(Closed) Wedding under 5k

posted 9 years ago in California – Northern California
Post # 3
2271 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

My wedding is costing about 4K. First I found a venue that is not costly. Mine is free as it is at one of the gardens at the college where I teach. So find someplace that is free or doesn’t cost a lot of money. A park, a relative’s beautiful garden, etc. Our wedding is August 7th and we delibrately chose to have an early evening wedding on a Friday.  Non-peak days save money and since the ceremony will not end until almost 8 pm,  we do not have to provide a full-blown sit-down meal, but are serving light refreshments instead. DO not spend a lot of money on favors – we are giving personalized packets of wildlowers seeds than ran about 50 cents apiece. DIY invites also save a ton of money. Also, utilize anyone amongst your friends and family with talent – do you have an aunty who is a fabulous baker, good, then she can make the wedding cake as your present. Artsy friends or family? Make your own silk flower bouquets or fresh. Also, you can get a lovely dress without sending a ton of money. Look at places other than bridal salons, keep an eye out for sales, etc. Do you need a limo or will a relative’s fancy car do? Look at classifieds like here at weddingbee, craigslist, or ebay. I actualy got my dress on ebay for about $100, as well as my wedding boots for $20. Take your time, shop around. Check out the multitude of ideas on wedding boards – with a little effort, creativity, and help from loved ones, you can have an awesome wedding for under 5K!

Post # 4
71 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

patience, research & diy. 🙂

Post # 5
2819 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Like bluespurrs said, save on a venue by using either a free space (like a public park or your backyard) or a really cheap space (like a campground). Try to get an outdoor space, because then you’ll have to decorate as minimally as possible — the only catch with this is you either have to be pretty certain of the weather, or have a back-up plan. 

Get stuff for decorating in bulk — fabric is your friend, flowers are not. Fill borrowed or thrift-store vases with water and whole or sliced fruit, or fill them with rocks collected from around the neighbourhood and stick twigs or a single silk flower in the middle. Instead of bouquets, have your bridesmaids (and you) carry something meaningful to them, or a single long-stemmed flower, or carry nothing at all. 

Try on bridesmaid dresses, thrift/department store dresses, prom dresses, cocktail dresses and sundresses, and if all else fails, have your dress custom-made by a Chinese company (usually $200-$300 with minimal alterations). Have your groom wear a suit he already has.

Check out amazing brides like Miss. Bunny here on Weddingbee ($5K budget), and Sara of http://2000dollarwedding.com for inspiration.

Post # 6
544 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

Check out etsy.com as well.  You can put bids on things you want on alchemy.  You descibe what you want along with the price and esty vendors will put in their bid.


Post # 7
2819 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

My budget is $5K as well, and this is what we’re doing to save money:

Cheap Venue: We’ll either be having our wedding at a local campground (about $300), at a local greenspace (free), or our backyard (free).

Few Flowers: We’re planning on having very few flowers (two long-stemmed blue roses and about 10 daisies), and the flowers we will be having will be silk, so that we can re-use them as decoration for our house, and as keepsakes.

DIY: We’re DIY-ing A LOT of stuff. Our food (make-your-own-sandwich buffet; we’ll be buying meats, cheeses, and breads from Costco, along with veggies, ingredients for dips/spreads, and we will probably have salads, hors d’oeuvres, and soup), our cake (cupcake tower that my maid of honour, my sister and I are going to bake and decorate the day before, hopefully), our stationary (including our invites, RSVPs, thank-you cards, programs, etc.; we’re going to make all these in my fiance’s parents’ basement, along with his mother and maybe my Maid/Matron of Honor, because she has a TON of craft-making supplies), our decorations (instead of buying pre-made battery-operated LEDs to light our paper lanterns, we’re making our own "throwies"), and our music (hooray for iPods!).

No Favours: ‘Nuff said.

Getting Family & Friends Involved: Getting our family involved is saving us thousands of dollars. My dad will be doing our videography. My fiance’s aunt will be doing our photography. My Future Mother-In-Law will be contributing craft supplies for paper goods, as well as our guest book. My Maid/Matron of Honor offered to make my wedding dress!

Small Guest List: 85% of our (80-person) guest list is family. Parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins (maybe), and grandparents. Then there are a couple close friends we’re inviting, and that’s it. No co-workers, no lost-lost buddies, no second-cousins-twice-removed.

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