(Closed) Advice for Low Budget Brides

posted 4 years ago in Logistics
Post # 4
61 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We saved by doing lots of DIY stuff!

My BMs did their own hair and makeup and I did my own makeup.

I bought packages of invitations and programs and printed them myself:

I spent months before the wedding shopping at thrift stores and garage sales for vintage center piece items:

And instead of spending a ton on a florist, I bought flowers at a craft store (for half price) and made mine and my BMs bouquets:

I had fun doing things myself and it was worth it to save so much money!


Post # 7
61 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012



Thanks, ladies!!

Post # 8
8469 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

DIY everything!!  I did my own flowers, made my own jewelry and BM’s, baked my own sweet n salty buffet, did all the stationary (invites, programs, menus, cards, etc), made my own cardbox, caketopper, groom’s gift, giftboxes, etc….my list is super long but I can post it if you really want to know.  Here’s a few pics.

Post # 9
12257 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

There are a TON of blogs out there from 1K weddings to 5K weddings!

Post # 11
61 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@housebee:  That is SUCH a cute cake topper! Good job!

Post # 12
303 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - Barn

@housebee:  That cake topper is out of this world ah-mazing! How did you do that?

Post # 13
8469 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013



@TattooedChick23:  Thanks ladies 🙂  I made the cake topper out of polymer clay (the parasol is made out of cardstock and riboon).  I wish I would’ve taken more pics while I was making it, but it was actually way easier than you might think.  I did manage to post a tutorial a while back for an UP themed cake topper for another bride: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/up-themed-cake-topper-tutorial-pic-heavy#axzz2Ykd6VdFH

Post # 14
4525 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

-Beach wedding: we could do it for dirt cheap, but there is a company that will be decorating/set up/tear down at the site/act as a day-of coordinator for $1200. SO loves this layout and will not budge 😉

-Doing my own hair and makeup (part time MUA, so it’s a no-brainer)

-Making all of our cakes

-Food and Reception: going with a backyard BBQ reception. Literally, in a family members decked-out yard, poolside (no rental). Our food for 20 people *might* be $500, leaving plenty to spend on alcohol for our guests

-No favors

-Save-the-Dates and Invites for $50 or less, period. Everyone throws them away, no sense spending a fortune.

-My dress is actually a prom dress and will only be $600 *with* alterations

-Flowers: we are only getting a bouquet and pieces for the family to wear. All will be silk from http://www.plumeriasweddingflowerboutique.com/ If we decide to do any real flowers for tables, we’ll just grab some at the grocery. Our estimated flower budget is $300 or less, total.

Total, we are looking at less than $7k 🙂

Post # 15
137 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Budgeting has made our day more about us 🙂

We are having a tiny wedding away from home but a few hours drive because its a special place to us as a couple. 4guests plus friend taking photos. We are getting married then shopping for a picnic in the local stone circle. Then an evening meal which is our thank you to our guests. After that a honeymoon is cornwall in a surf lodge and back for a party 8days later. 

Im wearing my favourt outfit with a new jacket and amazing sales shoes and charity shop finds necklace as a hair piece. FI is wearing his kilt, a shirt i am sewing for him and convers style shoes. The lack of suits and dress has ment our clothing budget is around £200 all in.

We used postcards all hand written as invites, diyed lego cake toppers for our home made pies rather then wedding cake. Table decs are diy o&x chalk boards with home grown flowers in recycled tins. We are only laying on cakes, jelly and a sweet buffet (£31) that i have brought on offer for past few months. 

All in all the wedding is about £800-900 including legal paper work and 3course meal for 6 by an amazing tv chief .proof that its always worth an ask, not that we knew who we were asking as we dont have tv 🙂

Anyway pics: 

Lego cake toper of us….My ourfit……diy tradis card box…..home grown table flowers,retro ladybird books and diyed chalk boards which a few of the table decs……100 invite postcards for £10…..sweets for buffet ready to go in vintage and recyled glass jars …… diyed paper decs just some of the decs

All mix and match unique and fun

Post # 16
3288 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

My dress! I’m only wearing it once, and I have no clue what the difference is between the lace on my dress and the lace on a 5K+ gown!! Found my beauty at David’s Bridal for $549.

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