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$1000 wedding?

Amanda , on January 13, 2018 at 9:34 PM Posted in Do It Yourself 0 69
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Trying to diy a $1000 wedding. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated

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Latest activity by Jane, on January 4, 2019 at 6:35 AM
  • Forestwed
    Master May 2018
    Forestwed ·
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    You can do an elopement for that amount but not a wedding. Even if you diy its still more than that.
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  • Melissa
    Master March 2018
    Melissa ·
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    Is this your total budget? I recommend taking both parents out to dinner after a private ceremony.
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  • M
    Beginner October 2019
    Michel ·
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    You could do a nice dinner or a backyard ceremony with close friends and family by keeping it small.
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  • A
    Beginner May 2019
    Amanda ·
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    So far we have a park like back yard of a friends to use, doing potluck/ bbq reception
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  • MsToMrs
    Dedicated September 2018
    MsToMrs ·
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    Finding a venue for $1000 is going to be tough let alone the whole wedding. Is this for the entire wedding or just specific things like decor or centerpieces?
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  • muriel
    Champion June 2018
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    Invite only immediate family, have the ceremony at City Hall, or at the restaurant where you take them all for lunch or dinner.

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  • A
    Beginner May 2019
    Amanda ·
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    Have a free venue, via a friend's park like back yard, and doing a potluck/ bbq reception
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  • MsToMrs
    Dedicated September 2018
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    Bbq from a caterer or restaurant: absolutely. Potluck: avoid it. It's just a hassle you don't need on your wedding day. You can find restaurants who can provide everything you'll need at reasonable prices.
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  • The Bride
    VIP May 2017
    The Bride ·
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    Passing the cost onto your guests by making them bring food is not proper hosting. But I predict someone will come along and insists that it's ok because it's your daaaay.

    I'll just wait here for that to happen.


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  • A
    Beginner May 2019
    Amanda ·
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    Thank you. I will look into that
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  • Shannon
    Expert October 2017
    Shannon ·
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    We got married in the same park he proposed in. We had only 4 guests and then went out to lunch with everyone to my favorite restaurant. We also ordered a small single tier wedding cake. We spent less than $500. It was absolutely perfect for us.
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  • stephanie
    Super October 2017
    stephanie ·
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    How many people?

    Wear a white dress from Ross or TJMaxx, spend no more than $50. Do your own hair and makeup, and wear jewelry and shoes you already own.
    Don't do a backdrop or arch, unless you can literally make it yourself nearly free or borrow from a friend for free. The fake flowers for mine cost like $150, not even including the actual structure they went on.
    FI can also wear cheap clothes or ones they already own.
    Disposable plates/cups/napkins.
    Cake from Costco is actually really good and like $25 for one that feeds 30-40 people.
    No dancing or entertainment, because even a cheap DJ will cost $500. For a backyard bbq feel, maybe yard games?
    Minimize paper products - no signs, menus, save the dates, programs, etc. - invites and rsvps only.
    You don't really need bouquet/boutenniers/etc., if you really want them look into making them yourself.
    Stick to just beer (in coolers) or beer and wine. Self serve, although WW hates this concept.

    Join local Facebook bride groups to buy stuff from people local to you at discounted prices.
    Minimize your guest list, as food/drink will be your biggest expense.
    If you use someone's house, plan to bring toilet paper and anything else your guests will use a lot of, or reimburse the owners for that stuff.
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  • Jacks
    Master September 2019
    Jacks ·
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    When you host a wedding reception, you're thanking the guests for coming to the ceremony. Currently you're asking your guests to fund your wedding by doing potluck. Not to mention food safety, quantity issues, what about OOT guests, where do they cook? Are people expected to BYOB? Basically you're expecting your guests to provide your wedding for you. That's not good hosting and not appropriate to ask people to do.

    What about a courthouse ceremony followed by dinner in a private area of a restaurant for immediate family for your $1000?


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  • Jacks
    Master September 2019
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    This is a great idea!

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  • Mcskipper
    Master July 2018
    Mcskipper ·
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    Keep in mind there are still “fees” with a free venue. You need chairs, tables, rain plan (tent) etc. The best way to have a “cheap” wedding is to have a tiny guest list.
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  • JerseyGirl
    Master May 2017
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    Do this...scrap your original plan. A reception is to thank your guests. You are not thanking them, you are making the work not to mention the host of other issues that makes a potluck reception a bad idea.
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  • Ashley
    VIP May 2018
    Ashley ·
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    Elope.......
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  • QueSeraSera
    VIP December 2017
    QueSeraSera ·
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    Courthouse ceremony and then nice dinner with close family & friends

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  • HowCo Industries
    VIP September 2018
    HowCo Industries ·
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    I think this is totally doable for 25 guests or less. Do a flower alternative (like pinwheels), rent a covered structure at the park and get some budget catering. (Is there a Boston Market near you?)
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  • 6-1-18
    Expert June 2018
    6-1-18 ·
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    Have your wedding catered. I think this can be done but it's gonna be small and tough. See if you can get a student or photographer for like an hour. USE A CATERER. Or do it at a non meal time and have some apps and things from Costco. Grocery store cake. Make your bouquet but don't use any other flowers. Minimal decor (borrowed and bought secondhand). I really don't think you could do this for more than maybe, MAYBE 20 guests.
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