June 24, 2010
sbarnhart1974: You most definitely can have a beautiful wedding for 5,000$ the biggest factor is how big your invite list is. I recently flew to Idaho to do a wedding and the total cost was about 3,200$> It can be done. You can be thrifty without being cheap. Be creative and ask for help. Good Luck...Taylor Made Dreams <3
Many venues and vendors want the deposit when you sign the contract to lock in your date. If you cannot do all of it at once, talk to them. Tell them what you can do for example, if they want 1/2 now and 1/2 30-60 days prior to your wedding, say I can do 1/4 now and in 30 days or whatever (don't have when your wedding date is so I'm just picking a timeline here) I can do the remaining 1/4 of the deposit.
We knew what our colors for the wedding was going to be. The dress was the hard part. Found the first dress. Got ruined had to go and get a second wedding dress. Now is getting the party favors and the deposits.
Is it possible to have a nice formal wedding and a casual reception for under $5,000. Or do I up the budget to$10,000?
There are many vendors, planners, reception sites etc.. on here that can be of much help. I suggest contacting a wedding planner in your area... you will be surprised how much they have to offer. And if you choose the right planner your wedding day for the both of you should be enjoyable and stress free. HAPPY PLANNING!
Hi Kandace! I'm not a photographer, or a caterer or anything related to a wedding, except that I was in your position 5 years ago and had to plan a wedding in 4 months. I didn't have a lot of time like you do so I can give you a little advice. I used a few websites like theknot.com and found that it was more useful for ideas and planning things in order and telling how far in advance we should book things. The number one thing you have to decide is where you are going to get married. Are you getting married in a church with a reception? outside? on a beach? a park? etc. Once you have this decided, then you'll have to figure out what else you need. Some places have packages you can choose from that include everything like food, drinks, photographers, flowers, etc. The one thing that I was most concerned about was - I wanted the planning to be easy (no stress), and I wanted the food to be amazing! People lways remember the food! So, I found a great caterer that helped me plan the wedding too! I did nearly everything myself to save money .. I used flowers from my back yard for the table arrangements (I chose something in bloom when I got married) and then looked through tons of wedding mags to get ideas about everything else. My wedding was very simple though, it was in my mother-in-laws backyard, we set up a tent in the front for dining and dancing and to be honest it was so nice and NOT stressful! I wasn;t worried about things running at certain times, when to cut the cake, pictures or anything .. because everything was in one place we just went with it and it was so fun and everyone had a great time. Anyway, if you want a large fairytale wedding, then I suggest a planner. Or maybe you can find a caterer who will help you plan? Good luck and congratulations!
he decided that were werent going to do anything that was not local, to much of an expence he said. im glad i started planning early, because i can tell this is going to be difficult.
The post wedding reception is the fun part of the day where family and friends gather to eat, mingle, and PARTY. Thats where the DJ comes in. He will orchestrate with you what music to play and will assist in MC'ing the affair as well. I specialize in weddings, so when you are ready to plan that part of the wedding contact me:
DJ DaddyD at www.djdaddydonline.com.
My daughter is registered with The Knot also. One issue I see is that they only show venues and vendors that can afford to advertise through them (which means more expensive for you). I have found information my daughter hasnt been able to just by doing web searches. Changing the wording (ie: from reception site to reception venue) can bring up a whole new set of options. Be creative with your searches. If on a budget, use words like inexpensive, budget friendly, bargain (annsbridalbargains.com). I don't know about you, but I cannot afford a wedding coordinator to do the exact thing I am doing. Just cut a couple hours out of your television viewing to search.
Congratulations on your Engagement! I am a Wedding Coordinator and if you need any help with things let me know. I have websites and other information that I give to my clients that want to plan there own wedding but just need a little bust. My email is email@example.com and I would be glad to help you.
May 26, 2010
I agree with taylormadedreams. Beginning with an event/floral designer will help you figure out a budget since we know how much most things cost. After that consultation you will know how much of a wedding planner package you will need. You will definitely need someone to hire to get you down the aisle and to oversee the reception. Susan at www.theeventdivas.net
May 26, 2010
Thanks everyone. i will check into everything and talk to him about it.
HI, I know planning your own wedding can be a great experience, but sometimes you just need a little boost to get you started. I am a wedding designer and planner and we often meet with clients that may just need us to guide them. Find a planner that can meet with you and get you started on your budget and price break down, and after that you can hire them on a as needed basis just to make sure you are headed for success and not disaster. Its worth it to make sure all the details are covered.
It can be a problem finding a local, if you are looking outside your area, I am a photographer and able to travel. You can check out my website at www.sarafinchan.com and when your ready we can figure out a package that works for you.
Quentin J Sarafinchan
May 21, 2010
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^ that was me, didnt realize i wasnt still logged in.
May 21, 2010
i definitely want to plan it myself, i just really need to get an estimate of how much everything will be..
I have to say that planning is important, but a wedding planner is not required if you have the time and passion to plan your own wedding. I've been part of many weddings that have been planned by the bride. But a budget is important to start with, as its amazing how quickly a wedding cost can add up otherwise.
May 21, 2010
Congrats!!!! I'm with creative eye media, my wife and I have been married for 7 years. Planning it herself, she found that when you have a certin budget you have to get the best bang for you buck. We found many photographers and video over our budget thats why we created our own company. Our new photobooth service is where everyone can get into the picture. better than your normal box camera on the table. Hope to hear from you.
Congratulations on your wedding. I agree with the above posts. Hire a planner. My band plays weddings almost every weekend, and the major difference with them are the ones that has a planner makes it a fabulous day.
Everybody has a 'budget'. I never met someone who didn't care about the bottom line. All the advise you are getting is OK, but here is the real deal. It is wise to hire a wedding planner who will help make this the best day of your life. If you have to skimp on flowers, drinks, or whatever..this will save your day. you have no idea of the many things that can up 'day of' so bite the bullet. I am a pro photographer with 23 years experience and I know what I am talking about. You'll be glad you did.
May 21, 2010
Hi!! There are many websites that are helpful. Weddingwire.com is affiliated with The Knot, but has some different attributes as well as a forum of other future brides where you can blog, ask questions and get others input. I am a wedding planner in Maine and would be happy to help you, or even just answer any questions you might have. If you would like to reach me I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am also on wedding wire or you can go to my website at wwww.eventsbymackie.com. Again if you just have some questions, let me know.
What area are you looking to get married in? Different areas have differnt sites that do best 4 u