(Closed) weddings 5k or under?

posted 7 years ago in Money
Post # 3
410 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’m in Chicago and I shot for 5k, and I probably could have done it, but our wedding is kind of big. 250ish. We’re coming it at about 8k just cos of catering.

I think it’s totally doable though as long as you’re willing to think a little non-traditionally, ask for help from friends/family and diy as much as you can!

Good luck!


Post # 4
2701 posts
Sugar bee

We opted for a daytime wedding to save money since our honeymoon was also factored into the $5,000

Venue: $750

Dress: chinese replica maker $200

Food: $500 finger sandwiches, veggies, fruits, cheese tray, croissaints

Cake: I am a cake designer, I am making both the cake and groomscake $100 or less

All decor: I did everything on sale from Hobby Lobby or I got the coupons from Michaels

Photographer: $400 included engagement, wedding, and TTD shoot (I just got lucky on that one)

All stationery from Vistaprint and we embellished them before sending to add our own touches.

If you are creative and watch your spending, it really can be done, I promise.

Post # 5
201 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I haven’t gotten deep into the planning process yet because we aren’t getting married for a couple more years, but we are definitely keeping our wedding as small and inexpensive as we can.

I want to get a dress, but I’m going to look around until I find an acceptable price. Friends of ours are letting us use their back yard for the ceremony and reception, which will be in October. We are going to rent some tents, tables and chairs for guests, but we are going to cook our own food, which will keep the reception super cheap. Not sure what we’ll do about alcohol yet. I’m thinking just buying a lot of wine :). Fi’s mother is a great photographer, so we are going t ask her to do most of the photos for us. We are going to play music with an ipod and have a close friend who is a musician come to do a little bit of live music for us. For decor, I want to do hanging lanterns in the trees, and string lights throughout the yard. I’m making paper flowers and paper pom poms for decor and using the paper pom poms and twigs as centerpieces. Sounds weird, but trust me, I have a vision! Haha. 

I haven’t even gotten into pricing this stuff, so I don’t know an exact amount, but I’m pretty sure it’ll be well, well under 5k. You can do it! Good luck ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Post # 7
2584 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Well, my Fiance and I splurged on photography, we’re paying $3500 for one of the best around, but his parents offered to pay for it or we couldn’t have afforded it ๐Ÿ˜›

If it weren’t for that we’d be at about $4500.

We’re paying $650 for a lovely historical church and village for the ceremony. Guests get free entry all day and can explore during down time.

$175 for reception venue- it’s at a bowling alley. $75 all you can drink soda, for all night, and we’re doing a cash bar to cut costs.

We’re trying to keep flowers under $500- I really want roses, but some other less expensive flowers we’re using are sunflowers, carnations, and hydrangeas.

We’re having Pizza Ranch cater- are you familiar with them? It’s going to come out to around $6/person, for ~130 people. It will be a buffet- pizza, chicken, mashed potatoes, corn. My grandma’s a pro cake decorator so she’ll do that, but someone had suggested either ice cream cakes or sheet cakes from a grocery store to cut costs.

We’re doing a laptop dance. We’ll pay someone a bit to keep an eye on songs and such, but still much cheaper than a DJ!

DIY invites, very simple. I don’t have them done yet but my estimated cost is around $50 for ~65 invites. I’ll probably do the programs and seating cards on my own also.

Um… I think I covered most of our budget? If I missed anything let me know ๐Ÿ˜›

I live in Wisconsin, ina city of around 50,000, by the way. If that helps.

Post # 8
2584 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Oh, rings and dress were the other big things. My dress will be about $700 before alterations, another bit of splurge. My e-ring was under $400 for a beautiful, good quality 1/4 ct. solitaire. Wedding bands we’re expecting to be around $600.

And we’re flying our pastor in from Canada since he’s a friend, so that’s several hundred you won’t need to spend, ha.

Post # 9
2104 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We did it!  LOTS of DIY, though (invitations, flowers, centerpieces, etc).  I posted my advice on the thread posted above.  We really had to slash the guest list and be creative, but it was SO worth it not to start our marriage with too much financial stress. 

Post # 10
1046 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I had every intent of keeping our wedding under 5k..and would have, but family members have been insisting on helping with little aspects (mom buying my dress kind of thing) so we will still be under 5k out of our own pockets…but it’s only thanks to the generosity of our families.  I would have been thrilled with it as my initial under 5k plan dictated though!

Post # 11
7771 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

There was a bride on here that had a lovely outdoor wedding and she used pumpkins from a local Amish farmer to hold wildflowers.  It was really cool!

Post # 13
2247 posts
Buzzing bee

My under 5 K breakdown for a wedding of 50 guests:

Venue (includes beachfront ceremony with arbor and 50 chairs, set-up and break down included, private dining room in restaurant for reception complete with linens and china, restuarant gift certificate, two nights in hotel room for honeymoon, champagne and chocolates, and discount on anniversary stay at hotel)- $700

Food- Probably going to be around $1800 after reception dinner, candy buffet, and desserts.  Not having a “cake” just cupcakes.

Dress- $233

Veil and Tiara- $10 (eBay)

Shoes- $10 (gonna wear flip flops)

Makeup- gonna do my own

Hair- Not sure, but will most likely be free

Tux- $60 rental

STDs- Free on Vistaprint, just gotta pay like $7 shipping

Invitations- Somewhere around $80

Flower Girl dress- $17 (eBay)

Decor- Someone is giving me a lot of their wedding decor.  I will just have to buy fake flowers for the centerpiece vases she’s giving me.  Not sure how much that will be, yet.

Bouquets/Bouts- Not sure how much I’ll get those for, either.  I plan to start scouring through Michael’s and Hobby Lobby soon.  But, I’m making them myself.

Photography/Videography- We have a professional style camera, so someone is going to take our pictures for us and we’ve also got a video camera that will be used for taping the event. 

Not sure if I’m forgetting anything, but that about sums it up!

Post # 14
194 posts
Blushing bee

We had a budget of $5,000 and came in closer to $4,000 when everything was said and done!  I absolutely adored our wedding and would not have changed anything…let’s see, some of the ways we saved money were:

-DIY Invitations and flowers (ordered the flowers wholesale — sunflowers and snapdragons and they were beautiful!).  I also got a TON of compliments on the invitations…they took forever but I loved them.  Total cost for both was around $500, including postage for the invitations.

-Potluck Reception (I may get totally chewed out for this one) — we did not register for gifts, but said that if our guests wanted to do something they could bring a food item for the reception.  The food was delicious and plentiful, and everybody brought their most spectacular dish.  Yummy!

-Our big costs were the dress and the photographer — around half of our budget went to those two items.

-Bought our honeymoon night suite at a silent auction event for $30.

-Groomsmen did not wear tuxes — we had them in gorgeous slacks (Banana Republic clearance — $20 each!) and a shirt and tie, which was much more our style.  And super cheap too!

-Used his church for the ceremony and our church for the reception.  Total cost $200 (including the fee for the pastor and a gift for the guy who set up our reception site).

-Paid a friend $200 to be in charge of the reception — put out food, fill the drink station, etc.  No planner needed.

Hope these help or give you some ideas…like I said, I loved our wedding so so much and have absolutely no regrets!

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