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wedding under 5k!! how??
i am planning a wedding for 75-100 guest and planning to do alot of diy, but still not sure how I can do it under 5k. help

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Posted On: Feb 8, 2009 at 1:25 AM | Vendors are allowed | Add to My Watchlist | Flag As Inappropriate

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tlc party planning

TLC Party Planning
Feb 08, 2009 at 2:01 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
This wedding can happen and also stay with in budget. You said it first diy project! I am a events planner who specailizes on brides with a tight budgets. If I can help please let me no. Hopefully you are a person who can handle alot diy projects. You can make your own invitation for about $25 from Wal Mart. Your programs also if you are computer savy you can always make them. Check the dollar store for vase for you centerpieces. But remember most of your budget will be spent on food. Hopefully this helps!

Yolanda Pierce

Married: 09/13/2008
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Feb 08, 2009 at 7:29 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
Have a cocktail party reception with open bar & butlered hors deorves, that should help with your food cost the biggest expense by the way. Our wedding was 5K on the nose for everything from flowers to food BUT we only had 65 people. But I'm sure if you're creative you can squeeze that into a 100 people. Good Luck:)


Jackie Times Two Wedding & Event Planners
Feb 08, 2009 at 12:01 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
I do agree that you can plan a wedding for right at 5k, but the trick comes with control. I do advise that you consider a planner that can assist you with this process if its just for a consultation/directing. This will ensure that everything is handled/the plans that you did have for your day are carried out. I also think that if you consider a combo ceremony (wedding ceremony & reception in the same area/room) will also keep you within your budget.

I do have some points that I would like for you to ponder over that are very important:
--Be careful of your guest count, it can tend to increase when it gets closer to the day of.
--Yes, I hear you are the DIY Bride,but at what expense? Do you think that doing everything yourself will save a substantial amount of money? If so, email me and let's talk more about it.
--Does your budget include the dress, tux and accessories?

The key is to enjoy your day, not let it work you. HTH's

Certified Planner
Feb 08, 2009 at 6:09 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
75-100 might be pushing it for $5k, but not unheard of. Have you taken a look at Some are calling it recessionista, some call it an intimate gathering, we like to call it European. In our constant pursuit of looking at and admiring other photographers we have found that across the Atlantic? They are all about keeping things small and intimate. Regardless, Christina at has written a book (~$11 on Amazon), which tells you where to go, how to do it yourself, and even vendors that are intimate wedding friendly. She even gives you tips on how to scale down your guest list.

Married: 03/21/2009
Feb 09, 2009 at 1:38 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
It is totally possible it just depends on how fancy you want all of it to be. For the center pieces, I went to the dollar store and got wine glasses in my wedding colors and filled them with sand and a tea candle on top and they are beautiful, and only cost me around $20. From a website called I got 15 disposable cameras, 100 personalized matchbooks, and 100 personalized napkins all for $80. Instead of hiring a photographer for the full time of the ceremony and reception, we are doing just the formal pics from him, and giving everyone else disposable cameras, because honestly, you will probably only like 5-10 of them anyway so whats the point of spending all that money for nothing? Craft stores have a lot of ideas and people to help wit diy stuff. Just remember, its about you and what you want. When you remember this day, how much money you spent on the reception and ceremony is not going to be what you keep with you forever...
Hope that helps some. =)

Married: 04/18/2009
Feb 09, 2009 at 11:01 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
honey, i'm planning a wedding for about 150 people for about $2k. it is very doable. my flowers were less than $300, decorations will be around $300 give or take, invitations were $40 from wal-mart and came out beautifully, my dress was $321 cause it was a discontinued sample, my grandmother is making my veil, and my mom, grandmother, and i are doing the decorations ourselves. the food is being bought from sam's club, and they have great prices. some of it is all ready made, it just needs to be thawed or warmed in the oven. just make sure you have plenty of time to do everything.
oh, one more thing, wal-mart is doing my cake for about $140 and they have the best cakes around where i live. it's plain and i'm going to ask someone to put fake butterflies on it. it's going to be gorgeous.

Married: 09/05/2009
Feb 09, 2009 at 12:53 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Flowers check out bulk websites like and (depending on what type of flowers ur looking at) theyll send u them in the mail they bloom in 2 days & u can make bouquets, do not have an open bar that will save you tons of money, see if anyone in ur family has any connections or knows anyone who does DJ or photography, those are two major things, instead of a limo look at renting a vintage or fancy car (it will be much cheaper!) and you can have his best man or someone be your 'chauffer' for your cake, you can always buy a more plain cake and add things to it on your own. LIke if you wanted flowers on the cake put those on urself! Also check like walmart and grocery stores or people runing their cake business out of their house, they will be much cheaper. and look on places like ebay for stuff like they have stores that sell wedding veils and tiaras for much cheaper! If your still tight 4 money see if family would volunteer and make the food and have a buffett! :)

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Feb 09, 2009 at 1:16 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
You can save on inivtations by going to one of those huge close-out stores that sells brand name items that are overstoked. We have one around our way called Ollies Bargain Outlet. In the stationary section I got all of our invitations at #25 invites@$4.99 per pack for our #150 guests (the print your own kind). I got the template from PASH, you have to be a member first but its FREE to sign up and they have some designer templates. Our catering/flowers are being done by a friend of the family who owns a catering co. so that gave us a huge discount (cake included), the rehearsal meal is going to be pot-luck, and the rest of the money is going towards our honeymoon instead of having lots of super fancy decorations. I saved lots of $$ by purchasing my dress from a bridal boutique on Ebay ($115 total and its perfect!)-(be careful and make sure they are reputable first b/c there are scammers out there). You can do it for under 5K! Just prioritize where u want the $$ to go.
Feb 09, 2009 at 2:16 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Congratulations! First I will tell you what we did.

*Invitations at Michael's and did them myself. $19 for 50 with my coupon.
*We had our wedding in my parents backyard with his brother marrying us.
*I bought my roses from VONS. Yes Vons. I had originally ordered them from Costco, but somehow they screwed up my order and order red instead of white. At Vons I got my corsages and butoniers (?) for $7 apiece and 5 dozen white roses plus extra Baby's breath for $100. I think they took pity on me as I was upset and crying about the Costco flowers. :)I made my own bouquet and MOH.
*We had the reception at our local Elks Club, complete with full bar and full buffet for $2500. That included all linens, silverware, plates, etc. Their head chef actually game out and placed a blessing on us as well.
*I found my photog. team on Craigslist . They charged me $500 for 8 hours. I got all my pictures on 2 discs.
*We did Betas for our center pieces and the kids loved them!


Feb 10, 2009 at 4:36 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Hello Kayla:

If you are going to cut cost, you want to make sure you trim anything that can cause you headaches as well: people....

Make it as intimae as possible. I would say 50 people. Since most of the cost is usualy food, drinks and entertainment, see if you can have family chip in, otherwise, you are looking to spend at least $40 per person on food and drinks.

Do E-vites (no one remembers what the invitations look like)

Go to the dollar store for center pieces (you will be amazed at what you will find).

If you want an outdoor wedding, try one of the parks, some of them provide tables and chairs..

look for a reliable family member who can help with taking the pictures

Look for another reliable member for the video (again, I emphasize reliable because people tend not to live up to expectations as you move closer to d-day). It is doable.. you will still need a planner to help you work out the logistics.

All the best

Married: 04/04/2009
Feb 11, 2009 at 12:31 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
It is very possible...Im planning a wedding for 200 guests and have not spent NO where near that much. Mainly i ordered my decorations from places like and flowers i bought from a craft store when they were on sale. my invites i made myself as well as the programs. check on ebay and u can get things like that that u can print yourself and trust me, its alot cheaper. I got personalized napkins as well online think they were $70 and that was for 300 napkins. My mom and I checked alot of different websites and price compared for everything. So trust me u can do it, there is no doubt bout it. My girls paid for their own dresses and i got my dress when it was on sale. thats the main thing keep your eye on sales. you have alot more time than what i did or it wouldn have cost me as much as it has, which really aint that much. if you want to know any of the websites email me and ill be glad to give them all to u. Good Luck

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