(Closed) A wedding for only 5k is it possible?

posted 6 years ago in Money
Post # 3
221 posts
Helper bee

http://www.theknot.com has a great wedding budgeter which gives you a breakdown on what percentage of your budget should be spent on what. It also gives you a spot to include what you actually spent on that aspect. You can also remove certain things that you don’t plan on including in the budget. If you click on “tools” in the top bar, you’ll see the wedding budget tool. Hope this helps!

Post # 4
468 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Totally possible! You could even save money on a venue if you do it at a freinds house if they have nice landscaping… or even a barn… barn weddings are in right now!

You also need a officiant to marry you! Seating cards and such but I only spent a total of 40 on seating cards and save the dates and still had stuff left over. My dress def is the thing that sent me way over budget.

It can be done! Good luck 🙂

Post # 5
7293 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011



-Vendor tipping

-have you sent out invites?

– You don’t have to do favors= 0 $


Post # 6
1474 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

-if you buy nice cardstock u can print out your own seating cards (go to dafont.com for free scripty font downloads (my favorite script font is Exmouth because it’s scripty but readable))

-maybe get a friend or family member to officiate

-print your own invites (sign up for a free trial at oneheartweddings.com, you can download TWO backgrounds so choose carefully, then cancel your trial before the time is up)

-a guest book (these are inexpensive, or you could make your own)

-the cost of the marriage license

Post # 7
158 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I am not sure if you are in love with a dress from DB already, but you may be disappointed with the dresses in that price range.  I went in on a whim one day and spent an hour and a half trying on dresses in the less than $500 price range.  I was disappointed in most of them.  I am not bashing DB at all, just sharing my experience.  I would definitely look other places if you aren’t already set on a dress.

Definitely, dont forget your officiant.  That can be several hundred dollars depending on your location.  There may also be additional travel fees as well.

Post # 8
426 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

You have more than enough money to make a gorgeous day. My wedding budget is around $2000. This is a rough breakdown of it. We will have, I believe, about 100 guests:

Food/beverages: $400 (having the food made by friends, buying wine and beer)
Dress: $600 (making it, but this will be roughly the cost of all the fabric)
Grooms attire: Free. (He has a suit already)
Favors: $80ish. (Bulk wildflower seeds)
All flowers: $100 or less (buying bulk – either dried/preserved, or fresh from a local flower market)
Invitations: $200 (Just for stamps. Printing our invitations ourselves, and they were designed by a friend)
Venue: $100, all day, all night (park)
Rentals: $500 (Maybe. We might need a tent. If we don’t, this will be scratched off)

That’s basically it. Utilize the talents of your friends is my best advice!


Post # 10
2494 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I see that you are missing…

-guest book or guest _____ (tree, wishes, etc)



-thank you cards

-escort cards? Are you sitting for the hors d’ourves?

-cupcake stand (they can be pricy)

-officient (who is marrying you?)

-marriage licence fees

-drinks… liquor? soft drinks? cups?

-I would say that $300 seems a bit low for hair, makeup and shoes if you are having trial runs done by a professional, plus a tip

-staff to hand out food


-bridal “undergarments” such as a corset, petticoat, etc

-transportation if you are not being driven by a friend or yourself

-printing out photographs

-wedding rings

-favours, if you are doing them

-any licences you might need (at my venue I have to purchase my own liquor licence)


Hope that helps!

Post # 12
545 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

For the invitations and thank you cards that you say free- do you have the paper already? Having a friend that is a graphic designer is awesome but are they giving you just a design or the whole thing?

Also remember- Stamps! I just dropped over $200 on stamps for my invitations and thank you cards

And any DIY- there is still the cost of purchasing the paper, etc.

Ways to save: skip favors, no liquor, no chair cover

Post # 13
883 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I budgeted $5000.00 for a small intimate wedding and ended up spending about $15k lol but it’s all for the good! This is a once in a lifetime thing for us. But I definitely do think that $5k weddings are possible!!!!

Post # 14
2247 posts
Buzzing bee

My entire wedding is about $5500.  I had originally budgeted for $3000.  Venue with food and everything is $4000.  Then, the other stuff including dress and decor will be about $1500 (probably less than that, but I’m being generous).  I’ve only got a guest list of 50, though, so that makes a difference.

Post # 15
3626 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Is 6/23 definitely your date? Do you have your venue booked? If not, you can probably get a discount if you do the wedding any day other than Saturday. You’ll also need wedding bands and vases for the flowers (off the top of my head).

Post # 16
1252 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Everything mentioned above, plus:

– invitation supplies (even if the design if free you’ll need to buy paper, envelopes, & stamps)

– supplies (paper, ink, ribbon, etc) for any DIY paper products (programs/menus/escort cards/table numbers/other signs)

– does the $300 “misc” include alterations, undergarments, jewelry, garter and veil?  a manicure/pedicure?

– are you doing a rehearsal dinner?

– does the $1000 for food include everything – like plates, glasses, beverages, ice, servers?

– does the $1000 for venue include everything – like chairs, tables, tableclothes, trash fee?

– welcome bags for any out-of-town guests

– any ceremony-related items, such as unity candles and the like?

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