Any ideas for a cheap wedding??

United States
March 24, 2007 1:06am CST
My Fiance and I want to have a nice reception, and a nice ceremony, but cant really come up with much money at all, because our familys really dont have the money to help. Anyone have any ideas what you did, or ideas you have heard?
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@vivasuzi (4126)
• United States
24 Mar 07
I mentioned these on another discussion, so hope you haven't already seen these ideas. Here's some ways to save money. Have the reception in a hall on a Friday or Saturday Afternoon. It may not be as great as a Saturday Night, but Halls often offer discounts for Friday or Saturday Afternoon weddings. Or, even better, find a friend that has a nice house and have it there :) Hire people you know (or ask your friends who they know) b/c friends will often get you discounts on DJs and etc. Do as much as you can yourself - make your own flowers using fake flowers from Michaels or Joanns. Make your own invites (you can get the paper at paperandmore.com). For bridesmaid dresses, instead of buying the 200$ dresses at a wedding shop, just go to Macys or Sears. They have lots of nice dresses (especially around Prom and Homecoming) that are only around 50-100$. I was even out at Macys a few weeks ago and saw the nicest white dress that looked just as good as a wedding dress without the huge price! Those are all the ideas I can think of right now, basically just try your hardest to find good deals on every part of your wedding and it should be manageable. The Hall is the most expensive part, so if you can get a good deal on that you should be all set. Good luck!!
• United States
24 Mar 07
Thanks everyone so much for your responses. They were all very great! The dress im getting is 500$ from Davids Bridal, its really beautiful. I thought about doing a potluck, and my Fiance really doesnt want to do that. I Thought it might be cheaper to have an outside wedding, but I would be WAY to scared it will rain!! LOL!
• United States
2 Apr 07
I'd concentrate my budget on the important and most lasting aspects of the wedding....i.e. photography, videography and food. Try to cut corners...Friday night weddings tend to be cheaper; early lunch receptions; if there's a bride getting married on the same day (earlier/later) contact and negotiate sharing the decorations; look for bargains in decor from post-Xmas/Vday items; ask friends to pitch in to help (know of an aspiring DJ?); have bridal showers w/ "Wedding Prep" themes (ask for gifts like Thank You cards, stamps, candles, Kodak instant cameras, etc...) Hope this helps!!
• Philippines
24 Mar 07
With regards to my idea....prefering for just a simple but a well done set up. I mean, come up with a wise budget and yet satisfying to everyone....you only have to work it hard patiently with all the things to be considered on that wedding day. Otherwise, might achieve a meaningful and wonderful event of your life.....
@mrsturner (519)
• Canada
24 Mar 07
We didn't have a whole lot of money for my sister's wedding, but it turned out wonderfully. Everyone brought things, kind of like a potluck supper, but we knew what people were bringing. One man made all the rolls. A lot of women made fancy squares and cookies. A friend made the wedding cake as her wedding present and so on. The reception was at her parents-in-law's back yard and after the toast and meal everyone could swim in their pool (it was a blistering hot day) or enjoy the coolness of their lovely home. It wasn't a huge wedding, but I managed to plan the whole thing for under a thousand dollars. P.S. the ceremony can always be lovely without a lot of money. All you need is a bride and groom who love each other.
• India
24 Mar 07
ya i understood ur problem if marry any one on any ocassional days like december 31 st night on or before at12'o clock then u will have lot of enjoyement and also u will have exitement .sorry iam saying this as silly and one more thing i doesn,t have fullfledged knowledge in english to express my views