ALRIGHT I’VE GOT THIS!!!!
I am putting on a wedding that I am head over heels in love with for (drumroll) $4,ooo. Here is what I did:
I learned what I wanted to spluge on, and what I wanted to hold off on. Both my fiance and I wanted to give everyone a good time, so we focused on the food and alcohol and music.
here is what cut budget BIG TIME:
-I had my dress hand made to my specifications for $500. Danielle Marie Designs on Etsy.com is an AMAZING lady to work with, especially if you are shipping the dress back and forth across the country like I did.
– We are doing our flowers ourself. Look up Mrs. Lime’s centerpieces, we are ordering bright red carnations from Fiftyflowers.com (the highest rated and lowest priced flower wholesaler) and I bought bowls from ikea for $2.99 to arrange them in. Our flowers for 21 tables and 4 bouquets will cost $400.
– We had our invitations custom designed by a graphic designer : pinkdesignevents.com she is incredibly cheap, and you can get your BEAUTIFUL invites printed at kinkos or vistaprint.com and come up under $100 for all your inserts, printing and a design that is yours. Plus she is a great lady to work with! ( you can find our christmas themed wedding invites on her site!)
– We are a young, fun couple so we wanted to serve Fazoli’s for our dinner. We have a lot of vegetarians who love pasta so it seemed natural to us. We are serving 150 guests a full pasta bar and garden salad with breadsticks, along with 3 waiters for $1,400. Buffet style.
– Beer and wine were our biggest splurges. We wanted exceptional wine from a local winery and a variety of beers from a local brewery. What was ESSENTIAL for us is finding a venue that allows you to get your own alcohol. That saves a ton. Plus we cut out the hard stuff, which eliminates the surprises of running an open bar. AND we have an old college friend (who’s not too close to us) who is a bartender and is doing our wedding for $50 plus tips all night.
-Some good things come locally. We found a historic hotel’s ballroom for $400 for the whole night, including their china, water glasses, silverware, and (since we are doing a christmas wedding) the whole place will already be decorated for the holidays.
-Ipods are a lifesaver for music. We have two loquacious friends who offered to be the emcees and man the playlists. PLUS you get full control of whats played.
-Once again, for luck, my fiance is best friends with our pastor, so we get an officiant and a church scott free. And, another dash of luck, there is a coffee shop upstairs so instead of cocktail hour, we are doing an open coffee bar with lattes and mochas for everyone!
I have more and more and more ideas. I love our wedding and what it is becoming. I don’t know if you set a date or not, but we gave ourselves 2 years to plan this, so I haven’t had a chance to stress out yet!!! I ordered early, watched for sales, and cut out any room for mistakes. I just feel great that I can focus on marrying the love of my life, rather than getting wrapped up in details. JUST REFUSE TO SAY NO!!
I told my friends I was doing a $4,000 wedding for 150, feeding them, having a custom dress and graphic designer, having flower centerpieces, and a full range of good wine and beer. They laughed. SEE WHOS LAUGHING NOW!! lol
Good luck. Don’t forget to keep your eyes on your fiance and it will be beautiful no matter what.