Post # 1
Okay… So we have finally set a date, put the deposit down on the location.. and now I’m starting to panic. I’m paying for the Wedding.. My Fiance is paying for the honeymoon and no help from the parentals. He wanted to just do a destination wedding but I wanted to have my dad walk me down the aisle and have family there.. and I didn’t think they would come if we went somewhere else to get married. Now I’m starting to stress. I want everything to look like a million bucks but I only want to spend about $6000. Am I going to be able to pull this off?
Post # 3
The amount your gonna spend depends mostly on how many people are going to be at your wedding.
Post # 4
You will become a DIY diva!! Keep your guest list as small as you can and don’t sweat what you can’t have. Love what you can afford and make it as personal as you can.
Post # 5
It really depends on the guest count initially. Less guests = less food/bev., less flowers for centerpieces, less linens & chairs (if you’re renting), etc.
You can do it!
Post # 6
Start by making alist of the people you absolutely MUST have at your wedding.
Decide what you want for your reception.
Then get quotes from vendors.
After that either cut back your guest list, change your expectations for the reception, or figure out what things you can DIY to save money and what things can be eliminated entirely.
No one will ever miss favors, for example. They are nice but most guest would rather have dinner than favors.
There are lots of websites and ideas available online (here on the bee there are many posts) re how to be frugal in wedding planning.
Post # 7
@busybride11: Another suggestion would be to incorporate the two things, destination wedding with your budget. Talk to your family, see who’d be willing to pay to come to a Destination Wedding, and maybe you can help pay part of the way? I know a friend of mine ended up paying for her parents to come to the Destination Wedding because they didn’t have the funds, and it was still cheaper than doing it in her city.