(Closed) Budget Bride more like Broke Bride

posted 5 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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236 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@RndmLAgrl2013:  Honestly, you may want to consider cutting your guest list down first. That will save you the most money.

Have you looked at civic gardens, local parks, state parks or even museums/public venues that go for lower rates?

$7,000 for 125 is a tight budget but it is doable. You could do a brunch or dessert reception, which would cut down costs. Or if you have a venue that will allow you to bring in your own caterer, you can save a lot.

I am the primary bread winner, as I make 2 1/2 times what my Fiance makes. He make over minimum wage, but not a ton of money by any means. We are considered a “budget” couple at $9,000 for 100 people. But we are also being realistic about our expectations.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I have $26.45 in my checking acct til Friday. I feel ya sister. 🙂

Post # 5
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437 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

the best way to save money is to cut the guest list down.  Not that that’s a fun process, but it’ll probably help you save money!

 

Post # 6
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214 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

We started with a budget of 10k. We have cut our guest list, are doing the flowers/centerpieces ourself and i was able to get my dress for 50% off. Its hard but the biggest cost is the food/venue . I wrote down what was most important for me and went from there. theknot.com has a good budget tracker that helped me TONS.

Post # 10
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236 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@RndmLAgrl2013:  Yes, but if you cut 10 people, that’s easily $300. That could go toward a DJ, flowers, a dress, the groom’s tux, a cake or decorations.

Just keep that in mind 🙂

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I feel your pain. Fiance and I will be fresh out of college when we get married. We’re hoping to pay no more than $5000 for almost 200 guests. We’re planning on saving by having an outdoor venue that will accomodate more people and by not serving a sit down dinner.

Post # 12
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

I’d cut your guest list down and do a lot of DIY projects. We spent about $3000 total on our wedding of 35 guests. We did our own decorations, flowers, food, and music. We used my Mom’s cabin in the woods, so our venue was also free. We had a beautiful wedding, and I wouldn’t change a thing.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I totally understand where you’re coming from. My Fiance is making most of the payments for the wedding, and my mom chips in when she can, and I cannot work due to some physical/mental disabilities. Dx 

I have four months until the wedding, and we got to find 1,000 dollars somewhere to be able to buy some flowers, catering, my ring, and some honeymoon money…It is stressful being so broke. 

I’ve been incrediably froogle with what I get, even made lists of what I NEED, what I WANT, and luxury items so I can put into focus exactly what it is that I need to be getting for the wedding. Still…The money portion of the wedding can be stressful.

 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I make a tad bit over minimum wage and both my Fiance and my mom (who willing offered to contribute what she can) are both laid off right now so I’m budgetinFodor a wedding mostly I can afford. We’re thinking later like 7 or 8 to not have to serve a meal, just heavy apps. Probably a Friday too, to save money. You can do it even if it does seen depressing sometimes! Haha.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

Our budget and guest list is about the same as yours. Although we don’t have an exact set budget and probably should… we’re trying to stay around 7k but has to be under 10k.

 

We chose to have our wedding on friday night because food and bev minimums are way less then a saturday! On a friday night you can also consider doing a later appetizer only or desert and drinks and having a later evening wedding. Your price on food venue and church sounds pretty good that’s what ours was right at and we had to spend 2500 on food and bev. also, you dont have to have open bar…. Cash bar all the way. Flowers… go to budget-bride. I’m getting a flower package for $200 that includes bride bouquet, two Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets, 3 corsages, 10 boutonnieres for groom, groomsmen, 2 ring bearers, and the fathers/grandfathers step and all. They’re not real but, I can keep them when I’m done which is more sentimental. Oh and I get the toss bouquet.

 

Also, stay away from floral center pieces… and don’t worry about decorations so much in the venue. Our venue is absolutley gorgeous inside and we don’t plan on any decorations other then centerpieces… I’m throwing together about 25 centerpieces for under 250 dollars….

 

Make your own invites! Way cheaper. I downloaded this software called Gimp… it’s like photoshop. I made our own invites with a picture I found online, I copy and pasted the whole thing into Gimp, and then I used the earaser tool to remove their words and added texts boxes putting our info in them. Just gotta order paper on cards and pockets.

 

I’m skipping RSVP’s… add RSVPS and all the extra stuff plus postage for them to be mailed back! RIDICULOUS prices. Everyone does things online now, were either making a website or making an email account… with joneswedding at yahoo or something like that. But were going to print up some quick RSVP’s for those who dont use internet like the grandparents and such. Otherwise, everyone is so in touch with technology these days.

 

Hope this helps!! :]

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