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February 10, 2009

My fiance and I are trying to plan a cheap wedding in NJ. Realistically, we want everything to cost around $6000. Any help?

Tai from Morris County, NJ


By Becca (Guest Post)
February 19, 20090 found this helpful
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I got tons of vases for flower centerpieces from yard sales for cheap.

I bought white "Christmas" lights from hobby lobby for cheap.

A lady I work with is catering with simple finger food type of stuff.

I am having my wedding at a local national park, the total fee is $180. The ceremony will be under a huge oak tree and the reception in their little lodge. Since we're saving so much money in the rental fee we can spend a little to make it really nice and personalized to us.

My dress is from David's bridal. They have sales a couple times a year.

I found a string duo to play for the ceremony for only $310.

We booked our DREAM honeymoon through expedia.

We printed the invitations ourselves and bought everything separately but I think it would have been cheaper to buy a kit, all the different costs add up.


I borrowed my sisters veil and I am doing my own hair (tutorial on youtube user name "ilovegerardo" has some really cute and classy retro type of hairstyles).

I bought ribbon for flowers and invitations out of dollar bin at Michael's.

From eBay I purchased: my garter, hair accessories, paper lanterns, paper for invites, envelopes.

I found the perfect earrings for 75% off on the day after thanksgiving.

Ask around! I'm sure girls you know have stuff left over from their weddings which you may be able to use. I was given 2 aisle runners, wedding rice and bubbles by a friend of my future mother in law.

I know in Florida we are getting money off the cost of our marriage license since we did pre-marital counseling with our pastor (which we really would have done anyway).

I hope you have the best marriage ever!

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By mrs.gray (Guest Post)
March 1, 20090 found this helpful
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I made a cute table centerpieces from thrift shopping for cheap vases, and wine glasses.


I got a lot of different wine glasses and put them upside down with the cheep candles you can buy in a bunch, some clearance ribbon, bought roses and flowers in bunch and pulled off the flowers, and carefully glued everything to mirror tiles from Menards.

It was just a bit more than $4 per table when I got it all put together. This is a sample of what I had.

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By Gail (Guest Post)
February 16, 20090 found this helpful

After being in the business of helping brides (and their families) save money by self catering their own receptions we have compiled a comprehensive e-book that covers every thing you need to know for a Do It Yourself Wedding Reception (catering can be the single biggest wedding expense). Visit for the overview of all the information that we have included to help you with your planning. There is also a free page of helpful tips on the site


Good luck with your special day.

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By Faith (Guest Post)
February 26, 20090 found this helpful

Take a great trip to a beautiful Island and don't waste your money on a wedding that you will forget in a year, or better yet put that 6K as a down payment on a house and have your parents buy you a trip for your wedding present! It is a special day that needs to be shared by the 2 of you!

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