, guess he’s been through this before ) So I really want to stick to that budget and not stress him and my mom out.
I know the venue rental is going to run about 800, the food around 1500, we’ve got friends of friends that will DJ for 300, my BMs are wonderful crafty girls, (thats what we all do in our spare time together) and we plan on DIY-ing the bouquets. I’m a bit worried about decor, but I’m hoping to find second hand stuff online for a good price, and DIY-ing whatever I can.
Does anyone have any tips for me? Thanks in advance for your kind replies!
Post # 3
@chicagobearsgirl: My daughter’s wedding was 5K. DIY home printed invitations, envelopes and RSVPs with envelopes $20.00 The venue and wine (vineyard/winery) was $1200.00, the food was about $1000.00, the dj friendor was $500.00 and the photographer/friendor was $500.00 two wedding gowns =$800.00 Tables/tablecloths, and chair rentals= $400.00 Wedding Cake was a gift. Bought Glass dinner and dessert plates, flatware, wine glasses, glass coffee cups, and canning jars for coke, rum/coke, lemonade, and bottled water, coffee, sugar, sweetner, cream, coffee stirrers, satin table overlays for tables and diy napkins and satin table runners, shepherd’s hooks and hanging candle holders, and candles, and glass marbles, plus lindt truffle favors in tulle circles, additionally probably cost about $800.00 more. Flowers were $70.00 from flower farm. We had plenty for arm bouquets, centerpieces and the wood arbor. Plus we spent $300 for both Wedding and MOB gown alterations. The rest we probably spent in tips, and we did not use all the wine, so I gave some vendors some wine as a tip. I sold the plates, candleholders, and table overlays, napkins and table runners. So, I’d say you are in good shape! Are you having the wedding in NW Indiana or in Chicagoland? Cause venue rental for $800 is great!
What is it that you like for decor? How important are flowers to you? I got 7 dozen stems of dahlias for $70.00 We spent the $ on the tables/tableware, food. PM me if you want more details. 😉
Post # 4
Do you have any friends or family that are professional photographers? If so, I’d ask them to do your pictures as your wedding present. If you do that, you can buy an album on picaboo.com for WAY less than through a professional photographer.
Also, I’d suggest making your own invitations, programs, etc. There are many templates online that could help you. You can also get nice linen cardstock and envelopes from Paperandmore.com (great quality paper and envelopes and best prices I found).
Also…I’d suggest that you get creative with decorations. You could do mason jar candles everywhere (centerpieces, lighting, etc.). Kmart sells 12 packs of mason jars for $8.99. For $90, you’d have 120 of them…which could look awesome and save you money. Here are a few photos:
And here’s a great way to decorate your aisle–photos of you and your hubby as kids! These wood frames cost $1 at Michaels Arts and Crafts, and can be customized or painted to fit any color scheme.
Anyway…those are just a few ideas. Oh–and I also agree with PP. Go with in-season flowers that are larger, like dahlias, and you won’t need as many for very full centerpieces (if you want floral centerpieces).
Post # 5
My main piece of advice is don’t get caught up in buying “wedding stuff”. Keep it simple. Focus on the important things. Also pull in favours from talented family and friends.