(Closed) Wedding dreams down the drain…:(

posted 4 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

In NYC small weddings at central park are relatively affordable. Is there a nice park nearby?  Do you have friends who can cook things like lasagna that can feed a lot of people?

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Can you have a wedding in a park, BBQ catered from a local place?  Many parks have shelters or pavilions that can be rented or reserved for nothing or very little.  Heck even ham sandwiches, potatoes salad, cake etc can be tastefully done on a budget.  You don’t have to go top drawer to be nice.  Find a dress at a second hand shop.  Local judge or similar can be very reasonable.  I think you just need to look outside of the bridal magazine expectations. 

Post # 6
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136 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Can I recommend Offbeat Bride?

They’re great for brides on a budget.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

are you open to destination wedding? You’d get the experience of pretty much everything you mentioned and most resorts have a free, though basic package for their guests!  you would only be responsible for laying for your travel expenses and attire , maybe a friend could do photography ?

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Are you opposed to putting off the wedding planning for a few years until you can afford what you want?

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I’ve seen weddings in Central Park where there are no tables or chairs.  There are some pavillions with seating, or some of the gardens have benches.  I’d talk to the local park department and see what previous brides have done, since that doesn’t necessarily have to be expensive.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@justlovelyxo:  we are doing ours for around $3000…. we are marrying in our garden at home….booked a community hall for the reception…doing ipod music plus live music but only because my FI is in a band…my dress was under $200…we are only having 2 little flower girls and 1 best man…our family is helping with food for the reception but beyond that we will order some platters from Costco..You can do it if you are willing to be sensible…why on earth ANYONE would want to spend $5000 $10000 or $20000 I will NEVER know…for 1 day!!…even our $3000 seems a tonne of money for just a few hours…good luck!!

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

I am a HUGE Fan of good old fashioned… Cake & Champagne Receptions when money is an issue.

These can be really classy events…

Something to think about.

(And your Short But Sweet strategy is you have to be somewhere’s else by a certain time… Honeymoon Destination calling !!)

 

Post # 14
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781 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

🙁 This breaks my heart! People are so quick to say, well just have a smaller wedding, just elope, just get married by justice of the peace.

But since we’ve been little we’ve dreamed of a big white dress and a huge cake and a big reception. 🙁 I have little to no advice, but I’m just wishing you good luck with whatever you choose. Everything will work out, and at the end of the day, small or little, you’ll be so happy to celebrate your love and commitment to your new husband that it’ll be the best day of your life with or without the big wedding.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Well ours is going to run 5 K. That includes a ceremony at a garden at the college where I teach, a simple reception of light refreshments, cake and punch AND a day-after pig roast. Yes, it also includes the photography, my dress,my BMs dreses, bouquets, jewelry, etc. And we are having 120 guests! Without the pig roast, our wedding would run about 3K. It IS do-able with a little effort and creativity!

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I was also going to suggest putting of the wedding for a while until you can get a budget under control.  Also in this time frame you can collect items for the wedding, and shop at clearance and discount prices.  I have heard of a rather extreme way of funding a wedding, but have never heard of anyone actually do it.  It’s where you basically tell the vendors you will advertise for them somehow during the wedding day.  The problem with that is your wedding turning into a marketing event.  But it does give the idea…. do you have a blog, write a newsletter, or speak locally as a representative for a group?  You can always say that you will hand out info, or speak about their business for discounts!  Now is the time to enlist your friends and family talents too.  Have a great baker, or paper crafter that you know?  Tell them you would love to utilize their talent, and that would be their wedding gift.  I’m not sure how much you can do for only $1,000 with 100 guests… but given more time… and ways to save, I think you could do pretty good.  Also when I got engaged.. I started a wedding fund, and put money into it.  So if you have a bad habit like smoking, give it up and put that money into the wedding fund.  Win/Win!  Do you get regular manicures?  Learn to do it yourself and put that money towards wedding for a while…. starbucks addiction lol… make coffee at home instead and take it…. money into the fund.  You get the idea!  I even put quarters in my piggy bank when I was selling my books and movies to half price books, and put the change from every dollar at the end of the day into it too.  It added up quick.  A little thinking outside of the box can go a long way!

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