(Closed) Any other small budget brides?

posted 5 years ago in DIY
Post # 2
450 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

I’m a small budget bride!! I’ve got $5K to work with & that includes everything except our outfits!! We’re saving money by having it on a weekday in the winter, we’re only inviting 30 guests, having a dry wedding & not having a DJ. Wedding is 1:30 on a Monday. So who would want to drink & dance like crazy at that time anyway?!? I’ll be doing my own centerpieces & will likely get my bouquets made at a grocery store, so I’m only paying for the flowers!!

Post # 3
1503 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: City, State

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laurennicole90: First of all, I remember your dress and I absolutely love it.  You look awesome in it!

We’re on a small budget as well and will probably come in at about $5,000 once all is said and done.   $3,000 of that is just the rental of the home, but that’s for 3 nights.  Since the house is right on the water I figure it doesn’t need much in the way of decorations; we are keeping it small and keeping decor to a minimum.  I got Christmas lights on 75% off clearance and some simple and beautiful glass votives with white candles inside from Amazon.  We’ll put the lights out around the back patio, put the votives on the tables out there, and probably have maybe 5 bouquets of flowers scattered about.  

I have worked with the florist for my company before, so she is giving me a deal on the flowers and even offered to let us use her arch for free.  It was a sweet offer, but I don’t think I’m going to use it because if I did it would have to be completely covered in either tulle or flowers or something.  It’s not the type of arch that can stand alone and be pretty as it’s a very loud brassy gold color.  Although it would be nice to have it there for photos and such, it’s just one more thing to have to get set up and worry about on the day.  Who knows though, maybe I’ll change my mind, lol.

Other ways we’ ve saved:  we have been making a playlist and are just going to plug into speakers for our music.  Instead of having an officiant, my father is going to marry us, and my FI’s cousin who is an amazing photographer gave us a great deal for 8 hours of her services.

As far as refreshments go, we’re getting the booze from the discount store, ordering BBQ from an amazing place for the wedding night dinner, and ordering the cake from a local grocery store with an amazing bakery.  For the other days/nights we’ll be there, we’re just going to make sure we’re stocked up on everything we will need for brunches/lunches/dinners and make it ourselves.  It’ll only be about 18 people total, so I think it will work out nicely.

Good luck with everything!  πŸ™‚

Post # 5
189 posts
Blushing bee

You should repost the dress so we can see!! πŸ˜‰ I will be a small budget bride. Trying to come in around 3-4K for 50 guests. Saving money by having the supper at a local restaurant, then ‘after party’ at a cottage- which we will rent for a week and use for our honeymoon!

Post # 6
660 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: Saint Domingue

Me!  We’re getting married at a beautiful venue that cost $500 for 12 hours, our photographer is costing us $700, DJ is free (a fiend,) doing a six inch cake to cut and the rest sheet cake, flowers estimated at only $230, catering is $12 per person for an incredible meal that includes very nice disposable place settings, etc, etc.  Will probably come out to be about $8k with gown included And that’s a high estimate.  

Post # 7
9758 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

Hey girl heeeeey! I’m a budget bride too. We never really set a number, just have went with the lowest cost options. I would say we will probably do the whole she-bang for $4k – $5k.

I got a great deal on my venue. Only $700 for four hours, tables, linens, chairs, bartender, bar set up and wait staff. Bought an OTR dress for $500, DJ is $400. Food will be $10 a person depending on how many people RSVP. My grandma is doing all floral and decor and my dad hand built our ceremony arch.

Post # 8
599 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I’m a DIY bride though we never set a budget and I don’t think it was necessary in the end. It’ll be somewhere below $3000 for 80 people, including our attire. We knew we want to save our money to go toward our cross country move and decided to go with what was practical and nice. Also, I just love DIY theme looks and I found it a lot more fun than ordering expensive crap I’d only use one day. Haha, sorry, but thats what it boiled down to for me 😜

We wanted an outdoor wedding and decided on a local park – ceremony and reception areas came to $115 I think. I bought our linen from linentablecloth for uh, idk, but very cheap. I know 84 cloth napkins were about $20ish. I ended up collecting points from reviewing purchases and bought 40 paper lights for $8. I made a lot of cool steals like that. I went crazy at craft stores during 60-70% off sales for florals and little things, then made my bouquet and my MOH’s. Very fun. I plan to make my flowers girls their crowns as well. I helped my sister in law find them dresses on Amazon for $30 each (3 flower girls)! We’re also going with heart shaped palm leaf dinnerware as it is biodegradable and freaking adorable – 150 plates came to $50 and wood silverware was $20. I’ve grabbed 99 cent baskets from Savers for bathroom baskets and I’m spray painting some for the flower girls. I plan to decorate trees with strung up family photos 😊

I bought my Maggie Sottero dress second hand discounted from $1200 to $200. Alterations will be $50! Killer 😊

I recently went out and bought 2×4 pieces of lumber for our giant Jenga game. I’m very excited about it, it’s rather easy to do. We’ve sliced the pieces and are sanding them down before we paint them with cutesy wedding theme quotes. The game costs around $120 +ship to buy on Etsy etc but about $20 and time to make at home. 

We’re having a candy and cupcake buffet rather than cake – which neither of us wanted. I’ll bake the cupcakes with my girlfriends and there’ll be fun frostings and stuff for everyone to pimp their cupcakes out with. We’re making our own little backdrop for a selfie stick type of photobooth and we’ll also have a caricaturist drawing guests for 2 hours. We’ve found a karaoke company to rent a machine, speakers and the attendant for $150/4 hours as our last bit of entertainment before we head off.

You can tell that I would rather have fun than live by tradition so it hasn’t been hard to save a bunch 😊

Post # 9
124 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

We are having a small budget wedding, around $5,000 for 90 guests. Our original budget was $3,500 but i spent more than i expected on my dress, fittings, and accessories. Our theme is vintage picinic. We are having our wedding and reception at Future Mother-In-Law church..donations only. Officiant is friend of the family.

Both our families and I are pulling together, and preparing all the food. Picnic style food, which we love. We are buying the food. We are also having the cupcake making party the day before the wedding. My Future Sister-In-Law is making our cut cake/anniversary cake for us as a gift. We are having a dry wedding, our wedding is 1:30 on a Saturday at a church..lol

I’m making alot of diy decorations. Backdrops, paper flowers, doily balls, signs, tissue paper hanging flowers, card box out of a antique picnic basket, photo booth, and other things. We are also using alot of our own things for decorations. Milk glass, lace tableclothes, candy dishes, vases, candles, and frames.

Future Mother-In-Law and I are making all the STD, invitations, and thank you notes. My mom & I are making our own favors. 

We got a photographer pretty cheap. $600 for 2 photographers for 6 hours. 

Our flowers has been the biggest problem to keep budget. We are ordering our ceremony deco flowers & centerpiece flowers from a online flower wholesale store and making the arrangements ourselves. I am ordering the bouquets, boutonneires, and corsages threw a florist, i did not feel confident doing them. All flowers should be around $500.

The church has a great sound system so we are doing our own music, my niece is excited to be the dj. 

We have alot of people helping us with our big day, and I appreciate them all for it. 


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Post # 10
124 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

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emmmmru:  I agree 100% I love the diy look and feel of it! More personal. 

Post # 11
1849 posts
Buzzing bee

We’re looking at about 8k, which I know is more than yours, but we are also in  California and our parents probably can’t come if we don’t help them with lodging….(our families all live really far away)


So here are some things I’m doing to save money: 

buying my own flowers. You can get LOTS for cheap at places like globalrose.com (especially use this site if you want roses … 250 for $199! You can do a whole wedding with that and spend a little money on wraps and floral tape, probably do all the flowers under $250. If you have lots of flowers it won’t matter if they are organized perfectly, imo. Everyone I know that has done thier own flowers has been happy as long as they got a lot. I realllllly want peonies, even though they are a pricey flower. So, I found salazmar garden roses, which look just like penoies but they are only about $2.50 a stem instead of $8+ for wholesale peonies elsewhere. You can also look for fresh flower markets in your area, or I’ve heard Trader Joes let’s you order flowers and I know they are CHEAP with flowers too!

For accessories, et cetera, I shop ebay for deals. 

For venues, we’re using VRBOs to find houses that allow events. It gives lodging for our parents how are traveling and gives us lots of time to set up for the event. 

For decor, we’re looking at rental sites in our area!

Post # 12
3053 posts
Sugar bee

We are having a DIY heavy $8k USD wedding

I have a long list of DIY jobs to do in the coming months

Dip dye 650 balsa flowers

Cut and preserve real ivy (GOOD fake ivy is expensive and the cheap stuff is aweful)

Put together our flower, folliage & moss centrepieces

Cover our initial letters in moss for the bridal table

Design, print and put together our invitations

Make a bridal table backdrop

Make backdrop for the ceremony

Make our bouquets

Make something to display photobooth pix on

Make my veil & headband

Maybe make my own bracelet too

Wow.. i have a lot of work ahead of me lol

Post # 14
36 posts
  • Wedding: October 2016

My budget is 3k and will be in the DC area.  I found my photographer ($500 for 2) and DJ ($190) on thumbtack.  There’s a hall that charges $125/hr.  My fh, mom and friends will do the cooking, expecting to spend $500 including plates/silverware for food.  Ceremony will be at my home church $350.  Flowers will be DIY from costco unless I find a cheaper option, looking at $200 for calla lillies, hydrangeas and a combo of purple flowers (growers choice).  Im expecting 75-125 guests for the reception which is closed.  Liquor will only be offered during the toast but that isn’t included.  Cake/cupcakes done by a friend, not sure of her price yet.  My dress is being paid for by my mom and will be ordered from dressilyme as well as my acessories, which i expect to come to $500.  I’m considering making my own tablecloths as well but have to do a trial run first.

Post # 15
924 posts
Busy bee

Small budget here! The wedding is aways away (don’t pay attention to the 2016 on my name!) I’m not sure what my actual budget will end up being but I know I want to keep it around $5k, maybe a little more (depending on the venue I’m looking at it mi go up to closer to $10k, but that’s just because of an included rehearsal dinner and being able to have the venue from Friday afternoon at 4 until Sunday at 4, so that imcoudes all that and lod for the wedding party over the weekend). But other than that I’m keeping things as low key as possible. As much diy as I can, accepting friend and family help when offered (as well as people I know who are in the wedding business or wedding related (I have a minister friend, a friend who makes cakes for her business, my friends dad is a professional photographer and had been for about 30 years, etc) and while I don’t expect special favors from them, it saves on the fact of guest list and feeding by having double duty. I’m still in early planning stages but I’m trying to pinch pennies where I can. 

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