Planning a wedding on small budget? What do you think about my ideas?

by DIY wedding planner on December 10, 2011


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I plan on having a beautiful wedding on a small budget… way less than $10,000 dollars. I plan on having 100 or so people. So do you think I can pull it off? I truly think it’s very possible! I want to prove to the wedding industry that I can do this! Here is the website that inspired me to have a not so stressful wedding on a budget: http://2000dollarwedding.com/

I’ve already found a wedding reception hall that is way under $1,000 and the place is beautiful. The reception hall will provide us with tables and chairs. I might have to rent chair covers and table cloths. (Which I don’t mind.) The reception hall will also provide us with plates and few other kitchen items.

I think I’m going to recruit a lot of my family members and friends to help me out with the wedding. I want a family oriented wedding where my friends can feel as if their apart of my family. I don’t want a huge expensive show. That’s why I’m choosing to have a DIY wedding reception that looks expensive. Everyone I know is pretty creative. I’m a very crafty person so I plan on making all the wedding favors, wedding programs, boutonnieres, decorations, wedding invites, wedding pillow, etc. I found a beautiful scrapbook in my room that I plan on using for my wedding as a guestbook. The cost: Free! I’ve got beautiful picture frames in my room of my fiance and I. Those pictures will be used at my reception. I even might have my finance and I grow our own flowers for the wedding. The more things that I can make by hand for our wedding, the more money my fiance and I will be saving. Which I believe to be true!

I found a restaurant that caters on great budget. I don’t plan on getting a fancy wedding cake from a bakery. I might just get myself a store bought wedding cake. My moms friend owns a dress shop and she can get me a great deal on a simple wedding dress. I might hire my aunt who takes professional looking pictures in her spare time to be my photographer for the wedding. I also know other people who too are good at photography. I will hire a DJ because my fiance and I love music so much. I think that I will be buying my own liquor for the wedding and having a family member of mine who doesn’t much like to dance be a bartender.

I’m so excited to be planning my wedding with my fiance. I think he’s going to be excited too. Were both crafty people. So we plan on using our imagination for this wedding. I love my fiance so much and I can’t wait for our special day that will occur sometime next summer. Wedding planning for me has been very exciting because I don’t feel so stressed out. My wedding is just one day and it’s day that I want to remember but I also want my family and friends to remember the day as well. When I first started doing wedding research I felt overwhelmed. Now I don’t feel that way thanks to the 2000 wedding budget website!!

So what do you all think of my ideas? Can I pull this off? I think it’s possible to have a beautiful wedding on a small budget. I hope to inspire others also when they plan their wedding. So I want your input?

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hooblah December 10, 2011 at 6:31 am

My wedding budget is 5,000, with a 2,000 honeymoon included. So girl, I KNOW you can do this!!

Have fun, be creative, and don’t stress if everything doesn’t go as planned.

Also, Try sam’s club for flowers if you don’t wind up growing them.

And a plain cake, for 150 people should only cost 150 or so, then YOU get to decorate it. I am putting preserved flowers, and fresh edible petals on mine.

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PS-V December 10, 2011 at 7:04 am

I think you can definitely pull this off! My only advice to you is to try to involve the least amount of loved ones doing things the day of the wedding itself. I have noticed that they really do miss out on a lot of the wedding because they have to always be either taking pictures, passing out cake or sitting behind a bar. A wedding we did in winter 2009 comes to mind: the brother of the bride was the photographer. Every time he sat down to eat his meal, the bride and groom had a dance, or there was a toast, or people were dancing. Poor guy never finished his plate because he was never at the table and the waitstaff took it.

If your budget can take it, you should consider hiring a bit of help. Have you thought of passing by culinary schools or even hotel/hospitality management schools for a little help? I’m sure you could round up a few students that could help you with bartending, waiting, etc. for a fraction of the price of an agency or company.

Best wishes and good luck!

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fizzy stuff December 10, 2011 at 7:44 am

I love your enthusiasm. It will get you far.

However, I think your budget is too small for 100 guests. If I was having a 2000-dollar wedding, I would eliminate all those extras: favors, decorations, ring pillow, and chair covers. Those are totally unnecessary and that money can be spent on the food. I would probably cut my guest list too.

The truth is that food & drink and music make the party. If you dont have those, you dont have a party. You are getting a DJ so the music is covered. Im just worried that by the time you DIY all your favors and rent some chair covers, you wont have anything left to spend on food.

My only suggestion to you at this point would be: start planning your menu NOW. Go to the store, write down prices, and estimate your total cost. Do that for the drinks and alcohol too. THEN, you can spend whats left on the other little things. Your menu should be priority #1.

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Micahs•Mummy December 10, 2011 at 8:02 am

Yes you can pull it off. My budget is $6000. My sisters wedding was gorgeous and was $3000.

But if you ask me I think you have your ideas back to front.
I would skip the DJ and have an MC and laptop playing music.
I would skip having chair covers. They usually are $3-$5 a piece.
I would have a nice cake though and I wouldn’t skip on photography. That is one thing you don’t want to forget. Don’t have favors. It is a waste of money. Fake flowers can be really beautiful and fruit and candles make great centerpieces.
Definately make the invites and programs yourself. You will save hundreds!

Make sure the guest book has acid free paper. Instead of a guest book maybe you could have a big diplay plate or frame or canvas that everyone writes on instead. A book will usually be locked away in a cupboard, but this way you can keeo it on display. My fiance and I are having signature bears.

Being crafty is really great. Heaps of people I know are crafty and artistic too. It will save you heaps, just don’t skimp on the important things!!!

Also don’t have an open bar. This will also save you a lot. If guests want to get drunk then they should pay for it themself.
The time of day for your wedding will also determine your wedding. if your wedding is at roughly 9am you would have a luch reception. People expect a full meal and will be hungry. Like wise if the ceremony is at 3pm, it will be a dinner reception. But if you have the ceremony at 11am you could have an afternoon tea with just punch and cake. just having a few nibblies will save you a lot. :)

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. December 10, 2011 at 8:09 am

Heck yeah you can pull it off!! My wedding & reception cost less then $1,000. Here is how we did it. We only invited our immediate families, and 4 very close friends. There was 17 people in all.
Wedding Site: Gazebo at our church-Free
Decor: Used flowers from the church rose garden-Free
Officiant: Our pastor-Free
My attire: I bought a pattern, and materials-$9.00
shoes: $7.00 (at DSW Shoe Ware House)
jewelry-I already had
undergarments-I had from another wedding I was in several years ago.
His attire: Bought a suit at J.C. Penney on Sale-$104.00 (I did the alterations)
He already had the shirt, tie and shoes-Free
My girls dresses: I made them out of a similar pattern and material-$4.50.
shoes: I bought for $4.00 a piece at DSW
Rings: Purchased two plain platinum bands on overstock.com for $248.00 a piece. http://www.overstock.com/Jewelry-Watches/Platinum-Half-Round-Wedding-Band/2666446/product.html?cid=123620&fp=F&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=10864516
Music-Hired a kid that plays in our church band-$50.00 for one hour
Photographer-Hired a photography student-$100.00 for 1.5 hours
We had no groomsman or bridesmaids.
We had a combined bachelor/bachelorette cook out at my parents house
Reception: The Old Spaghetti Warehouse-$138.00 for 17 people.
Total Cost: $916.00.

We honeymooned in Cabo San Lucas for 5 days 4 nights. We spent less then $2,000. That price included $500 for spending money, food, taxi, tips, taxes. I mean everything.

So you can have a great wedding for an inexpensive price. You’ve just got to be willing to make your own, and find bargains. We could have gone with white gold bands, but I’m allergic to nickel. So we opted for platinum instead.

good luck.

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Bella Star December 10, 2011 at 8:34 am

I think that you can do it. Also another money saver. My family consists of great cooks. I did my wedding somewhat like you are. Because I am so crafty I made invites, favors and all that fun stuff myself. Another money saver would be to have your family cook and put inn in chafers when they arrive. Regular cater food consists of meatballs, a type of pasta, green beans, potatoes, salad, rolls. And you can have them cook that is a huge money saver.

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Tiss December 10, 2011 at 9:01 am

Most of your ideas sound fine, but don’t have a friend be your photographer. Hire a professional. Also, don’t ask a guest to be the bartender. That’s asking too much.

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