How did/are you raising any extra money for your wedding?

by DIY wedding planner on July 5, 2012

I’ve seen some ideas to raise extra money for weddings/honeymoon online.
Has anyone done anything?
2nd job, ebay, you name it.

We’re on a tight budget. About $3500 total… and we really want to take a honeymoon that’s much more than a weekend at a local Holiday Inn… & @ this point, we’ll be lucky to afford that. We are having no help at this wedding, and our guest list is about 250. We’re doing a LOT of DIY stuff including food to help our costs.
Bought my brand new $1000 gown new with tags for $60!! (was an online local auction) but I do need it altered…

Anyway, ideas? thoughts? suggestions? experiences?
:-) Thanks!
yeah, i know the guestlist is large.
we have a blessing from someone that was …long explanation.. but.. we’re being blessed with coverage of food from something that was accidentally overlooked with him & something….

so we aren’t counting much food @ all into the budget. It’s a huge blessing. And that guestlist IS the cut down one. It was originally about a hundred more :-/ Between my side, his side & church…wowzers….
btw, i’m a single mom & can’t get a 2nd job. I’ve thought perhaps of buying a table at one of those community yardsales for like $20… I have so much stuff to get rid of anyway, and maybe I could make a lil bit extra? Thoughts on that? Two birds with one stone so to speak

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Stephanie Bride-to-Be 5/16/09 July 5, 2012 at 5:44 am

I know this isn’t going to be what you want to hear but throwing a wedding for 250 guests on a budget of $3500.00 isn’t very practical. Typically you allocate 50% of your wedding budget to the reception, so in your case that would be $1750.00. Divide that by 250 people and you’ll be able to spend $7.00 per person for food, beverages, etc. The first thing you’re going to need to think about is cutting down that guest list. Sorry :(
Best of luck in your planning and congrats!


Ray-Ray July 5, 2012 at 6:19 am

i am having a really nice wedding but im saving money constantly!! instead of going to big wedding stores that crank up there prices, i look daily on craigslist for stuff and ebay. I also wait for hobby lobby to put there wedding stuff 50% off and then i load up on stuff. for my wedding cake im going to get a 2 tier cake from walmart for me and the groom and the rest of the guests will get sheet cakes with photos of me and the groom on them saying “just married”. that will save you several hundreds of dollars. then instead of getting a caterer i just am going to gordon foods or sams club for a buffet style lunch and i payed one of my friends to lay it out for $100 bucks for the night. i also went to hoby lobby who has there flowers 50% off every two weeks and pcked up all of my flowers and im making everyones boquets. you can learn how by watching clips off of you tube. i got my dress for $175 on craigslist. the lady wore the dress for only an hour so its like its brand new. you can find dresses on there that are brand new for cheap!!! for bridesmaids gifts i got ll the girls a necklace and earring set out of an avon book for 7.99 each and they look expensive. for table runners i went to the craft store and got fabric the color of my wedding and just sewed the ends and thy looked great.

shew!! thats alot. i just thought i would share some money saving tips that i will be using for my august wedding.
hope some of it helped. if you need any other tips i got lots more :-)
we are paying for our own wedding too and we want to go to hawaii.

ps. i had a lady make all the brides maids dresses and it saved me lots of money because the price of alterations is included. plus, you get to design them. just go to a fabric store and ask if they know of any seamstres (or how ever you spell it lol).


Kendra July 5, 2012 at 6:23 am

Sling yo ass fo cash.

No, no. I’m totally joking. Honestly..i dunno. Maybe just settle for a small, but love filled wedding right now? Depends what region you are in plane tickets on Southwest are cheapcheap. Maybe a weekend trip to Jacksonville, FL? I say Jacksonville cause it’s a little less..uh..trashy than Miami :P

Get a waitressing job for a few months. The extra hours suck…but if you’re perky and cheerful you can make some decent tips. Hell..i was a miserable bitch waitress at a not-very-busy Denny’s here in my city and i saved about $700 in 2 months. That was on top of the small bit of spending i did do from that income.


SirenSong July 5, 2012 at 6:33 am

Since other people are not obligated to pay for your wedding, fundraisers are out. However you can cut back expenses in your everyday living.

For example:
Make coffee or tea at home and carry in a travel mug instead of spending $5/cup at Starbucks

Utilize your local library for books, magazines, dvds, cds, etc rather than buying them new or renting them at Blockbuster

Carpool to work or school whenever possible

Cook at home rather than ordering takeout or going out to eat

That is just a starting point and every penny does add up.


Annabella July 5, 2012 at 6:47 am

When I need money, I just start hustling big time, taking any extra hours at work, asking if I can work from home to get caught up for overtime, etc. I have a side gig that I can make really good money at if I’m willing to exhaust myself after hours. Other than that, you can sell stuff you don’t want or need on ebay or craigslist. If you’ve got time on your hands & you’re good with crafts, you could even sell stuff you make like wedding guest books or whatever. I know I bought a ton of stuff on ebay that probably cost the seller nothing to make. Like I bought laser printed labels for my bubble jars which cost close to nothing to print if you have a laser printer available to you. Just get creative & look at what you’ve got at your fingertips that someone would want. I made pretty good money buying True Religion jeans at an outlet & selling them online. Obviously you’re good at getting a bargain so maybe you could buy things & resell them for more.


Lynn July 5, 2012 at 6:57 am

Weddings are expensive, for the basic wedding with a hall, dj, photogrpaher, caterer, flowers, etc, your looking at $15,000. I would have a civil ceremony and then save for a wedding, thats what we are doing. =)


Lilly V July 5, 2012 at 6:57 am

I started babysitting. I know it sounds silly, but I made an extra $600 a month sitting on weekends when we did not have anything planned.
Good luck.


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