(Closed) Blah… cant we just win the lotto

posted 6 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

In our area (baltimore-dc corridor) there are a number of community centers that come in around $600 for 4-6 hours. You can also save money on the off-season, strategically cater with costco, etc. Also check out restaurants vs. caterers. We’re using a smokehouse in Laurel, MD for our Rehearsal Dinner, but a friend of mine is also using the same place for her wedding. I know our Rehearsal Dinner meal will come to about $11 pp plus tip, and we really only have to provide drinks (and a few extras because I’m genetically programmed to believe there will never be enough food).

Recruit friends to help out – run the iPod, etc. I can PM you some of my vendor info if you want. 

Also, check out budget sites like “2000 dollar wedding”

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Welcome, and congratulations on your happy news!  At least you and your Fiance are on the same page with wanting to get married, that’s great.  A low-budget wedding that is still elegant and beautiful can be done.  (Also, good for you both for having a plan to get out of debt!)  There are lots of Bees here with wonderful advice and helpful hints on DIY projects, you’ve come to the right place. 

Post # 6
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65 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Yes it can be done!  My fiance and I agree, that we would much rather be financially secure and build than spend 20K on a wedding.  the only people you really need for a wedding is the bride groom and the preacher.  🙂  you could have a destination wedding and it just be you him and parents.  We are having an outside wedding at his parents.  The cheaper the better.  Look into goodwills, and craigslist for used things.  go with no bridesmaids or groomsmen. 

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Yes, you may have to compromise on some of your more fancy-shmancy visions, but it can be done. Give yourself plenty of time because it always takes longer to plan things on a budget!

Post # 9
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65 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Venues are going to be pricey.  Try looking at other alternatives. 

Post # 10
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Venues are definitely very expensive, as is everything else in DMV!   I’d look into public parks and definitely keeping the guest list small.  I knew weddings were expensive, but when I started looking at the costs of everything around here, I nearly had a heart attack!

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

I’ve also been looking for cheap venues, and have found that a lot of wedding packages often work out more expensive than DIY. My aim was to find somewhere that would let me self-cater some of the food… that will save me a ton of cash! I think it also depends how much you are prepared to DIY, like flowers and food…

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