(Closed) Broke bride paying for the wedding…

posted 6 years ago in Money
Post # 3
598 posts
Busy bee

@mslyns:  Well you have to do what you have to do. If neither of you can afford a wedding at this time then you may have no other choice to postpone it. On the other hand, you said you may be able to splurge for the entire cost of the location. If you can then you shouldn’t be worrying. If I were you, what is so bad about waiting another year? You both may be a lot more financially better off to afford a wedding in that time, especially since you graduate in April. Either way, it will all work out fine whether you pay for what you can afford now for the wedding or wait a year.

Post # 4
2488 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

1- don’t be suprised to get your to young – esepcailly since you are being open about money

2- you don’t have to postpon it~! although I bet you’ll have alot of gals telling you too

This is my personal experiance – I did my wedding all under 3000 including everything except for the honeymoon- and we are using the cash we got from the wedding to pay for that.

feel free to PVM me for ideas – my sister is getting married next week and her weddings been under 2000 so we’ve got some great tips and advice!


Pinterest, moveis, tv shows, and even the bee have made weddings into this HUGE thing with all these requirments…

it does not have to be like that at all. Don’t stress! You can do this!

The main places to cut the budget are

1.st Venue- you should be able to find something free or cheaper then ( it apears your venue location is over 500?) We only paid 200 for both our venues and we paid extra for the bridal room- 

However- my tip for this is to chose your venue before your colors- We picked our venues- way after evertything else and we had brown and red venues and silver blue and purple  – it clashed quite a bit.

2. Food- Cake and punch only is fine just set it for the right time and DIY! – we even threw in a veggie tray and 7 layer dip- our guest where satisfied. – this maybe can be where you ask your friends to step in.

3. Invites/Paper- DIY it doesn’t have to be huge and extravagant. -Personally- we designed our invites so that they where the length of a normal envalope and got 3 per peice of card stock- printed them our selfs and then sent a 4×6 print picture of our selfs- 90% of people toss the picture/invite out anyway…..

4.  Vendors.

– DJ- Ipod it!

-Photographer/Videographer- Students- it took up alot of my time finding someone who had great work for the right price but I did it- It isn’t top of the line but for 300 each I can’t complain much about anything –

JUST MAKE SURE YOU HAVE REaLLY GOOD CONTRACTS- I personally would find someone who would give you ALL the unedited footage/pictures

catterer- not needed DIY

Band- Skip it unless you know someone who wants to do it.

5- Have a dry wedding- it will save soooooo much.. or just a cash bar- although I hear thats a bad thing in most peoples opinions? I d.k

6- attire- look long and hard and you will be able to find a dress you love in your budget! – get your undergarments- either borrowed or online- same for jewelery and veil


Flowers- Paper or DIY all your flowers and you’ll save another huge chunk.



I have lots of other suggestions but those are my main ones.

Post # 5
610 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

For that kind of budget – my advice is QUALITY OVER QUANTITY. Have you thought about having a small intimate ceremony at a restaurant/hotel and then have a beautiful candlelit dinner with about 25-30 people? Also, it will help to have a very small bridal party if any. I’d keep it to one or two max people on each side. 

But of course, it’s our day, so it’s all up to what you have in mind! 

Post # 9
942 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

You can do it! Especially if you do a cute pizza and beer theme; you will be able to pull it off within your budget. You will also be able to find an affordable dress, I bought one of the dance online at simply bridal and it’s actually very nice quality and it was cheap ($100). Just make sure both of you contribute to the cost– you both should be budgeting. And if it’s impossible to come up with the  funds, don’t bend over backwards trying– having a small and intimate wedding might be less stressful then inviting everyone. It’s about your special day together and people get that.

Post # 11
6123 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@mslyns:  Pizza and beer done right is totally fine!  I don’t think you have to say BYOB if you’re supplying some beer and other beverages.

Is there a concert hall or forest service amphiteater that already has chairs that you could use?

Post # 12
2488 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@mslyns:  you will be able to ! It will all work out and be perfect !

Post # 13
757 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I think this will be totally fine!

I do think you need to make your fiance contribute something if he possibly can, and either way to commit to saving some money. You said that he can’t afford it and his parent’s haven’t offered, does that mean they can afford it? It might make sense for him to ask them for some, even as a loan, if you really can’t afford $3500. That is a lot to take on just by yourself, since there are two people getting married, and he doesn’t want to postpone either to save money. 

Can either of you get a job while youare in school?

Post # 14
67 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’m in the same boat, love! even though me and my fiancé already have combined finances, we’re still on a super tight budget! We’re basically just working hard on finding deals! We are having the ceremony at a family’s old acrege (free) and found a hall that booked us an entire weekend for $500 that’s including everything we need for the reception! We’re going a cute BBQ  kinda theme, and doing almost all the food ourselves and with help from friends. Our venue comes with a full kitchen which will help a lot with us doing the food. iPod for a dj and a family friend is going to emcee. Hope some of this helps!

Post # 15
642 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Us too!  Where do you live? 

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