(Closed) have to have a fast cheap wedding!!!!

posted 10 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
1246 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Hey! One word of caution: Sometimes by having it in somebody’s yard, you have to rent so many things that it doesn’t save you much money. Is their yard big? Does it have a covered option in case of rain, or would there be space indoors?

Try typing "backyard wedding" into the "custom google search" bar on the right side of the page, just above the ads. I know there have been lots of helpful posts on this in the past and you might find some good ideas there.

Ways to cut costs, off the top of my head:

– Have a cake-and-punch or light appetizer reception in the afternoon

– Provide no alcohol, or only beer and wine

– Look for a department store dress

– Play music from an iPod


Post # 4
440 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

White bridesmaid dress

check out michaels, hobby lobby, other craft stores for print your own invite packages

If you have any friends that have gotten married recently or are getting married soon see if you can borrow anything they do not use

Utilize places like costco, sams, and other wholesale stores for things like flowers, trays of veggies, fruits, etc.

Go ahead and figure out how your are going to decorate the gazebo and yard (if it needs decor at all) and start purchasing items now.

If you are having a bridal party then pick out their dresses and get the order placed immediately.

Pending how many people you are having then it may be necessary to use a caterer if not then start recruiting family and friends to bring items. 

Try to keep it simple and sweet.



Post # 5
536 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018 - The Desmond Hotel in Malvern, PA

Snippet & Ink has recently posted some inspiration boards and ideas for budget-friendly weddings.  I love the idea of having a backyard ceremony and reception!  Here are a few ideas that stuck out to me on S&I:






My advice: pick some colors (or just a general "feeling") and imagine what what want from your day…. BBQ style foods?  A fiesta?  A morning outdoor brunch?  Once you have an idea of what you want your day to be like, start thinking about how you can infuse that overall vibe into the little pieces of your day.

I would also recommend knowing when to DIY, and knowing when to delegate or hire someone else.  Many brides like to DIY their invitations, but it can often become more time-consuming than you expect and sometimes doesn’t save all that much money. Sites like weddingpaperdivas.com have great, inexpensive options for invitations, with tons of design options. Just know when to say "I don’t have time for this" and let someone else do the leg-work 🙂

If you get married in the summer, you still have a decent amount of time!  There is lots of inspiration on this site, from the blog to the boards 🙂  Good luck!

Post # 6
1363 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

You can skip cake entirely, or at least skip the fancy teird cakes.  I found an awesome baker in herndon (www.customcakesandconfections.com) who is making our (sheet) cake for about $2/slice.  And that’s with a fake display cake too.

Fake flowers or paper flowers would be another easy way to save a bunch.  Table centerpieces that use candles (mine are in Ikea vases) really cut those floral bills down too.

Good luck!  You have plenty of time–and August weddings in DC tend to be few and far between.  We are not running into much trouble finding vendors for July 26, and we started about two months ago. 


Post # 7
294 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

What about going on to try dresses and then once you find one look on secondhand websites and get it for half the price? Also use tulle or some sort of pretty fabric to decoarate the gazebo. Also silk flowers for bouquets. I am using them for mine and I got them on a 50% off sale so my flowers and flowers for 2 Bridesmaid or Best Man was only $50!

 Are you wanting to have a small weddding or big wedding? If you keep it small it would cut your costs and you could send out announcements that you are married afterwards. 

Cupcake receptions are really cute and can be very decorative too. No need in feeding people an entire meal (unless you want to) just have a cake, punch and snacks.

Good Luck and congrats!

Post # 8
225 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Ebay Ebay and Ebay. Look for the dress you want and then take pictures so you know exactly what you are looking for and check out Ebay and craigslist. I went Davids B and found my dress but wanted it to also be budget friendly so I was able to find it on Ebay! Also Craigslist is a great source for brides who are selling their leftover items from their wedding.


Also check the clearance isles at Target and Walmart you find the most amazing things. Oh and many of the Dollarstores have wedding sections now so you can find some of your items through their too.


You have a good deal of time, so take your time and have some patience and I am sure you will find everything you need.

 Hope that helps

Post # 9
5822 posts
Bee Keeper

I second the ebay call…use the "Make an offer" button, you’ll be surprised!

Go with a sheetcake instead of a fancy cake.  Really, youre guests just want delicious!

Silk flowers look real in photos and are SO inexpensive!

Morning wedding!!!!  Let me say that again MORNING WEDDING.  You won’t be expected to serve alcohol (except maybe some white wine for toasting) and morning food is lighter and cheaper.  You wouldn’t have to worry about hors d’oevres if you don’t want.  And a lot of morning food can be done DIY (pancakes, bacon, scrambled eggs, etc)

Afternoon weddings are the second best option for cheap food.

Don’t feel like you have to decorate EVERYTHING.  Stick with the altar your married on, and the table for the guests.  The rest is fluff!

Use Weddingbee’s Classifieds section!!  You can find "Print your own" invites, and everything that others are selling from their weddings for cheap!  Great deals!

Good luck!

Post # 10
400 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I don’t have anything to add, but we share a birthday 🙂

Post # 12
813 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

Wow Gonnabemrsmoore– looks like you’re doing a great job putting it all together!!!!

Post # 13
368 posts
Helper bee

These books saved my sanity

Bridal Bargains

How to Have a Big Wedding on a Small Budget

Try amazon for a used one cheap, and they sell it at some craft stores.

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