(Closed) African American Brides wedding’s under $10,000???

posted 8 years ago in African-American
Post # 3
214 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Ours is $3,500!

Ceremony Venue – $245

Chairs (venue is outdoors) – $2/each

Reception Venue – Free with $500 food order and we’re doing hors d’oeuvres 

Photographer – $50/hour (4 hours)

Videographer – $75/hour (1 hour)

Flowers – $60 private gardener sells “buckets” of flowers for $30 each, we will diy bouquets, bouts, corsages.

Officiant – $50

Dress – $650 with alterations although I didn’t want to spend over $500 total 🙁 

Tux rental – standard

My band came as a set with ering, his band – $70 (Tungsten)

Invitations – Michael’s (with 40% off coupons and jazzed up) – $60

Online rsvp to save money

Programs, escort cards, table numbers – pretty much the cost of scrapbook paper/cardstock and toner.

Shoes, undergarments, hair, nails, etc, all def fits within the budget



Pretty much, I think you can spend ANY amount on a wedding…it’s your expectations that matter.

Post # 4
401 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

hi there,

I have not had my wedding yet but the amount will be more than 10,000 more likely..the ways in which I plan to save is:

Do my own centrepiece

use fake flowers fore centrepiece and bouques

ditch the bachelorette party

ditch the bridal shower

ditch the rehersal dinner

possibly rent my wedding dress

let bridesmaids buy their own dress


Post # 5
184 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011


I have recently posted about whether or not to even have a wedding considering our small budget. But so far we should be able to keep our wedding/honeymoon at approximately $6500 (not including rings.)

Venue- $850 includes- tables, chairs, linens, dj, 10 beers, 9 wines, centerpieces-it is at a beautiful theatre

Photography-$200-AWESOME amateur

Food-$700 very simple (chicken, potatoes, veggie, salad, bread)

Cake-$150 budget

Dress-$830- kind of a splurge for us but I’m having it custom made

We are going to the least expensive of the Sandals in Jamaica and it is all inclusive so our honeymoon is $2500 with airfare.

There are good deals out there you just have to look!

Post # 6
732 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010 - The Tower Club

Hmm… I remember a lady mentioned on here who had a wedding under $10k… it was either $5k or $2k, and she had a blog. She was also featured in Essence Magazine online. It must have been about a year ago?

I know this doesn’t help but maybe someone can remember who she is?

Post # 8
145 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

if only california was as budget friendly 🙁 the number crunching has become so stressful sometimes i just feel like my Fiance and i should elope! he wont have it though ::sigh::

Post # 9
1 posts
  • Wedding: August 2011

Hi Ladies!  I am new to WB but I am determined to keep my wedding under $7k.

So far,

Church wedding….$

Reception Venue…$628

Food….talk to a caterer $1500

Dress…not purchased yet but Craigslist, Ebay, WB…here I come…$250(including shoes and accessories)

Decorations…$500 – including centerpieces, linens, chair covers




What am I forgetting ladies?

Post # 10
3 posts
  • Wedding: June 2011

Where did people find such inexpensive venues

Post # 11
17 posts
  • Wedding: July 2011

So our goal is to stay way under $10,000…do not know if this will happen, but here is where we are thus far:

Venue $3525.00 or $3200.00…huge price, I know…but it is a huge place that has so much to offer for our cermony and reception. It does include table, chairs and 5 different rooms for the events.

Catering at $7.99/pp…this full menu w/out drinks. I am waiting for the official quote. We are looking at 200 ppl by the way. Oh yeah, this caterer will charge to use their bartender, you can buy your own liquor (this will save a great deal for us)

My dress was $574.00 w/ tax…but priced well over $1500.00…I got it from Running of the Brides!

Let’s see…I will be DIYing the STD’s, Invites, and Programs.  My brother does graphic design so he will design them for free…i will have to either pay for printing or print them at home.

We have are so blessed to have such wonderful people in our lives that we will be paying minimal cost for florist, dj, and photography as we know people who will be doing these things for us. 

Also I have opted to do fruit filled centerpieces as they appear to be the cheapist. Limes are 10 for $1.00…can’t beat that! For the ceremony I will be renting columns from hobby lobby at $20/pair.

Well, this is what I have so far but the cost is adding up quickly.

I forgot to add that we were gifted a trip to florida and a two day cruise to the bahamas, so we are using this for the honeymoon.  Someone else has already gifted the airfare for us….yeah us!


Post # 13
9029 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

mine will hopefully be between 5k-6k

Using a school gym as reception hall [will be dressed up and decorated]

using simple invitations that cost $40 for 150 invites

wedding cake made by simply ordering different size plain cakes and the arrange on tiers and decorating ourselves

DIY favors

DIY programs

DIY table card holders


Post # 14
158 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I wish I had 10K to spend on a wedding (I def dont)

Reception Venue $325 (includes extra room to have kids sit to be babysat) My venue is so cheap because my wedding is on a Thursday….and my dad works at the hotel so i get to use his discount)

Food and Drinks are the biggest splurge for us. It will come to between 3 and 4K but we are having 2 receptions on the same day (at least we hope to)

Ceremony Venue: Not sure but hopefully not too much because its my moms church

Dress: 300 from Davids Bridal (on sale)

I will make sure the other accesories (veil etc.) dont come to over 200 with the most probably being spent on shoes (im a shoe junkie) But ill Prolly DIY veil (why pay $200 for tulle and a comb)

Decor: I will probably make my own centerpieces because i cant find what i am envisioning and Im allergic to pollen ( no flowers)

Grandma is getting my bouquet made (silk flowers) and me and my fiance both play instruments so we have access to a plethora of musicians….

To keep within your budget, only get things YOU AND YOUR Fiance want and NOT everyone else. ALso consider getting married on a day other than saturday…you would be amazed at the price differences!!

Post # 15
17 posts
  • Wedding: July 2011

@MrsWall2B: Hi, I was going to DIY my own veil as well, but I found one on ebay for 13.99 w/ free shipping.  I just received it yesterday and its perfect. Nothing fancy just the comb and veil with a pencil ribbon around the edges, but there were many to choose from. Just FYI…I will have to look and see the seller’s name if you would like the info! Happy Planning!

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