I am getting married in Collingswood,NJ & my budget is two thousand dollars..(Please Help?!)?

by DIY wedding planner on September 9, 2012

I want a nice wedding and no I don’t want to get married at a courthouse. I have about 35 people I would like to invite and I dont mind any (Do it urself ideas), Im very creative and perfer diy. Thank U!

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. September 9, 2012 at 5:33 am

This might give you a break down of costs that this bride did for her wedding: http://2000dollarwedding.com/2008/08/almost-2000-wedding.html

good luck.


Halo Mom September 9, 2012 at 5:46 am

My father for his 3rd wife got married in a restaurant
They let him have the wedding there
Then we were put in a small room and everyone order off the menu
It was on a Weeknight

Villa Barone Restaurant
banquet Lunch $18/Dinner $26
This is well in budget for 35 people
753 Haddan ave
Collingswood, nj


Tiny September 9, 2012 at 6:04 am

This might sound weird, but you could have it at your own house, which would give you ultimate control over everything. Food-wise, I’d say go with appetizers, sheet cake and drinks, or a tapas-style buffet to keep costs lower. A friend or relative may be able to host it if your place is too small and/or inconvenient, and having a friend officiate the ceremony would also save you cash if NJ law allows it.

Since your budget can easily go just on clothing, accessories and a bouquet, you’re going to have to spend very carefully on those things. If you don’t want to sacrifice style and don’t care about keeping your gown, you can rent a designer gown from Rent The Runway (the styles change often, so keep looking). Or you can shop at stores that sell prom and homecoming dresses, preferably when they’re on sale. If none of those options appeal to you: go to bridal sample sales, check David’s Bridal (including the outlet section), check ebay or other used wedding dress sources. If none of that is doing it for you, try http://www.fushopping.com/. Don’t be fooled by the name; these people made my custom designed gown, and I can’t wait to wear it. It’s perfect and cost me under $300. Accessories are obscenely expensive, but one way to approach it is to buy things that you like for other occasions, use things you already have, or borrow from a friend or relative. It’s not technically a wedding expense if you’re going to use them again, right? For flowers, I recommend the supermarket, unless you’re very picky. A florist is going to charge you an eye for a bouquet as soon as you say the word wedding. You’d probably be better off saying it’s your mother’s birthday and tying it yourself!

Doing non-floral decorations can save you money if you’re smart about it. Try Savers, Dollar Tree or other thrift stores for items to incorporate in your centerpieces, like glass bowls to put floating candles or soba flowers. I liked the selection and prices on save-on-crafts.com for decor items and the DIY projects too. If you can’t afford catering (try deli’s and restaurants before you decide that), enlist help to get the cooking done. http://www.smartyhadaparty.com has really cool disposable dishes, among other things, that are affordable and will look elegant. For invites, clip coupons and go to Michael’s or Joann Fabrics to buy DIY kits. It might be frustrating, but the savings will be well worth it, since having fewer than 100 invitations printed will probably be a ripoff.

I referenced another site which has cheap wedding ideas, tailored to the minimalist budget you have. You can do the iPod wedding or ask somebody you know to DJ. I doubt with the number of people you’re having you’ll need an MC/DJ, but wanted to throw that out there in case.

Hope that was useful and good luck.


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