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Wedding budget $6000. Is it possible?

Amanda, on August 10, 2017 at 10:34 AM Posted in Planning 1 76
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Need ideas of how you girls cut corners and got everything really cheap or free. Thanks in Advance for ideas.

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Latest activity by Vonette, on June 20, 2020 at 3:53 AM
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    Savvy April 2019
    Amanda ·
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    Besides keeping the guest list small.

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  • Daniella
    VIP October 2017
    Daniella ·
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    Yes, small guest list. Make sure your "corner cutting" doesn't stop you from properly hosting your guests with catered food and booze.

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  • Allison
    Expert April 2018
    Allison ·
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    Our budget is $5000. Venues, including food, linens, chairs and tables, decor and alcohol is costing is about $2,300. But that's also because my FH is military so we're having it on base at the officers club where they do everything there on site. Edited to add- I agree, keep your guest list small. Ours is 40 ppl.

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  • OG Kathryn
    Champion May 2016
    OG Kathryn ·
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    Yeah good luck getting things for free, you truly get what you paid for when it comes to wedding vendors.

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  • Z_Runner
    VIP June 2017
    Z_Runner ·
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    The only way you can cut corners is to have a very small guest list! FYI- Everything come w a price, so forget about getting everything free

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  • Beachy
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    Beachy ·
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    Amanda, the only way to keep costs down is legitimately keeping a small guest list. Depending on where you live it might be easier to have a larger guest list and still entertain properly.

    ETA: For reference on the guest count, I am having about 80 people and spending around 14k. I have not been overly expensive on most anything either. I am doing fake etsy flowers and non floral centerpieces.

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  • E&M
    VIP September 2017
    E&M ·
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    Small guest list and it's totally doable! If it were me, I'd find an officiant and track down a pretty location, have our immediate families (parents, siblings, sibling's spouses), and a few of our closest friends. Find a reasonably priced dress and suit, hire a good photographer, and take your small group out to a nice dinner. Totally doable in that budget and can be very elegant.

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  • MrsSki
    Master April 2017
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    A budget of $6k is definitely possible! Keep your guest list small (30 people max), buy a simple dress or buy one secondhand, use minimal flowers that are in season, and skip favors/decor/programs. Just be sure to take care of catered food and at least beer/wine served by a licensed bartender!

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  • FutureMiller
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    FutureMiller ·
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    Your location and guest list size are the main things that determine how much you can realistically set your budget at. It is possible to have a $6000 budget- mine is $5000. However, I have a relatively small guest list and I live in a very small TN town. Chances are any venue I find is going to be cheaper than a lot of other people's. (I actually made a post about whether to book my venue and people referred to it as "scary cheap"). We can't know if your budget is plausible if you don't give us the specifics of what you intend to be paying for vs what you're getting for free.

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    Just Said Yes October 2017
    Victoria ·
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    Completely possible! We have a smaller budget than you (no set amount, just as small as possible!) ... I got my dress in the $99 clearance at David's Bridal. Our venue for the ceremony and reception is our church, which saves a lot! We are also just having a dessert reception. I'm doing artificial flowers and arranging them myself (flowers I'm getting 50% off from Hobby Lobby!) I'm also making my own invitations. Honestly, one of the biggest things is to shop around online until you find the cheapest price on things. I've also gotten things at garage sales, Goodwill, etc... It's fun to find bargains!

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  • Allison
    Expert April 2018
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    Our venue is only $750.

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  • FME
    Master March 2018
    FME ·
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    There are men on here too, but anyway.. Nothing is free. Cutting corners always comes back to bite you in the ass. Is there ways to save? Absolutely. But don't cut corners, especially at your guests comfort.

    ETA: Shop sales, wait for specials, use coupons, use ebates & ibotta, skip STDs, get invitations from vista print or print them yourselfs, hire a caterer and supply your own alcohol (if venue allows)

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  • Rachel Langerhans
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    Keep it very, very small (10-20 max with that budget, but it will also depend on other factors). Skip save the dates, programs, favors, flowers. Have a consignment/re-sale dress dress. No wedding party. Brunch/mid-day ceremony and cake/punch reception. Or take your very small group to a nice dinner after a short and sweet ceremony. Don't go "cheap" with photography, you often get what you pay for. Photos are the one thing left (besides a spouse) after the wedding, so save room to capture your special day (even if you have to cut corners elsewhere). Have a long engagement to save up more money. Many ways to save some money without skimping in important areas (e.g., catering and officiant).

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  • Meaghan
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    Meaghan ·
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    My budget is $5,000 it is totally doable but go small. We are having 20 people, getting married in a butterfly house then taking everyone out for dinner after.

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  • LibraryBelle
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    LibraryBelle ·
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    Depending on your area, you could probably have a wedding for this cost for a guest list of under 25 people.

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  • Amber
    Savvy September 2017
    Amber ·
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    You can cut some cost by Looking into non floral centerpieces. If I had known I could've done all my centerpieces as cute lanterns with a small flower accent with half the price I would've done that. So look into centerpieces you can diy and then this forum is really good for sharing diy centerpieces and getting feedback.

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  • Spaghetti
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    Spaghetti ·
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    I wouldn't worry about tons of decorations and just find a nice chapel/venue/courthouse(?) and then go to a fancy dinner. Spend the rest on nice gifts, your attire, hair, makeup.. be beautiful and celebrate!

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  • K.M.
    Master September 2018
    K.M. ·
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    The only big way to cut costs is by cutting the guest list. You can save some money cutting corners but at some point you get what you pay for. I would rather throw a kick ass party for a smaller group of people then serve okay food and limited alcohol to a large group of people.

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  • Celia Milton
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    Cheap or free? Great way to approach entertaining people who are theoretically the closest to you.....

    Keep the guest list very small; 15-20 guests. Treat them like royalty.. In the end, you'll be far less stressed out.

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  • Jaimee
    Master October 2019
    Jaimee ·
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    Keep your guest list small and keep your expectations realistic. Prioritize good-hosting over "add-ons", so to speak.

    Don't skimp on catering/forgo catering all together because you want a videographer, in addition to your photographer, for example.

    Another example would be to indulge on a wedding gown way outside your planned gown budget and sacrifice alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages in order to afford said gown.

    ETA: Don't invest in anything unnecessary, such as programs, save-the-dates, and favors (being the first things that come to mind).

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