Post # 1
I live in Ontario Canada and I keep hearing about bees who are having weddings for 50 people or more and paying under $5000 how do they do it?!
I am having a total of 8 people at my wedding and that includes the wedding party and I cannot for the life of me get the amount that we spend under $5000.00 and I am searching out bargains! The stars represent concrete prices that are set in stone already and the rest are estimates.
Venue – $510.00*
Ceremony Decor – $200.00
Bride’s Dress, Accessories – $1100.00
Bridesmaids (they are my children) – $300.00 for dresses, $150 for accessories
Food – $500.00 (we are going to a restaurant)
License – $250.00
Officant – $250.00*
Tuxes (Groom and his father) – $300.00
Bouquet – $100.00
Hair and Make up – $400.00
Photographer – $1000.00 (and that’s only if I can get them to come down in price and includes engagement photos)
Because the wedding is so small we aren’t sending out invitations. Dinner at a restaurant means no decor concerns unless we work out a set menu and then we will DIY menu cards. I don’t have any costs for the reception venue, decor there etc. and the way that our wedding will be set out, my Maid/Matron of Honor won’t need to be carrying anything because there really isn’t an aisle to walk down. In fact, I may just do away with the bouquet all together and use the real touch hydrangeas somewhere in my ceremony decor which is going to be completely candle lit.
Am I missing something here? How are other Canadian brides doing it?
Post # 3
A few things:
Your dress doesn’t have to be that much. There are plenty of lovely dresses for cheaper.
Most people doing a 5k wedding don’t have to pay for their attendants hair/makeup/dresses. How many do you have? 150$ for accessories?? 😐
200$ for ceremony decor? Really? On what?
Where in ON are you located? I know in Ottawa our license is only 153$. 250$ seems a bit high.
Post # 4
$1000 for dress
$1000 for venues
$1200 for food (Family friend who owns restaurant)
$200 for linens
$400 for DJ (ceremony & reception)
$800 for Photographer
Tux is free from 5+ rentals
$400 in odd-end decor items. We had a lot of the decor stuff already!
Post # 5
@bebefly: I will have to check into the license I could be totally incorrect on that one.
With the dress I want, it is $750.00 at Davids Bridal so I am factoring in taxes and alterations.
The $150 for accessories is split between them and, I am hoping on the REALLY high end. That’s jewelry, shoes and hair accessories
The ceremony is my only decor and we are being married by candlelight and a ton of it. IF I can get the mason jars I need for free, I should come in under 100.00 for the candles and crystals etc.
I have two girls – both my daughters so we are baing for everything for them. Dresses, accessories, hair, make up, shoes etc.
Post # 6
@M.Ruder: How many at the wedding?
Post # 7
@Ms_Smitten: About 100, just under (around 96) We got lucky because our families have connections. FI’s dad knows florist, and caterer. I knew the DJ. The reception venue was cheap already, and I got a discount on the ceremony venue because it was less than a year out when I booked! My dress was just around $900-$950 since my sales girl used a coupon on it!
Post # 8
I commented in your other thread! I hope this all helps.
Post # 9
I am not a “budget bride” but my bouquet is less than that. I bet you oculd SIY it an do it for a lot less.
As you said in the title “how”. As many already mentioned, they didnt pay for their daughters for accesories, hair and makeup(or grooms father), they didnt pay 1K for their dress, possibly had a friend get ordained and didnt pay for an officiant. I see $1.5K-2 you could shave off that easily if you wanted to and cared to make the sacrafice- not that you have to.
Post # 10
I totally bet you could DIY the bouquet for cheaper! Our flowers are coming from a wholesale florist, and my bouquet will cost a whopping $25-$30!
Post # 11
The biggest thing that jumps out at me is your dress. My planner told me that 8-10% of your total wedding budget is a good guideline for what you should spend on your dress (including any accessories and alterations). Obviously this is a just a suggestion and not the case for everyone though. But if you are looking to stay around $5000 total, perhaps you should find a dress that, after alterations, would be closer to $500. If you are absolutely set on your DB dress, have you looked to see if you can get it from another bride? I sold an extra DB dress I had via WB classifieds that was never worn. The buyer got it for a fraction of what I paid for it in the store.
I think hair and makeup is another area you could easily save on, if needed.
Post # 12
@meladoug: My problem is that I am a plus sized bride and finding something used that I like hasn’t, up until this point been possible but I am certainly willing to do used if I can. Davids bridal has the cheapest dresses that I have seen and everything that I *like* is in the $750.00 price range.
I could easily to my hair and make up but I can’t do my girls hair and neither can my mother, unfortunately.
I bought four hydrangeas for $9.00 each at Michaels which is what bumped that price up. I am sure I can do it for a lot less but haven’t priced out the supplies.
I can’t shave off anything from the officiant she already gave me a deal by dropping her rates in half so that’s a no go. I have no idea where, in Ontario you can get a dress for less money? I have been pricing gowns out for a few months now and DB is the cheapest I have seen anywhere.
Post # 13
@bebefly: *whew* I looked up marriage license fees and it’s actually $145.00 I don’t know how I messed that up?!
Post # 14
@Ms_Smitten: I am not saying you should, but you asked how they do it. They have friends get the license and they do it for free. Have you asked a friend to get the license online to do it?
My reverand is a family friend and doing it for free, so is my DJ. You asked how, that is how people do it. Through connections, sales, DIY etc.
Davids bridal has $100 sales all the time, especially with more choices online. But you have to be willing to “give up” something for them. Any many do, you just may not be willing to do that which is more than OK!
Post # 15
@lefeymw: In Ontario it isn’t legal to have a friend get licensed online I looked into that because I thought that it would be really neat to do. Thanks for the thought though. Also, Davids Bridal in Canada doesn’t do the 99.00 gown sales 🙁
Post # 16
@lefeymw: That actually applies to all of Canada, I think. I know SK, ONT, MB, BC you cannot be married by anyone other than a government official of a member of an official church.