Low-Budget Wedding Ideas w/o Eloping (Dress, Ring, Venue, Food, Honeymoon, etc.)

posted 3 years ago in Logistics
Post # 16
50 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2019

I will be having a very small (20 person, including my and FH) wedding in NYC April 2019. Here is how I am saving money, especially in a notroriously expensive city:

1. I booked an elopement photographer who will be doing 4 hours of photos only. His wife is a registered officiant and we got a discount for booking them as a team. 

2. We will be having the ceremony in Central Park Cop Cot location. It is a stand alone wooden structure with benches so we do not have to provide chairs for our guests. The permit is only $25. I will not be adding any flowers or decorations as I think the structure is naturally beautiful. Ceremony music will be iPhone with bluetooth speakers!

3. I plan to make my own bouquet using bodega flowers.

4. We are having a dinner reception at a restaurant in the West Village. The cost of renting a private room would have had a minimum spend of almost 8k, but the woman we spoke with said that if we just make a reservation for 20 people (not in a private room) there is no minimum spend. She told us that with a group that size, we would essentially have our own area of the restaurant anyway. This will save us about 3k in total. The menu is prix fix, so everyone gets an appetizer, entree and dessert. The restaurant is BEAUTIFUL (it’s been voted the most romantic restaurant in NYC) so we won’t need any additional table arrangements. Bonus, they have a live pianist so we get built in music for free!

5. If the restaurant allows, I will bring my own one-tier (homemade) cake to cut for “traditions” sake. If they don’t allow outside food, I won’t even bother with a cake!


Post # 19
786 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - Farm

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chillbee29 :  They just had one a week ago. They always have the sale a few times during the year. 

Post # 21
54 posts
Worker bee

We tried as much as possible to be cost efficient, and these were our tips:

1. I ordered silk flowers on Amazon and made my own boquets and corsages.  We needed 7 bridesmaid boquets and a bridal boquet.  I was able to make all of these for $250 and found it to be way cheaper than buying the flowers at Hobby Lobby or locally.

2. We sent out RSVP cards with our invitations, indicating responses could be returned by completing the card, or using our RVSP website.  We felt because we were providing an online option, we didn’t need to put postage on the cards.

3. I found a free downloadable template for wedding invitations that I liked (very simple, just black and white) and used Vista Print to print them.  Then I got a big box of really cheap doilies that I wrapped them in to make them a little fancier.  If I uploaded the pdf I created to Vista Print as a “post card” and “used my own design” it was WAY cheaper than using one of their invitation templates.  I also waited to order them until a 50% off sale.

4. We had our rehearsal dinner at our in-laws back yard and just ordered pizza. 

5. We got our cake from Sam’s club.  You can get a 3 tier cake that serves 70 people for $65. 

6. I found a reasonably priced decorator.  It took a lot of searching, but a friend referred me to a very nice older woman who was trying to start wedding decorating as a hobby after her husband passed away.  I paid her $400 and she had a back drop for our head table, decorated our gift tables and cake table, and provided all of the centerpieces.  She set everything up and took everything down.  I didn’t have to bother with storing stuff in my home waiting for the big day or selling it after.

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