(Closed) Very tight budget

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Make decorations yourself and if you rent a venue instead of doing a home try for either a weekday or go for a time during the day instead of at night it is way cheaper. And if the venue also provideds a catering service it generally saves a lot of money instead of hiring a seperate caterer.

My wedding is costing me about $5000(hopefully) and we are doing a very casual reception. It will still be catered by our venue but instead of dancing and a dj and such we are doing food and drinks and basically just a lot of mingling like us throwing a get together. Then again our wedding is also going to be small I am not sure that would work with a large group.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

There are ways to keep to a strict budget but still have the things most important to you. If you search ‘budget wedding’ on here, you’ll find some great advice. There was a thread pretty recently with posts of lots of helpful blogs and other resources for keeping the wedding costs down.

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

If you google 2000wedding you will find a bride that had such a simple wedding within that budget. We are doing 2000 total including our mini honeymoon . How you ask? 300 for the church, 400 for the restaurant, 500 for my dress, 400 for the mini honeymoon, $30 for 2 dozen roses from the local grocery store, hair/make up etc. We kept our guest list down to immediate family only. If you have a cocktail style you should stay within budget.Congrats by the way. πŸ™‚

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Your new best friends will become craigslist, ebay and dollartree.com. Also don’t forget to search in thrift stores for wedding related items and centerpieces. Hobby lobby sometimes have a sale, half off, on their wedding items. Smartyhadaparty.com is another great website to search for reasonably priced plates and table linens in bulk. The time of day and the season you are having it in plays a huge part on how much your cost can go up. May-Oct is considered wedding season in most regions and prices can shoot way up having it around that time rather than picking a less popular month like Jan or Dec. Having the wedding take place around dinnertime can cost you as well. Just do your research and try not to get overwhelmed or stressed. I’ve seen even a $600 wedding be just as amazing as a 20K one.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@Artificial-Sweetener:  It may not sound like a lot but oh the things you can do is AWESOME. 2k is plenty if your having a small quiet simple wedding/reception. 

I’d suggest doing a cocktail reception with tons of appetizers and not a full blown meal. You have that on the invite so people know to eat before going. 

Also, consignment shops have great cheap dresses. 

Just don’t get so set on DIY, sometimes it costs more to do it yourself than just buying it! 

Best of luck, let the waiting board know when he does propose; we’re suckers for happy beginnings. πŸ™‚ 

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Hey girl πŸ™‚

You should do a fun & intimate wedding at a family members’ home. Depending on the weather, have a beautiful ceremony near a big, tree with lots of white billowy fabric flowing from tree branches.

You can do a fun backyard BBQ reception. You can pre-burn some music you want to play on a CD or setup an ipod. You can borrow some long tables/chairs from a local church or non-profit and get some linens. Setup cute centerpieces. Checkout Dollar Tree for cute vases and buy some tie-around ribbons. Buy some grocery store flowers or pick some from a locale and set them in the centerpieces.

This is definitely do-able with a $2,000 budget. You can make it young & fun!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I am also a bride on a tight budget, here are some of my suggestions.  Diy and or upcycle what you can. For example, instead of buying vases i am cutting off the tops of wine bottles and using them as vases for my center pieces. Also you sould try to avoid using wedding specific vendors for things like invitations.  For example, i am using a local print shop for my save the dates, printing 200 of them is going to cost about $50 instead of the $300+ a site like wedding paper divas would cost.  

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

My sister had a ceremony/reception for under 2,000. She rented a lodge in a park–and held her wedding on a Thursday night.  This might not seem practical, but it actually worked out fine, since everyone knew about it ahead of time (to take off work).  Also, she had a more intimate guest list, so the everyone who was invited would have showed up no matter what the day.  The lodge had an outside area for the ceremony.  The biggest budget relief was the fact that she could bring in outside catering and alcohol. A local catered her food. She had ham and fried chicken–comfort food. She even had linens and chair covers (she found someone on Craigslist).  She also found her DJ and officiant on craigslist.  A friend did the photography. Also, she had a small cake that they cut into and took pics with, and used a sheet cake for the guests.  My sister DIYed her flowers and centerpieces too. Oh and she bought her dress at the Davids Bridal $99 sale.  Her wedding was budget friendly, but it didnt look cheap–it was a nice day. πŸ™‚

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

*a local grocery store catered her food. She didnt have to use a catering company, she could have brought in her own food.

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