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My wedding is in one month, and my budget is as cheap as possible, but not over 3500. I get you.
My big savings was the venue. Go to a state park, girl. I’m getting married at the red barn area in Golden Gate Canyon State park, and it was $208. We cpuld have rented an even more beautiful site for the ceremony for 200 more, but we have too many people to fit there.
Speaking of which, people. We have 130 coming. And, yes, we’re going to feed them all. We’re doing a waffle bar, and having some close family and friends help us out with a few extra dishes. Not sure of the exact cost, but under 400.
Cake, I’m making a sweetheart cake for cutting myself, and then my photographer offered to make cupcakes for about 150. I’m supplying her with rose water and cardamom to make them amazing and fancy 🙂
Drinks, we’re just doing mint lemonade and iced chai .Alcohol is expensive, and it’s a morning wedding. Not sure the exaxt cost of this yet, but it’s gonna be under 50 since I have access to a mint bush.
Dress, I bought a goregous one off of Etsy for 220. I got a veil off of AliExpress for $4. Seriously. It’s chapel length and cut edge, but there are way more elaborate ones available. I’m wearing some shoes I already have which are sentimental, and a necklace I wore the first time we met. I did get new earrings, again off of AliExpress for $1.
Decor, we are getting married outside so we can go pretty minimal in some ways. We’re borrowing chairs for the ceremony and the reception area comes with tables with benches. The tables are ugly, so I go to the thrift store every Saturday when they have half off sales and pick up tablecloths for $2. $20 total on those. I’ve also been picking up vintage glass bottles from them, about $18. I’m getting two huge pots of ferns from a greenhouse, $45. I got tulle off of Facebook marketplace cheap (but it’s only double this on Amazon) 2 entire bolts for $10. I’m going to drape one across the trees at the ceremony site for an arbor, along with two paper lanterns with fabric hanging from them ($10). The other tulle will go down each side of the aisle on the ground, with greenery and candles on it (not lit). Candles, $20 from the dollar store (seriously, get theeself to Dollar Tree). Those vintage bottles I mentioned go for centerpieces with ferns in them. I also have tine wood vases (Facebook marketplace, $2 each) I’m going to put wildflowers in, and have someone move the candles to the tables. I also have been pressing flowers and greenery to scatter on the tables, free. There are hooks from above for decor, and I’m making little “chandeliers” out of crossed branches and ferns hanging from fishing line. Estimated $60
Bouquets, ImI just going to be the only one with one. Greenety from the greenhouse and a lantern bouquet, $40
Officiant, I’m religious and my family friend and pastor is doing it for free.
Music, borrowing their sound equipment and using Spotify premium student $5
Games, I wanted some fun for non-dancers. Borrowing a bunch of lawn and board games.
Signs, ugly big frames from the thrift store, white paint, and chalk marker to write on the glass, $35
Plates and such, I wanted ecofriendly things, so spent more like $70 on bagassee plates, wood utensils, and paper cups
Lights, just a few string lights inside, $20
Photography was my biggest spend on purpose, but still less than normal– $500 for a dear friend.
I’m doing my own haur and makeup, but did make a floral hair comb for about $25.
I’m sure I’m forgetting something, but there it is! I’d be happy to give you more tips if needed.
Mainly, crowdsource, and ask for these favors instead of gifts
Hit up thrift and dollar stores, and watch tutorials on how to flip your finds