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Wedding Under $5,000...HELP!
Our budget is really tight for our wedding since we are paying for the whole thing ourselves. Does anyone have any great ideas on how to keep costs low and how I might be able to pull everything off for under $5,000? Thanks!!

Married: 10/11/2008
Posted On: May 3, 2008 at 2:29 PM | Vendors are allowed | Add to My Watchlist | Flag As Inappropriate

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May 03, 2008 at 3:06 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Rebecca,
How many guests?
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eventsbyelaine

Events by Elaine
May 04, 2008 at 12:31 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
You can have a beautiful wedding and still keep your budget under $5000.

The first big thing you can do is limit your guest list. You may be able to find a good deal on an all-inclusive location that offers rental and catering and maybe more in one package. If you want to invite more guests you may want to think about a BBQ or more casual reception.

Go simple for decor - lots of tulle and white lights. You can get a lot of this on craigslist and ebay for very little.

For flowers, try to find a local wholesale to public shop or look at Sam's Club or Costco for good prices. You will just need to have the time and space to store and arrange them about 24 - 48 hours before the wedding.

For your wedding dress - go to a vintage store or consignment store. There are some great deals to be had just use common sense. Here is one online dress maker: http://www.gioavonnisbridalboutique.com/index.htm

Feel free to contact me if
May 04, 2008 at 10:59 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
Do a destination wedding! There are lots of nice websites that can help you plan. This way you get your honeymoon and wedding all in one, itravel2000.com and destinationweddings.com are some great sites. You also would have to be very careful if you are deciding not to go destination, plan your budget and stick to it! Use google and ebay they will be your best friend! Good Luck!

MindyTwirl
Married: 06/27/2008
Reviews: 4
May 04, 2008 at 1:10 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
I don't know when destination weddings became cheaper, especially since now not only do you have to feed and entertain your guest for one night, but you have to come up with activities over a few days for them to do and have greeting baskets stuffed with goodies to welcome them from a long journey.

Have you thought of having a wedding in your parents home? A ceremony, followed by cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. Normally this means there's a limit to guest but it also means great savings.

A local favorite restaurant might be more than happy to hold your reception there. You could invite 100 people with a max budget of $50pp - You could serve steak and wine for that price! Or go more with a nice chicken plate with wine and it might be $25pp. Plus the decor is already done. I've heard of a couple celebrating at a favorite Chinese buffet. It's about you.

If you need any more suggestions please ask!
Good Luck

Married: 06/21/2008
Reviews: 14
May 04, 2008 at 9:15 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
First, find a place where you can rent for the day so you can decorate yourself. Ex. craigslist lists lofts, spaces where you rent for the whole day or by hour for events. Prices vary depending on location to rent for the day. For the guest count, try to keep it under 100 to create an intimate setting and keep cost low. For simple & trendy decor, get ideas from DIY projects for table & chair settings. They are really easy to decorate- target & k-mart always has great stuff and low prices! To cut down cost of flowers, buy it from supermarket or grocery stores, the bouquets are already assembled. Get vases or pots from discount stores and you have your centerpieces/bride bouquets,etc. For food, go into your local favorite restaurant and tell them you need catering for a party or family reunion. You'll save a lot of money. Don't say or mention the word wedding! The same applies for a wedding cake. Businesses take advantage of weddings. Best of luck and wishes to you and your fiance!
May 04, 2008 at 9:40 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Congrats on your engagement. This is a question that many brides have to consider, especially when the budget is at this amount. As stated before, you can have a beautiful wedding at this price, but please remember that keeping your guest numbers low can allow you to splurge in 1/2 areas, i.e., flowers or reception site.

Of course, a place that is all-inclusive will sometimes tend to be costly, but if you marry on the non-traditional days or times (a weekday or Sunday/morning instead of evening). Ordering food from places like Wal-Mart or Costco is a great idea and saying the word wedding doesn't jack the price up. It's normally our tastes and knowing what we want when we go. So my number one suggestion is for the 2 of you to sit down and write down what you envision for your day. Look through magazines and get ideas. Then when you go out scouting and get quotes maybe you can scale down or re-adjust the plan to accomodate what you want and like.

May 04, 2008 at 10:48 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! You can have a beautiful wedding for under $5000. My husband and I got married in 2006 and we spent right around $5000 and that included a 4 day honeymoon.

1. Try to find a reception site that will allow you to bring in your own food and beverages. Try VFW halls and parks with nice clubhouses. Recruit friends and family to prepare food and serve buffet style. Stick to comfort foods like meatballs, mac n cheese, veggie tray, fruit bowl, cold cut sandwiches (or wraps), ect. Serving somehting other than the traditional rubber chicken will be much appreciated by guest and your checkbook!

2. Have your wedding and reception on a Friday or Sunday instead of a Saturday. Your venues, DJ, and Photographer should all offer lower rates for a non-Saturday wedding.

3. Custom Wedding Solutions offers package deals. Contact me for details.

I have several more tips if you want to email me. I am out of space on here. Jen@customweddingsolutions.com

Married: 07/19/2008
Reviews: 5
May 05, 2008 at 12:11 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
A wedding for $5000 is completely doable!!! I'm doing mine for less than $1500. I have a great future in-laws and they have offered to foot some of the bill. His grandma and aunts are doing the catering and baking our cakes for us and his aunt and uncle are letting us use their house for the wedding. also, eBay and Craigslist are good places to look for stuff if you want used items.
May 05, 2008 at 2:19 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
As a professional photographer you may want to check the local colleges and art schools in the area. Some students will photograph the wedding for free to build thier portfolios. Talk to them about getting the CD to make your own prints from and scrapbook your own album. Let us know if we can help www.nealstudios.com
May 06, 2008 at 2:05 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
my budget is $6000. I am having it outside the city limits @ a local hall (non-profit lions club), for $350 rental fee that includes table and chairs, or go to your local city hall and ask if they have any places...she's right about the photography, local college students have knowledge of lighting and camera settings, and would be honored to add your wedding to their portfolio.
as for cake, have a small tiered wedding cake and the excess in sheet cake of the same flavor (no decorations means cheaper). you can cut the engagement party, since you will be inviting all the same people to the rehearsal and wedding. We went to hobby lobby and bought crystal vases to put a candle in for the centerpiece (watch for the 50-75% sales!..they ended up being $10.40 each including candle and taxes). hope some of this helps!

Married: 05/12/2007
Reviews: 5
May 07, 2008 at 10:32 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
My biggest costs were not my vendors and food and such, it was my dress, the bridesmaids dresses (because I paid for them), jewelry, tuxes, shoes, etc...Photography is usually high too...but checking colleges is a great suggestion. My advice, limit the size of the wedding party, unless your asking them to pay for their own attire. Also, ask around for friends who have relatives with big houses, or old houses, or any decent amount of property where you could have it. We had mine at my uncles ranch. we decorated the tables with wildflowers in mason jars and had votive everywhere. We borrowed all the tables, chairs, and linens from a local church, set up an ipod, and slide show (outside on a wall), and had amazing brisket and salsa (made by mamma :) ) Really, the only major thing we had to buy was the cake.
May 13, 2008 at 1:46 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
I am not sure what you are look for in the way of favors but one way to combine cost is to do a favor place card combo. I own a company called Cookievites and we make edible invitations greeting cards and favors. We make everything custom so it can fit any theme, style and budget. Check us out on wedding wire & at www.cookievites.com and let me know if you would like me to make you up a sample. It a neat idea thats different and all your guest will be impressed that you found such a unique idea for your wedding.
p.s. we have some great deals on wedding wire that will save some cash too!
May 13, 2008 at 1:46 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
I am not sure what you are look for in the way of favors but one way to combine cost is to do a favor place card combo. I own a company called Cookievites and we make edible invitations greeting cards and favors. We make everything custom so it can fit any theme, style and budget. Check us out on wedding wire & at www.cookievites.com and let me know if you would like me to make you up a sample. It a neat idea thats different and all your guest will be impressed that you found such a unique idea for your wedding.
p.s. we have some great deals on wedding wire that will save some cash too!
May 16, 2008 at 9:00 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Weddings for $5000.00 are our speciality. We provide the venue, the caterer, the wedding cake, the music, the photographer, and the bridal party flowers. Call us in Atlanta at 770.312.9362

davisphotographyohio

Davis Photography Ohio
May 19, 2008 at 3:36 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
As a newlywed myself, I totally understand being on a tight budget. My whole wedding budget was 1,500. My biggest problem was finding a photographer...which was my biggest thing! I ended up having a family member shoot my wedding! If you are still looking for a wedding photographer, I may be able to help. Right now I have a promotion going on for couples who are not in my area. I will shoot your wedding for free, and provide you with a basic wedding package if you pay for airfare and hotel accomidations. You can check out my profile for more info! Good luck! :)

Zen Bites
May 25, 2008 at 9:11 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Congrats on your upcoming wedding! It's on my birthday! :)

That said, my two year anniversary is coming up, and my husband and I paid for our entire wedding alone. Our budget was $5000 as well, and we managed to come in under that - including the dress and rings!

Dress: David's Bridal (not my favorite place, but I LOVED my dress)

Alterations: Local mom and pop tailor. Seriously, David's wanted to charge me nearly $250 to take in my gown, bustle it and make it shorter. I got the alterations at a mom and pop tailor inside a dry cleaners for $80 and they were absolutely WONDERFUL.

Men's Attire: Suits. Most men have black suits. My husband just bought a new tie and he wore his black suit. All of his groomsmen already had black suits as well. We saved a TON of money on not renting tuxedos!

 

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