I want to hear about your low budget weddings! What have you/are you doing to budget and save money? We are located just outside Milwaukee, have invited 65 guests, and we are below budget at $6,400!
We are doing an afternoon wedding at my FMIL’s house with 20 people. We will have tapas and dancing after it. We will then go to a hotel in the city and have a fancy dinner just us! We should be able to come in around $3000
We are in PA, our venue at a country club is all inclusive. Should come out to about $6,000 and includes food open bar, ceremony, cake, and centerpieces. DJ that the venue hooked us up with is $750. Photographer is $650. Dress was $99 at David’s Bridal. Everything else should be around $500-$1,000. So all together less than $9,000 for around 65 guests.
We are spending about $8000 for 70 guests during off season (January). We are having the ceremony at our church. There is small fee for the church and we will make a donation to the pastor for officiating. We are having the reception in a private room of a local restaurant. No facilty fee, we are just paying for food, servers and alcohol. We will have beer and wine only during cocktail hour and will pay based on consumption. I also saved a ton of money by having silk flowers real touch instead of fresh. Lastly, negotiate, negotiate, and negotiate.
We are doing our own flowers - ordering in bulk online from Sams Club. They have thousands of great reviews. It'll be under $300 for all flowers. Then we are doing our own photo booth. Probably going to cost around $150 for props, photo book, back drop, etc.
Following this, I feel like there are not enough budget brides out on this app! I fortunately have a free venue with our church and there facilities with no dancing or alcohol. It'll be a short afternoon ceremony and reception- starting at 2 pm to have appetizers and finger foods rather than a large meal. I will have 250 to 300 guests. Also look for a photographer that has a good profile online but may just be starting out as a business. There services are usually much cheaper.
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How will you have music though? Just keep in mind, music is a critical component. If the music sucks, the party sucks and people leave early. Also who will MC things like your enterance, etc. no dj can affect more than just the music..
UGH I'm SO Glad you pointed that out. Something was too good to be true! I've been sitting here a day and a half thinking how awesomely below budget we are. I typed the wrong number into the budget line. We are definitely not as below budget as I thought, my guests are eating and drinking at 2162.50 I definitely knew this.
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Not judging your budget but i wonder if your priorities are aligned. For the $3500 you're spending on a photographer (which is almost half my budget) I could have gotten a photographer, DJ, and videographer. But for my budget, I allocated more money towards food and venue. And $45 won't even cover the postage on your invitations. The small things add up, too.
To stay in budget, we found a venue that doesn't need/allow much decor, we're buying bulk flowers and I am making my own bouquets (only need two and I care very little about the flowers) and boutinerres, we're keeping the guest count to 50 (fingers crossed), and we hired the photographer we wanted for fewer hours, FH is wearing his own tux, so no costs there. We are also providing our own beer and wine for the bar. We are splurging a little on live music.
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Our reception venue is tiny but has speakers all along the ceiling that we plan to play music through. Because it's such a small venue (no dance floor or anything) i wasn't really planning a big entrance.
We have a budget of $3,000 We have a total of 50 guest coming,our venue(pictures posted below) if 750 dollars,my uncle owns a dj system so that 0 dollars,we own a mexican restaurant so we will cater our selfs so that $0 we will have drink from the restaurant so thats $0 a client of our reataurant is a photographer so thats only $600 the venue does not need to be decorated since its allready beautiful..cake is $200. We are buying flowers at walmart or frdmeyers to save,invitations are made locally so very cheap,anything else im forgetting at the moment?
My Venue was a park free, my dress $85 (I already had my shoes), husband's shirt $120 (he already had everything else), lunch at my favorite restaurant us plus four guests $125, small one tier wedding cake $55, I did my own hair and makeup, I had budgeted $75 for my simple bouquet of fall flowers but when my husband went to pick it up while I was getting ready they had lost the order so it was free. A budget wedding is very doable you just have to think of what is really important to you. For me it was getting married to the one I love. I wanted simple but pretty and I think we did it. It was perfect for us. I did save a huge amount because my brother is a photographer and gifted us our wedding pictures.
We have 50 guests and our wedding is under $6000. Venue was all inclusive besides officiant ($150), dj ($500), and photographer ($140). Dress was $200 and hair and makeup $100.
I’m not sure on our full budget yet but we are looking at $4500 for our venue, catering, alcohol, and our hotel room. A really good friend of ours is our DJ and he’s not charging us but I do plan to tip him. An old friend of mine is a photographer and she’s doing my photography and isn’t charging me. An old coworker is a baker and is making our cake and isn’t charging us. I do plan on tipping both. I’m a MUA and my sister is a hairdresser so I’ll have both my hair and makeup done without any cost. I’m also going to be using my moms wedding dress so no cost there for me. My FH’s attire is $240. I’m only spending $140 on decor and favors. I am buying corsages for my bridesmaids which is $50. And our wedding parties gifts only came out to $150. I’m guessing it’ll be around $6k.
The venue we're going with is about $2500 less to do it on Sunday vs Saturday, so we changed the day to save a bunch there. I'm going to order flowers in bulk, my fw's aunt is a photographer so she's doing our photos and a close relative of mine is officiating, we're just providing the ladies hotel rooms for that weekend. I'm doing my own hair and make up, and my dress was a gift. We're also doing heavier hors d'oeuvres in place of a plated meal..and I found this really awesome cake place that rents a Styrofoam "cake" decorated however you want, and has sheet cakes in the back to serve guests for way less than other places I've checked with. We still have a lot to go but I'm confident we won't go over our budget. We're planning $6000 for 75 people.