Post # 1
The joy of budget weddings… I have a $10,000 budget, which seems like a lot, but $5,000 of that is going directly to the venue. It is a pretty awesome venue with a large house and smaller cottages with room to sleep twenty, or my whole bridal party and immediate family for the entire weekend. However, that leaves me with $5,000 for EVERYTHING else. I luckily do not have to worry about a band or photography because that will be taken care of by others.
I have some ideas that I think are just great and cheap, but I wanted to run it by all the other brides-to-be or already married gals out there and get your opinions.
My colors are black and white with a touch of fuschia.
I am going with baby’s breath for the bouquets. It sounds weird, right, but it can be so pretty. Baby’s breath will also be in little hanging lanterns on shepard’s hooks that line the aisle (outdoors), and I am considering white rose petals also lining the aisle. The flower girls will throw fuschia rose petals. The rose petals will be freeze dried, so if any has experience, good or bad, with working with freeze dried rose petals or baby’s breath please let me know!
The centerpieces will be pre-made by me. They will use stuff from hobby lobby and be very outdoorsy, so no fresh flowers needed.
The boutonniere and corsages will be done by me as well. The boutonniere will be flowerless and I believe I will do a bracelet wrist corsage.
Pictures are provided below… any more ideas, shoot them my way!
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Post # 3
i personally LOVE the look of babys breath by itself – im not a huge fan of it with other flowers.
i say go for it!
Post # 4
Dang girl – sounds like you have it all figured out!
Post # 5
I like the baby’s breath bouquets, very fresh and airy! And the boutonniere idea is really cute. What kind of ideas are you looking for? It does sound like you’ve got a pretty good idea of what style you’re going for and how to present it in a budget-friendly way!
Post # 6
I have some of the same elements. My centerpieces will have baby’s breath and I used that bout as inspiration for the ones I made for the boys. I also made the corsages and bouquets out of fabric. Find a dress you love in the store and then buy it off preownedweddingdresses.com. You will save on the dress and also without having to pay for the bustle to be put in.
Post # 7
@CantWaittillMAY: Yes, sounds that… very deceiving since I haven’t even started on a single DIY project yet! That is what I am most worried about! lol
Post # 8
i think baby’s breath bouquets are GORGEOUS. i think it can look so classy when done right 🙂
Post # 9
how wonderful that the photography and band is being provided by others!! those are some of the biggest costs!
does your venue cost include food and beverage or just site fees?
Post # 10
@Mrs. Meowerson: Just venue fees, but it is for Friday night through Sunday at noon, so that is very nice. We are having the wedding in his hometown of Austin, so it is pretty much like a destination wedding for most of my family and the two of us.
You know, I’m not too sure what else I am looking for. I am kind of lost after the ceremony decorations, flowers, and centerpieces. I have no idea what to do for my cake or other reception decorations, and I wanted to do a little gift bag of some sort with an itinerary in it for the guest that will be staying at the venue but haven’t thought about what I should put in it.
Good call on the dress Talishazwi, I’m going to go check out the site right now for the dresses I have been eyeing.
Post # 11
how many guests are you having? The 5k has to cover all food, drinks, bridal attire, transportation, wedding party gifts and decor, correct?
Post # 12
have you started looking at catering vendors yet?
Post # 13
I’m doing the same thing! I am using baby’s breath for all of the bouquets and centerpieces. I think it is very unexpected and pretty 🙂
Post # 14
Definately start at food. That will eat the biggest chunk of your money. If you are allowed to bring in your own caterer you can shop around and work with one to meat your price.
How many people do you expect?
You could probably do a buffet cheapest. IE $40 x 100 people is $4000 for food so you may have to really minimize what you offer. Maybe consider real simple pasta dishes and salads.
Post # 15
Ooh, love the boquet! I also really like that boutonniere. I did Ivy for our boutonnieres, which were practically free. I suggest using ribbons for decorations/decor, and check out goodwill type stores for fun centerpiece ideas (glass bowls, wicker baskets, etc.).
Post # 16
@totheislnds: Agreed. By itself, it is so simple and beautiful.