Budget Wedding – I Don't Know Where to Start!

posted 3 months ago in Reception
Post # 16
1439 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2017 - A vineyard

We started with a guest list and went from there for us. We also tried to limit it to his best friends and girlfriends plus his immediate family, their partners, kids, and like only 8 people on my side. And that was huge to me already. Would’ve been about 100 people if they had all come because his immediate family is giant. Thankfully I only had 40 or 50 people come so everything was easier on my Dad. Our budget was 5k or less. Emphasis on less.

Some things I did were:

1) Found a small vineyard in the country a couple hours away. They did not charge the prices everyone else wanted. They also had a great reception pricing too if you picked a short one versus a longer one. Because money was an issue we picked a short one and had a dessert reception.

2) did my hair and makeup with a salon versus paying extra to have a traveling stylist.

3) no dJ and no band. I found a piano soloist who came and did my music for the 2 or 3 hours we were there at my venue for. I think he wanted about 250 but no more than 300 dollars. Djs started at 600. He did an awesome job and I would hire him or a soloist like him again if I ever needed music. Hiring from the high school could also be an option. I was in orchestra middle to high school and I remember there was a quartet in my class who did weddings and other events. If you have a soloist find out if they have any sound equipment. I got lucky and mine had his own.

4) I don’t think a special wedding cake is a need. I think a beautifully decorated sheet cake is just as good. We only got a wedding cake because the small bakery we went to the cakes were less than i expected but I was definitely thisclose to getting a sheet cake and calling it good. We also got a few other small desserts for variety.  This food is where we spent more because I didnt want people to starve just because it was a dessert reception and not a meal. Drinks were part of what my venue offered for free so we didn’t have a cost on those.

5) wedding dress came from the much hated David’s Bridal. It was 99 dollars and only needed about 250 in alterations. 

6) we did grocery store flowers. I was able to get some white roses with some dyed blue carnations. We did what I think was supposed to be for girls going to Prom instead of a specific wedding bouquet. It ended up being about 75 dollars. I ended up borrowing my venue’s decorations mostly for free as it was part of using them. So no other florals  involved. 

7) we used some silver decorations from pier 1 and some electric candles for table decorations. Fairly inexpensive. The only way I could’ve been cheaper maybe is getting some glasses, filling them with pretty aquarium rock, water, and calling it good. 

8)We did use some clear plastic flatware and plates instead of renting cutlery and napkins because i just did not want to worry about cleaning and returning it. 

I can’t remember anything else right now but if I do ill either edit this or do a second post. Hopefully some of that helps.

Post # 17
748 posts
Busy bee

I definitely agree, start with your budget and also come up with an absolute bugdet fund on the side. Only used that closer tk the time if things fell sure unplanned and non dependent on that little stash. Also read “A Practical Wedding” 

Post # 18
295 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

Our wedding was under $20k including dress, rings and everything even hair/makeup for bridal party.

Quick tips

Cake – look into a person running business out of house cheaper as lower overheads. 

Flowers – I just gave my florist a colour price and style idea and she used what was in season to keep us in budget.

Bridesmaid dresses look online

guest list we trimmed by only having family kids


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