Post # 1
As of now we are planning the date to have the wedding, we know we want it this year like in oct or dec. Maybe even in jan around his bday. We also were thinking a christmastime wedding. But we are still throwing the ideas around. I think it would be romantic on New Years eve to have it and kiss as husband and wife at midnight.
I know I want it to be romantic. I am not sure about much, but I know our budget is like 3,000 or less. But I know we can do it 🙂
Does anybody here have a budget of less than 3,000? and how are you making it work?
DIY I know is one.
Post # 3
3,000 is a challenge for sure, but I look forward to hearing your successes as time goes by!
As for planning a wedding around the holidays, we did this for my sister with a total planning time of 6 WEEKS! She had an evening wedding a week or so before Christmas on a Friday Night. It was very small. We printed out invitations and made favors (bells for guests to ring as they came out of the church) on our own. The reception was actually at a cocktail lounge with finger foods and cake. The lounge was already decorated for the holidays so there was no decorating needed on our end. We also didnt need centerpieces or extras at individual tables because the lounge had big comfy couches and tall bar tables. A friend did the music on an ipod/CDs.
I’d suggest determining your date and "style" early on then looking out for deals.
As for a NYE wedding. I like the idea, but I don’t love it. Some people really like to go all out and have their own plans for NYE. Some have traditions with family or friends. And still others (like me hehe) tend to like to stay home and relax. Consider your guests, and even ask around to see what their thoughts would be if you did a NYE party.
Post # 4
<span style=”font-size: 10pt”><font face=”Times New Roman”>I’m planning a May wedding for about $3000 and it’s totally do-able with a bit of creativity.</font><span style=”font-size: 10pt”><font face=”Times New Roman”>A Christmas wedding is great for budgets! Most churches will already be decorated for the season and that will save a ton of $$. I had a friend who used all poinsettias for her Dec wedding. It was alot cheaper than red roses and she got the same effect. That combined with lots of candles would be very romantic and budget friendly. Also, by waiting a bit to buy things like favors or bridesmaids dresses you can get all the pre-Christmas sell. Places like Hobby Lobby have big discounts on ornaments in Dec that would be super cute with a lil tag for favors.</font><span style=”font-size: 10pt”><font face=”Times New Roman”>For Oct weddings, think of something like a pumpkin patch. Again, you would have built in decorating. Pumpkins as table’s numbers, etc. will be easy on the pocketbook. However, not as romantic…</font><span style=”font-size: 10pt”><font face=”Times New Roman”> I would stay away from NYE for money reasons. Venues are going to raise prices for such a specific day, same with caterers and champagne…</font><span style=”font-size: 10pt”><font face=”Times New Roman”> Good luck! And feel free to email me if you want….</font><span style=”font-size: 10pt”><font face=”Times New Roman”> </font>
Post # 5
Also with NYE, be careful because around the holidays, a lot of prices are raised. You may want to plan a wedding for a non-holidayish time to help stay within the budget. Keep us posted on how your plans go! I love real budgets!
Post # 6
We’re trying to keep our budget between $3,000 and $5,000. Preferably, closer to $3,000. We’re doing a lot ourselves. Networking is a great thing. I was THIS close to paying a ridiculous amount for a photographer until I was at my hairstylists one day and her photographer walked in to get her hair done. We talked and her prices are half of what I was researching. Some of our family members our going to cater for us and we’re going to hire a couple people to keep the buffet going. Just a few ideas so far but I’ll keep you up to date.
Post # 7
We finally got a date. Halloween of this year. I am so stoked to know that I have something stable to tell my vendors and my family most of all.
Post # 8
a Halloween wedding can be so fun and elegant at the same time! My friend wants to do that and one of her biggest ideas is to have a candy bar but not just candy in a certain color scheme but all novelty and favorite candies that are brightly colored and packaged!
It would be so fun to include jack o laterns also!
A coworker of mine went to a wedding on Halloween of last year and they actually didn’t relaly incorporate any Halloween like stuff, just seasonal. She said it was gorgeous and thankfully no one showed up in costume! haha.
It sounds like a fun wedding to plan 🙂
Post # 9
Yeah I know. That candy Bar Idea is something we came up with for the kids that will be attending too…They can go trick or treating with the baby sitter 🙂 Its a wonderful idea that we came up with. I feel better knowing when we the wedding is, all of my planning will fall into place! I have come up with so many ideas its not even funnny…lol