(Closed) Is this ever possible? Wedding In NJ under 5k

posted 9 years ago in New Jersey – North Central New Jersey
  • poll: Is this ever possible? Weding in NJ for under 5k?


    No way...NJ is too expensive



  • Post # 3
    10 posts
    • Wedding: May 2013


    I feel you! We are having 100 people.

    Venue:  Essex Manor in Bloomfield including alcohol and food.  They worked with my budget.

    Cake: Belmont Bakery in North Haledon under $3 per person

    Photo: http://arianderik.com/  We splurged on this since it is something we will keep forever! They did our Engagement Pics and are doing the wedding.

    Invites: invitationsbydawn.com i found invitations and RSVP cards for 75 for about $100

    Save-The-Dates: 123print.com Ordered large magnets for $60 about 80 magnets

    Dress: GroupUSA and David’s Bridal have a sales rack.  Look for sales during the holidays.  I got mine labor day weekend in 2012 for about $200

    Flowers: Kearny Flowers we are only getting the bouquets, corsages, boutineirre’s and bouquet of flowers for the front of the church for about $300

    Centerpieces: went to Muller in Newark, got tall glass cylinders for about $5 each, a 10yd blue ribbon for $5 and 18 candles for $12

    Hair and Makeup: A friend of mine is doing it and charging me about $300 for 8 girls

    Tux: Starlight Tuxedo in Bloomfield about $120 pp. The groomsmen are paying for theirs and my FI’s is free.

    Limo: All Star Limo in Green Brook, charging about $700 for a 16 passenger limo (4 hrs) and a car at the end of the nice for me and my Fiance

    DJ: A friend is doing it for $400


    The most expensive items were the venue and pictures. Everything else you can work with.


    Post # 4
    60 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Im barely getting by $13k budget with 65 people.The venue and food are by far the most expensive/most remembered. If you can get pass that hump then it’s smooth sailing. For the record, Im having my reception at a restaurant because in the end all people will remember are: 1) the dress (hopefully!); 2) the food.At least that’s all I remember from the weddings I attended.

    Good luck!

    Post # 6
    157 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @brokeninnj:   I don’t see DJ on your list.  Are you planning for IPOD music or no music?

    For a vow renewal, you may have a chance of keeping it in the 5 to 6K range.  A few years ago my daughter had a very small courthouse wedding where she lived in FL.  The following year on their anniversay we had a reception in NNJ with family and friends.  In many cases because this was an anniversary instead of a wedding, the prices were cheaper.   We DIY’ed decor, flowers and invitations and had a photographer off craigslist.  I think the total for that party was about 6K for 50 people.

    You can get print your own invitation kits at Walmart, Michaels, A.C. Moore.

    G & G Distributers in Saddle Brook has decor and nice fake flowers at wholesale prices.  

    I’ll be an encore bride in Oct and even with doing a lot of DIY, I’m struggling to keep it under 12K.

    Post # 7
    3 posts

    My sister in law had her wedding in the church’s hall. 50 people, flowers from Shoprite in Dollar store vases, food as buffet style on paper plates from a local restaurant, my husband was the photographer, another brother the Dj (no dance), David’s bridal $99 dress. I am actually quite sure that this was a $2000 wedding. Everybody had a blast and that was what was most important to them.

    Post # 8
    8 posts
    • Wedding: June 2014

    $5,000 is ok if you be realistic with your budget and allocate your money to what’s important. Of course you can’t have 200 people on $5000. Also depends on whattime of the year. If it’s warm/mild you can save by having a cute garden brunch wedding with finger foods.


    It is hard even on my $30k budget, because this area is expensive, but I wanted to give my guests a great experience. My coordinator is struggling to keep up with all my demands lol. I fear we may be going over. 


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