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Budget wedding, is it possible?!?!

July 12, 2012

The answer is YES!!!

It’s a very exciting time, 4 of my friends will be getting married next year!  A great way to start your marriage is by paying cash for a wedding. Can it be done? Yes, one of my very good friends recently got married for under $6,000.  She had to sacrifice by spending a lot of time doing research and DIY projects but it was worth it when she saved thousands of dollars.  She is proof that it is possible to get married without spending $30,000.

We bought a plain white cake. My mother-in-law decorated the cake and made all the table runners.

Mr. BigTime and I were NOT on a budget when we got married.  We were able to pay cash for the wedding (with some help from our parents) however we could have saved more had we fully budgeted the wedding. Four places we were able to save:

  • DIY projects:  My mother-in-law saved us a lot of money by helping to design half of our centerpieces and many decorations.
  • Flowers: We only had flowers on half of our tables. My frugal friend didn’t have flowers on any of her tables and the centerpieces were amazing.  Flowers are expensive, ask yourself where you can cut them out.
  • Pay attention to details!  Mr. BigTIme had received a price list for the food in the mail that was $11 cheaper per person then what was quoted in person. Mr. BigTime  asked the event coordinator about this in person and they honored the price that was sent to us in the mail, 250 guests x $11 = $2,750 savings! SWEET!!!!
  • Wedding start time: We had our wedding on a Sunday morning which cut out alcohol all together. Breakfast was served which is always cheaper then lunch and dinner.

Here are the Mariachi’s rocking the house!

All woman Mariachi

Here are some factors that will greatly influence the price of your wedding:

1. Guest list. Will you still be in contact with these people in 5 years? Have you spoken to them in the past year? Be ready to establish boundaries with family and friends regarding YOUR guest list.

2. When will it be? Summer? Fall? Daytime? Night time? If you want an expensive wedding, go for a Saturday night in June. For a better bargain you can either do a week night or a weekend morning (this option is nice because you have the option to eliminate alcohol which can be a major expense.)

3. Location: Hotels are usually the most expensive place to have a wedding. Explore and visit different venues together before deciding. Compare prices and bargain using competitor’s prices. Do you know someone with a large house? Being creative in this area can save lots of $$.

4. BUDGET THE WEDDING: Buy Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover book, read it with your fiance. Purchase YNAB, and set up a budget for the wedding.  What is the total amount the two of you are willing to spend?  Go through each and every category: Dress, food, photographer, videographer, flower, etc. and decide together how much is your budget for each category and STICK TO IT!

My questions for you: What are your tips to save money for a wedding?  What are some creative things you did to frugalize your wedding? Suggestions?

Nurse Frugal Mr. BigTIme wedding

Nurse Frugal, Mr. Bigtime wedding

Thanks for reading! Happy Thursday!

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. July 12, 2012 1:04 pm

    Love those picts of y’all! So beautiful.
    We did our wedding on the cheap too, it cost us less than 10k

  2. July 12, 2012 2:19 pm

    That is awesome.. the cake looks great and you look so beautiful

  3. Denise Cardoza permalink
    July 14, 2012 10:32 am

    I totally agree. A bit of advice is if you are planning to do a lot of DIY stuff make sure you give yourselves ample planning time. Weddings can be super stressful! Nurse frugal recommended the book “101 Questions to ask before you get engaged” and my then fiancée and I really used it before and after we got engaged. It really helped us learn about each others communication styles which lowered our stress significantly. Happy planning and always remember totals time to remember what love really is. 1 Corinthians 13:7-8.

  4. MrsB123 permalink
    July 14, 2012 1:05 pm

    For my wedding, we decided to not toss any flowers or have any flowers at the ceremony (the chapel was gorgeous itself) or garter (to shave a bit off flowers and extras) and I made all the invitations myself as well as the table numbers and placecards. Each invite came out to less than a dollar (including the 49 cent stamp) and the placecards were even less. The paper products add up fairly quickly, so if you know someone who is good with photoshop or other programs, you can make all these items yourself and save some money.

  5. July 16, 2012 6:34 pm

    Beautiful photos. A budget wedding is completely possible. Cutting back wherever you can when you have a ton of guests is important if you want to save money – my friend is planning a wedding right now and she saved quite a bit by making her invitations. She’s also doing her own centerpieces and is going to try to make whatever she can.

    • July 17, 2012 12:19 pm

      I have a friend who had a great idea of doing evites! So neat because it’s free AND you can see everyone who has RSVP’d and who has even seen the invitation and HASN’T RSVP’d yet! Love your blog 😉

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