By swan 1
How can I do a wedding on a 1,500 dollar budget?
By swan from Nashville, TN
August 20, 2010
You can make your own boutonierres and corsages as well as table decor and ceremony flowers using silk flowers. Use floral tape and pins for the boutonierres and corsages. Buy assorted vases at garage sales and partly fill with shredded glossy paper or some marbles then insert silk flowers into vases for table decor and ceremony. Wrap stems of silk flowers in ribbon for bridesmaids and your bouquet. Hire a college student or ask a family member to photograph and put a few disposable cameras around at the reception for candid photos. See if a family member can make or contribute a cake and another be a dj for the night. Have the wedding in the morning and you wouldn't be expected to have as much food. Maybe have the reception in a park.
Good luck and have fun!
August 20, 2010
1. Keep your guest list to a minimum
2. Instead of a traditional wedding cake try a giant cookie or a variety of desserts. If you really want to do the "cake cutting" part have a small cake.
3. Food wise if you have the ceremony in the morning have a "brunch themed" reception. Mid afternoon you could request your guests bring a dish to share in lieu of a present. Early evening you could just do a mini reception with drinks and hor d'oevres. You could also also have a bbq reception where you and the groom and family supply the meat while guests bring a dish to share.
4. Depending on the time of year you are getting married farmer's markets are a great place to find fresh flowers cheap. If you can be flexible on the colors you will have more options. You might want to also consider decorating w/ seasonal items i.e. pumpkins, apples, etc.
5. Rent or borrow a dress instead of buying one.
August 21, 2010
Find someone that just got married or is getting married before you get married and see if they will sell any of the decorations, dresses, etc. OR
Just elope and use the money elsewhere......
August 27, 2010
Actually, I did JUST get married, 6 weeks ago this Sunday. What I did was I registered for things I want/need for the wedding. I did an online registry called Myregistry.com. You'll get a "button" on your toolbar and then when ever you come across anything anywhere online that you want/need, you click on that button on your toolbar and it will add it to your registry. Then when you have a shower (I had 2, one for the "adults" like my mom and mother in law and elder family members from both sides, and the 2nd was my girlfriends.) people can buy you things for your wedding off this registry. And what I did for center pieces on the tables at the reception, was a candle on a square piece of mirror. I ended up with more than enough silk flower petals from the flower girls, that I used the extra silk flowers and "sprinkled" them around the candle and on the mirror. By the way, you can get artificial flowers and candles and mirrors at Dollar Tree (every thing is $1), which also has a website that you can buy in bulk.
Oh, something I thought about doing but didn't end up doing it, but for your bridesmaid and made of honor, have them carry a candle with maybe some artificial flowers around the bottom of it.
If you want to do your own music, check out http://www.worldcat.org/ which will do a search of libraries for anything you want. If you don't have a card at a library, get one first. Then look up whatever music artist you want and request it from WorldCat and it will be sent to your library, for free. Then you take it home, put it on your computer and then can burn your own CD's for your own music.
Also, I bought my wedding dress for only $99 off of ebay. Kid you not. It was brand new, never worn, still had tags on it. It was a $600 dress. But make sure you go to a local dress shop to know your dress size, because wedding dress sizes are different apparently, as I ended up with a too big dress but luckily it could be taken in, but they can only take it in so much. But there are companies on ebay who sell the dresses, they buy them when they are "out of season" from stores... I don't know if you have a Hobby Lobby near you but they are all the time having sales. I got our vases for the altar flowers for a total of $30, it was a 50% off sale so basically I bought one and got one free. Also, for a flower girl or bridesmaid/maid of honor, if you are getting married sometime after Thanksgiving, you can find some really nice elegant "evening" dress or "holiday" dresses the day after Thanksgiving online at major stores like JCPenny's or Macy's. I think I got my Maid of Honor dress for $20 off of sears. But my maid of honor was my 14 year old daughter so I had to pay for it. lol.
Buy your rings at a pawn shop. Some people are funny about it but I am not.
Make your own invitations off the computer. Just buy some nice card stock at a paper store.. and envelopes. Ask family members if they have a nice table cloth or a lace one to go on the table for your cake.
I hope this helps. Sorry so long... it's just my wedding is still so fresh in my mind, lol. If I come up with any other ideas, I'll post again.
September 20, 2010
Hi Swan. It can be done, here are a few suggestions:
Sheets from Walmart for tablecloths (covered with sheers give a dramatic look), or glue some flowers on them. Wild flowers are free. Bake small cakes. $1.00 for a box cake and a $1.00 for the frosting, add some cream cheese and a little lemon, tastes just like homemade. Use boxes and cover with a sheet for different levels.
Keep your food basic; pulled chicken, pork, or beef. Broiled potatoes cut into 8 pieces, add some butter and parsley, bake uncovered. Add a veggie and voila, you have food for everyone. Pasta goes a long way, use some of the chicken for pasta salad.
After Christmas, look for beaded garland at 50% off. Glass squares from Menard's for the table centerpieces, add some glitter (Walmart), some beaded garland. Use PVC or some kind of tubing at about 2 feet high with the flower of your choice, or use tree branches painted your colors. Hang colored plastic stones from the branches, glue fish line and hang.
Sam's club sells chafing dishes (disposable but still nice looking). Ask a few friends to take pictures then choose from them (you can always have a portrait picture made later).
Balloons are fun. Go with white and you color, let them fly around or tie them to string and hang them everywhere.
VFW posts are cheap and you can bring in your own foods or park pavilions. We catered a wedding and bought all the liquor, but still charged for cocktails just to cover the cost, a dollar a drink. I know I would be happy to pay that. Nowadays people understand what it costs to have a wedding, so do what you can and enjoy your day.
I need help badly. I want to have a ceremony and reception on a $1500 budget. I looked into the local american legion and they want $650 for 4 hours which includes a kitchen as well and I'm sure I could set it up to hold my ceremony right there. Help me please.
N.B from Baltimore, MD
One place where you can save money is by checking either your local BJ's, Price Club or Costco for your cake. I believe they do the baking right on the premises and you can get a nice sheet cake for a reasonable amount. In fact, check your local grocery store! My friend did that and the cake was excellent. Have a disc jockey instead of a band. Serve punch and soda. You can spike the punch, I'm sure that would be a lot less expensive than a bar--unless that's part of the deal at the legion hall. Does the $1500 include a wedding gown? Look at the clearance rack. My gown 25 years ago was clearance--it cost me $125 marked down from $400, which is almost a 75% savings and it was still beautiful.
Good luck, and congratulations! (03/02/2006)
My husband and I got married in September of last year and we had both the ceremony and reception for about $1500. The best way to cut costs is to do most of everything yourself. Decorations, food, invitations. Anything you can think of. It does take a bit more work and time on your part but it also saves you money. We had an outdoor wedding with just family there and then we had a reception for everyone else. I know a lot of people say not to do it, be we didn't have an open bar at the reception. It was a cash bar but that saves a huge amount of money. Our family members helped out with preparing the food for the reception and decorating the reception building. We held our reception at the local community building and it had a complete kitchen and bar there. I bought my dress from a wedding store but it wasn't a traditional wedding gown. It was a bridesmaid's dress on the sale rack but saved about $150 buying it that way, and I loved the dress anyway. Even if I could have bought any gown I wanted I think I still would have gotten the one I did. My sister-in-law burned off c.d's of our favorite songs for the reception instead of hiring a d.j or a band and it worked out fine. A friend knew a lady that bakes cakes and we hired her to do our wedding cake. It cost us less than $75 and we would have paid twice that amount to have a caterer or store do it for us. It turned out beautifully. Keep your decorations simple, but pretty (flowers, ribbons, and lots of tulle) work great! I got a lot of ideas from different wedding websites and then figured out ways to do it my way and saved a lot of money! Hope these ideas help you out some. Good luck and congrats! (03/02/2006)
we did it on $1500
we had our local grocer make up sandwich platters,relish tray, potato salad, coleslaw
we provided our own drinks (soda,tea coffee,juice) also had chips and dip etc. These can also be bought at Sam's club real cheap) or can be done by you (Aldi's is a great place to shop or save-a-lot). We had the grocer make up 2 heart shaped cakes (for around $50-$75 for both)
my sister helped decorate the church where we had our reception (this was free) a photoghapher at Walmart did our wedding pictures (for $100) and they turned out great (so ask them if someone at your local retailer might want to make some extra $$) we did not serve alcohol (since we were at the church) and I found my dress at a local wedding shop on clearance and with alterations was still only $500 total. If we rented 3 or more tuxes we got 2 free tux rentals so ask if they have any discounts on tux rentals The brides maids chose to pay for their own dresses to help us out. We made up my flower arrangement that I carried with artificial flowers bought at Walmart and some ribbons attached. After the reception at the church we all headed to our local bar/restaurant and any one wanting to drink paid for their own drinks. We all had a great time and I wasn't near as stressed as I would have been had I had a more elaborate wedding. We had a CD burned with all our favorite songs that we played for the church reception.
good luck (03/02/2006)
p.s our church had a full kitchen for us to use (03/02/2006)
I don't know how much time you have to plan but the more the better. You can have a very elegant wedding for very little by catching the sales and LOOKING in the wedding stuff but buying the look-a-likes in a different dept. My husband and I got married August 05 and I bought my wedding dress thru Chadwicks (check out http://www.chadwicks.com/chadwicks/product/product.asp?pf_id=37105&dept_id=62&parent_id=50& and think of it in ivory) for under $100 with shipping and handling because my mom got a coupon in her email. We made the food, my mom-in-law supplied the candles (Candlelite consultant), and got our silk flowers through my husband's aunt and cousin who owned a flower shop and supplied labor for free. I even saved my bridesmaid's a lot of money by deciding on dresses in JCPenney's Spring Sale catalog and getting them to get their shoes during the Bogo sale at Payless. (Payless also has a AAA discount.) As my bridesmaids gifts I got them a necklace and earrings set (on sale of course). Also keeping the ceremony and reception as small as possible will help out a lot. I've been told that food is half your cost.
Hope your wedding is everything you're wanting. (03/02/2006)
We splurged on some items (like the wedding cake and the bouquets) and saved on others (I arranged the rest of the flowers myself.) The wedding was in the backyard of my parents' house - Also did the rest of the decoration - used lengths of tulle to make swags between 2 trees to create an "altar" area & used potted lilies, which we then planted in the garden.
Also used a swag of tulle on the outside of our closed patio to create a wedding effect. Used family linens to make runners on simple paper tablecloths from the supermarket (the color was right) - These went with the flowered paper plates I got at Target - which looked like vintage china plates.
Used a collection of champagne glasses for the toast - Bought a large champagne bottle of inexpensive French sparking wine, which we had tested beforehand. Had a punch bowl of iced tea with large ice cubes made with flowers frozen in them.
No DJ - we used CDs & our karaoke machine - Found my linen wedding dress at a thrift shop & wore family heirloom jewelry.
We did our own invitations on the computer/ and sent our e-vite "save the date" invitations, as well.
It was small, inexpensive and very satisfactory. Don't tell anyone where you cut corners and no one will notice. It used to be customary a generation or so ago to have weddings at home - and certainly saves the rental of a space, especially if your wedding is small. (03/02/2006)
This might not appeal to you, but have you thought about having the reception at your church? Our church charges nothing for church members to have the ceremony. The reception is the cost of food only, and food can be pretty cheap! Of course, it's harder to have alcohol, but sometimes that's not necessary. Just a thought in case you hadn't considered it. (03/02/2006)
By Pastor April
If you don't like cake, you might try having a dessert table instead. My husband and I both dislike frosting so we had friends make brownies, cookies, tarts, and even chocolate-covered strawberries. I was against the whole cake-in-the-face and on-the-dress thing, so we avoided it all together. People commented on how great the desserts were. Some of my friends have even copied it and believe me -- saving $300 on a cake is a pretty good deal, too! (03/02/2006)
Ok mine was gorgeous and very inexpensive and everyone kept saying that it must of cost lots. No.
Reception areas also try your local post, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and they may have better price. Or if someone has access to a large meeting room.
Food: Have someone cook and make appetizers than can be made a day or so ahead. Our cake from a trendy coffee shop that was just branching out in wedding, party cakes. It was fabulous the chocolate came from Switzerland. It does not have to cost much to look good. I have been to some that had shrimp etc and others that had nice cold cuts and assorted breads and cheese set out nicely, with grapes for decoration and eating. Green olives set out with toothpicks are good too, just pick your favorites. Christmas lights can be strung around to look nice around a piece of lattice or ceiling.
Good luck. Oh and borrow extra serving trays or pitchers people are glad and happy to help.
ENJOY your day it is yours and RELAX and have
a great time. We did and it was great. (03/02/2006)
Go to Freecycle.org and locate your town on their website. You'll find a lot of people that are willing to part with wedding and party stuff to help out someone in their hometown. Good luck and congratulations. (03/03/2006)
We did our wedding for about $2500 total, but the most expensive part was the food, which we decided to splurge on. Check out local county and state parks alot of them have reception halls or large buildings that they rent. We got married at a beautiful county park facility (in NY), with the wedding and reception at the same place. The facility rented for $450 and had a full service kitchen. For my brothers wedding, my immediate family contributed food they had made, and set up a buffet. Other responses mentioned getting your own drinks, etcdefinitely a good idea. Walmart has soda for 50 cents a bottle. If you want alcohol, try getting a keg and get wine in boxes (from wholesale stores and some liquor stores). Id stay away from liquor since then you need all the mixers, etc. For help during the reception, hire a couple of local high school or college students (over 21 if you have alcohol). Most will work cheap, especially if food is involved! We hired 3 girls for $30 each. They can serve drinks, set up the buffet, and clean up tables after dinner. For music, either try burning your own CDs and set up a stereo on autoplay, or get a younger relative to try out their DJing skills. They dont necessarily have to talk, just put the CDs in and hit play. For the ceremony, Davids bridal sells wedding CDs with traditional marches and other songs for the ceremony (for less than $20). You can also contact local high schools and colleges and ask about small ensembles or bands that may be willing to play for free or a small fee. For pictures, you could place disposable cameras on the tables, and collect them afterward. Or again, try asking around collegeslook on nearby college websites for journalism or photography professors and email to ask about students that may freelance or just want experience. Another idea is to ask a relative with a nice camera to take pictures during the ceremony, and rely on guests photos for the reception. Do any relatives bake? Ask for a cake as a wedding gift, and have them use all white icing and the cake decorating items available in the bridal section at Walmart or Michaels. And finally, for decorations, go with white paper tablecloths, white heavy paper or plastic plates, plastic silverware, clear plastic cups, and white paper napkins (check restaurant supply stores or wholesale stores, or search online). Our centerpieces were candles (we used battery operated ones we got at the dollar store (2 for $1)), surrounded by small clear plastic cups that we filled with soil and planted a few pieces of ivy in, and a ribbon tied around the cup. The ivy is cheap (try Walmart), and if you have some time, you can take cutting of a few plants, place them in water, and grow morethen, the cups also served as the favors (ivy means Friendship). You can add color to the tables by using inexpensive ribbon from Michaels or a fabric store or Walmart and just twisting it a little and laying it amongst the ivy cups. Search online for wedding favors, decorations, etc., save the pics, and try and copy what you like by using things found at the dollar store! (03/03/2006)
Weddings can cost a fortune, but really, the most important part of the day is affirming your love and commitment to each other and sharing that affirmation with your family and friends. I have been to weddings that costs thousands of dollars, yet the marriage itself only lasts a couple of years at the most. On the other hand, I am a nurse and have many elderly patients. If I see a wedding picture on the wall, often I'll ask about it. Many of them will tell me about how they were married in a small ceremony perhaps in a family member's home or at a justice-of-the-peace, in a lovely ceremony with only close relatives or family members present. Despite the humble beginnings, many of these marriages last a lifetime. My husband and I were married 16 years ago when I was in nursing school so we didn't have much money to work with. We held the ceremony in a small church near our home. We were able to use the church hall for free after the wedding for our reception. I knew a girl who was trying to start her own flower shop and she provided the arrangements for just the cost of the flowers. My dress was made by a woman whose daughter worked at a store where we looked at rings. I bought the pattern and material and she sewed it for (what I thought was) a fairly small fee. It turned out to be very pretty. I had worked at a hotel before nursing school and the food manager catered our ceremony on the side for a very reasonable price. We bought our cakes at a small bakery and avoided buying anything too showy or big. We had sodas, sparkling water and punch to drink. A family friend had a son whose hobby was photography so, as a wedding present, he took all the wedding photos and they turned out great.
Basically, my advice is : don't be afraid to let people know that you are on a budget. If you know anyone who works or has skills in any areas which can be wedding or reception related (i.e. flower arranging, cooking or catering, DJ'ing, etc), see if they would be willing to help you out and try to work out a deal which would be beneficial to you both, such as a reduced fee for the opportunity for them to practice their skill or build up a new clientel.
Good luck and I hope you have a beautiful wedding.
I think that is a good deal for a hall, and with the kitchen, maybe you can find volunteers with the food, or a potluck? I got too caught up in the wedding hype, and ended up not having enough for the honeymoon I wanted (which in hindsight was a little more important given the stress of the whole thing!) Check your network of family and friends for favors and discounts, you'd be surprised who knows who! (03/09/2006)
Our wedding was also very inexpensive. We borrowed almost everything. The church was free, and we rented our local community center for the reception. We borrowed beautiful custom made topiaries that were made for my boss, who is a millionaire), for his wedding reception. We borrowed silk trees from everyone we knew and put white lights in them to decorate. (In all, we were able to borrow about 14) We made all the bouquets, and boutonnieres, and corsages. We rented the floral arrangements for the church. We borrowed a few white table cloths, but we also got some plain white sheets from Goodwill, and used some of those as well. We also made an arch out of white, satin and clear helium balloons. Our cake was a gift from a friend who is a professional cake decorator. Our pictures were a gift from a photographer friend. We did a trade-out for the limo. (My fiance' fixed the limo-owners computer). To further cut costs for all involved, we each only had one attendant. (This also simplified things. I went with mine to pick out her dress. A lovely black cocktail dress that she could actually wear again! (she got to pick it) She already had black heels too. Our immediate families prepared all of the food, which was just appetizers, cake, and punch, and finger foods. (Since our religion does not permit alcohol, we obviously didn't have that concern.) We had my nephew play our mix cd. We bought a cd with the wedding march, and burned it into a cd with our other songs. Since our wedding was at night, we opted for it to be candlelit. So I borrowed candle holders, the small glass votives, from everyone we knew. I even borrowed my wedding dress from my sister in law. I had always loved it, so it didn't phase me one bit to borrow it. I did however buy my own veil. Since I didn't care for hers, and had my heart set on a certain one. For our honeymoon. we used our frequent flier miles, and his uncle loaned us his condo on the beach in Florida. All in all, I really wouldn't have changed a thing. Even to this day, (7yrs later), people still bring up to me all the time, that mine was the most beautiful wedding that they ever attended. I don't think it is necessary to have alot of money to make a wedding spectacular. I think it mainly takes alot of creativity, and most importantly alot of love. (03/12/2006)
We had a large, very "frugal" wedding, although nobody would have ever guessed by attending. Now is the time to have relatives and friends tap into their creativity and put their varying talents to use! You would be surprised at how many people will want to help. I did all the arrangements and flowers, found the perfect dress at a discount because some of the sequins were loose, and ultimately all we really had to pay for was the reception. What's most important is prioritizing your WANTS and NEEDS, and knowing where you're willing to make compromises. For example,if you NEED a thousand dollar dress, you better go with silk flowers and a "bring a covered dish, please" reception. In our case, we felt that the reception took precedence over live flowers and an expensive gown. It may be very different for you and your fiance. My best friend rented a local hall for $100 and had her aunt cater the dinner. A friend was the dj. Also - do you or your fiance have skills you can "trade" with someone else? My husband is in construction, and we traded his labor for someone else's skills and labor to help us out...Good luck!(quote)(/quote) (03/16/2006)
Hey N.B from Baltimore, I live in Martinsburg, WV about 90 minutes from you. I had a few thoughts for you. Try moving outside of city limits, that should help with costs. Depending on when your wedding date is the weather can play a part to your favor as well. If you are having a spring/summer wedding you can have it at a park. Most offer a pavilion for just a couple hundred dollars tables included. Place disposable cameras on tables with a note attached asking them to capture special moments for you. Then you can develop them as your convenience. The Dollar Tree has tons of wedding favors: Bubbles, thank you notes, paper/tableware, balloons, decorations, flowers for centerpieces or bouquets & boutonnieres.
Maybe have your wedding late in the evening after dinner then only serve cake and punch (that way you could invite more guests). Oh you could use white lights to decorate oh so beautiful. Dress idea check out dept. stores for prom dresses, unless you tell someone no one will ever no. My prom dress was white and could have easily been a wedding dress.
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Check a local park either city,county or state, see if the have a hall or something with a kitchen. My husband and I got married at a city park that had a restored farm house set in the woods, normal rent was 200.00 for up to six hours, but we bargained since we were getting married on a Mon. night,we got it for 100.00-because it was an off night and it wouldn't of rented anyway. We did all of the food ourselves, all of the decorations, lots of tulle and artificial flowers,ribbon etc. My husband even made our wedding cake a 3 teir white cake with fresh flowers between each tier. I made all of the corsages and bouquets, table decorations, we got married last June, so right after Easter I went and found my bridesmaid dresses and flower girl dresses at J.C. Pennys for 10 to 20 apiece on clearance, tea length pink chiffon with satin ribbons, my dress came from Dillard's at an after Christmas sale, it was a tea length cream satin a-line dress with a short jacket-I choose not wear the jacket and had added a dress length satin ribbon around the empire waist and down the length or the back, the entire dress with upgrades was 40.00. The guys wore black dress pants with light grey silk shirts and pink ties- no jackets too HOT!!! Each guy had their own pants, the shirts were 20.00 a peice the ties I found at Walmart after easter for 5 bucks a piece. The entire wedding party was outfitted for 200.00. We served chicken and beef kabobs that we grilled early the morning of our wedding. We also had a Ceasar salad-my favorite-and rice pilaf we also had fresh fruit kabobs, we had beer and homemade wine coolers, iced tea and a pink punch for the kids. The meal cost approx 6 bucks a head with drinks for 60 people we also hired 2 people to serve and help family with clean up cost for that was 150.-well worth it. We didn't pay for a band, we had downloaded some old favs and some romantic music and just played cds. It was a pretty simple wedding it turned out very beautiful, total cost with extras i.e: favors bubbles invites thank-you notes etc was about 1400.00. Good Luck!!!!! (06/29/2006)
By Billie Jo
Don't forget ebay for deals on supplies. Decorations, chair covers, favors, centerpieces, cake tops, etc. Ebay has it all. So search often for things you need. A lot of people sell their used items cheap to make some money back. I also plan to sell my centerpieces on Ebay after my wedding, and maybe a few other items in great condition. Also, ask any friends/family that have been married in the past few years to borrow things, slips, jewelry, vases, help out with food, whatever. (12/09/2006)
My wife and I had a beautiful wedding on $1500.
First, We got married on Wednesday night. Most halls/chapels are EMPTY midweek... any business for them is good business. I asked them to let us use the facility for $500. Most of them have "permanent" decorations so we spent ZERO money, time and energy decorating.
Second, WE HAD A DESERT RECEPTION... Cake, Sparkling cider and snacks -- We had a beautiful Three Tier Wedding Cake from a Grocery store for $100. Sparkling cider from Sam's Club - $50 Plates, forks, napkins, plastic stemware - $50. WE had the reception at my parents clubhouse at their condo complex -- Total reception $200
Third, my wife bought a used dress. IT WAS BEAUTIFUL!! It was $75.00 = Payless shoes she has never worn again - $12.00
Fourth, I ordered our flowers (her bouquet and the bridal party/ushers/best man) from the Grocery Store floral dept. $120.
ll the other stuff we bought at discount, Invitations -- whatever. Total was less than $1500. YOU CAN DO IT... THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX... By getting married on a Wednesday we also got cheaper hotel rates -- $19 -- for our Honeymoon!!!!! (05/23/2007)
My advise is you should go to "The Dollar Tree" stores. They have lots of nice wedding things.
Good luck! (07/07/2007)
I am trying to plan a wedding on a $1500 budget, and that's from start to finish. I am having a lot of trouble finding a place to hold the reception as everything in Baltimore is so expensive. I live in Baltimore county, and have no problem holding it in another county. The only thing I've come across is an American Legion which I have no problem with. Have any ideas?
Natasha from Randallstown, MD
I am not sure what season your wedding will be, but my daughter's was in May and she wanted an outdoor wedding and reception, nothing really fancy, but still nice. We planned it all together, she and I. We called one of our local parks and rented one of the sections they have that had covered pavilions.
We contacted all our family and friends and borrowed all the white Christmas lights they had and hung them everywhere, drooped in trees around and inside the pavilion. In the center of the pavilion, which came to an umbrella shape in the center, there we hung the tissue wedding bells. I rented a 3 section trellis from a local floral shop and also strung the lights atop it. I got long cuttings from a neighbor who had two types of real ivy and just ran that in and out the trellis. We bought outdoor green carpet for the long walk way up the trellis site where they exchanged their vows.
We rented a white enclosed tent for her to be in until she was to make her walk to say her vows. We rented chairs from a local church. We decided what foods would cook easily and kept them warm in crock pots on one side of the pavilion where the buffet food was served. There were plenty of tables under the pavilion and the weather was nice, no call for rain, so we put all the tables outside the pavilion. We covered them with white pretty table clothes and each one had small glass bowls down along the centers spread out with water inside them and floating candles that were lit.
This left the pavilion empty with lots of floor space for dancing. she had a friend to pre-program her songs on a CD like the wedding march, canon-d, and her song to dance with her dad and other songs to play throughout the reception.
We had our lady friends and family who were not in the wedding party to serve the foods out. We had small separate tables set up and decorated prettily for a place for guests to sign the guest book, and the groom's cake. We used a separate table for the wedding cake. We made all the invitations on our computer using pretty papers purchased at Office Max and added embellishments like tulle ribbon ties for them.
Her wedding was at 7:00 pm so just shortly afterwards it was getting dark, but all the lights strung everywhere were so romantic and pretty. I rented 2 stands from the same florist for the flowers on each side of the place where they took their vows. We had lots of coolers inside the enclosed tent we rented for keeping flowers fresh or extra ice, etc., so nothing was an eye sore.
We made very pretty signs from wood and stenciled letters telling the way to the wedding site. Those were also noted on the invitations. I made a long watermelon boat that was carved with love birds on the outside that had mixed fruit in it on one of the food tables.
It was the prettiest outdoor wedding I ever saw and cost very little because we did it ourselves and started planning 7 months prior to the special day. (11/06/2007)
My husband and I were married this past May and we did all the planning, etc. for our wedding. It was an outdoor country wedding and the best advice is to network! Sit down and think of everyone you know are related to and what talents and abilities they have. Most everyone is very willing to help out with such a happy event and are just waiting to be asked to help.
Our wedding was held in his sister's backyard under an arbor they already had, we decorated it with hanging Boston ferns, sunflower garlands, and white tulle. We had white wicker picnic tables and lawn furniture sitting about the yard for guests to sit in, but also had folding chairs borrowed from his sis's church for the ceremony. Tables were also borrowed from the same church for nothing.
The cake was one of our biggest expenses at $100 and fed 100 people and made by a lady who worked as a professional cake decorator at a grocery store, but also did them on the side for extra money. My brother-in-law is a pastor and he married us for free, I downloaded and burned my wedding music from the internet. I did my own flowers, bouquets, corsages, and boutonnieres with flowers purchased at Hobby Lobby on sale. I made fans for favors (since it was outside and very hot!) and a very dear friend bought my wedding dress for me as a gift.
The groom wore denim overalls and a red t-shirt and my two children were dressed in jeans and red t-shirts also (they walked me down the aisle and gave me away), as I said, it was a country wedding. We had no attendants to worry with. I made all the decorations myself for the wedding and reception and friends came to help set up.
The reception was potluck with friends bringing finger foods and such from a menu I formed at the beginning. All we furnished were the drinks. We bought canned sodas and iced them down in huge galvanized washtubs. I also had a friend bake the groom's cake, which was red velvet, for free. So see, if you stop and think about it you may can cut corners a lot closer than you think with the help from your family and friends.
Good luck and best wishes for a beautiful, loving day with all your friends and family! (11/07/2007)
Look for a public (local) or state park where you can hold the reception for free or for a small fee. Picnic areas, for example, can be reserved at Maryland state parks for free and up to a year in advance of the date wanted. You can reserve a spot online. (12/06/2007)
There is a place called Milton Ridge. You can check out the website at www.miltonridge.com. (03/05/2008)
By Princess Nelson
Maybe a church hall, I know the Rising Sun Banquet Hall and Church is nice. My best friend just had hers there. (03/23/2008)
Antlers Court in Randallstown as a nice hall for $650.00 for 4 hours. Nice place. The owner's name is Paulette and her number is 410-6275100. Good Luck. (03/30/2008)
By Antoinette R
Fridays and Sundays are cheap day at some places. I'm getting married May 09 on a Sunday which cost $400.00. Now that saved me $1200.00. Saturday would have cost $1600.00. Maybe try a park and a bar-b-que. Keep looking around and get wedding books from free library. (04/14/2008)
By Karen from SC