(Closed) How did you have a wedding…and not break the bank?

posted 5 years ago in Money
Post # 3
1966 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

We are only having 60ish guest that saved us a ton of money originally we were planning for 120 guest wedding was adding up to about 25k. We really didn’t want to spend that much since we have other priorities so we cut the list down & are spending about 13k now. Could have cut it down more if I diy’d the centerpieces & decor. Just don’t have time for that!

Post # 4
4040 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Cut the guest list. Make it as small as possible. This saves on everything! Food, rentals, center pieces, invites, etc. everything is less when there are less people. 

Pick a venue that is pretty in itself. That way you won’t need much decor to make it pretty (the only decor I’m having at my venue are flowers at the altar and floral centerpieces. That’s it). 

Cut on the “extras”. Don’t have favors. Don’t have a full open bar – do beer, wine, and a couple signature drinks (This will save you a ton. Especially if you can do something like sangria). 

Post # 5
838 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2008

@Waitingbee57:  You’ll have to change your dreams, I’m guessing. I would have LOVED to have the venue of my dreams, but I stopped dreaming and decided that it was nicer to have a big old chunk of change in the bank. It’s about what you want more. Do you want to go broke over a few hours or do you want to live comfortably after marriage with the rest of the money in the bank?

Post # 6
3585 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2000

@Waitingbee57:  it’s the “…of my dreams” issue that’s the problem.

You can have a pretty, classy wedding at a reasonable cost. If that isn’t your dream, consider adjusting that dream

Post # 8
12248 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

We had a luncheon wedding, and paid $14.99 pp instead of $34.99 pp for the EXACT SAME MENU!

Post # 9
2490 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

We are having a small wedding and really, it was the only way. We are still looking at easily around $10k (not including rings) and that’s with 25 people. Weddings blow me away with how much they cost 

Post # 11
838 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2008

@Waitingbee57:  You CAN cut the guest list. You don’t WANT to cut the guest list. That’s the difference. 

Post # 12
513 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@Waitingbee57:  Ours is 10k including rings and honeymoon. Flowers, decor, and invitations are all DIY. We’re also having an afternoon ceremony & reception to cut costs. Finger foods/appetizers are going to end up saving us a lot than from seated meals or huge buffets. Shop smart, find good deals, and you can still have a really classy wedding. 🙂 But, I have to add, where you live is a big factor too.

Post # 13
9142 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

I have a $5K budget and I have made a lot of compromises but I will still have a great wedding on a tiny budget. We rented a beach house to use for our ceremony and reception. We are ordering in trays of BBQ for dinner for 50-60 guests. I bought studs and invites for $27using the Vistaprint Groupon deal I bought a replica dress from dressilyme for $161, with my exact measurements so no alterations are needed. I am DIYing roses from Sam’s for $120. I am also DIYing the centerpieces. A friend who is a notary is marrying us on the beach. My inspiration board:

You can make smart budgeting decisions or you can choose to spend extra money, it’s up to you. It is just a single day and you want to make it special but going into debt or starting out a marriage with financial problems caused by your wedding budget is not a good idea.

Post # 16
1589 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I only looked at places within my budget. Eventually, I found one that made me very happy. Yes, if I had a bigger budget I would have went with my “dream” venue, but such is life. 

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