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how much would it cost to have a small wedding with only 30 people?
i need help because im not sure on how much everthing is going to cost i just started planning and i know that i dont want to spend a fortune on this wedding.

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Married: 09/03/2010
Mar 03, 2010 at 7:36 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Well I would suggest setting a budget something that you can afford and is ot going to break your pockets because you dont want to start your marriage off in debt! i am in the middle of planning my wedding we looked EVERYWHERE for a venue and all of them started off at 10,000.00 i didnt even want to spend that for my whole wedding budget! my fiance and i were going to just go to the justice of the peace have dinner and a party afterwards and call it a day. But i never gave up looking we found our venue which had a great pkg deal!! it includes the reception room/ceremony room food/beverage(for 80-100ppl)wedding planner/consultant cash bar linens tableclothes chair covers etc.. centerpieces(different shapes sizes to choose from) dj dancefloor everything all in one for 6185.00! now i know that we have to consider wedding dress rings blabla but i have been planning this wedding since march of 2009 and my wedding day is sept 3rd i only have 1000.00 to pay on my venue i have my wedding gown

Brian Cesario Photography, LLC
Mar 02, 2010 at 3:40 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Jesica, this is really a loaded question...kind of like asking "How much does a car cost?" There are tons of options for everything out there. I'm sorry if this sounds crass, but it all depends on what you can afford, really. Even small weddings aren't cheap; by the time you've gotten the dress, rings, food (including cake), photographer, officiant, DJ/band, centerpieces, venue, and everything else (I'm sure I forgot a few things), you're looking at around 12 grand or so...well, here in NY anyway...not sure what the going rates are in your neck of the woods. Point is, your wedding is what you make of it. There are a lot of DIY brides out there, and I'll admit, some of the ideas are pretty creative and cost-effective. This is your wedding day - a once-in-a-lifetime event, so don't let cost be a deciding factor. Also, I'd suggest you get moving on the planning and FAST, because your big day is in a few months, and vendors book up quickly. Good luck!

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The Invitation Place
Mar 02, 2010 at 3:49 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
I believe that Wedding Wire & other bridal websites have budget planners. That should help. If you still need invitations be sure to check out my budget lines if you are trying to keep costs down. DYI invitation projects can be a real nightmare, plus, your invitation is the first glimpse your guests will have of the big day so make sure it's not a cheap-looking one.
Mar 02, 2010 at 8:18 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Wedding DJs cost a good portion of the event, its one of the most important things your guests will remember besides the food.. when they go home they will say the food was great and the DJ was the best.. DJs in the Tri-state can run from $800 to $2000. But remember that DJs dont just play music and sitback. We have to MC and read your guests to get them on the dance floor to dance and make it a night like no other.
Mar 03, 2010 at 12:23 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
Invitation prices can vary depending on the vendor, your taste and style of preference and if you decide to purchase or diy. By researching your vendors, I believe any dream wedding can be accomplished on any budget.
Mar 03, 2010 at 8:38 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
I have performed many small and intimate wedding ceremonies held at my couple's homes or at a beautiful place outside. The price of a Justice of the Peace is reasonable and it is very possible to keep the costs down for everything else. It all depends on what you'd like to have as far as flowers, photography, invitations,food, music etc...There always is a way to have the most special day of you life! (whether you spend a lot or a little!!)
Mar 03, 2010 at 3:25 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
I would start by sitting down and creating a budget and timeline for this event. Because, your having a small amount of guest your giving yourself a lot of room to play with the budget. Remember that it is possible to have a beautiful wedding on any budget, use your imagination and remember to stay true to what you and your other half's vision and dreams are for it. Use the internet and magazines or possibly a wedding planner to help you organize and define your ideas. Get the three basic's style, budget and timeline out of the way and then focus on the rest. Martha Stewart is the Queen of DIY wedding projects, buy her magazines visit her websites and watch her special on, On Demand if you have cable through Comcast. Have a blast with your wedding planning, Its supposed to be fun. Good luck


It's a Bridal Thing
Mar 03, 2010 at 5:46 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Jessica, you don't have to spend a fortune to have a beautiful and successful wedding. However, I would suggesthiring a wedding planner to help you create a budget and guide you through the steps in planning your wedding.


Thinking Paper
Mar 05, 2010 at 3:24 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
I found when I got married the venue and extras cost the most. The ceremony was peanuts. Honestly, you just have to sit down and think with pen and paper what you want, what is reasonable and what you can be okay with not having. Some venues include quite a bit- like centerpieces for one. 30 people honestly... I would just have a very nice, elegant, intimate dinner. Especially if your not into the whole dance/party thing. My mother's second wedding was amazing. I would have done it myself if I felt okay with having similar memories. She got married on the River Queen / Belle in Brielle NJ. There where maybe about 30 people as well and it only cost about 4,000. She got married right there on the boat and then had a dinner buffet cruise and worked the music through an Ipod. Check it out- we all had a great time.

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