Post # 1
So i have a budget of $3000. I have my venue ($400) and my dress ($400) leaving me with $2200…but honestly, I would love to only spend $2000 total. Anyway, I live in Grapevine, TX (dallas-fort worth area) and was wondering if anyone had any ideas of budget friendly things I can do for food, ordering flowers (because im making my own centerpieces) and other decor. my flowers are tulips, roses, and hydrangea. I am planning on doing the whole mason jar thing for the center pieces (using three different sizes and using the three diferent bundles in each jar.) Its an outdoor ceremony in the botanical gardens and the reception is in a pretty plain room on the same grounds of the gardens…I need something else to spruce up the room with out it costing too much money. my colors are white, dark grey, dark pink, and black…but mainly WHITE Any suggestions im up for anything…oh and I still need invitations..i am thinking on making them myself but im not sure exactly what im doing…
Post # 3
I bought my own flowers from Sam’s Club online and they deliver them to your house, they’re really cheap and the quality is good.
Just a note, are you planning on the remaining budget going only to food, flowers and invitations? I found that I went over budget when lots of little things started adding up quickly, like the garter, guestbook, favors, toasting flutes, cake cutter, hair, makeup, tips, tax, officiant donation, etc. You probably know this, but I thought I’d throw it out there since it doesn’t seem included in your budget total.
Post # 4
@soonerpsych: ya I think im going to use sams club, great idea, thanks..and yes ive thought about all that but i will be renting all of my chairs for wedding, table cloths, candle holders and what not for little or nothing and using alot of stuff that my grandmother used when she was married for a lot of the reception things. Favors will be CANDY 😉 and im a hair stylist so i have connections to all that stuff. (FREE) and my brother is making my cake for $100, he owns a bakery 😉 and my grandpa is the officiant (hes a preacher) im very fortunate to have connections. I was just thinking…do you have to have wedding programs? they seem like a total waste.
Post # 5
@lizbethamber: Wow, you are lucky, that’s awesome! I’d say if your ceremony is going to have anything that your guests would need to follow along with or that they might not really understand, then yes programs are necessary. But if it’s a pretty standard ceremony then you could probably do without them.
Our church did our programs, and they used a standard layout from the church publishing company printed on 8 1/2 x 11 paper then folded. It’s a pretty cheap option and it looked just fine.
Post # 6
Are you planning to serve a meal or just light finger foods? Something to keep in mind, finger foods can sometimes be more expensive because they are so labor intensive.
For food, I would suggest pasta. It’s cheap, filling, and you don’t always have to have meat.
Invitiations – Michael’s! Wait til they go 50% off and then just run them through your own printer. I only spent about 80 cents on each invitation and they are super pretty.
Post # 7
BBQ can be done cheaply and in large quantities and makes it pretty convenient for a buffet
Make pork shoulder pulled pork (cheaper per lb than most meats!)
maybe a brisket or chicken
rolls to make sandwiches with the above meats
Corn, tomato and black bean salad with a lime dressing (lettuce based salads dont always seem as appealing in a buffet
potato salad or pasta salad
rosated or grilled veggies like bell peppers, mushrooms and onions
Post # 8
Good suggestions beez!I am also on the same budget! Im making my own bouquets,centerpieces,decorations,invites,etc.Im looking at stuff online to recreate on my own.For flowers..Im looking for fake flowers on sale,sam’s club,flower factory.hobby lobby…check out craft/art supply stores.Even dollar stores for anything you can use..ribbon,string,whatever it may be.its out there..at a store..and its cheap.ya just gotta put the work in yourself.
Invites..look up ones you like..and go to art/craft stores.staples.anywhere that sells paper in different variety..and make them yourself.If you have a printer try to come up with something..maybe look in the scrapbooking section of art stores and maybe you can even find a little stamp with your future last initial on it..or just something that you can use for the invites…also..scrapbook section is a good spot to look for a cheap guest book..gotta make it your own tho.
Food..ya..this is my worry.I have NO CLUE what were eating..but.I know it will be a buffet.No catering.DIY.The BBQ idea is a good one.Just gotta have some friends that are willing to help ya “serve” or set out food.And linens…ugh..im starting to look around for cheap linens too.To spruce up the room..maybe streamers in your color(just dont decorate like a b-day party lol)white xmas lights?if you find em cheap.
My wedding is in october…and i figure if i start buying a bottle of wine each pay check until we have plenty..then it won’t seem too costly.anyway im rambling..lol..GOOD LUCK!
Post # 9
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