How to have a wedding for $2000 max in San Antonio, TX?

by DIY wedding planner on June 29, 2012

I live in San Antonio, TX. My fiance and I want a small tasteful wedding, and we are on a budget. We are both diy types of people and can take care of a lot of the wedding costs by doing things ourselves, ex: invitations, centerpieces & favors. Even with cutting these costs dramatically it seems tough to stay at our max budget because the biggest costs is the reception and food/drink. We are open to ideas and suggestions anyone has. I’ve already thought about someone’s backyard, but we don’t know anyone with the kind of space we would need. Thanks!

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ImaHarper June 29, 2012 at 5:25 am

Not that familiar with San Antonio, but what about public spaces, parks with shelters & so on.Museums, Libraries, Botanical gardens, rent space, Think out of the box,
What about the day & time of the wedding. Prime Saturday time would be the most expensive.The last two weddings I was involved with were on Friday evening & Sunday.
The Friday evening one was a cocktail & hors d’oeuvre reception, very elegant with dancing, but not bugdet busting. Early on Saturday means you can have brunch foods, buffet style , maybe even home made if you find a place for the reception. This of course would lend itself to more casual picnic like activities.
Vendors are more likely to negotiate price off time.
This place seems reasonable too


Anda June 29, 2012 at 6:12 am

I was married on a shoestring. Our entire wedding cost us probably about $700. (Granted, my parents bought my dress, but it was a $700 dress, and we got it for $400.) We did everything ourselves and paid for almost everything ourselves.

In my area and family, there’s traditionally a cake, punch, mints and nuts at the reception. But I wanted something more. So Mom and I sat down the night before and made appetizers. Dips! Dips! Dips! Cheese-based, salsas, chutneys, jellies… they’re so easy to put together and the guests assemble them for you! The link below also has some great ideas!

We were married at my parents’ home. But if you don’t know anyone with the space, I have actually heard of this (from the mothers of the brides). They put out ads for people with space for a wedding and got to use other people’s yards/vacation properties. Once the couple had to have a sign advertising that the owner did electrical work, but it wasn’t a big deal. I know some people who sell lilies and let people have events on the property to show off their flowers.You may offer to do something for the owners in exchange. Otherwise, try state parks and botanical gardens or beaches. You may have to deal with passers-by, but it could be 100% free!



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