(Closed) Backyard Bride on a Budget

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

A beautiful backyard wedding is certainly doable, but maybe not on the scale of your pics.

Often it is less expensive to buy your linens, then sell them after the wedding, than to rent them. Do a search here on WeddingBee. There are lots of old posts that suggest vendors.

Buying used also saves a lot of money. As I said, many brides sell all their wedding decor after the wedding- linens, candle holders, vases etc. You can search all craigslist sites at the same time by going to     http://www.google.com

enter   site:craigslist.org    then add what you are looking for   eg votive holders

Here are the results for that search:

http://www.google.ca/#hl=en&sclient=psy-ab&q=site:craigslist.org+votive+holders&oq=site:craigslist.org+votive+holders&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&gs_sm=3&gs_upl=1672l11400l0l12648l34l34l0l0l0l0l249l2170l32.1.1l34l0&gs_l=hp.3…1672l11400l0l12649l34l34l0l0l0l0l249l2170l32j1j1l34l0.frgbld.&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.,cf.osb&fp=fc4961e5d0488cf&biw=1284&bih=714

Flowers can be very expensive, particularly for large scale arrangements done by a florist. You can by inexpensive vases at DollarTree- they will even order in bulk for you and deliver to your local store. For a September wedding, you can get flowers at a farmer’s market or from http://www.fiftyflowers.com. Do you have a friend or family member with the space to grow your flowers?

Tolsby frames from Ikea are great for table numbers or names- $1.99 for 2 and they can be painted and decorated in many different ways.

I look forward to following your planning.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Farmers markets are a great way to meet local flower growers who are much less expensive than a florist. Dollar stores are a great place for votive holders. We bought linen fabric on clearence and cut and frayed all the edges and thats it for our table scarves and napkins. Micheals coupons will be your best friend especially if you plan on doing some thigns yourself. If your on a budget those chairs will probably be a stretch. The canopy is beautiful and there are great ways to buy and order fabric (especially tule) to this with. Are you going to have an actual tent as a backup for rain? There are a lot of way of doing things so if you ahve more questions or need opinions just keep asking.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

You can order flowers through a local grocery or discount store for cheap, dollar stores have simple vases for $1-2 and I’m planning on getting my votive holders from Ikea at 4/$1.99! Big vases might be worth renting but it’s often cheaper to buy the really little stuff.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Dont forget about costco for flowers as well.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

My first bit of advice…good luck on the rental companies.

I’m also doing an outdoor wedding just outside the DC area. The first company (Perfect Settings) quoted us $17K for the tent, tables and chairs (no linens, no china).

Backyard doesn’t always = budget!

We ended up using Grand Rental out of Winchester VA who were much cheaper. I’m not sure if the prices would be similar out of their Odenton or Arlington offices or if it really is all about the location.

I’d keep a back up plan in mind just in case. We realized we could have used a reception hall for the same price, except for the deals we were getting thorugh connections on food and alcohol (the hall required us to use their catering)

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@MissMaryMc:  We found the same thing when we were looking to do a backyard wedding (that rentals cost us the same/more than just renting the venue that included some of those things).

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

If you or anybody you know attends a church with a hall see about renting the tables from them. That would cut the cost down a bit. Since you will be covering them anyway it won’t matter what those look like underneath. Not sure what kinds of resources you have, but my Uncle is able to get tables for me from the fire hall he volunteers at. Try branching out through your family and friends first!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@FloretteLiz:  Were planning on getting chairs from the ski hill where we work for our ceremony.

Keep in mind also its a good idea to get a tent and there between 1500$-6500$ from what Ive priced out. Also youll probably need additional toilets and things of that nature which can be expensive.

Post # 11
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383 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

One of the last things Dear Fiance and I nearly forgot about, was parking.

We have the space for it, but didn’t think about hiring someone to direct people where to go. Luckily my mom lives on a farm and there’s a big empty field, but we need someone to direct people in the big empty field or people will end up being blocked in or not know where to go, etc.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

What is your budget?  “Tight budget” can mean something different to lots of people.

Just as PP have said, MD/DC area is super expensive for weddings.  And with a backyard wedding, you have to bring in the tables, chairs, toilets, food warmers, lights, etc. that an indoor location would have.  Local, wholesale flowers, restaurants for catering, and already-owned decor are good ways to save.  You could also have a morning ceremony & lunch reception- this way you wouldn’t have to pay for lighting and heat towers (both $$).

Pick your favorite thing from those pictures (like chandeliers or drapey-linens, for example) and try to save on the rest.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Draping like that is not cheap, not at all. Backyard doesn’t equal cheap when you have to bring in EVERYTHING. You could absolutely make a backyard wedding work, but you may have to scale down your ideas. 

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