Post # 1
I’ve noticed a lot of people have said they’ve been able to keep their wedding under $10,000 and I wanted to see if anyone had tips to offer.
My budget is $5000 and no matter how I work it it always comes up $8000
I just can’t see spending $5000 much less more, out of my own pocket 🙁
$1,200 photographer – one of my most important decisions
$2,000 venue/rentals – I’ve always dreamed of a tented reception and it’s not something i’m willing to sacrifice. this price is for having an event at a park for 200 and bringing in the tent, tables, chairs, linens, etc.
$1,500 – food and cake – done by a family friend
That’s pretty much most of my budget and we haven’t gotten to the DJ, dress, flowers, honeymoon, etc. (i’ll do my own invites)
Post # 3
The only thing I can think of is the obvious: cut your guest list. My wedding cost about $5,000 and we only had 30 people so my hat is off to you so far:)
Post # 4
@PutABirdOnIt: agreed! (Hey, the reply thingy is working! WOOT!)
Cutting the guest list will help in the way or food/drinks/rentals.
Other options is to skimp on flowers, ipod/laptop/etc instead of dj, and lots of DIY’ing.
You’re already at 4700, so at the moment, I don’t see HOW you could keep it under 5k without cutting the guest list.
Post # 5
DJ: Check out craigslist. There are a number of DJ’s in my area listed on there for relatively cheap ($500 or less). If you really can’t spring for the DJ then have an iPod reception and assign a trustworthy friend to man the music.
Dress: $100 sale at Davids Bridal or try to find one used at a consignment shop or on ebay. Do you have any friends/family members that got married recently? Maybe they’d let you borrow theirs if you’re the same size.
Flowers: DIY. The night before your wedding, hit up your local grocery store and buy a bunch of loose stems and make your own bouquets/bouts. To save money, I would go the non-floral centerpiece route.
Honeymoon: There’s nothing wrong with waiting a few months to go on your honeymoon so you can save some more money. If you really want to get away after your wedding then plan a mini moon to a city within driving distance for a few days. You can look on the rental websites and try to find a condo to rent for a long weekend so you can bring your own food to cut down on the cost of meals.
Either way you look at it you’re going to go over $5000 with the photographer, venue and food that you currently have. The only obvious way to cut these costs is to reduce your guest list so you can save on food and rentals.
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Post # 7
I agree with everyone else…. even though I know it sucks!
Have you tried to find a tented area that is open to the public that you could rent? When I lived in a different state there were awesome state/city parks that had tents and pavilions that could be rented for super cheap.
Cutting your guest list will also help cut down on rentals, centerpieces, food, favors if you do, invitations and postage. Plus placecard or escort cards and the size dance floor and amount of linen you need.
I know it’s hard – and you’ve done awesome so far finding deals, but to lower that number the only way to go is shorten the list if a catered meal, tented reception and photographer are deal breakers for you.
Post # 8
Thanks ladies!! I definitely don’t want to cut the guest list, but it may HAVE to be the option 🙂
Post # 9
I am trying to keep mine under $5000.00 not including honeymoon. I have done lots of things to save money. I made my own bouquets and all other things flowery. We cut our guest list down a lot, we had 150 now we are down to 75. Found a photographer on craigslist for 500.00 because they are new to weddings but their portfolio is awesome not doing a dj using MP3 player. Going to use a local restaurant’s catering service to have a buffet style dinner. The one thing I paid full price for was my dress and that is only because I am a size 28 and it is hard to find used or pre owned dresses in my size.
Post # 10
I’d look on Craigslist for a photographer too. There are a lot of really talented people who are dirt cheap because they’re just starting out or starting over in a new part of the country and haven’t built a local reputation yet.
As for flowers, you’re going to have to either do them yourself or go non-floral. If you do them yourself, consider going super simple. Gerbera daisies and a little greenery wrapped in raffia would look beautiful without breaking the bank. Also, check out paper-source.com’s flower kits – they’re crazy cheap, they look lovely, they’ll never wilt, and they’ll be a detail that all your guests will remember.
Post # 11
@sarasouth: I second the Craigslist search. We ended up with a FREE photographer for engagement pics and day-of because she’s building her portfolio.