(Closed) A Budget Wedding

posted 5 years ago in Money
  • poll: How much did your wedding cost
    under $5,000 : (14 votes)
    20 %
    $5,000-$10,000 : (15 votes)
    21 %
    $10,000-$15,000 : (13 votes)
    19 %
    $15,000+ : (28 votes)
    40 %
  • Post # 2
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2016

    Dang, girl! Give us some tips on how you’re doing it so cheaply! Even if your entire budget goes to food, that’s only $16 per person. How are you pulling it off?

    The cheapeast venue I could find around here (I’m in NJ where weddings are apparently on the pricey side) was $48 per person, plus tax and tip of course. That seemed like a bargain compared to the $100+ prices I was seeing elsewhere, but your budget puts that to shame!

    Post # 3
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

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    OTtobe:  I attended a wedding where the bride and groom spent $3,000 since saving money for a house was more important to them than a wedding. I don’t recall the number of guests who attended, but I think it was over 100 people. That being said, they had a backyard wedding and the groom and his family cooked all of the food or brought in catering from a local mom and pop restaurant. 

    Their wedding served the most delicious food compared to all of the other weddings I have attended. The groom rented a huge smoker (the size of a van) and made brisket and ribs for everyone. 

     

    Post # 4
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    Honestly I don’t think you can have a wedding for 130 guest for under 2k. Food alone is 1k and booze tends to be another 1k. Than you have decor, venue space, cake, dj, photographer, officant, etc. Than there is the cost of your dress, your fiance outfit, bouquets, and dont forget about the rings. 

    I think if you want to keep your budget low you really need to trim down your guest list even if you diy everything once everything is all set and done you will find yourself way over budget. My wedding is 60 guest and we are hoping it is going to be under 5k. 2k isn’t even enough money to properly feed your guest unless you plan on making your own food and have a backyard wedding.

    Post # 6
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    Busy bee

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    OTtobe:  I used to be you. I thought we could have a 200 person wedding for under 5000. I will save you the time. It is impossible. I have looked at it in about 100 different ways.

     

    Post # 7
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    698 posts
    Busy bee

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    misspenny2010:  Oh, we now are at 20K for a 170 person wedding… wishful thinking~!

    Post # 8
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    698 posts
    Busy bee

     

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    OTtobe:  If you to DYI and have a lot of “free help” then that could work! I did not have any of those resources and was pretty much high on drugs when I set the wedding budget.

     

    Not really, but you know what i mean!!!

    Post # 9
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    864 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2015 - Carmen\'s Lakeview

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    OTtobe:  Our original budget was $8000 and now it is $16000 after we found out that the $8000 only covered our reception costs.

     

    Try to DIY and find friends with talents (backyard wedding, cake baking, photography, flower pickers, etc)

    Good luck!

    Post # 10
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

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    OTtobe:  Good for you for having set the priorities that are right for you.You will have Bees say it can’t be done but some of them aren’t prepared to give up anything, or they haven’t read your update.

    You will be just as married as the couple who spends $50,000.

    Post # 11
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2016

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    OTtobe:  Your plan sounds great! I’m glad you’re able to have family pitch in and help with your special day. I know I’d be honored if I could contribute in some way to a loved one’s wedding. It sounds like you’re going to have a wonderful day! Do you mind saving me a cupcake? I’m kind of obsessed with cupcakes! 😀

    Post # 12
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    509 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    I will be waiting for the the recap! 

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    Post # 14
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2016

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    OTtobe:  That sounds heavenly! I need to amend my earlier request: Please save me one of each flavor!

    Post # 15
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2016

    Just in case anyone is interested, definitely check out A Practical Wedding (it’s a website). They blog a ton of weddings on a wide variety of budgets, they have tons of advice on doing things in an untraditional way or DIY, and my favorite thing is that their attitude is super carefree and supportive! You will be married no matter what and your day will be special no matter what. 

    I’m doing a 30-40 person wedding and trying to stay at like $5,000 (including dress and hotel and everything). I know that’s a huge chunk of change, but in many ways it’s not in the wedding world!

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