(Closed) Tips for a small budget

posted 5 years ago in Money
Post # 3
121 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Depending on your venue, if you want to serve alcohol at your wedding, see if its possible to byob – but watch out for corking fees! 

DIY helps too. I’m only taking on a few projects on but I know I’ll save more than paying full cost for said items (my centerpieces, cake topper, bouquets)

Post # 4
3400 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

OMGosh.. So many!

PM me if you want to talk to somebody specifically about your big day. I’m planning a 6k wedding for 100, but I guarentee that I could have done it for 4k if I had done some cutting, and used what I know.

Post # 5
6123 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@cindeeeh:  If you scroll down on this forum you can see lots of posts about saving costs.  Big ones are – invite less guests, have a non-meal reception, serve lunch instead of dinner if you want to have a meal, DIY decor and flowers, iPod for music, skip alcohol.

Post # 6
1326 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

We’re having our recetion at a restaurant in their banquet room that seats 80. It’s saving a TON, plus the food is delicious. We may have to have a cash bar, as much as I don’t like that idea. 

We used Paperless Post to send out invitations. The ones we used cost about $20 to send, though there are a bunch that are free. With some of the designs there, you have the option to get printed versions, so we did that for older guests. I ordered 10 and it cost me $25. So $45 for invites altogether.

We’ll be getting flowers from Costco or the grocery store the day before. My sister and I are going to make a small cake and a bunch of cupcakes. We hired a friend from childhood to take photos for a very nominal fee.

We’re skipping limos, video, favors, bridal party (only one on each side), and pretty much everything else. All told, it will cost us under 4k


Post # 7
753 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I recommend this Bridal Bargains book


Tips I utilized:

Buy the dress used. 

Try to have your reception in the same place as your ceremony. 

Find a site that lets you BYOB. 

Always leep in mind the cost of catering after gratuity and taxes are applied.


Tips I didn’t end up using but would have:

Buy wholesale flowers (Costco) and do a simple centerpieces.

Get married on any day but a Saturday, and maybe even in the off season. 



Post # 8
1094 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

My biggest saving was my dress.  Got it from Dressilyme for $180. It’s gorgeous! Just as beautiful as any dress i tried on in a bridal salon. There are lots of happy bee’s out there, so that’s an option.

Also, flowers. I’m not having any real flowers, but making mine all from fabric/felt etc. If you’re not the crafty kind, there are gorgeous silk flowers out there for super good prices and flowers are ASTRONOMICALLY EXPENSIVE!

Cups cakes over a more traditional cake.  Easier to get the right number, no cake cutting fee, but can look just as lovely.


Post # 9
117 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Printable invitations (people will throw them away anyway)

Save on food with an early afternoon hor d’oeuvres or brunch reception

DIY flowers from Sam’s or Costo

Have a destination wedding – Cuts down on attendees and surprise drop ins

Do multiple one layer cakes


Post # 10
705 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Jacksonville Inn

We have a top budget of $6000 although my goal is to keep it at $5000. Some of the things we are doing to save money are:


Simple cake, no fondant no decoration other than fresh flowers

DIY flowers

Cash bar for hard liquor, we are hosting beer and wine for cocktail hour and dinner

No DJ – we aren’t dancers and neither are most of our guests

My partner’s friend is officiating

Ipod music

Probably going to get a replica dress, or buy a simple dress

Simple invitations, maybe DIYing these

Small wedding party, one person each

Post # 12
1041 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@cindeeeh:  Keep the guestlist down.  No third cousins twice removed.  Lol.  Otherwise, I think you’ve got most of it covered.  I bought my dress as a store sample.

Post # 13
8446 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@cindeeeh:  I used fiftyflowers to do my bouquets and decor.  Just make sure that if you are ordering flowers online that you purchase hardy stems (no lily of the valley, hydrangeas, etc or anything with a delicate stem/flower).  Also, don’t make odd shaped invites (squares or anything not “letter” size) which will cost you more in postage.

Post # 14
2437 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@cindeeeh:  PM me for specific tips. I had a wedding for 7k for 100 guests, and did not diy anything. I had everything i wanted and did not compromise on quality. 🙂

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