(Closed) Lack of money anyone?

posted 8 years ago in Money
Post # 3
5993 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

do you work and can contribute to the budget???  otherwise what about a JOP wedding with a restaurant brunch/meal afterwards?


Post # 4
445 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

The dress I want is 3k, but in order to have a 300 guests wedding, I have to settle for a preowned dress and scale down just about everything…Fiance and I are paying for everything ourselves.. We are having the wedding farther out so that we can save more money that way! Maybe you can have it few months out so that you can have time to save for it. 🙂

Post # 5
101 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I agree with eloping… 1000k is a tight budget and some people manage to make it work, but it’ll take a lot of work on your part. I’m sorry 🙁 I don’t really have any good advice for you, but I feel your pain.

Post # 8
9116 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

Ugh.  Right before the wedding, I lost my most stable & lucrative income stream.  It was devastating with the bills piling up.  It put such a damper on things for me.

Now that the wedding is all over, I’m finding out that the whole disaster was a paperwork glitch & things may well be back to normal shortly.

Money stress is the absolute worst. Actually, health stress is even worse, but money worries are terrible.

Post # 10
684 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

 Its possible…sorta. We had a verrry small budget too but still pulled off a beautiful wedding. You have to make LOTS of cuts. This will probably include:

 No photographer (have a friend do some photos) or a personal favorite peice of advice is to call your local community college and get a photography student to do it. They need to for their portfolios and will charge hardly anything. They need the experience more then the money.

 No favors

 BBQ style food. (Which is SO yummy anyways!)

 No alchohol. (I had an alcohol free wedding and it wasn’t an awful idea..just a little harder)

 Flowers from your local farmers market. (My total flower cost was $55.00! For EVERYTHING!)

 Clear plastic plates and clear plastic cups with clear plastic silverwear. (No one notices what they are eating off of just as long as they are eating!)

 Remember officiant fees! Those can get kinda pricey. So shop around for a officiant.

 Oh gosh I have MUCH more! Ask me any questions on how to have a cheap wedding! I feel like after mine I am the queen of them!



Post # 11
4824 posts
Honey bee

Can you do something to earn more money? Do local focus groups? babysit? for a little more cash?

Post # 12
3176 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

My friend got married for less than 500.00 dollars with about 60 people present and it was beautiful. Now it wasn’t super fancy and lacked a lot of what I will be doing but it worked! She got her dress from Dillards, it was just a long white silk dress for about 30 bucks on sale, she bought her flowers at a grocery store the day of, she used her families Christmas lights to decorate the “alter” and bought tulle for cheap and used a coat rack to make the background. The reception/ceremony was held in the same place. She used cotton throw away linens and they made all the food with supplies they got from Sams club. There are ways to do things on the cheap! I have some pictures I can send if you PM me! In order to have a budget wedding you do have to make some sacrifices but that doesnt mean things have to be terrible!

Post # 13
7173 posts
Busy Beekeeper

Yikes – that’s a really tight budget.  It sounds like you’ve exhausted a lot of different options, but there’s only so much you can do.  I started out thinking I could do our wedding for “X” dollars and even doing everything as cheaply as possible, I ended up doubling it.

Break out costs for each thing and then figure out what you can get rid of (like favors or flowers).  You can get super creative with decor or let the room just speak for itself – when money is tight.  Friends might also be able to help out and give you ideas or lend you items they have.  Some of my favorite decor ended up being pictures I literally took off the walls in my house and put up in the foyer of the chapel… everyone loved and commented on them.  

But – I totally feel your pain.  Finances are soooo difficult and cause a lot of stress when planning.

Post # 14
4518 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Yeah, that’s definitely tight, but I think you can do it. I’d figure out what your priority is (is it your dress?) and then figure out ways to scale back the other items.

I’d say skip the favors–that’s an easy thing to eliminate.

If you do your flowers yourself, you can cut costs big time.You could buy a bunch of flowers from a nice grocery store the morning of the wedding to use for any bouquets, and you could use greens or potted plants for table centerpieces. Or put apples in baskets on every table–perfect for fall.

Plates–maybe you can use paper plates? Those sturdy, nice ones they sell? Might be cheaper than renting.

You could also skip the photographer. We had one, but honestly, the photos that our friends took are just about as good. If you don’t want to cut out a photographer altogether, I bet you could hire a student or an acquaintance for not too much money. And you could save even more money by having the photographer there for only an hour or two–think about when you really want to have great photos (the ceremony and right after?) and focus on that period. Then rely on your friends’ photos for the rest of the wedding. 

Anyway, if it’s important to you to have a wedding (as opposed to a JOP thing or eloping), you can do it! Good luck!

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