Help needed for mission impossible

I've learned a lot on this site and am hoping to get as much advice as I can. We have to decided to plan our wedding for 2014, but the 2nd half of the year is full of other family weddings. So the crazy idea is to have our wedding in April, which doesn't give us a lot of time. The second complication is we're working on a tight budget,

From reading around I've discovered that diy isn't always cheaper. Any ideas on how I can plan a budget wedding in 4 months?

Posted on December 29, 2013 at 3:05 am
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zeuster
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I would say decide what are the most important elements to you and get those taken care of first,

like location, photographer etc........   then I would say don't be afraid to buy pre loved items anything form the dress to the decor.

do you already have colors or style in mind? do you know what kind of dress you want? sometimes with such a short span of time you can't be picky.

I think it can be done but you have to be 100% sure of all of your choices and not let alot of outside influences question your decsions. also you need a few strong people arond you that are willing to help you.

There are tons of ways to save money. have you seen this website there is lots of inspiration for all kinds of budgets its pretty amazing. http://www.thebrokeassbride.com/

Posted on December 29, 2013 at 12:05 pm
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here is the link to a anothe forum post on here with great money saving tips

http://www.projectwedding.com/forums/money-saving-ideas--2

and as far as timeline goes, if you want a new dress then you will need to get on that right now.  even if you buy a dress that you could walk out  the door with that day, the alterations can take some time.  it can be done though.  when you are calling to set appointments at bridal salons, be sure to let them know your time crunch.  if they only order dresses from the designer who makes them by hand from each order, then it may take too long to get a dress from that location.  no point waisting time at a salon that will not be able to get you a dress quickly enough.

if you know the overall look you want for your wedding already, then talking to a florist, bakers, etc shouldnt be an issue even with the time crunch.  if you need inspiration for design then please just ask.  just give us the kind of wedding you want (beach, rustic, church, romantic, garden..) and your colors. 

Posted on December 29, 2013 at 12:44 pm
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It's a challenge, but you can do it! My biggest piece of advice would be to prioritize what's most important to you and focus the budget on those areas first, then be willing to cut areas that aren't as important to you. For example, if a tiered wedding cake is important to you, then focus on finding the best budget-friendly wedding cake option you can find. But if you don't really care about the cake, setting up undecorated dessert cakes and/or pies can be a much cheaper option. Either home baked or from a grocery or bakery, undecorated regular desserts can still be beautiful when set up as part of a dessert buffet table.

Posted on December 30, 2013 at 9:06 am
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I'm doing a DIY wedding myself in November 2014. The most important thing is to schedule your wedding around you and the groom, not other people. I've found that what really saves money is getting your DIY items from family members. For instance, I am doing a rustic theme for my wedding. I'm using wide mouthed pickle jars wrapped in Burlap and lace ribbon for the centerpieces. I got my wedding dress on Ebay for $150 and the dress is originally $1300. The most expensive thing you will find us the seating and tables. Try considering combining the ceremony and reception to the same location and having a JP come out to marry you rather than an officiant. $50 vs $175. Instead of renting tables for the food, I'm repainting old dressers and using them. The wedding cake will be the only dessert and besides the date, we're making all the food. All in all, I'm spending about $2000 on our wedding, but I'm finding cheaper ways every day. A good cheap sure for diy: www.factorydirectcraft.com
Posted on December 30, 2013 at 8:22 pm

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