(Closed) Your Super-Low Wedding Budget/Tips

posted 9 years ago in Money
  • poll: What did your low-budget wedding cost?

    Less than $1,000

    Between $1,000 and $5,000

    Between $5,000 and $6,000

    Between $6,000 and $7,000

    Between $7,000 and $8,000

    Between $8,000 and $10,000

  • Post # 18
    2965 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    Checkout your local thrift stores for your centerpieces like the salvation army and goodwill before you head to the dollar tree. Also checkout websites such as craigslist and freecycle.com. Those sites have really helped me so far. Orientaltrading.com and ebay also useful!!!

    Post # 20
    1269 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I’m using bottles and jars for centerpieces, I just told some friends and co-workers and they’re already collecting them for me…for free!

    Post # 22
    215 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I’m having the girls carry parasols instead of bouquets. The bouquets were gonna be ~ $30 a girl, with five girls. Buying pretty paper parasols (try saying that ten times fast!) was $8 each and it gives a more summery, beachy feel to the wedding instead of “oh, it’s just another bouquet”. Plus, the last wedding I was in, I spent the whole time sneezing because of the bouquet I was carrying, and I’m not usually allergic to anything. 

    Post # 23
    1723 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012


    Well, you can definetly make it happen – EASY!

    We are inviting 100 guests.. its a cake and punch reception. we are spending LESS – way less then $3000.

    Here is OUR breakdown

    Cake : Were having a wedding cake cheesecake so thats $550


    were having two dessert tables…. 1 with Arab Desserts.. and the other will be a mix of Pie, were making 100 cups of cupcakes in a cup with strawberry slices and whipped cream yum! Candy Jars [ about 4] and cookies, brownies, eclairs, etc.

    Were having aout 4 types of Appetizers.. MAYBE add one more.. [ shrimp cocktail, veggies and dip display, Tea sandwhiches, wrapped franks. and MAYBE some cocktail meatballs]

    For decorations,

    the venue we chose Has the plates, cups, utensils and table covers. Since I already had a theme color in mind which the venue doesnt have in table covers, Im going to just get the color I want in table runners [ I think thats a very wise choice! ] and the only thing were doing different is the sweetheart table will have the full purple table cover so it can stand out.


    FLOWERS are Expensive. You can try to find cheaper alternatives — such as if you have a garden- or a friend does maybe they can offer to help with the flowers. Or find a cheap florist.. OR do what im doing, silk baby! We have 12 tables so 6 tables were doing silk pomanders on the eiffil vases- were adding one LED light within each vase to give the glow I want. and maybe one candle. And the other 6 tables were having 3 candle settings with rose petals.

     The only real flowers in the reception will be the sweetheart arrangement [ which will cost us a little over $100. ] and my bouquet and perhaps the Arab dessert table.


    Paper Lanterns, are CHEAP and so useful! Im going to use them for ceiling decorations.

    Anyway, Im sure Im missing some stuff out, but its all about having what you want– in moderation and to improvise!

    Hope any of this is useful to you! ๐Ÿ™‚


    Post # 25
    1723 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

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    @Booknerd:  Your super welcome!!!!  If you need help with anything Just PM me!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 26
    273 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    Aside from the hive you can go to http://www.intimateweddings.com/ for ideas on how to save money, it’s got great inspiration!!

    MrN & I just postponed our wedding and are planning a wedding for about $7,000 – $10,000 (we already spend about $1,000) and I’m hoping to come in around $7,000 total but our budget is $10,000.

    I’m doing a lot of DIY to keep costs down.

    Post # 27
    801 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    For Your Dress:

    Have you heard of The Bride’s Project

    It is in many locations: It’s a charity that receives both new and second-hand dresses as donations. They resale them for a fraction of the original price, and all the proceeds go to breast cancer.

    I got my Marisa dress (Retail price $2,000+) for $200. 

    It’s really worth checking out!!!

    Good luck ๐Ÿ™‚

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