Hello! This WeddingWire is run by Jasmines planner/cousin, Rachel! Our family is looking to accomplish a budget friendly but memorable wedding for her! Food and reception venue is taken care of by family. We’re looking for suggestions of something special anyone did for their budget friendly wedding that made it memorable!
I can't say enough about Amazon. I got my dress, shoes, flowers, bra, pantyhose, and accessories for less than 300 total. Mind you, nothing is traditional about our day! Red and black. Nothing is white. But Amazon has really nice dresses for decent prices! Besides, its not the things that make the day. Its the experiences we share together!
Some of the ways I found out that works the best are planning out the budget. That's the most important step since if it isn't well planned and you are not using it as a guide, it's very easy to step out of the set prices. Also try to think about some unusual ways to arrange the wedding, for example a wedding with minimalism theme. I honestly think simple things can be the most beautiful ones. For invitations don't bother printing out everything, create a website, my favorite website builder is Zyro. If you plan to have an entertainer perhaps you have a friend that is good at it or knows someone who is? This way you can get a discount. Try to engage with people and bring up such topics, maybe someone enjoys photography, and are willing to work as one during the wedding if it means they get an invitation!
I would suggest figuring out the top three important things for Jasmine. So three things she really wants to be be top notch and is willing to spend more on (for example for me it was only my dress and photography so I planned my budget around spending more money on those and then being more strict in the budget for other areas). Hopefully this helps to give you a direction to go in
I’ve gotten everything I’m wearing except my dress and jewelry off Amazon, though I have seen some nice white dresses that could totally work as a wedding dress as well. And I’ve seen some nice and affordable wedding dresses on Amazon as well.
Also, Rachel, don’t be afraid to shop around. I’ve found some good things off Facebook Marketplace for decorations. Think about things that family might have lying around. I have a friend letting me borrow quilts to use on seating (I’m having the ceremony at an amphitheater with concrete rows and wanted to dress it up). I’m also using mason jars which family have lying around and even if I need to buy more I know that my FH & I are planning a big vegetable garden next year and we’ll need plenty of jars for canning.
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I love the mason jar idea! Her and her fiancé have a nice bit of land, and plan on gardening, so they could do the same! And the quilts! Adorable! The wedding is happening at a local park, and I think that would be adorable for seating!
I'm still planning my budget friendly wedding... but here's what I've done so far...
Dress: Alfred Angelo liquidation sale (mom is my seamstress)
My cousin does calligraphy as a hobby so she is writing my chalkboard signs that the venue has for us. My aunt makes cakes for fun so she volunteered to make our cake for free. My fiancee's father's GF does photography, and is doing that for free. Our DJ is a local guy I've known for years and gave us a steep discount.
Flowers and centerpiece decor: amazon and recycled bottles to put lights in, and the votives I got from facebook marketplace from someone selling their wedding decor
I made my own signage and thank you notes with my cricut (all free downloads)
I grabbed a few things on Etsy and even a thing or two from Ebay.
We aren't doing anything traditional... No traditional tosses (bouquet, garter, etc), no father/daughter/mother/son dances, no toasts, etc.
I've shopped around A LOT. We weren't going to do favors (because of our budget) but we went with small coasters that were $.89 each.
Don't be afraid to ask for help, or is someone is really good at something, ask them to pitch in!