(Closed) Wedding Budget Blues

posted 9 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Well.  I hope the idea about charging $5 a head was a joke.  That is definitely NOT a good idea.

Do you have a venue yet?  If not, could you look for a place that would allow you and your Fiance to bring in your own alcohol?  Sometimes that can cut costs.  Or serve only beer and wine.  Or only have wine available on the tables. 

Also, think outside the box.  Could you rent a picnic area in a park for an afternoon, and prepare a delicious meal the day before?  It might be a ton of work, but people may help out.  (Help out by cooking with you, not by giving you money.)

The easiest way to cut costs is to cut your guest list. 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I do NOT think asking people to pay is a good idea. It’s not a keg party, it’s a wedding. I also don’t love the idea of a potluck, but I know other people might feel differently. There are a ton of ladies/men on this site that have had "bidget" celebrations and they were perfect. I’m not one of them, so I don’t have a ton of ideas, but who says you have to get married right now? If you can’t afford the wedding you want right now, why don’t you push it back a bit and save the money for what you want? There are blogs that deal with weddings under 10k. I believe one is called Ten Thousand Only. Good Luck and it can be done. You’re just going to have to be creative and focus on what is really important.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

I agree with Grey.  Renting a picnic area, some parks sometimes have covered picnic areas that can be rented, you get a permit for alcohol, and you can do one of two things.  You can hire a couple of people to grill or you can do a clam bake kind of thing and have caterers bring the food precooked and they reheat and serve on site.  This will allow you to have a reception with your friends.  Only downside is it would have to be a daytime event as most parks have after sunset rules.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

Check out 2000dollarwedding.com

I think a potluck could be awesome – charging people, not so much.  I know if we chose to have a potluck, our family would totally get into it and love to see and taste all the different food between families.  Very personal and cool, I think.  

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

have your reception at a restaurant.  This helped me alot cut food prices in half and saved me on location fees.  We are doing Maggiano’s as long as you hit the room minimumthere is no charge for the private room. Also, doing lunch vs. dinner saves alot. I’m on a 5k budget. 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

If you’ve already reserved a venue, you’re locked into a certain price range already…..can you tell us more about your venue so we can suggest more detailed tips? Otherwise we may give too much "big picture" advice that doesn’t suit the commitment you’ve already made to a venue.

 

 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I would avoid charging per head, honestly.  Personally I would cut out alcohol/beer/wine before going BYOB, but again that’s me.  We will hopefully be coming in around $7000 for our wedding and we are able to have a photog, DJ…nothing fancy but I’m super happy with what we chose.  We hit sales, thrift stores and I’m pretty positive we haven’t paid full price for anything- we have saved about an average of 50% on our decor.  

Make a list of your top priorities.  Ask for families help to set up and clean up.  If you have a vendor you LOVE see if they can be flexibe with their prices.  Have a morning or early afternoon wedding or on an off-day such as Friday or Sunday.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee

So have you or have you not booked your reception venue?

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I have had a couple of brides who have found photographers and other vendors on Craigslist.  They are just coming out of professional schools and were looking to build their portfolio, so they charged really cheap rates.  You can get pretty cheap rates for most facilities that are run by your city’s Parks & Rec dept, but you would have to do clean-up and set-up.  Skip the chair rental and opt for a standing room ceremony thats 10-15 minutes in length.  BBQ or other simple foods work great.  Get your beer & wine from Costco to save money.  Good luck!

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I wish our venu was $27… just to reserve the room is 550, then all the other fees…. anyways.

Dont charge per head, that sounds weird.  I have personally never been to a potluck wedding so I dont know how that would work.  I guess it would really depend on how many people were close by.  You can always try looking into buffet style or see if your friends would be willing to help you ook a buffet for everyone.  

Also, you can always do a money tree(usually done at anniversery parties) or the dollar dance to get some extra money to help offset some of the money you spent.

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