(Closed) Destination Wedding Under $4k?

posted 6 years ago in Money
Post # 3
6124 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Lets’ see…  I would choose a public space for my ceremony.  Are there public beaches where you are looking?  Public state/county/town parks?  I like to look where others have had weddings to help me get a feel for what is around in a place I have never been to.  Google “wedding photographer” and the town you are looking at to find wedding blogs.

Then I’d have my reception at a restaurant which has a private room for parties.  Work with them to create a modified menu without prices.  Linens, tables, chairs, waitstaff are already built in!

Is the ANY way to drive there?  We are eloping in Canada and it’s going to be a 15 hours drive.  But gas is going to be $350 total, while two plane tickets and a rental car for a week is probably going to run $1500.

Post # 4
651 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

i) Somewhere you don’t have to fly or where you can fly for super cheap (budget airlines, maybe cheaper than the bus!)

ii) Cut down your guest list. By a lot. Even 20 people is a lot with a $4k budget. I would go with the minimum. Heck, at this rate, I would prefer the event to just be me and the future husband. That way, you can have something nicer.

iii) Flowers: in-season flowers for your bouquet and groom boutonniere only.

iv) Ceremonial space: literally a space. No arch, nothing. Maybe something homemade or DIY (sort off.. maybe 2 torches which you can ask a friend to stick in instead of hiring a florist). Hopefully your venue provides chairs. If not, that will add into the costs.

v) Simple reception at a restaurant. Not at the hotel. Ipod reception. No DJ/band.

vi) No photographer unless it’s a friend/student.



Post # 5
169 posts
Blushing bee

@mepayne:  I think you can do it! My sister got married in Florida. You can check out Unitarian Universalist churches for an inexpensive venue for the ceremony or reception. There are LOTS of parks along the beach, and some have pretty gazebos and things that could be used for your ceremony. I think you can stretch 4K pretty far, if you’re willing to do some DIY!

Post # 6
1856 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Have you thought about doing a restaurant reception? We’re having about the same number of guests than you (max 20) and decided it was the easiest thing. A lot of upscale restaurants have private dining options and do three or four course meals for anywhere from $35-75/pp; there’s often no room rental fee (althoug I’ve seen some that will charge a $300 ceremony fee if you do your ceremony there).

You’ll likely be able to find a free or low-cost place for your ceremony – a beach where you either don’t need a permit for a small number of guests or a low-cost permit, public parks (look at the parks and rec section of websites for cities you’re interested in – in our area in NC, park pavilions are as low as $35/hour while historic buildings/larger buildings are around $100-150).

If you’re willing to cut down or cut out some of non-essentials (which are obviously different for everyone), you can definitely do it on your budget. We’re planning probably for around three-quarters of your budget (including plane tickets for myself and our daughter), but we had certain things we cared about (great high-quality food) and are leaving out a LOT of the typical wedding things. Decide what matters to you, decide what you can live without, and go from there.

Post # 7
693 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

We did it for about $6000. We drove to Sanibel Island. I’m trying to think of our $$ breakdown.

*Stayed at Mitchell’s Sandcastles..private little cottages beachside..rounding up to $1500, with dog fees and taxes, etc. Most of our guests stayed there. Grills, kayaks, two pools,…the owners were super nice and accomodating.

*Had a dinner only buffet style reception with open bar up to $350 (we never hit 350…surprising for our group)..our food was excellent, we had a private room and bar.separate from the restaurant with music filtered in..about $2000. I miss that food….

*Cupcakes from a local lady, $200 but we had to rent stands last minute so $260

*officiant was $175

*Bridal clothes for husband, myself and daughter, total $300..I had my skirt custom made by an Etsy seller, he wore white linen pants and a blue shirt..and god awful white shoes…daughter had a tulle dress from TJ Maxx, clearance for $10, I added a blue sash with a brooch for her..flower girls dresses I made…white tutus with white tops

*Photographer drove down from KY, she gave us the pal discount, $2000…and that included her driving down and her own accomodations.

*Flowers…I snagged some fakes from Pier 1 the morning of (totally forgot, and not one florist was open on a Tuesday morning in Ft Myers)..tied tulle and ribbon, and twine around it, done less than $20

*All the decor at the site was DIY, I hung tiffany blue pic frames in trees lining the path to the sand…mason jars and dollar tree vases with sand and tea lights lit the path…table with old windows and pictures clothespinned to twine.. to greet guests and sign in..everything was beachy without being “beachy”, and still had a vintage feel. You can totally do it!

Post # 8
693 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Oh, and the wedding site was free. We didn’t need a permit, we stood in the sand right in front of the place we were staying…

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