How can I have a great wedding for under $10,000?

by DIY wedding planner on March 10, 2012

I have a budget of 10,000 for my wedding next January. So far I’ve already spent 2000 and I only have the photographer and dress done! I need a venue as soon as possible but I’m having a hard time finding a nice one including food within my price range. I’m willing to DIY for decorations and invitations and other things. But, I guess I’m wanting any tips i can get.
Forgot to mention…I’m from Minnesota and am open to venues and vendors around the Twin Cities.
Also, I’m trying to actually stay within 8,000 so we can have money left for the honeymoon. Eek!
Please keep in mind I can NOT do it outside in Minnesota in January. :)
200 people are on my guestlist.

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Miss Jennayee March 10, 2012 at 4:53 am

Look at, they have the cutest wedding and DIY ideas :)


4REEE March 10, 2012 at 5:50 am

It would help us if we knew what area you are in.



bamagirl March 10, 2012 at 6:39 am

I made my own invites. You can purchase the paper and software for these at walmart or hobby stores. I also had only finger foods and my cake. I made my own puch. You don’t have to feed a full meal to an army of people if you don’t want to or have the budget for it. I only had 30 days to plan my wedding. One thing I wished I had done was put the little disposable cameras on the tables at the reception. My professional photos were nice but I would have liked to have had just reg pics of everyone that was there goofing off and having a good time. I decorated the church myself with white lights and flowers.We dimmed the lights. It looked so pretty. I have been to some big weddings but mine was just as nice and the money we saved on the wedding, we spent on the honeymoon. I didn’t have a ring bearer or flower girl or even bride’s maids. My sister was my made of honor. I bought her dress on sale at a bridal shop for 15.00. It was just a plain red dress, nothing frilly and she loved it b/c it didn’t make her stick out like a sore thumb. My husband’s best man was his dad and he wore a nice black suit as did my husband, no tuxes. The same man who married my parents, married me and my husband and he refused to take a dime for it. It was really special to me. Some like a bigger wedding but I was glad we spent the money on our honeymoon b/c the memories we made there are the ones that I cherish the most.


jamie h March 10, 2012 at 6:41 am

Try artificial flowers :) that will save you a ton, & if you have any artistic family members… ask for some help. Examples: My fiance’s grandma is baker & his uncle is a photographer… they saved us about $2,500 right there. Try googling: Wholesale, before any search query… “Wholesale Flowers” etc. is a great site, so is Good luck hon! It’ll be gorgeous!


mountainman March 10, 2012 at 7:34 am

Multiple choice…

1) do it on youtube (think about it, no venue expenses, and everyone can stay home and watch it, which also limits your food expenses)

2) Vegas (what happens there is still considered legal in other states)

3) court house lawn (If you are in Texas, make sure you are not on the side with the hangman gallows)

4) My wife does affordable invitations…


Ali March 10, 2012 at 8:33 am

I’d love to help. Email me at and I’ll help you plan :D


Blunt March 10, 2012 at 9:31 am

It depends on your area. If you are in the Mid-west,, that is more than plenty, if you are on the North East or California, you are in deep trouble.

The only way to save is to have a very small guest list. That is the only way to save, the less people you have to accommodate, feed, entertain and offer appetizers, beverages, print invitations, favors etc. the less money you will spend.

On your small budget, I suggest a guest list of no more of 50 people to have a nice wedding. Have a very small wedding party too to save, no flower girl or page boy either to save on gifts, flowers, rehearsal dinner, accesories etc.

Good luck


seamstress March 10, 2012 at 9:47 am

If someone cannot plan a four hour party for under $10,000.00, then they have been stung by the wedding bug and suffer from weddingitus. My goodness.

Listen. My father passed away and was cremated. We had 10 days to plan a Celebration of Life party. We had a cocktail party at my sister’s house for 85 people. She painted her front door, planted a memorial garden, and bought all new outdoor furniture. We rented glassware, tableware and ordered platters and platters of appetizers from local gourmet shops. We made our own cheese and fruit trays. We bought our own booze and drinks and hired a bartender. We hired friend’s teenagers to go on dirty glass and plate patrol and to carry trays of food around. We played music from an ipod and some people actually danced!!

People mingled and socialized and despite the sad occasion, the party was a fantastic success because we all go to move about and talk, laugh and reminisce. When it was all said and done, we were amazed how this party was like a “cocktail wedding reception”, for two thousand dollars!!! My niece, who is engaged saw it all for herself and right then and there decided to do the same thing for her wedding and pocket all the thousands of dollars she would have spent on weddingitus for a larger down payment on a new house. Minus the flower garden, paint on the front door and the lawn furniture (all of which she wanted to do anyway, but this situation speeded it up). So, you see, you can spend only a few grand on a wedding.


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Gillian March 10, 2012 at 11:27 am

How many people are you inviting and where are you having the wedding? If you tell us what general area, we can give you exact ideas of local places to look. For example, my BFF is getting married in September in the greater Boston area.


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