(Closed) Is this a realistic buget?

posted 8 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
1110 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

I believe you can. especially if youre not picky with the food & shop around.

Post # 4
121 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Yes, I think you can.  We spent about $7K for 80 people; we had a catered picnic in a state park, with acoustic music from a solist.  The $7K included my $1500 dress and DH’s $500 suit, so knock those off, where a suit he has and find a great inexpensive/used dress, and right there you get to around $5K.  (NB: the budget I gave did NOT include our rings). 

Our biggest items were:  catering $2500, music $450, photos $1000, rentals $500 (chairs and a small tent to cover the food tables).  We saved a bunch of money by getting ‘regular’ cakes from the best bakery in town, instead of a wedding cake–that was about $3 a serving instead of $6+.  We also bought our own alcohol—beer and Mike’s hard lemonade, probably about $150 total.

Incidentally, we hosted a brunch at our house the next day, for about 40 people, for about $400 including champagne for the mimosas…..that could have been the wedding, too, with just nicer clothing!  It all depends on your vision….

Post # 5
499 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I think one of the hardest things about having a backyard wedding is all the rentals—you’ll need tables, chairs, tablecloths, dishes, flatware.  They all add up.  Shop around.  See if you have any friends or family members that can get you tables & chairs for free (say from their work or a school or somewhere like that).  🙂

Post # 6
654 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I think you could do it but I agree with the previous poster that said rentals will probably be the hardest part of fitting into that budget. We’re doing our reception at a local park/beach and renting a pavillon that comes with picnic tables for $50.00 which happened to be a lot less than renting chairs tables and a tent. My best advice is just research research research and don’t be afraid to change your mind on your original vision in order to fit your budget.

Post # 7
7152 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

MOst definitely. We are having an inside wedding with way more people and out budget is about that much!

Post # 8
248 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Yes, definitely.  That was our original budget, until we realized how many people we would have and my parents got involved.  Find a good tent company – ours gave us a free site review and estimate, where I was able to get all sorts of advice from the owner of the company.  He has done lots of weddings and it was like a mini-logistics session with a wedding planner!  Go simple with your dress and decor.  Simple can look great for cheap, whereas cheap can show if you try to be too fancy.  I am spending on food and drink, because I want it to be good and plentiful, but I’m not having lots of selection.  Labor costs make wedding cakes expensive, so if you skip tiers and elaborate icing, you can get great-tasting cake for half the cost.  I’m skipping centerpieces and most of the decor.  Do you really need chair covers or your tent poles wrapped?  I am also skipping most flowers, and growing the ones I want.  One type of flower can be easily arranged in a vase, but don’t try to diy the elaborate arrangements you see in the magazines, it’s hard and has to be done the day of!  I have heard that buying your linens, tableware, glassware, etc from places like Big Lots and Ikea can save lots over renting.  Think of it as a big party you are hosting, where you want the guests to have a good time, and that will help keep your priorities straight (no need for favors, for example!).  Think carefully before you take on any diy project.  Is it really something that you can handle and will not hate doing?  If not, is it really necessary or can you delegate?  It’s so easy to get carried away!  Good luck!

Post # 9
6 posts
  • Wedding: March 2008

absolutely you can! buy your dress, if you haven’t already, on ebay/crraigslist/or consignment shop, or borrow it. have different flavored pies made instead of a cake, check to see if anyone in your family could marry you, you can make your own take home gifts like cookie favors tied up in a mesh bag, have cameras put on the tables for guests to take photos, hire a photogrpaher for one hour (look for a student that can edit your photos), rent our table and chairs of course (if you need to), but not a tent. make it open to they sky, get some poles or something and hang light strings. Center pieces can be edible like fruit or some sort of snack on tiers that way there useful. maybe our family or friends could cook. Maybe a ceasar salad with chiken alfredo, or large ham with potato salad and so on. Make it buffet style =)

Post # 11
1313 posts
Bumble bee

Yes, yes yes!!

We are doing less than $5,000 for ~175 guests.

PM me if you want some ideas, I’ve got tons of ’em 🙂


Post # 14
62 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

It is TOTALLY POSSIBLE! We’re have a 90 person wedding at FI’s grandmother’s house for just under $5,000! My dress, and rings and FI’s wedding ring are not included in the cost (but to be fair my rings were only $600 total and my dress was only $200). We’re renting nice tables, chairs and tablecloths and doing biodegradable veneerware for the plates and cutlery and biodegradable plastic for the cups. We are cutting some corners by doing our own music and going local and in-season with our flowers. Our attendands are going to have corsages instead of bouquets and our caterer is just dropping off the food and setting it up, we won’t have full service.

I was SUPER frustrated when I started planning because everything seemed so expense until I started to see all of the options and now everything is coming together and under budget!!

You can do it and it’s going to be wonderful!

Post # 15
139 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

You definitely can do it! I’m planning a beach wedding for 150 and only plan to spend about $5K. My photographer is the largest expense thus far! Our caterer is someone who cooks for fun, and with our beach location and city-owned venue, we will be spending very little on everything else!

I’d rather spend my money after the wedding, than to spend it the one day! I figure, it’s better to decorate our new house than to spend money to feed the world!

I’m been on WeddingBee.com almost everyday for the last few months, and with all the great DIY ideas, and suggestions from other brides, I’ve been able to keep costs very low!

Good Luck!

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