Post # 1
I’m currently planning a wedding for 115-125 people in cleveland, ohio. My original wedding budget was $10,000, but due to some recent financial issues we now only have $6,000 to work with. I told my family and bridal party that we have decided to go to jamaica and do a wedding for two but everyone is saying that its still possible to have a nice wedding with this budget. I just don’t see it. The wedding is scheduled for August 22, 2010 and we don’t have any vendors. I just think its too late to plan. We were originally going to book at a local hotel and everything was included (both wedding and reception) at 45 dollars per person. Now our only option would be to rent the local community center for 600 dollars and plan everything from scratch. I just don’t know how we could do this in such a small amount of time and with such a limited budget. Any advice? (Our wedding is on a Sunday)
Post # 3
First of all, 10 months really isn’t a small amount of time. Honestly. Unless you have a job that requires 60+ hours a week, it isn’t too little time. All you need to do is be decisive. Make a choice NOW, and don’t look back. Options:
Potluck w/ DJ dancing
Relatively simple catering with iPod and friend’s help DJing
Lunch time full service
Cake and champagne w/ a piano player, party at night with friends
The important thing is to be decisive. Any of these options can be lovely, just pick what is really important, and make that special. If you do one thing nicely and have fun, no one will notice that you served homemade potato salad.
Post # 4
I planned everything in 8 months and I’ve known brides to do it in 4-6. don’t give up! You should be able to do it 10 months!
I like the local community center idea…book that first, then look for a photographer (they book up faster) and a caterer. You can serve appetizers, have a dessert only reception or a brunch.
Post # 5
My little sister did an outdoor wedding that was gorgeous, and it was under $5k! She did it with an outdoor barbecue that honestly was probably the best wedding food I’ve ever had!
Post # 6
I planned mine in 6 months with $5k! It can be done. Most important – cut your guest list.
Post # 7
I’m with everyone else, 10 months is ample time to plan a wedding! I got engaged in September, and our wedding is in June, which is only 9 months! I have had no problem planning, nor do I feel rushed.
Lunch/Brunch catered reception is sure to be less expensive… you could have family/friends bring food, or just do cake and champagne at your reception. Flowers can be DIY, music can be done on an iPod, a friend could take all of your pictures, and you could make your cake, or have a family member make it for you! There are plenty of options that will definitely make your budget work, and still give you an awesome day 🙂
Post # 8
Start with looking at your guest list and see if you can pair that down. Then start looking at venues in your area that are budget friendly. Is there a local chruch that will let you use their rec room for not that much, are there nice parks in your area?
Would you be willing to get married at your City Hall or JOP with a restaurant reception to follow? You can also considering doing the reception at a restaurant, which costs less because they have the table clothes and china. You could do a cocktail party with heavy appetizers — even with or without dancing. You could limit the drinks to wine, beer and a signature cocktail to further reduce the price.
Your timeline and budget is totally do-able, but will take a little work researching. I would suggest checking some of the budget related threads to see what other brides did who had a similar budget.
Hugs! You can still have a very lovely wedding!
Post # 9
I think you can definitely do it! Just tackle the big things first, just make sure you prioritize the things that are the most important to you two. You might consider cutting the guest list to something more intimate, that would definitely make things easier. Is that an option?