(Closed) Is anybody else’s budget under 2k?

posted 9 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

ours actually rounded out @ about $7K (inc, honeymoon) but with wedding gifts and security deposit being refunded, plus random things being sold, we will have spent about $2k.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

yes, my wedding is pretty much 2K. it’s a major challenge, but it forces me to find out what’s the most important to me….it helps to have connections;)

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I found super cheap things by RESEARCHING.  Found my centerpieces in Weddingbee’s Classifieds.  Found and bought SUPER cheap chair covers through Craig’s List.  Found and bought vases and little stuff on dollartree.com.  I am using the Michael’s 40% off coupons to purchase invitations.  I am also obsessed with origami and I am folding paper flowers for my entire reception for less than $20!

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2009

We spent around $2000 for our wedding. We had a very small wedding, with a small reception, no wedding party and then a reception in my parents’ home town that we helped pay for. We started out planning a big wedding, but a lot of things changed and we ended up deciding we’d rather save the money, especially because my family couldn’t come to the wedding anyway, so having a big to-do didn’t make sense. It was nice to keep it small. It kept the focus on my husband and me. We had friends do the photography and women from the church made food. I wore my mother’s dress and she altered it for me.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

No. Originally we did want that but we are going to end at aboout 6K at the MOST. The only reason this went up is because of the guest list and the reception. Guest list: less than 75. Reception: lasting 4 hours. Chapel: 1 hour. It CAN be done, but honestly? look at no wedding party, a smaller guest list, CHEAP food, no alcohol, i pod music and the frivelous things like center pieces take a back seat. I know that im not doing a lot of floral so that cut my cost a LOT. good luck and i know you can have a gorgeous wedding for under 2k and the only reason i didnt is bc people offered to help but it sounds like you have connectiions so youre probably more set to go than a lot of people are.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I agree with the researching.  I have been working on the reception side of things a lot lately and found a great website for catering stuff, such as places, napkins, and so forth.  I have yet to find another place where I can get over 1000 napkins for less than $30.  And they send free samples of anything that fits in a flat env. or saples of other stuff for a shipping fee.. the site is:

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Good luck planning ladies!

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

i am hoping mine will be around 2k….my dress was only $278 and my Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses were only $35 total for all 3!! so i think i am on the right track so far?  I am doing pretty much everything myself, and we are BBQing so that should be about 2-300 for 100+ people…my ceremony/reception is in my Fiance grandparents backyard so that was free, and we are having a girlfriend who was a photography major in college do our pictures for free too!  Then we are doing a honeymoon registry and using whatever we get to plan our trip

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009 - City Hall

Mine was! I came in at 1400 for my wedding. I had been shooting for $1000. My dress was about $200, and other things we either skimped on, got on sale, or skipped all together. I am very happy with choosing to spend this little. It’s good to enter a marriage debt free (and with a little spending money!)

Check out my recaps and posts if you want details on my day.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Good posts- I wasn’t sure where to start, either. We’re trying to keep it on the low-low, too. Keep us updated!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’m not but it can be done! Keep things simple, ask for friends help, do most things as DIY.  My brother did it under 2k.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

im about $2000 to 2500 and is really a challenge… but im sure it will be rewarding at the end all the work and headache… the worst is the im planning form Massachusetts to Puerto Rico. im doing a lot of stuff my self. i choose  to do a fun and simple wedding… im not hiring a photographer, i will have friends taking pic for us. the music will be done by a friend and his ipod. the cake my mom will make it. im buying the flowers by bulk and making the centerpieces, bought the bases in the dollar store. renting the tablecloths and buying the runners because is cheaper. and if you need any other advice let me know

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Oh my isn’t is so painful having such a low-budget! I had originally hoped for 5k, but that’s not happening.

If you included rings and honeymoon, it’s over 2k…

But he bought my ring and put it on credit and it s $2700. But when I buy his wedding band, I don’t plan on paying much.

honestly it comes down to not being able to ask people to help. My grandma is making my cake, my sis in law owns her own photography business, my mom’s friend does hair, my brother offered to pay for our flowers, we might have the wedding in my sister’s church (where her husband is the pastor!), and a family friend/pastor is doing the ceremony… Plus I have several friends willing to help with things like making invitations (store bought paper and making a date of making them with your bridesmaids is a special time together!), dress shopping, and basically anything I ask of them!

I couldn’t ask for a better support system… my daddy, even though he just got a pay cut at work, also offered to pay for part of my dream dress so that it would fit my budget…aww!!

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I too have a $2000 budget that I am probably going to go over a little.  Good news is that the $2000 dollars is coming from my parents and doesn’t include what I plan to spend myself.  I plan on diy decor, borrowing things like clear christmas lights from family, having co-workers and friends help out with food, etc.  I have bought a lot on Ebay also.  The one thing I just can’t seam to find as cheap as I want at this point is tablecloths, I absolutely refuse to do plastic.  I am planning on buying the tablecloths, found white ones for $6 each but that still adds up when you have 18 tables to cover so I am going to try to negotiate that price, what’s the worst they could say?  By The Way, the tablecloths are currently at Big Lots, they sometimes have good deals on things you wouldn’t think about needing.  Good luck on sticking to your budget.

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