(Closed) Budget!!!!

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I would say yes, if youre only planning on having 10-15 people. 

How many guests are you having?

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Do you have a venue? Perhaps you can have a potluck reception, where you provide the “main food” and beverages and everyone else brings sides/desserts?

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Perhaps just a cake and punch reception then?

Thats all I can come up with on a $200 budget.

If all your guests are from out of town, are you sure they are all likely to even attend?

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

would you consider having an intimate ceremony and maybe saving up for a lager reception down the line? Especially since all of your guests are out of town.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I agree with the PP about having an intimate ceremony now and maybe have a 1 yr renewal next year and that way you can save up money.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I really understand your predicatment because we’re on a tight budget too! I once planned a wedding for a couple in one week, and while it did cost more than just $200, it wasn’t much. First, have the ceremony somewhere “free,” like a town park or city baseball field. You can rent a shelter at parks usually for about $25-$35. The cake and punch idea is really great (you could also throw in some of grandma’s famous pie or an aunt’s traditional cookies for variety) just make sure that you word the invitations correctly “desert and punch to follow” instead of “reception to follow” There are a lot of great ideas for invitation wording out there if you just look. (P.S., you can pick up some print your own invites at WalMart or target for about $20 for 50, if you’re not too picky on design) Get the cake from a grocery store instead of a bakery to save on money, and consider doing a large sheet cake and only a small round cake for cutting. You can bring a stereo and ask a brother or cousin to be in charge of changing out the cds, or making sure an IPod doesn’t skip. As for flowers, grocery stores usually have flower sections and while the selection will be smaller, the arrangements are already done and you can pick them up the day of the wedding. (Roses are almost everywhere and in a variety of colors. WalMart sells bunches of 6 for $5) Grab some ribbon and wrap it around the stems for a more complete look. Don’t underestimate Dollar Stores! Most of them have a great selection of paper plates/cups/napkins/silverware in all the colors of the rainbow, and a lot of them sell plastic tablecloths in matching colors too. Some even sell hydrogen baloons! If you think it won’t insult them, ask close family members (parents, aunts, uncles, cousin that you are close to) to foot the bill for some of the items instead of giving you a gift (Aunt So and So, we really value your taste and would love it if you would help with the paper plates and silverware for the wedding) Mention that you saw something really cute at the local dollar store and they might just be willing. 

 If you’re smart and look around a lot, you could definately throw a party for cheap! Need more ideas? Message me!

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