Shannon
Expert June 2021

Where are my fellow low budget brides ($10k or under)?

Shannon, on June 30, 2019 at 4:33 AM Posted in Planning 6 146
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Budget seems to be kind of a hot topic on a lot of wedding sites. I have not had the snottiness on this site regarding budget, but I left another well-known wedding site a few years ago due to brides getting fairly nasty if you chose not to spend upwards of $15K to $20K on your wedding. I'm not, at all, judging people who spend way more than I would choose to on a wedding. They are just not my tribe, for lack of a better way of putting it. I'm looking for my people.


Low budget brides...some questions.


1. What is your budget? Is it strict or flexible?

2. Why did you choose that budget?

3. What are you doing to save money on wedding expenses?



Our budget is $3K to $4K, We gave ourselves a range. We are comfortable spending $4K, but would like to keep it as close to $3K as we can. So, even though it is flexible in that way, we are pretty strict with not going over $4K. Our venue/food/drink takes up half of our budget.


We chose that budget because we're not getting married for 2 years yet and we can fairly easily save this amount of money without any huge changes to our current lives. We already live together. We're established. We have kids who will need fairly expensive things within the next few years. We don't want our wedding to be financial strain on us.


To save money on wedding expenses, we're keeping it small (under 50 people). We're doing the unthinkable and not hiring a professional photographer (a DJ was more important to us). We're getting our cake made at a grocery store bakery. My dress was less than $100. We're having our ceremony and reception in the same place.



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  • Anna
    Devoted April 2020
    Anna ·
    We're sticking to about 5000. We are only inviting 48 people total. No dj, videographer, party favors, things like that. I told him I rather spend all that money on the honeymoon lol. We tried to get as much deals as possible. Our venue is giving us a discount of 25% off. Also all my bridesmaids are my baby sisters so everyone is buying their own things. I cant think of anything else but I am loving how we're sticking to it.
  • Shannon
    Expert June 2021
    Shannon ·
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    That's fabulous. I'm not sure we're even having bridesmaids. If we have any attendants other than our kids, it'll be one each.

  • Anna
    Devoted April 2020
    Anna ·
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    I wasnt planning on any, but my sisters are ages 9, 14, and 15. Their pretty much like babies. When I got engaged they were so excited they said they all would be. So I said okay lol
  • Shannon
    Expert June 2021
    Shannon ·
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    That'll be nice though! They'll have a blast!

  • Diana
    Super December 2019
    Diana Online ·
    We’re in the same boat. I have four kiddos (from a former marriage). I didn’t want to spend a lot of my savings for our wedding. When my FH and I got engaged his mother said I’ll take care of the venue/my dress/DJ. FH bought my two girls dress and the boys suits/our honeymoon.I paid for the cake (from Publix). Flowers (Sam’s Club). Catering (local BBQ). Decor/Wedding Favors (Dollar Store). Photographer (Co-worker who does photography as a second job). His ring (Diamonds Direct). Linens (Tablecloth Factory). Wedding Invitations/Save the Dates. (Shutterfly). Stamps (Post Office). I’ve roughly spent about $3000.
  • Shannon
    Expert June 2021
    Shannon ·

    Wow! That was nice of your future Mother In Law! Those things make up a huge cost! Oh yeah, I forgot. We aren't doing traditional invitations. We're doing it all online which saves a ton of money too.

  • D
    Super July 2020
    D ·
    Our budget is $8-9k. We started out with 7k but decided to rent the venue another day for set up, prepping our apps for cocktail hour, and probably RD. Our guest list is around 170 but we expect around 130, maybe 140.

    We are DIYing our appetizers to save money. Supplying all beverages including alcohol. We have a friendor photographer, friendor DJ, doing our own decor, family officiant, renting little as possible. The venue and meal will take up 75% of our budget. Same location for ceremony and reception.
  • Shannon
    Expert June 2021
    Shannon ·

    If our venue allowed DIY food or drinks, we'd cut costs there too, but they don't. They even have it very boldly stipulated that any wedding cake/cupcakes/desserts (which they don't provide) HAVE to come from a licensed bakery.

  • Denise
    Super September 2019
    Denise ·

    Our budget is 4K but we're doing everything we can to cut it. So far we're settling in around 3K. We switched DJ's, we're using my cousin as a photographer, my parents own a hotel/restaurant. A lot of this is mainly just luck, I have a family business to mooch off of.

  • Shannon
    Expert June 2021
    Shannon ·
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    That's a great way to use your resources!

  • Jalyn
    Dedicated August 2019
    Jalyn ·

    My budget is about 10K. and we've stayed under so far. My parents are paying so i'm trying to make sure i dont run up a check. I'm doing a lot of DIY decor to avoid just spending money. I'm an artist so i felt it was only right.

  • Shannon
    Expert June 2021
    Shannon ·
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    What are you DIYing?

  • Kelly
    VIP October 2020
    Kelly ·
    I'm 10k I could do more but I'm currently the only income between my husband and I because he's finishing college, and honestly I wanted to go to City Hall but he wanted a wedding. So 10k is what we felt was a good number.
    We're having 65 people, probably no DJ, no alcohol (another hot topic people get snotty about!) And I'm doing the decorations myself. Overall my venue is a beach front hall so it doesn't need a lot of decorations.
  • Shannon
    Expert June 2021
    Shannon ·
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    A beach front hall sounds so pretty!

  • Luca
    Devoted May 2021
    Luca ·

    We are planning a low budget wedding too. We're not getting married until 2021 because I want to be completely debt free by our wedding and we have a few things that we need to take care of with our house first.

    Some ways that we are saving money:

    Venue: We are several options through the city's parks and recreation department that are really nice and very inexpensive. We will be using one of those options. They have a beautiful historic building that you get for the whole weekend for around $100! There is also a park on the same street that my future in-laws live on with a pavilion that is option too. The park would be $50 for the day.

    Flowers: I'm planning on doing my own bouquets for the wedding. I'm going to order flowers from Sam's Club or a local grocery store and diy them. You can get 100-125 roses from Sam's Club for $89 and 30 hydrangea stems for $58.

    Invitations: I love looking at the beautiful invitations that a lot of people order but I've been considering just buying an invitation kit from Michael's, Walmart or Target. My Walmart has them on clearance often and Target has a set right now for under $8 for 50 invitations.

  • Shannon
    Expert June 2021
    Shannon ·
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    It's great that you have so many low price options!

  • Luca
    Devoted May 2021
    Luca ·

    Where are my fellow low budget brides ($10k or under)? 1

    This is my dress inspiration photo. I ordered the tulle skirt and it will be in around the end of July. The skirt was under $50. Now I just have to find a top that I like.

  • Shannon
    Expert June 2021
    Shannon ·
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    That's pretty!

  • Megan
    Savvy December 2019
    Megan ·

    Our budget is about $8,000 for us to personally spend, but our parents are helping a little, so the actual budget is a little higher.

    Here's where we have saved money:

    A Monday wedding in December. The ceremony & reception venue + catering + drink tickets will be about $5800. That's the bulk of our budget, but they were really willing to work with us (because what hotel is going to see that kind of money + a big room block on a normal Monday in December?! lol). We don't have to pay for the venue as long as we hit the food minimum and they waived the room turnover fee, which was helpful. The hotel is also giving us the honeymoon suite the night of for free!

    How we're getting help:
    My brother is a professional dj (like, actually), so he's doing that for us. (if you're in the Racine, WI area, I can pass his info along! He's coming to MN for my wedding, but he's been a DJ since he was 16.)

    Fiance's uncle is a retired photographer, so he's doing that for us.

    My parents bought my dress, which was very important to them. I'm the only daughter (3 brothers!) and the last to get married, so my mom is very excited about making "my day" special, which is so so sweet.

    I'm still trying to figure out what to do about floral. My mom says I *HAVE* to have my bouquet made, which I don't mind, but gosh they are so expensive! Like, I know it will be beautiful, but to do that plus bridesmaid bouquets just seems like a LOT.

    Honestly, if I wasn't getting married in the winter, I'd probably have a more casual wedding in a nice local park, which wouldn't cost much and then we would find a cheaper caterer and save money in that way, but I think for the type of wedding we're having, we're doing pretty a pretty nice job! It's definitely a fancier/more glamorous wedding due to winter/hotel ballroom setting, but that's been fun to plan especially since so many of my friend's weddings have been more of the beautiful outdoor ones that are just a little more casual by nature (lol, pun).

  • M.W.
    VIP June 2019
    M.W. ·

    My husband and I had our ceremony at our church and our reception at our local fire hall. Fire halls and VFW Halls are absolutely amazing! You get soo much more bang for your buck. Our Fire hall and a chef, it includes all of our tables, chairs, linens, napkins, plates, cuts, utensils. All we had to do was decorate a little, supply our own cake and alcohol. Our Budget was $10,000 we came in under budget at $7,200 and we had 104 guest

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