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$500.00 budget!!!!!!
This is my 2nd marriage and his first. We have set a date of Nov 1 2008. We also just bought a home that we will be moving into the end of August. He has set a budget of $500- with the idea that it isn't possible to do. I know where to cut some corners but any suggestions would be wonderful. We will be having it at our new house and about 60 people will be invited (not including kids).

Married: 11/01/2008
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Jul 25, 2008 at 9:40 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
Im guessing your eloping? If thats the case then a cocktail affair with h'orderves and other simple things to eat will probably be the cheapest route. Or you can maybe try to hold off on the celebration to save up a little more and have something a little bit more formal.

Married: 2+ years ago
Jul 25, 2008 at 10:30 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
Of course this is possible. As I posted elsewhere, the lowest-cost wedding I know of was $0, and the lowest-cost wedding I have attended personally was $50. You have ten times that much!

You already have two of the most expensive details taken care of: the ceremony venue and the reception venue. I'm assuming you will do something similar with the third expensive detail -- "attire" -- and simply wear your existing best clothes (as brides did for generations before the "wedding industry" started seeing them as a cash cow). So what is left is the cost of food and drink, decorations, entertainment, and legalities.

Only the legalities are essential: the rest you can compromise over. If you are Christian, your pastor will usually officiate for free or for a nominal fee. You will need to contact your local government for the cost of a marriage license and an alternate officiant if you don't have a pastor.

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Jul 25, 2008 at 3:58 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Have a the ceremony and a desert reception in the backyard of your home. Do it as an intimate standup affair. I have done a wedding where people stood around the bride and groom rather than sitting and it really was fun. A desert reception can cut down on your costs tremendously as you are not feeding people dinner. I would set it up later in the evening. For music, you can always plug in the iPod with a selection of your favorite party songs.

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Jul 25, 2008 at 3:59 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Have a the ceremony and a dessert reception in the backyard of your home. Do it as an intimate standup affair. I have done a wedding where people stood around the bride and groom rather than sitting and it really was fun. A dessert reception can cut down on your costs tremendously as you are not feeding people dinner. I would set it up later in the evening. For music, you can always plug in the iPod with a selection of your favorite party songs.

Percy
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Whimsical Floral Design

Whimsical Floral Design
Jul 26, 2008 at 10:11 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
Well, you can do your own flowers. Maybe just enough for your bouquet and a boutonnière for him. But I would make the reception food very simple and light to save money - maybe even have a morning wedding and serve a brunch with bagels & cream cheese, orange juice. You can get married in your back yard or a public park. You might contact your church or your local courthouse for an officiant.

For your gown, I suggest looking at bridesmaid dresses in white or ivory (yes, some places actually make them in this color). Target Weddings has a very pretty gown in cream shown here:

http://www.target.com/Isaac-Mizrahi-Target-Embroidered-Dress/dp/B000U1YWQW/qid=1217081398/ref=br_1_2/601-6910167-7100130?ie=UTF8&node=350118011&frombrowse=1&pricerange=&index=tgt-mf-mv&field-browse=350118011&rank=-product_site_launch_date&rh=&page=3

-Leann
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Jul 28, 2008 at 2:09 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
CONGRATULATIONS!
Finding a look for your special day can be really inexpensive if you find a great sale on your wedding dress (or borrow one) Conseignment shops are also great for this task. Your makeup should be flawless and camera ready too. Find yourself a Mary Kay beauty consultant who will personally help you find the perfect look for you- no matter how long it takes. It's your day and you want to feel beautiful! The consultation is free, and Mary Kay is the #1 selling brand in the U.S., and you will learn how to apply it all yourself, saving money on a makeup artist. Not to mention getting your skin ready to GLOW when you say "I do" is so important! If you are in the Atlanta, GA area please call me so I can help! If you are elsewhere, you can easily find a consultant in your area by going to www.marykay.com
Best wishes to you! ~Wendy

Reyna (Renee')

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Jul 28, 2008 at 10:05 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
look at a dept store for your dress. Gat married at home, serve cake and punch and get some of those deli trays from hormel 9.99 each. place the food on a larger tray with extra crackers, no one puts meat and cheese on the cracker. place the items on a tray with fruit in the middle like grapes or strawberries. Place candles all around or you can just spend 25.00 on the votives that do not burn. try bed bath and beyond and place in some glasses you already have and tie a ribbon on them. Good luck

La Fete Events

La Fete Events
Jul 29, 2008 at 11:57 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Fabulous does not have to be expensive -- acutally I think fabulous comes from creativity and the heart. First and formost don't get caught up in buying everything -- you need to get ready ( and excited) to create! Think about what is important to you -- day or night -- flowers -- food -- decide what your priority will be and were you want to spend the most of your money. If you do it at night - ask your friends for all their christmas lights and use them to creat some aumbience in your backyard. Go to Ikea - they have very inexpensive nice things for decorations and for serving. ... Have your friends stand it a circle around you as your get married - this does away with the need for chairs and a backdrop for your ceremony. What a fun event to plan! I love it!
Best of Luck - you can do it!!!
Kristen Huber
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Jul 30, 2008 at 6:26 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
The cost of your wedding will have no bearing on the longevity. Some of the most intimate affairs I've officiated at have been the ones that aren't held at a fancy venue. Make your new home the center of attention. It is, after all, where you'll spend all your time as a family. A beautiful cake and champagne toast will be nice. Good luck!

Jane
Jul 30, 2008 at 2:39 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Your wedding is in the fall,so use the colors of the season. Simple food from Costco, do a cupcake tree instead of a cake or even a pretty sheet cake.$$$ is not the problem using it creatively is! LOL
This will have to be VERY simple party, like a gathering of friends, casual and fun.
Carry a single rose in fall colors.
Go to some of the dollar stores and buy sparkling cider and sodas.
If you have close family, ask them to help. Does grandma make a great salad? Does Mom sew? Is your best friend a guitar player?
Use the family talents to fill in the spots.

It can be done, just not on the Platinum wedding scale!

Married: 08/23/2008
Jul 30, 2008 at 4:31 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
You can do a lot with a little with just a little imagination.

When the grocery stores have sodas on sale, 4 or 5 12 packs for $10, grab $20 worth. Also, you can get a sheet cake from the grocery store for under $30.

Depending on what part of the country you live in, have a bar-b-cue; hot dogs, burgers and chips can feed a lot of people. Or even pizza.

With 60 guests, it sound like you will have close family and friends, so ask them to pitch in and bring a dish.

I wish you the best of luck; enjoy and have fun.
 

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