(Closed) Balling on a budget???

posted 6 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@oneofeach4me:  Have you thought about a destination elopment? Go someplace beautiful and have a private ceremony?

If you are wanting an actual wedding, you will probably have to get a little creative. Look into using local parks that have no or low fees. Think about making the food yourself or asking a family member to do it. DIY decorations and flowers. Ask a friend to take photos OR try to book a short session with a professional photog (like an engagment shoot, but for the wedding).

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

@oneofeach4me:  I just found a barn rental for a friend for $200. She is not doing a standard sit down meal, we’re having a food truck come that is willing to do it for $7 per person, plus a $100 travel fee. It’s a unique and fun idea and the food is awesome too. Instead of cake we are doing a pie bar and all of her friends and close family will be making pie for her guests.  

She lucked out that she has me, since I’m a wedding planner and have some things stocked that she can borrow, but honestly, you can find things like candles at the dollar store and it’s so simple it could be very elegant. 

I would say her wedding is going to be about $1600 for the 100 people. Her mother is paying for her dress so that wasn’t a cost they had to incure. It’s going to be beautiful. If you get creative and think outside of the box  you can do anything on any budget. 

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 1900

Have any state parks nearby? 

A friend’s backyard?

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

If you really want more than say  a dozen people, you’ll have to get creative. Ask your friends and family to step up and gift you their talents. The homemade look happens to be really in right now which will work to your advantage.

See if anyone you know has a backyard you can use or a park or an American Legion hall or some other community center.

If you have a friend or an aunt that is a good cook ask them to make the food. Think about doing an afternoon tea with finger sandwiches rather than a whole meal.

The same with the cake or get one from the grocery store and put some fresh flowers on top.

Order flowers from your grocery store to make a bouquet and think about non-floral arrangements for decorations. There are a lot of sweet balloon and crepe paper decoration inspirations.

Think about wearing a white dress rather than a gown.

Get a friend or realitive to become ordained online to officiate the ceremony.

I just found this http://2000dollarwedding.com/

 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

How many people are you planning to invite? What style of wedding do you want to have?

I think you could do a wedding for $1500. Find a free venue like a park or a family/friend’s backyard. Have family & friends help make food. Get a cheap cake from a grocery store, make one yourself, or forego cake all together & do a dessert buffet. Use a grocery store bouquet & wrap a ribbon around it for you to carry. Use plastic plateware (there are some really nice options available online or at party stores).

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@oneofeach4me:  Absolutely not appropriate. You should throw a wedding that you can afford.

Are there any local community centers you could rent out? What about a park that has covered areas for a back up if it rains?

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I dont really like the idea of getting people to “donate” to a wedding..

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@oneofeach4me:  Don’t ask for donations, that’s tacky and rude and probably offensive to many. Try to make it work on your budget. Have you looked into community halls? those aren’t very fancy, but they’re usually a cheap indoor location.

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

You’re right. You are not 12. That’s why you need to host and fund this wedding yourselves. At their age your parents shoud be focussing on their own retirement planning, not funding a wedding.

Plan a wedding that you can afford, whether that is in a friend’s yard, a park or a community hall.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

for 1500 dollars I would assume youd need to set up and clean up no matter where you go.

you could always have a dry wedding too, that would save you some money

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Try a VFW. We are having our reception at one and we are paying only 250 for the night! Though that price doesnt include alcohol, food or the bartenders.

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