Anyone having a big wedding on a small budget?

posted 8 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Hey, I fit right into this category. We are having a guest list of 268 and EVERYTHING added up is under $15,000 I have the numbers broken down if you would like to know what I spent on what and it could maybe help you stick to that budget? It’s VERY doable!

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Good luck!  I would say we are spending on the higher side (buffet dinner, flower centerpieces from a florist, etc) and we are having 180 guests.  Our budget was $15, when we finally agreed it was $20, and as we proceed, it looks like it might be $25. 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Our biggest lifesafer, I think was finding a cheaper venue, keeping food costs to under $15 a plate where you could bring in your own alcohol and they had complimentary cake cutting!

Our venue was $950 with food costing us 14.99 for buffet, salad, rolls, entree coffee and punch. So if you play it right and know what to look for that is the biggest expense!  

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’m trying to do about $10k for 200ish people. I’m having the reception at a rec club-that’s going to cost $2500 or around there. We’re bartering some things and trying to do things cheaper ourselves or having family help.

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2011

wow – just to pipe in here.  I wonder if I’m getting ripped off or if the prices sound lower because you are American.  I’m having a hard time keeping my 100 person wedding under $15,000.  I’d love to see the breakdown that you have for your 268 person wedding for under $15,000 AshCo.  I can’t believe you were able to do that!! Amazing.

 

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Go for it!  Just let go of everything that the Wedding Industrial Complex tells you you need and choose the top three things that you REALLY want.

I’m having a wedding for 180 people for 12K in June in DC (eekk!)  We chose to have our ceremony reception on Sunday with lunch (this was actually due to the venue being booked otherwise).  The Sunday and the buffet lunch helped cut costs.  I’m getting my dress made on Etsy for me for under $200 and we’re DIYing hair and makeup.  Instead of renting plates/flatware, we’re going to buy it and then resell it afterwards (bless Craigslist!).  We haven’t figure out all the details yet but it will be really fun and totally US!

@ASHco, I’d love to see your budget if you wouldn’t mind sharing.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

  • Reception Hall Rental $950
  • Caterer- $5066.33 inldues, all food sald, entree rolls, veggies, potatoes coffee and punch and our tax/gratuity.
  • BYOB, we can buy our own kegs, 3 at $80 each
  • Church $400
  • Photographer $995
  • Dress and Accessories/Alterations $1340
  • DJ $445
  • Flowers $1000 SMALL TOWN shop is always cheaper
  • Centerpeices I bought glass bottles at Ikea, 1.50 each Total cost including flowers and votives and menus for m ycenterpeices $200
  • Linens $210
  • Pop $1 per pop sold
  • Engagement photos 125
  • Save the Dates 130.15
  • Card Basket 14.99
  • Bartender Fees $125
  • Favors, we are making carmel puffcorn and using white paper bags, $100
  • Invites $230 DIY and we printed them at home
  • Programs $250 DIY and printing at home
  • Desert- Cold Stone Cakes 45.99 a 50 pc sheet cake so roughly $250
  • Ceremony Music$225 Guitarist/Singer all in one guy ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Tux Rental Free at Savii Formalwear

There were a few more like postage but this is a rough estimate giving you voila, 12,600 roughly. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

God, you guys are so good….here I am with 80-90 people and 25K and I think it won’t be enough ;( We did splurge on our venue but I think it was a good deal because it includes food, open bar, chivari chairs, pin tuck linens and a fondant cake….comes up for about 12,500.00 (5 Hours) ….the rest is on Photographer, DJ, Flowers, Church fees (2,000.00! wow), Limo….blah blah blah….never ending

I wonder if you paid taxes on the venue like I did? 29% Goodness! that’s why it seems so high.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

Have a Chattanooga destination wedding! ๐Ÿ™‚  Getting away from big city prices would help a lot too.  But really, the boards here can be a big help.  I’m sure there are tons of Atlanta brides who have shared some good ideas.  And like the other girls have said, finding a cheap venue with flexible rules on caterers and bringing in your own drinks is a good place to start.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

We are also having around 250 guests for under $15K…

We just kept a strict budget and figured out how to make things work with what we have!! We’re big into DIY projects, so that helped out a lot. I just played around with different ideas until we came up with a good compromise that fit into our budget. You’d be surprised how many things you can make for a heck of a lot cheaper than you can buy them for!!!

You can do it!!! Good luck!!!

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Oh and my hair and make up for them to come to my home from the cities was $300. That’s all ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Good Luck @YSQueen it’s VERY doable if you do your homework!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

You guys all rock! Lots of smartie brides over here!

We’re inviting 240 and trying to keep it under 18K, I want closer to 16K personally. We are buying our flowers at cost, found a photog of of craigs’ list, cake by a family friend, DIY stationary (everything), candy buffet w/ penny-store type candy, buffet dinner, and a DJ from another area w/ lower pricing. Those are our biggest savings.

Our reception venue rental, appetizers, dinner, linens, & bar should end up being about 8-9K depending on how many people show. We shopped around for the best deal for the hall, since we knew that was going to be such a big expense w/ all our families.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

Its def. doable. we’re having a 200 – 250 guest list for under 10k. not counting rings (weve had our rings for a long time)

 

& were not taking a honeymoon.

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