(Closed) Lower budget brides ($10-20k)

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 77
1166 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

We’re at about 18K with 50 guests.

We decided if we wanted a big budget “style” wedding with an actual small budget we needed to keep the guest list small and make it mostly family and very close friends.

I also decided I wouldn’t spend more than 3K on a gown and we came in just under that.

Post # 78
626 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Jacksonville Inn

Our budget is about $8,000 ……….we will push it to $10,000 if we have to. The biggest savings we have found so far is our venue. We selected an outdoor venue at a popular inn that has amazing food. Unlike many of the other venues we were interested in these folks weren’t charging $2,000 for just a blank space. Many venues we saw wanted $2,000 before we even got to chairs, linens, tables, food, etc. The inn requires us to rent 2 of the 4 cottages (About $800 total) and then pay $300 to rent the outdoor space. This includes chairs, linens, DOC, etc. We are having 40 or less guests and that is also a huge savings. We are having a limited open bar, no hard liquor. Cocktails at our venue are $10 each, wine is $5 a glass and beer is $4 a bottle. We didn’t have the choice to bring in our own alcohol so this is what we need to do to keep the tab down. I am buying our flowers from Sam’s club and arranging them myself with my Maid/Matron of Honor. This will be $300, so much cheaper than a florist! No fondant on our cake, which will keep the cost down. 1 bridal attendent for each of us, no large wedding party. We are having a casual rehersal dinner. Ipod ceremony and reception. I think we’ll come in around $8k!

Post # 79
714 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Fiance and I are planning and paying for our wedding completely on our own. When we first starting planning this I remember thinking what could a small wedding cost? 5k maybe? Ha! if only I knew.
I am still attempting to keep it cheaper by keeping the guest list small. I would have loved 150 people. Instead we cut it back to 60 people including us. I am estimating (from responses so far) that about 50-55 will show. At this point we will probably be spending about 15k all together. I got a sample dress off the rack which saved me a ton. I’m having a family friend DJ which helps, I’m doing a bunch of DIY. I can’t do some things I would have liked, but in the end it’s not necessary to do a photobooth or have a limo or flowers everywhere to me. We had to choose what was most important to us. Venue is important, photography is important, honeymoon is important. Everything else is details. It will cost about 5k for the venue (with food), 2k for photographer (this was way cheaper than his normal package, but we are forgoing wedding album for now, didn’t do engagment pics, etc) we are also spending quite a bit on the honeymoon (about $3,500) I guess we could have just gone to the court house or whatever, but we are trying to have somewhat of a more traditional wedding.

Post # 80
2409 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I feel you – my budget is $20k but we will probably go over without some creative accounting (I.e. Reallocate $ from my clothing budget to cover the shoes I want)

We prioritized venue, food/open bar & photographer.

Where we’ll save is the venue includes a 2 night stay for both of our immediate families, my sister is officiating, we’ll have a picnic brunch, so less pricey food & no need for a DJ. Brunch is my favorite meal of the week & our first date & proposals were both picnics!

We are also using paperless post for invites & an iPad app for our photobooth. We’ll have ambient music via a streaming music service Fiance works for. The venue has a flower garden, so no floral centerpieces. All the tables, chairs & linens are included as well At the venue. We can use whatever caterers & byob so that helps too.

Fiance is wearing a custom suit ordered from Indochino with a Gilt coupon & I’m going to spend less on the dress so I can spend more on shoes. 


Post # 81
56 posts
Worker bee

Our budget is 10K and we’re only having 40 people. 


I’m doing the cake.


I’m doing the flowers/decor. I’ve been picking up vases at thrift stores. 


I’m doing my own hair/makeup.


I got a sample dress online for $300.


We’re doing an ipod, no DJ.


And even after all that it’ll still be about 10K for only 40 people, which seems like a lot. We are splurging on the photographer though ($2700) because that’s important to me. And I really want to have an open bar but we’ll have to have a cut-off point (like 5 drinks/pp or something) because we can’t bring in our own liquor and I don’t want things getting crazy. 




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