(Closed) Your Super-Low Wedding Budget/Tips

posted 6 years ago in Money
  • poll: What did your low-budget wedding cost?
    Less than $1,000 : (4 votes)
    4 %
    Between $1,000 and $5,000 : (40 votes)
    37 %
    Between $5,000 and $6,000 : (11 votes)
    10 %
    Between $6,000 and $7,000 : (13 votes)
    12 %
    Between $7,000 and $8,000 : (10 votes)
    9 %
    Between $8,000 and $10,000 : (29 votes)
    27 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    1844 posts
    Buzzing bee

    The kind of wedding you are talking about can EASILY be done for 1000! Think of it like a great big picnic with a pretty dress…

    We are doing a potluck wedding. my Darling Husband and I are providing the meat to be grilled. and in our invitations we are sending recipe cards with a note letting our guests know that we are going to have potluck reception and would love everyone to bring a dish to pass. We would like them to bring a recipe that is special to thier family and fulll of love and bring the recipe along with it so that we can start our family with all those delicious lovely time and family honoured recipes. Our guests will be making the bulk of our meal just as you described. You do not need a caterer!

    Keep in mind that you can usually rent a park pavilion for (at least around here) 150 for the whole weekend.

    Dresses don’t have to come from a bridal salon. mine came from the limited (granted they used to have a bridal line) My sisters dress came from a consignment shop. I have read about brides getting white dresses from target and just adding lace and ribbons.

    If  I were you… and I think we have similar wedding ideas… I would do exactly what you had planned. Start planning a family reunion, with a yummy bbq or a picnic, get some yard games for the kids and have everyone bring whatever than can to the table. You can have a cute little ceremony right at the park where the rest of it is and take some great pictures with all your friends and family not being rushed to get from one place to another

    The only people that say wedding invitations have to be +4$ a piece with multipul pages and velum and rhinestones are the card companys. You can go to a craft store and get prett card stock and matching envelopes. Design your own invitations and make it as elaborate or as plain as you like. Find some friends who stamp or scrapbook and they will have all sorts of fun stamps and scissors to play with.

    You can do it and it is going to be Wonderful!

    Post # 4
    Member
    2965 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    Im going to tell you now. The first mistake you can make when on a budget is having too many people in your bridal party. Thats where I made mine. I have 6 BMS and 5 GMs when if I would have worked out a budget first I would have just had 3 of each. 2nd is buying a dress before you had your budget set, venue in mind and colors down. I ended up having to buy a 2nd dress because of this mistake. However, so far besides those 2 mistakes Ive made has been good. I got my 2nd dress for $159.xx from ebay. Its peach :). My wedding colors are navy, champagne and peach as an accent color (also navy wont be too bold in there either). Im getting my 1 tier cathedral veil from valuveil.com for $21.99 including tax and shipping costs. I bought my petticoat from ebay as well for $27.90. Im getting my shoes from dsw.com for approx $50 but a family member is buying this for me as a wedding gift. Also another family member is purchasing my veil. I just bought my wedding favors from orientaltrading.com for $20.49 for 72 guests (I plan on having no more than 70). I have an all inclusive venue that covers food, tables, linens, chairs, decorations, centerpieces, and even has a DJ for 3K including tax. My venue includes mostly everything except a photographer, cake, flowers, and officiant. DIY my flowers and getting 400 stems for $200 (carnations but google some of their bouquets and bunched together they’re very cute!!!) from wholeblossoms.com. Got my photobooth on sale for $350 for 3 hrs. Getting my photographer for $600 for 6 hrs. My officiant is $150. And getting my invitations free from the GMs and G tux shop. Um, I think thats about all I got so far. But what you want to do first is create a budget. THen get with your Fiance and prioritize. What means most to you and him. Then you can see where you can cut or add as far as your wallet goes. 

    Post # 5
    Member
    600 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    yay for pi day!

    good luck

    Post # 8
    Member
    1844 posts
    Buzzing bee

    Be careful with the ceremony after the reception…. It is do able, don’t get me wrong, but some of the more traditional folks in my family thought it was weird for celebrating before we did anything, also I know I would be terrified to eat in my dress before the ceremony. It would look very odd enjoying your picnic with a garbage bag over yourself to protect you from bbq sauce.

    Also take in to account that I am totally paranoid about odd things like that, so it might not be a concern and you might not actually have to wear a garbage bag.

    Post # 10
    Member
    138 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Hey i am also a student planning a budget wedding – I have spent about £3000 so prob about $4000 – 5000 some things I did to bring down the cost = I got my dress as an ex sample tag price £1000 i paid £150, bridesmaids dresses £7 each down from £30, flowers DIY cost about £15, shoes ebay £10 and I have DIYed them with swarovski crystals and hand made flowers, jewellery and veil and head piece about £30 – shopped around and bought in sales, made my own birdcage veil, venue £1000 for 120 people including 3 course meal and wine for wedding breakfast plus a buffet in the evening, photographer £500 10am to 10pm including one photo album plus a baby shoot for my newborn son, car to take me to the wedding £100 and a live band for  £500. I think I have done pretty well for the money – we have had some help from both our parents, in total I think me and my partner have spent about a £1000. I did it by haggling and being cheeky asking for tonnes of discounts plus by shopping in sales and online. Its definatley easy to do, if you dont ask you dont get – I was suprised by how much discount I go just by asking!! 

    Post # 13
    Member
    2965 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @Booknerd:  How many guests are you expecting? That sounds really nice. I have 2 Maid/Matron of Honor (not on purpose but thats another story) 4 BMs, 5 GMs (and 2 of them are ushers), 2 Flower Girl (my daughters) and a ring bearer. The budget will jump with a huge bridal party. Things I didnt consider like bouquets (you will be amazed at how much flowers cost!), bouts, gifts, and the rehearsal dinner (As far as I know we are paying for this).

    Post # 15
    Member
    4803 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I am also having a small destination wedding (about 40 guests) but my budget is around $10,000.  I have really been trying to keep costs down though!  Here are some things I have done that saved money :

    1) I made my own Save the Dates.  I downloaded something called the Kodak 4×6 template from Google images, designed the STD’s in the Paint program, and printed them out at Costco for 8 cents each!

    2) I made my favour bags.  I ordered the bags from Save On Crafts and bought the stamps on sale at Michaels.  Including all the supplies, these cost me about 60 cents each.

    3) I made table numbers with frames that I bought at Ikea for 99 cents each. I printed out the insides on a regular computer printer after I made them in the Paint program.

    4) The men’s outfits and bridesmaid’s dresses are from regular stores.  Fiance bought his linen outfits at The Bay and Old Navy, while my bm’s dresses were $98 from a store called Sakura.  A lot better than the $300 dresses I liked at the bridal salon, plus alterations!

    Here is another link that you can check out too – it’s called How to get married for $239 🙂

    http://www.squawkfox.com/2011/11/21/wedding/

     

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