(Closed) College student budget – can it all be done?

posted 8 years ago in Money
Post # 3
96 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Timber Lake Playhouse - Mt. Carroll, IL

You’ll have to remain budget conscious but this can definitely be done! 🙂 My friend just had a wedding similar to yours for about $3000. Hers was at a state park, reception food was all made by her family and it was delicious, they had stew, soup, some meat, rolls, and a few apps like veggies and fruit. Cake too. No dj – they did an ipod but you don’t even have to worry about that. Sounds like fun! Maybe had some games in there for after the movie? Cards or board games, or fun bride/groom games. 


I’m doing mine for around $6000 – our photog only costs $800 – so just look around for that. We’re growing our own flowers too. Just gotta be thrifty!

Post # 4
429 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

The good thing about a wedding is that you can customize it to your tastes and your budget! I think that sounds very nice!


Another big cost cutter would be to not have an actual meal, but plan the wedding at a time between lunch and dinner and just serve ‘theather’ snacks and cake!

Post # 5
749 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I think it is doable. You will just need to be willing to DIY things and cut corners. Can you lower the guest count? That would give you a little more wiggle room, but if not, you can still throw a great wedding for $6K.

Post # 6
9029 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

It can be done. You just need to be willing to sacrifice certain things to stick to the budget.  However I’m not really sure about the watching the movie part.. because that might be a bit dull.. Cant you play music anyway and do other activities? And when you say no dancing does that mean no first dance either?

Post # 8
7689 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I don’t know if I’d do a “candy bar” per se.  I think it may be pretty costly for that amount of people.  I think I’d look into getting theater type boxes of candy from dollartree, 1 a piece that would cost less.  Maybe you could set them up in a fun box, and tie them with curling ribbon in your colors, with a thank you tag-then they could double as your favor that way.  I think candy bars cost people much more. And this way it would go with your theme.  I agree with games after, so there is more interaction after the movie.  Having a movie is fun, because you are into it, and Princess Bride is a great movie, but then there is little interaction at your reception.  Also, with the savings from the candy you could likely get salads/sides/rolls ordered at your local grocery store if you didn’t want to have to do a potluck.

Post # 11
749 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Oh! I like the “first date” theam. I think it is really cute! Have fun with all the DIYing…I am DIYing most stuff for my wedding too, and I am super excited!

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