Getting Married!

United States
May 15, 2012 12:58pm CST
My boyfriend proposed and we are planning a wedding for this fall... any suggestions on how to keep the costs down?
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12 responses
• India
17 May 12
The best way to keep down the cost is, invite those ones who are nearer to you. This will help you to save a lot of money. If you invite all your relatives and your family members you need to make food and seating for them. It will cost a lot. So invite those ones who are nearer to you.
@ravisivan (14055)
• India
17 May 12
yes. this is one way. We can always do in different level. Instead of buying costly dresses we can buy less costly ones. Instead of giving too many items in dinner/reception party we can restrict. But I suggest spending to some extent so that you will remember always.
@ravisivan (14055)
• India
17 May 12
Dancer: congrats. go ahead. get married. Keeping costs down -- then go for registered marriage and give a light snacks party to your friends and relatives. I suggest you enjoy, spend money, invite your people and celebrate in a way you will remember for all times to come.
@chiyosan (29383)
• Philippines
17 May 12
First of all, congratulations! Weddings.. wow i sure love weddings and celebrations. :D When you need to keep the cost down, you just have to make sure you had a lot of time to research on which suppliers have lower costs, you have to have that time to source for cheaper options without sacrificing the quality and there are a lot of alternatives too.. ;)
@asdomencil (4276)
• Philippines
17 May 12
When we got married, all we did almost all the preparations from the wedding dress, invitations, souvenirs, etc. We also search for a cheap package for the reception including the flowers and making of the gowns and dresses worn by my wife as well as the entourage. We are the one who bought the fabrics in a known place here in our country that sells cheap but quality fabrics. When it comes to cake, we ordered it from a bakeshop in our locality. Cheap compared to a branded cakes but tastes good and the design is really comparable to branded ones. You can do those things too.
@GemmaR (8526)
16 May 12
I think that it's great that you're planning to get married, and completely understandable that you should want to keep the costs of your wedding down. A great idea for when you're planning a wedding is to try and see if there is anyone in your family who could help you out with some things. For example if you know anyone who is a decent photographer you might want to use them rather than hiring someone else. You could try hiring your dress rather than buying it to keep, and if you know somebody who could bake, they could sort out your cake for you. In addition to this, you could ask for cash as presents instead of gifts so this way if you spend a little bit more than you thought you would, you can always use some of your present money to be able to pay it back.
@lakantar (1575)
• Greece
15 May 12
well probably the sooner you finish with your reservations and your preparations the lower you can get your prices. :) Good luck with it.
@barehugs (8986)
• Canada
15 May 12
You can get married for the price of a good restaurant meal! Its easy, fast, and cheap, and you will be just as much married as if you had spent $50,000.00! Here is how its done- Keep it a secret, run away together,and have a Civil Ceremony. Forget about rings, flowers and a church wedding because this is a money-grab, and not necessary.
@Bluedoll (17071)
• Canada
15 May 12
It really depends on you. Who will you invite? I think you might be there already. Are your parents coming? Their friends? And what about cousin George, oh you can’t leave out cousin George. You can not really charge people to come to a wedding so it really starts there with the list as the list cost per person right. The wedding list. Just remember to add on cousin George. You could have it at home but there will still be costs or you could forget the plan, run away now, tonight and tell everyone you eloped instead. Or bye the dress, get a couple to stand for you, and do it as a weekend get away. I’ve seen some people jump out of an airplane and skydive the wedding. Short ceremony. Do you.. say yes and pull. Isn’t this fun?
@WakeUpKitty (8707)
• Netherlands
15 May 12
do, arrange, make, bake, prepare everything yourself. This way you keep the costs down and it will all be exactly the way you like it. The succes of your marriage has nothing to do with money but with the right people at the right place. also.. it won't be a great succes if you are broke afterwards.
• United States
15 May 12
Getting a wedding planner should keep costs down if you have a good wedding planner. You just tell them your budget ceiling and they will help make sure you don't go over that budget. Keep in mind that you have to pay the wedding planner to so factor that in to your budget.
• United States
15 May 12
I bought a simple white dress that I could wear to church. I had a backyard reception and the ceremony in the park. My friend's father officiated the wedding for free (we offered him money, but he said no so we gave it to a family near us who was down on her luck). We had a BBQ with hot dogs, hamburgers and the family brought side dishes. We had a sheet cake instead of a fancy wedding cake. I bought silk flowers and made my bouquets and boutioneers. I had someone else make the corsages and it only cost me 15.00 for four of them. I made cds off the computer and thats what we played instead of hiring a dj. I made my own invitations and save the date cards. My bets friend and dad took pictures. We drove our own car (had wanted to hire a limo, but it was expensive).
@NailTech (6890)
• United States
15 May 12
Perhaps you can make all the invitations yourself and do some of the decorating, etc. I'm not too sure, but perhaps just not making it so elaborate in general. Even keeping the guest list down without having to hurt anyone's feelings. Hiring a band that doesn't charge through the roof but yet plays very well. I'm sure there are some suggestions from your friends in real life too that they can give.