(Closed) What’s the lowest budget celebration you’ve been too? Looking for ideas…

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
8738 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

I love the 2nd two ideas especially the Lobster-bake since you are in Maine. 

Could you combine the back yard bbq idea and lobster-bake/crab boil?

Subway just seems a little too casusal for a wedding celebration. 

Post # 4
181 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

i think out of my friends, i had the smallest budget for a wedding…

go for a spit roast with drinks.. BBq STYLE.. I reallly like that idea…

Post # 5
103 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

We are doing a BBQ in the backyard for our reception…

ETA, I am thinking that the alcohol will be by far our largest expense…lol

Post # 6
19 posts
  • Wedding: October 2012

We’re having an afternoon tea reception.  Pastries, little sandwiches, scones with jam and clotted cream and maybe some light hors d’oeuvres like quiche.  We’re not having alcoho l(personal reasons), but we’ll have a variety of hot and iced teas and maybe punch or lemonade.  Next to brunch, afternoon tea is my favorite meal!

Post # 7
487 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

In England we’re not allowed to get married outside – it has to be a licensed venue so I guess the smallest and cheapest weddings would be quite different. I guess the very cheapest I can think of were these 3

-My cousin got married in a church (which I think was free) and then rented the local scout hut/community hall and had a buffet/disco. 

-FH’s cousin got married in a Mosque (which was free) and then they went for a meal.

-Friends of ours got married in a registry office and then went clubbing afterwards.


But here’s a story I found online that I LOVE that suggests doing a street party as a reception:

” I went to a wedding reception like this once. It brought neighbours together who rarely spoke to each other and gave them all a feeling of belonging. Tables were arranged across the front gardens, some of the houses even had bunting and good will messages displayed. 

  • One of the biggest expenses is the catering costs. At the same wedding, everyone was asked to bring a plate of food. Guests were asked to bring either a starter, main course, salad or desert. It wasn’t particularly coordinated and as guests and neighbours came from an eclectic mix of ethnic backgrounds we had everything from Asian to Caribbean to English food. Far too much to eat, but the best self-catering bash I ever went to. Some of us went back the next day for a communal Bar-B-Q and to polish off the leftovers. 
  • Everyone brought a bottle or two or three. The couple had supplied sparkling wine for the toast. Not champagne but then champagne is only sparkling wine with an expensive price tag. Did it matter – I don’t think anyone noticed or cared. 
  • There were no limousines. Everyone met out side the couple’s house and drove in convoy to the registry office. The happy couple actually went in the same car. 
  • The bride had a simple bouquet and the groom, best man and parents were supplied with button holes. Nothing fancy, nothing expensive. Just a nice touch. 
  • When I see old friends and family, this is the wedding that they all talk about. We have all been to numerous weddings since, but none of them bring back particular memories. Other weddings have paled into insignificance and fail to stand out. This wedding was different in many ways. It was relaxed, people felt comfortable, there was more laughter than I can remember at any other wedding and the children weren’t bored. 
  • When the couple left for their honeymoon, the whole street was there to cheer them on their way. That was a send off to remember. 
  • Total cost of the wedding for the happy couple – £240.00. But that was nearly 25 years ago. You could probably get away with £500.00 nowadays.

Their one regret was not hiring a professional photographer although the wedding snaps look pretty good to me. Twenty five years and three wonderful children later they are still married, wouldn’t change a thing and most importantly are still very much in love. “

Stolen from http://www.whereonearthgroup.com/getting-married-cheap.php

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