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I’m starting to think even pushing the wedding back an extra 11 months just isn’t enough. I’m flusterated by the magazines the websites and everyones general idea of what’s cheap. Then I find something almost affordable but I’m sacrificing any beauty at all. My fiance wants something beautiful as do I but I want something we can afford or at least bring our own food and liquor so we don’t have to hack at our guest list again. This seems impossible and I’m just brain fried looking through venue after venue online and seeing 2 out of 3 of the things we need or 3 out of 3 but at a cost that would eat up our entire budget.
I simply give up. This is not fun, it’s work.
Post # 3
May I ask what your budget is?
Post # 4
$5000 or less. That’s not including our honeymoon *thank goodness* It’s going to take us years to pay this off. LoL
Post # 5
Well we limited our guests to 60 and it was plenty
find a byo booze place and spend the 6 months prior looking for specials on alcohol.
Make your own cake (start practising now)
Borrow someones white car and put ribbon on it
DIY your invites, menus, booklets, decorations
Order flowers that are in season
forget favours, I gave our cake in cute boxes no one noticed.
et a friend to take photos or look around for a none wedding photog who is willing to try something new (we did, much cheaper and u can see the results for yourself on my wedding recap in recaps)
Get your bm to buy of the rack gong out dresses that they can wear again and get them to pay for their own hair, makeup and shoes, by them their jewlery as a gift. My bm dresses looked amazing and the girls can wear them again.
I could keep going but thats a start lol
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@simpleandchic: I just want to say your wedding looks stunning!
Post # 8
Craigslist, Craigslist, Craigslist. I bought my dress, decorations, table cloths, etc and plan to turn around and sell them when it’s all over.
Post # 9
What part of Pennsylvania are you in? I know that wouldn’t go very far in the city… but you might be able to do a little more with it in rural Pennsylvania, and if you can self cater it you might be able to find a location inexpensively… like a rural bed and breakfast or a picnic pavilion in the woods that would be a darling place…. Yes you’d need table coverings and floral decorations… but you also might be able to find wildflowers to put in ball jars or vases from goodwill or salvation army… Tie it up with a bow of ribbon or even a strip of fabric and it will look festive and fitting! My family has a lot of experience cooking for a crowd… and if I were you I’d make big bowls of pasta salad that you can chill and have made the day ahead, and order luncheon meat trays and cheeses and rolls… Don’t be frustrated by what you don’t have… figure out how you can use what you do have!
Post # 10
I have to agree with others that a 5k wedding is definitely possible.
There are tons of people out there that have beautiful weddings with that budget.
But you can’t be looking at the average wedding in magazines and bridal blogs and expect to get that for under 5K.
What are some of the parameters of your wedding?
I’m sure all the girls will be willing to help you brainstorm if we had more information.
First up, what’s your guest list?
Post # 11
Also ebay for decorations, jewelry, veils, etc. A lot of my stuff for our wedding I got brand new and really inexpensive even with shipping and handling off of ebay.
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My best friend is trying to do her wedding around $1,000, and it’s looking like it’s entirely possible. I’m sure Pennsylvania is more expensive, but surely not that much more expensive! I put together a spreadsheet and a list of ideas for her (with pictures, lol). If you want, you can PM me and I can e-mail them to you. They’re on Google Docs.
I promise it’s possible to have a cute wedding for under 5K!
Post # 14
my friend rented the american legion and dressed it up. it was like $150 for the hall rental but she used ceiling and wall drapes to make it took like a whole different place. look yp wall drapes online. you can have an awesome wedding for $5000. you need to put the magazines down first. There is a blog out there that breaks down the cost of those pretty table settings you see in magazines. That will ground you. also visit sarahs blog at 2000dollarwedding.com she has a link to a bride who had a wonderful wedding for $5000
Post # 15
I think you just need to lower your expetations. I was the same way when I began wedding planning. I had all these dreams and plans, but once I actually started planning I realised I couldnt afford any of it. I was depressed and upset for the first month of wedding planning. No that weve been looking for cheaper alternatives for everything, it gets easier and easier. I actually believe my wedding will be wonderful. Becasue when your saving money you have to be a lot more creative. Its sometimes hard to know you can have your dream wedding, especially when you see everyone around you have grand weddings. But using everyones tips you will be bale to have a beautiful wedding.
Post # 16
It’s really not, and it helps a LOT if you have a concrete budget in mind first. Set your wedding date. Figure out what you can afford to save OR pay each week, and multiply that by however many weeks you have until your wedding date. There is your budget, and once you have a concrete idea of what that number is, you can start looking at stuff you can afford, and it makes it a lot easier than looking at stuff you LIKE and then wondering, “How can I pay for that?” It takes a lot of the guess work out. It’s so much easier to have a strict number and find stuff within that budget to work with than it is to find stuff you like and then try to work an unworkable budget around those things.