ideas for cheapest wedding - Weddings - Eventective - Forums

ideas for cheapest wedding Messages in this topic - RSS

Benn9811
Benn9811
Posts: 4 May 21, 2010
The ipod thing is a REALLY bad idea!!!! My cousin did that at her wedding, and it was tacky and the music selection was awful! I advise to find a friend of a friend to dj if you really need to save money.... but trust me the ipod at the reception was horrible!! There were long stops because the playlists on the ipod had been played, and it was just bad....
baby_vie wrote:
mines going to be a potluck in my parents back yard we're just going to go home after the wedding because we live 30 minutes away. i'm not doing flowers except the brides bouquet but if i did i think i would just grow my own. i'm just going to come up with a playlist and play it from my i pod through my dads speakers. i'm also only sending formal invitations to immediate family the rest get to know on facebook or through word of mouth. we're also going to make a cake so everyone will get some just to be sure. there are alot of places where you can cut your budget.
s.din429170
s.din429170
Posts: 2 May 20, 2010
Hmmm... My fiance and I are getting married this July... and we don't even have a venue... we're thinking to have about 30-50 guests but we want it to be a blast! We want excellent food choices, good music/DJ, genuine floral decorations, and a spacious dance floor. Does it sound like an expensive wedding? If so, about much $$$ would we have to spend???

Guest May 18, 2010
Wow, great ideas! Panache...thank you for your input, some of your points I hadn't thought about like food spoilage. Great advice!
Panache
Panache
Posts: 1 May 18, 2010
First thing you need to do is to set an over-all budget and make a list of all that you expect to be included in your established budget. "Undetermined" is not a budget a service provider can work with. Put everything in perspective. Brides waste a lot of money purchasing miscellaneous items (silk flowers, plastic/paper plates, napkins with names on them, favors, candles (many venues do not allow them ... plus, if wax drips on table cloths, you can expect to be charged for replacement), confetti, bottles of bubbles, birdseeds, etc. Once you decide on the maximum dollars you will spend, select a venue. The word "cheap" appears a lot. Be aware that you get what you pay for in most instances and be aware that "cheap" normally "looks cheap." A nice two-hour cake and punch reception following the ceremony is more economical (cheaper...but not cheap looking) and would give you better memories ... and a professional photographer would enhance those memories. Stretching that same budget to include a 5-hour event with food, beer and wine service means there will have to be thrift-store or catch-what-you-can-mismatched decorations, etc.; and free (pot-Luck)food included. With improper handling you could wind up with sick guests. Keep in mind that bacteria grows rapidly. Food brought to an event is often out of refrigeration or below 160 degrees more than 4 hours and that is where the hazard lies. My suggestion: Establish a realistic budget, operate from it by starting with professional assistance and "free estimates" ... include niceties but eliminate frills. And, please find another word as a replacement for "cheap!" Professionals are ready and willing to assist clients who are "economical" and even "frugal" ... but "cheap," that's a whole different ball of wax! There is nothing wrong with a Pot Luck Reception but if you have one, you need to have someone knowledgeable of food over-seeing it ... and if that person is knowledgeable of "presentation" it is all the better. Simplicity in decor is normally less costly and in good taste.

Guest May 18, 2010
I just posted a message and I forgot to state that I'll be getting my own catering service. Emails: dynamiclady59@live.com or rockmc57@live.com .

Guest May 18, 2010
I'm looking for a cheap banquet hall in Shreveport, Louisiana to do an 80th birthday banquet celebration. This event will be held on May 14th, 2011. My email addresses are: dynamiclady59@live.com or rockmc57@live.com.
ga210
ga210
Posts: 1 May 18, 2010
any one knows of any cheap hall in the city of whittier in california ..

Guest May 17, 2010
I just posted and forgot to post my email address, you can contact me at naturalhomesolutions@yahoo.com or call me at 206 619 0091

Guest May 17, 2010
hi, im helping my sister plan her wedding aug 2010 in jacksonville, nc. I need suggestions for photographers to check out and possible venues that allow us to bring our own catering. We were hoping to do it on base, but may not. We also are looking for affordable and clean lodging.
raymar
raymar
Posts: 4 May 17, 2010
Great question! Some tips for a low budget wedding, you asked so here they are.
1. Keep your guest list down to bare minimum. If you haven't spoken to these people in more than a year they should not be on the guest list. Sometimes the most intimate weddings turn out to be the best. I recently had a destination wedding in Peoria, AZ, where everyone flew in from Milwaukee, WI. The guest list was a grand total of twenty people. They had a blast. You may check out the review I received on that wedding from www.weddingwire.com
2. There is nothing in the etiquette books that says you must feed the guests. You can simply have a cake and punch reception.
3. Consider having the event on a Sunday-Thursday. You can save 20% or more by going mid week. Also ask if vendors give military discounts, police & firefighter or educators discounts.
4. Only spend money on the things you need, not necessarily the things you want. In other words what are the most important to you.
5. Don't waste money on knick-knacks or as I call it foo-foo.
6. If you must have food at the wedding that you are very budget minded, you can actually go to a local fast food restaurant and cater it in. Think about it. How much dressier can you dress up a piece of chicken without being charged $125.00 per plate.
7. Do not use an I-pod for your wedding. Entertainment is not the corner you should cut. You want people to have a great time. So do it right, hire a professional.

If you have any questions or need help searching for entertainment in your area eventective.com is a good start, or you may go to the National Association of Mobile Entertainers web site at www.nameentertainers.com.

I hope this helps!

Musically yours,
Ray Martinez
American Disc Jockey Hall of Fame Inductee
Ray Mar Productions
Goodyear, AZ
www.djraymar.com
(877) 772-9627

Guest May 17, 2010
Hi am planning a nov wedding for my daughter i need to find a cheap place for the reception in raleigh n.c.help
south436092
south436092
Posts: 1 May 16, 2010
hi im getting married in august i know how may people are coming to the wedding and i have everything planned except for a place to have the wedding and reception i live in nc so if you are around here and have any ideas on something cheap please let me know

Guest May 16, 2010
im gettin married in the summer of 2011 in mobile ala and i really need some ideas with planning a nicef yet inexpensive wedding! HELP

Guest May 15, 2010
i cant see paying the price for photographer so im renting a camera, like from rent a center or sumthing like that, i already have a try pod, plus i can take as many pics as i want and i can make everyone a cd its cheapier i think, make sure u get a camera that has a timer and no worry about someone pressing the button.....
im also renting a stereo and making my cds and leaving one of the grooms men in charge of it...talk about cheap that is my idea, my date is sept 25 2010 and im saving over 2000.00 on it alone and the food, were making it, cheapier, buffet style of course and were using the same hall for both cermony and reception!!!! good luck ladies check out orentialtradings.com too they have great prices!!!!!
AnniesOrchids
AnniesOrchids
Posts: 2 May 13, 2010
mcnaircs wrote:
Use silk flower made at a florist (at least obtain a quote...usally quite a bit less costly)
Start visiting places like: Salvation Army and such as in the USA and purchase punch bowls and serving glassware at pennies on the dollar of cost or rental. Use for decorations and such. Turn one punch bowl upside down on another with a doilie between to hold punch or party favors hang the cups on the side for decorations. OR use the glass cups to sit at each setting to hold wedding party favors and / or the rice.....HOWEVER>>>> consider using bird seed as rice swells up in t birds stomach and either makes them ill or kills them and bird seed is good luck as well when thrown for the couple upon departing.
Use white sheets as table clothes. Tieing at the corners with same color as wedding ribbon to fit to the table size. These may also be found at places like the salvation army and such.
God Bless and Good luck.shummel89 wrote:
Hello, My fiance and I are getting married this August and I still have alot of planning to do! I'm reading through all of your comments but I'm noticing everyone is posting in the states! I'm looking for places and flowers ect.. in CANADA can anyone help me out?!


Actually, the priciest part of fresh flower arrangements and bouquets is the labor. Good silks will cost more than the fresh flowers. The cost savings is if you are using silk and DIY.
mcnai433016
mcnai433016
Posts: 1 May 12, 2010
Use silk flower made at a florist (at least obtain a quote...usally quite a bit less costly)
Start visiting places like: Salvation Army and such as in the USA and purchase punch bowls and serving glassware at pennies on the dollar of cost or rental. Use for decorations and such. Turn one punch bowl upside down on another with a doilie between to hold punch or party favors hang the cups on the side for decorations. OR use the glass cups to sit at each setting to hold wedding party favors and / or the rice.....HOWEVER>>>> consider using bird seed as rice swells up in t birds stomach and either makes them ill or kills them and bird seed is good luck as well when thrown for the couple upon departing.
Use white sheets as table clothes. Tieing at the corners with same color as wedding ribbon to fit to the table size. These may also be found at places like the salvation army and such.
God Bless and Good luck.shummel89 wrote:
Hello, My fiance and I are getting married this August and I still have alot of planning to do! I'm reading through all of your comments but I'm noticing everyone is posting in the states! I'm looking for places and flowers ect.. in CANADA can anyone help me out?!

Guest May 12, 2010
jlhart1973, Golf Clubs are a great and inexpensive way to host a wedding. they are picturesque and the owners are usually very accommodating. Try the outskirts of the city, like the Montebelo Golf Club...

Guest May 12, 2010
For any wedding, the first thing to discuss is what you like and dislike about weddings in general. Keep a list of each like and dislike and then build a new list of what you think would suit the two of you -not anyone else- . Once you have decided what you really want, you need to then establish how many people you want there, and then choose the location.
djpau312956
djpau312956
Posts: 12 May 11, 2010
ramblingrose137 wrote:
getting married in 2011 and need ideas on cheap hall rentals in skowhegan maine any ideas
How about a backyard wedding with a b.y.o.b reception ?
jlhar419595
jlhar419595
Posts: 1 May 11, 2010
I am getting married on Aug 6th 2011 and I am looking for inexpensive locations for my reception and dance in Halifax Nova Scotia
jlake432582
jlake432582
Posts: 1 May 11, 2010
I need help I;m trying to be a frugal as possible planning a wedding for august 2011, in toronto,ontario canada! I NEED HELP!

Guest May 10, 2010
I live in Winnipeg CANADA and am planning a cheap wedding. I have my flowers done in silk (excellent keepsake) they were done at Domenica's 1-204-885-3665. She also makes real flowers and does hairstyling. I am having my ceremony at he Assiniboine Park Conservatory. No need to purchase decorating since it holds all the plants and flowers but they only allow 30 people including your wedding party. It is very cheap venue to book. I am very lucky for connections as well. My reception is at my farm with catering (very casual) we own classic cars for transportation, my dress was from 7th ave fashions under $300 (depends on your style of course) I have my flower girls (four of them) dress hand made by a relative who is excellent with a sewing machine. My bridesmaid (only one) has bought her own dress and shoes. So far I have paid out just under $800.00 Still looking for a photographer but have a connection of a person just starting out. Some people have an amazing eye but I do stress if you can afford a professional if anything at all. I do still have a small handful of things to get done but all in all we are ready.
myfra302964
myfra302964
Posts: 1 May 9, 2010
It is too expensive. I found onw guy he can do it for a lot less.
mysti430031
mysti430031
Posts: 8 May 9, 2010
ramblingrose137 wrote:
getting married in 2011 and need ideas on cheap hall rentals in skowhegan maine any ideas


I want a buffet style dinner and i was quoted $800.00 for 100 people..can someone tell me if that sounds about right. The main course would be pot roast and then sides as salads such as potato salad, pasta salad, and side salad.
mysti430031
mysti430031
Posts: 8 May 9, 2010
bride2bmomof52b wrote:
if you have a buffet style reception that will bring down the price. also you can look at having it on a friday or sunday

I am not so sure a buffet style dinner will bring the price down..i was quoted $800.00 for a buffett style dinner...that is a crazy price for 100 people.
vermo429812
vermo429812
Posts: 1 May 7, 2010
I am trying to plan a rehersal dinner for my son's wedding in October. I have a very limited budget, but there will be only 20-25 people at the dinner. I would prefer a buffet style and I may be able to use a private home for th venue. This is taking place near the Manassas, VA area close to Upperville, VA. If anyone has suggetions on venues or caterers in that area, I'd appreciate it. Sandra
FlavorYourFavors
FlavorYourFavors
Posts: 7 May 5, 2010
I agree with Aboutthepix~you would first need to start with your guest list to determine what size space you will need, then depending on where you are from, you may want to just have a beautiful backyard wedding, rent chairs, a gazebo and have it catered (or someone cook). And to spice up you theme and thank your guest, purchase party favors at Flavor Your Favors - http://www.flavoryourfavors.com, they have an awesome array of party favors and gifts for any budget.

Good luck!
CapicuLove1
CapicuLove1
Posts: 254 May 4, 2010
S_Kreder wrote:
I am looking for a good photographer for our wedding. But our budget doesent allow for the usual photographer prices. Does anyone have any ides on how we can get good photos of our wedding and wedding party while saving money?


Hey friends, where do you live? If you are in the NYC-tristate area, I can get you a nice package for about $700 which includes a disc of over 100 enhanced photos, 100 thank you's and 25 mini-posters, with a shot of your entire bridal party and parents. Give a call if you are in my area: Lise' Ramos at 212-928-6572 (www.mybelovedwedandart.com)
CapicuLove1
CapicuLove1
Posts: 254 May 4, 2010
Dear Cheapest Wedding:
The first thing you should do is see if there are any landmark properties in your area. Sometimes an old library or museum or local Knights of Columbus and even some local churches would have party rental space. They are usually reasonable to rent and do work with food vendors that would save you money. For a price, you could just rent the space, and usually they have tables, a bar and/or stage set up for a dj or band. you just have to buy decor, get a caterer, a cake and can buy your own liquor and hire a bartender (very much recommended) or just serve a variety of wine beer and get decorative copper buckets and put old-fashioned soda pop bottles and glass beer bottles in them. think of your colors and theme. if you can't afford a caterer, see if you can get 10 famiy members to each make a tray or two of a particular dish. one can do baked chicken and veggies; another a rice and potatoe dish; another salad, garlic bread and appetizers. you can also buy party food at Costco or BJ's which sell in quantities: finger sandwiches, appetizers, sweets and the like. for accessories and decor, i love this site:
www.orientaltrading.com

for wedding invitations, this is the nicest and the most economical and you can get a "send and seal" invite which is lovely and economical without a separate reception card. They also have many other bridal accessories:

http://www.annsbridalbargains.com/home.jsp
do a search for wedding supplies you wish from these sites and you can get just about everything you need without breaking the bank. Have two or three of your friends as your designated photographers and later, you can order a wedding book at CVS, or another drug/variety store in your area. Here's my fav for great wedding attire:

http://www.lilywedding.com/

good luck and give a call if you need further assistance.
Lise
liseramos@msn.com
212-928-6572
www.mybelovedwedandart.com
Good luck!
alkop273784
alkop273784
Posts: 1 May 4, 2010
www.myframedphoto.combride2bmomof52b wrote:
try a feelance photographer they work within your budget. Thats what im doing. I just found a great one in the NJ area!S_Kreder wrote:
I am looking for a good photographer for our wedding. But our budget doesent allow for the usual photographer prices. Does anyone have any ides on how we can get good photos of our wedding and wedding party while saving money?
Bellaray3
Bellaray3
Posts: 8 May 4, 2010
I have basicly no money for my wedding next year. I have a Greandmother willing to let me use her big feild next to her house. But also 2 websites that have helped are: Projectwedding.com and do-it-yourself-weddings.com They have really low budget idea that are really great if u change them a bit to fit your style!

Guest May 4, 2010
Anyone know of any great websites... about homemade wedding decorations? or any cheapest way to decorate?
you can email me at sefckonisenta@hotmail.com
-& My set date is July 10, 2010
Jacki426958
Jacki426958
Posts: 1 May 4, 2010
No idea on the location, as I'm in PA. However, I wanted to let you know our idea. We're having a HUGE wedding (400-600 people guest list). We're having our wedding in the early afternoon, then taking a 3hr break between the wedding and reception. We are not serving dinner at the wedding (most boring part anyway), but the 3hr break allows for people to grab dinner wherever they like. We are only serving finger foods at the reception with the cake. Our money is being dumped into the fun and important stuff: open bar, photography/videography, dj, etc.
lscak239372
lscak239372
Posts: 1 May 3, 2010
L's Cakery
Dubuque Iowa
WWW.lscakery.com
check us out
baby_425160
baby_425160
Posts: 4 May 2, 2010
shummel89 wrote:
Hello, My fiance and I are getting married this August and I still have alot of planning to do! I'm reading through all of your comments but I'm noticing everyone is posting in the states! I'm looking for places and flowers ect.. in CANADA can anyone help me out?!


hey i'm in canada if you're in alberta or anywhere for that matter look in small towns around you at the prices of renting their community halls or arenas most places rent them out for pretty cheap in the country.
baby_425160
baby_425160
Posts: 4 May 2, 2010
mines going to be a potluck in my parents back yard we're just going to go home after the wedding because we live 30 minutes away. i'm not doing flowers except the brides bouquet but if i did i think i would just grow my own. i'm just going to come up with a playlist and play it from my i pod through my dads speakers. i'm also only sending formal invitations to immediate family the rest get to know on facebook or through word of mouth. we're also going to make a cake so everyone will get some just to be sure. there are alot of places where you can cut your budget.

Guest May 1, 2010
Looking for a place, cheap, barn, out door setting in Tragalar IN..for a Fall wedding 2011?

Guest May 1, 2010
If planning a wedding in East TN, Tri-Cities Area, The Comfort Inn in Greeneville TN offers COMPLETE Turn Key Weddings
3 Packages to choose from, each package includes:
The Banquet Rooms
The caterer,DJ/MC, Floral and Decor,Photographer,Wedding Cake, Minister,Limo Service,Wedding Coordinator and more!
You write one check, to cover all the vendors included in your package. Easy Payment Plans available!!
20% deposit due at contract signing, payment plans or pay balance in full 2 wks before your date.
You just show up in your dress with your groom and say "I DO" we handle the rest!

We travel too! Upto 100 miles from Greeneville, TN

Guest April 30, 2010
Need to find cheap venue place but nice in kent puyallup area
t_mys423443
t_mys423443
Posts: 2 April 30, 2010
I started out by getting a book on budget weddings and going to going on DIY wedding sites. The very first thing I learned besides that there is a ton of helpful info at your library and online is that the biggest factors that effects budget is the number of guests you invite and location. I'm only inviting 35 guests and I'm visiting a winery on Tuesday. I'm hopeful after talking to them that I will be able to get a beautiful and affordable venue for my small intimate wedding.
themc423991
themc423991
Posts: 2 April 30, 2010
A really good place to look is craigslist!!!
desir422528
desir422528
Posts: 1 April 29, 2010
Adenn78 wrote:
how do you even start to find a place?


personally for me i have been looking on the internet for places underneath the city you want to be married in, is my suggestion

Guest April 28, 2010
book a brunch wedding, this should save ALOT of money!

Guest April 27, 2010
IS THERE ANY WEDDING PLANNERS IN XENIA,OHIO

Guest April 26, 2010
For those looking at affordable freelance photography, go to my site at: www.photosbyessence.com to get professional photography at affordable prices. We can travel to nearly any location with minimal travel fees. Go to the Contact Us page and email your inquiry! Our wedding packages range from $600-$900. Expect quick responses on availability!

Guest April 24, 2010
anybody have any cost effective ideas for a Charlotte, NC wedding? the silk flowers wer a great idea! i really would like an outside wedding however im wondering if i should have some sort of sheer covering only because i plan on having a summer wedding. Open to suggestions
shumm419077
shumm419077
Posts: 1 April 24, 2010
Hello, My fiance and I are getting married this August and I still have alot of planning to do! I'm reading through all of your comments but I'm noticing everyone is posting in the states! I'm looking for places and flowers ect.. in CANADA can anyone help me out?!
Denee367823
Denee367823
Posts: 2 April 20, 2010
go to rentco they have cheap tent rentals and then all you need to do is find a feild or a backyard then rain or shine you have a cheap wedding and a beautiful venue smile
Tweet415908
Tweet415908
Posts: 1 April 20, 2010
Hi, I just converted into judiasm and my boyfriend and I would like to have a small religious, kosher wedding, in appx 3 months because we already booked a trip to Puerto Rico in July, and want to use that as a honeymoon. Its a max of 100 guests, so.... We really arent trying to spend too much because we're saving for our first home. Any help would be really appreciated

Guest April 19, 2010
elpoe to las vegas

Move Thread

×

Merge Thread

Enter the topic ID:
×