Anything is possible, just depends on your expectations. 75 people for $5000 will be something in a very affordable setting (home, public park, etc) with simple food (maybe just cake and punch) and not a lot of extras. Which is great if thats what you want!
The first time my husband and I talked about a wedding we were like “we could do it for a couple thousand…” once I actually priced some stuff out and looked into it we quickly came to a more reasonable budget of $9500 – which is darn good for San Diego county.
You have to decide whats important to you and what you really want out of it… Do you want food? Do you want to have fun? Do you want to dance? Do you want to drink? Start with you and your fiance’s priorities and figure out what you can get for your budget.
We have a budget of $9,500. Our priorities were food and having fun…which we decided meant having a wedding on our property with a delicious food truck and lawn games. Where we really splurged was the photographer….$3,000 but we could afford it and everyone kept telling me that the pictures were going to be the most important thing. And now that I have them and see what an amazing job he did (especially compared to amateur photos from the day) I am SOO glad we splurged.
Anyway, ways we cut costs that might help you meet your goal:
-Small guest list (70 people)
– Did things in the “off-season” in February which kept most things a little cheaper than if we’d had a June wedding. We also considered a Sunday wedding, but for the vendors we were using it didn’t make things any cheaper.
-Skipped wasting money on invites that would be thrown away. We used glosite.com for email invites and collection of RSVP. then just called the older folks that might have a hard time with that.
-Food truck instead of formal caterer (and the food was AWESOME!) only $35/person
-Rustic wedding on our own property (which also makes for affordable easy DIY decorations – burlap, lace, etc isn’t too pricey)
-Fake flowers instead of real ones
-We bought all our own beverages and just had beers, sodas and a couple of wine options. Also as a daytime wedding people drank less.
– I did all my own make-up with products I already owned.
– Small bridal party (Best man and 2 bridesmaids)
– Made our own playlist through Spotify (it was 99 cents for 3 months in Dec!) We aren’t big on dancing anyway so there won’t be any formal dancing just background music.
– A girlfriend of mine made the cake for us as a gift (Think about what talents your friends have (ie can a girlfriend do your hair and make-up as a gift? Can his old college buddy DJ? etc))
– Kept the whole event relatively short (outside without a lot of artificial lighting, we started at 1:30 and most people were gone by 6pm, we were in the shower by 730p)
– Bought my dress from China for $200 – custom made, no alterations needed
My recap is here if you want to see how it turned out: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/affordable-rustic-wedding-at-home/