(Closed) Wedding Bubble Burst

posted 8 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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1336 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I think it can, it may take more time spent on looking for right deals, vendors and venues within your budget, but I think it can be possible.  There are some things you can always cut to avoid expenses, like favors, full bar, etc.  It would probably also help to discuss what you can do without to avoid any unnecessary expenses and think about what you really do want and is important to you both to have.   

Post # 4
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454 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Absolutely. I’m planning a 100+ (we’re expecting anywhere between 100-200 ppl to come) for under 5k. The important thing is to realize what is important to you. Cut really expensive things, like an open bar (we’re having a spiked bunch instead of tons of beer, wine, champagne), if you want a bar make it cash or do as we are doing.  Skip useless favors- it’s possible to get cheap favors that are useful, you just have to search hard for them. Don’t buy a veil- make it. I’m going to save roughly $60 by making mine. SHOP for your dress, don’t get hung up on a designer. Find what you like and search for it  with all designers- chances are you can find almost the same dress for considerably less. For instance I was reading a blog last night about a girl who bought an $80 dress. I was looking at dresses a little later and foudn that same dress for $450 (YIKES!). Make what you can. Borrow what you can. Shop cheaply (Dollar general, Ebay, etc). Use your resources, chances are you have family or friends who will have things you can use. If you have a service you can offer trade it for someone elses service.  It’s very possible to spend 10k or less for your 160ppl wedding. Oh and don’t hire servers, if you’re doing a meal then do it buffet style. This will save a lot of money. If you want servers then hire high school or college students who serve as a job or have experience, they’ll enjoy making the extra $$.

Post # 5
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3252 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

It definitely possible….I don’t know if you’re a crafty person but DIYing a lot of your stuff i.e. Save the Dates, Invites, Programs, and so on and so forth can really save a lot of money.

Post # 6
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413 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I think it is definitely possible! Research research. 🙂 I have been doing alot of that right now to make sure I get the most bang for my buck! I would say like the others definitely alot of DIYing and Ebay there a bunch of sites that you can find a nice gown, but low cost. The first thing I did was go to the library and find some DIY bridal books and get some ideas on what I could and how much it will cost me. Good Luck! Oh and of course there are tons of past posts that has helpful information here on WB! I LOVE THIS SITE!

Post # 7
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1135 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

It’s totally 100% possible.  You have to work really hard, but you can do it.  Obviously your biggest expense will be food, so do a lot of shopping around to get the best deal you can.  You’re going to have to do a buffet, and do nice plastics instead of actual china (with most caterers that comes with the price, as opposed to having to pay to rent china).  If you can, find a venue that will already have tables and chairs so that you don’t have to rent those as well.  You have lots of time, but start looking now.  Another great way to save money is to have your event on any day other than Saturday.  I know Saturday is the easiest day, but a Friday evening can save you almost half (or maybe more) on the cost of your venue.  Other things that you’ll start looking at will seem like you HAVE to spend a ton of money on them–photographers for instance.  But if you do your research, you can find a photographer that takes photos you like for very little money.  Google will become your best friend.  Do your own flowers, and if you can, make centerpieces that don’t involve flowers, they’ll be much cheaper.  I’ve been doing a budget wedding, so feel free to PM me if you want more advice–it’d be great for the stuff I’ve learned to benefit someone else!  Good luck, and many congratulations!

Post # 8
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248 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’m doing around 130 ppl for $5K, and the key I think is not to get hung up on other people’s ways of doing things.  What actually matters to you?  Spend the money there.  Look at different days, different times, and no sit-down dinners.  Look for public venues – lots of counties near me have beautiful mansions and grounds that rent for way cheaper than private ones.  Check out ariadress.com for wedding clothes.  And watch out for DIY!  Check for hidden costs before you assume it’s a great deal! 

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