(Closed) Any other $1000ish budget bee out there today?

posted 6 years ago in Money
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  • Post # 5
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    6124 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Chiming in again… I think this is a great little wedding done at home:

    http://www.younghouselove.com/wedding-album/

     

    Here is their budget:

    Venue: Free (backyard)
    Music: Free (family friend played ceremony music on guitar & we used an iPod for the reception)
    Photography: Free (brother-in-law is a photographer)
    Officiant: Free (cousin got certified online)
    Food: $500
    Wine & Drinks: $100
    Cupcakes & S’mores: $125
    Table & Chair Rentals: $350
    Centerpieces: $70
    Save The Dates/Invitations/Thank Yous (With Postage): $260
    Favors: $75
    Servingware: $250
    Fabric For Tablecloths & Runners: $300
    Lighting & Candles: $120
    Flip Flops/Photo Clothesline/Welcome Sign: $75
    Mosquito Sticks/Candles/Spray: $50
    Bouquet: $20
    Attire: $500
    Photo Booth: $1200 (the one big splurge- and so worth it)

    TOTAL: $3995

     

    If I had to cut major costs, first I’d trim down this list to just:

    Venue: Free (backyard)
    Music: Free (family friend played ceremony music on guitar & we used an iPod for the reception)
    Photography: Free (brother-in-law is a photographer)
    Officiant: Free (cousin got certified online)
    Food: $500
    Wine & Drinks: $100
    Cupcakes & S’mores: $125
    Table & Chair Rentals: $350
    Centerpieces: $70
    Save The Dates/Invitations/Thank Yous (With Postage): $260
    Servingware: $250
    Fabric For Tablecloths & Runners: $300
    Lighting & Candles: $120
    Bouquet: $20
    Attire: $500

    TOTAL $2600

     

    Then I look or ways to make each catgory even smaller.  Maybe invite fewer people.  Maybe do just desserts and not a meal.  Maybe cut the alcohol.  $500 is pretty cheap for attire, but could cut this even more.  Not everyone has a photographer in the family, but perhaps a student photographer could be hired for a nominal fee.

     

    Post # 8
    Member
    230 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2014 - saint patricks parish

    I might elope cause there is no way I can do it on a $1000.50 budget in alaska especially with 40 people not including my wedding party.

    Post # 9
    Member
    535 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    Ours will be fairly low, I’m hoping for $2000 but need to be realistic about the possibility of it being closer to $1000. I found my dress on recycled bride, my maid of honor already has her dress from a previous stint as a bridesmaid, and my officiant will be my MOH’s mom. All thats left is a venue and food.

    Post # 11
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    933 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @sienna76:  That Young House Love wedding is awesome but I think their budget is really misleading. They paved the driveway and redid the patio before the wedding. Sure, they still get to enjoy them afterwards, but it’s certainly a cost associated with the wedding.  I guess the backyard isn’t totally free.

    Post # 12
    Member
    6124 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    True, but any old backyard could do if it’s a decent space, renovated or not.

     

    However, they did get a lot of perks with free photography, officiant and guitar player from family members.

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