(Closed) Is my budget TOTALLY unrealistic?

posted 8 years ago in Money
Post # 17
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Another idea to find a venue is to look at the websites of local affordable caterers, and checking out the venues they’ve worked at. It is possible to feed people for $8-10/pp, but it’s generally a lot more work, and you should hire someone to coordinate it if you don’t have an actual caterer. A brunch reception is cheaper and you could skip all alcohol or offer mimosas with inexpensive champage to cut costs. Since you’re having a smaller wedding you could consider an ipod instead of DJ, and like others said, skip the videographer and have a couple of friends and family catch it on video for you.

 

I sent you a pm with a little info on how we’re pulling it off in our area- 150 people for about $6K.

Post # 18
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

Like others have said, 5K is possible but spending 1700 on the venue alone would kill your budget. Ours was an 8K wedding (not including rings or Honeymoon, but including a “minimoon”) and our venue was 1050. Our catering was 900 (9 pp). My dress was a splurge, so that’s somewhere that will differ (mine was 1100 including everything). And yes, we had some “friendors” — cake was done by a bakery for free, hair and makeup was free, venue was discounted, transportation was a favor.

ETA: Even including our rings, we did pretty well. Our rings we got literally BOGO (Buy One, Get One free) from a jeweler in the area. So we got 1100 worth of rings for 600 I think. If you search hard enough you can find awesome deals and other things!

Post # 19
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Where at in NC are you?

Post # 20
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I definitely think the food budget is really, really low.  You’re really going to struggle finding a caterer than can offer meals (even at a buffet) for that cheap.  Would you consider a brunch reception?  Food is easier to coordinate (you could do a costco assortment of muffins, bagels, eggs, etc) and would have to serve substantially less alcohol.

Make sure you check that your venue doesn’t require a licensed caterer.  My venue will not allow any food or alcohol to be served without a caterer that’s licensed with the state. 

Post # 21
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I think it’s doable, but I think you’re going to need to get some friends & family to handle some things that you would usually pay a vendor to do (DJ/videographer/photographer). 

I agree that your food budget is very low. I would not estimate any less than $10 PP for food, and even that is kind of a stretch (especially since there is usually a service charge on top of the food itself). You could make your own food, but the issue is that you will then have to rent plates/silverware, which usually brings you up to the same price as a reasonable caterer who provides those things (at least in my experience). If you’re willing to pick up your own food from a caterer, you will save a lot of money. Without knowing exactly where you live, it’s hard for me to give suggestions on the kinds of places you might want to look into. If you’re insistant on only spending $500 on food, I would suggest considering an appetizer/dessert only reception, but even then you will be cutting it close.

As for the venue, have you considered doing a Sunday night/Friday night wedding? We are doing ours on Sunday, and that saved us $1000 on our venue, and made our caterer much more willing to work with us on prices. You will also probably save a lot of money if you find a venue that includes tables, chairs, and possibly even centerpieces. 

For a hotel the night of, I would try priceline. You can get awesome hotels for really cheap there if you use the “negotiator” feature. You have to wait until closer to the date to book, though.

I would consider consignment shops for dresses. That’s where I bought mine, and many were new with tags. I also found one that fits perfectly (I know, this is luck), so I’m not paying alterations. 

We are having a vintage/rustic wedding, too, and I honestly think that’s probably the best “theme” for a tight budget. 

Post # 22
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Also, I completely agree with @abbie017 about required caterers. One of our biggest money savers was choosing a venue where we could bring in our own caterer (or even DIY) AND bring in our own alcohol. If you want to serve alcohol, you really need to find somewhere who will let you bring your own, because you will save a ridiculous amount of money doing that. 

Post # 23
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’m from north Carolina with a 5k budget … I’m using James McCoy photography his website is jamesmccoyphotography.com … He is really good and has great prices … If you want more info on him feel free to email me. He will work with your budget he is from charleston but will travel. Also if you need help with anything else I would love to help seeing as I’m in the same boat 🙂 my email is [email protected] 

Post # 24
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Trust me… You have to do research but you can do your wedding with 5k and have a beautiful day…. My catering is 10 a head and I’m having three pastas salad dessert a drink bar and an appetizer … I’m also having 150 people 🙂 so if I can do it you can for sure … Like I said if I can help you please email !! 

Post # 25
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I think its possible! I second what @meg.miles:  said about checking out Mrs. Chubby Bunny’s wedding. I have referenced her budget breakdown lots while working on my own DIY wedding.

What part of NC are you in? I’m on the VA/NC border…perhaps I may know of some vendors.

Post # 26
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Im getting married in June of this year and our budget is also 5k for 75 people but I must say it is a true commitment. Honestly your break down is a little off, b/c things add up (postage stamps, alterations, shoes, ect) here are some suggestions:

Cake or cupcake – SAM’S, COSTCO, OR BJ’S

Caterer – finger foods ( about 12.50 pp @ the least)

Venue – (I wouldnt go more then $500)

Flowers – DIY (farmer’s market)

Dress – Davids Bridal (found mine for 199.00 and I love it)

****** IF YOU HAVE TALENTED FRIENDS ASK THEM TO HELP OUT AS A WEDDING GIFT*****

Good luck!!!

 

 

 

Post # 27
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Dress : 99$ Davis bridal sales !! They have very pretty one there 

Food : have a restaurant cater ur wedding and skip alcohol do only champagne for toast and some beer and wine u

Venue : you can find a park or some other place where u can have a rustic wedding for only a fee for cleaning !!! 

Is doable !!! 5000$ is plenty ! 

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