PW Guide Article: Wedding Under $4,000!

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Budget Savvy Bride's Wedding Under $4,000!


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Posted on July 4, 2010 at 4:10 pm
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ThriftyBride4U
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Excellent article!  Wow I am so impressed with all the attention to details!  I wish I had thought of the stationary idea for my bridesmaids.  My husband and I just got married this month.  We kept our expenses under $5,000.  We had our ceremony in our back yard.  My theme was black and white to keep it simple on everyone's budget.  Like this article, our biggest expenses were the vendors, but we only paid the photographer $500 (he gave us a special since we let him feature us on his website....yeeehaaa!), but the costs did add up when we hired a DJ and a dance floor for the back yard, also the tables, chairs & linens.  But all in all, we had a wonderful shared event with our family and friends for under $5,000.  We couldn't ever expect a more beautiful wedding than ours in the backyard, surrounded with family and friends!

Posted on July 1, 2012 at 9:07 am
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Thank you, thank you, thank you! I'm trying to do a $3,000 wedding and all of your tips are SO helpful! I felt so alone in planning a budget wedding with all of my friends' parents lavishing them with 5-figure weddings; I'm so thankful to know that other girls are out there doing this with me! :)

Posted on July 4, 2012 at 5:45 am
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This is AMAZING!!! I love, love, love how it's all broken down. I have a $5000 budget and I just realized that all the specifically wedding venues are absolutely out of the question..I was heart broken, lol. But this makes me feel so much better!! Now I know I can make my own unique wedding and not break my bank.

Posted on August 28, 2012 at 11:21 am
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Um... I can TOTALLY do this!...Thanks for the Inspiration! :)

Posted on September 14, 2012 at 4:42 am
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so much inspiration thanks!!!


 

Posted on September 23, 2012 at 3:46 pm
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Your article was great! Could you tell me which website you ordered your dress from?
Posted on September 24, 2012 at 10:49 am
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Just a word of advice, please don't rely on the discount candle/crafts sites like candles4less, save-on-crafts, etc. I'm not saying they don't work, but the shipping charge is where they get you! 

Posted on October 2, 2012 at 3:19 am
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I made an account with project wedding just so I could thank you for your post! I've always said I would never be the girl that spends a fortune on one day. When my parents told me about our $5k budget, I was thrilled.... That is until and I started to go to work, and quickly became discouraged by the cost of EVERY little thing. You have refurbished my hope and given me insite to things I never would have thought of! Thank you!!!!
Posted on October 3, 2012 at 8:10 pm
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This is so ironic! I am lookin to rent a spot on the Sacandaga for a wedding!! You have a terrific plan in place. Any chance your friend would rent to me?? Marybetheaton@yahoo.com
Posted on October 10, 2012 at 1:34 am
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Wow that's fantastic.. Thanks for sharing such fabulous idea with us...

Posted on October 18, 2012 at 11:56 pm
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This is great . :)
I really love the idea..
thanks for sharing this one .. 

Posted on December 1, 2012 at 6:29 am
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Love the ideas. I got an idea for the party favor... Estimate how much you would normally spend and donate that money. Place cards telling the guest you donated to charity of choice.
Posted on December 13, 2012 at 4:49 pm
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I also am interested in this location, please email me if your friend is looking to rent out the location. Thais_rivera91791@yahoo.com

Thank you
Posted on December 15, 2012 at 4:12 am
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I am also really interested in this location (my family is from upstate NY but we don't have access to a place like this).  Please email me if your friend is looking to rent out the location @ dreilingbethany@gmail.com


Thanks so much!

Posted on January 18, 2013 at 11:00 am
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where did you order your mason jars from? I am also doing mason jars I had originally just planned on for my center pieces because I dont have many but would like to use them for guests

Posted on January 21, 2013 at 6:11 am
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Our event less than $700 #45 however enough food for 60. Just to be safe.


I found the perfect place for our ceremony and reception Cost $150


My sister will officiate Free Check with your state on laws! Value $75-$150 saved


Dress Free My brother and his wife paid for it as a gift to us. $220 including alteration


Husband - has suit
Kids all have clothes from Funeral of G. Grandparents.



Decorations less than $150 thank you store clearance at Wal-Mart, Michael's and Salvation Army



  • DIY Escort Card Favors

  • Handmade Tea Bag with handmade pouch

  • Lacey Butterfly Garland -will be reused fpr 2 more events

  • Silk Floral Bouquet

  • center pieces clearance cake stands with sugar cookie mix from wal-mart!!!

  • Milk Glass desert dish to be used as a tea light candle holder x5

  • Milk Glass serving dishes various shapes and sizes x8

  • blue depression glass serving dish


High Tea - Buffet- All being made by me very High Estimates $225


Appetizers High Estimate $40



  • Deviled Eggs qty 60 halves

  • Mediteranean Pinwheels  Only Hot Appetizer

  • Fruit, veggie and cheese trays Not fancy premades


Main Course



  • Rosemary Thyme Savory Muffins - Served with Lemmon Zest infused Butter

  • Finger sandwiches - cucumber creamcheese w/ watercress, Tuna, Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad qty 20 each

  • Main Hot Entree - Venison  and Beef Stew (venison Free from neighbor) in 3 large crockpots


Deserts



  • Cupcakes and a mini top tier only wedding cake, 

  • Orange-Lemmon Shortbread for the Diabetics (No Sweeteners of any kind!)

  • Scones,  served with Lemmon Curd and Devonshire Creme

  • Variety Sugar Cookies Served on tiered cookie tray and used as center pieces


Drink Service High Estimate $75



  • Tea and Coffee Bar $25 we are using K-cups and a variety of tea bags Already own the k-cups they were gifts at Christmas.

  • Hot Cocoa Bar $25 with lots of add-ins

  • Soda Pop, Diet, Regular  (All served in 2liter bottles not cans)

  • Homemade Punch


These are gifts or Barters and are provided without cost


Photography - My friend is a pro and wants to do more wedding photography. I know her and her work very well and I love the stylized look she creates. Evevn though she did not ask I told her I would love to make her a website to host all of her work and we will be sitting down to create this.


DJ - A Professional Radio Show Host Client of mine Barter


Musician - Friend of mine and is his gift to us.

Posted on January 21, 2013 at 7:57 am
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Oh my gosh, you just saved my butt! :D You angel, you! I'm having my wedding in the courtyard of my neighborhood for free too! And the reception is around our pool. But with no tables, and a budget of $600, it's just not an option for us to have tables and a meal. This dessert reception idea is brilliant! And baking is a passion anyways! With my fiance being from another country, his family will traveling here, and staying in hotels (as our house is small). So for dinner, my grandmother and mother will cook a meal for all of our guests to have, to mix and mingle and gather before our ceremony, also at 6:30. I too planned to have mason jars at my reception, but they were out of my budget, but a co-worker said his father used to can food as a hobby, and he has hundreds he would give to me for free! I'm so blessed to have my friends and family, and now to have found you too! Thank you so much for your brilliant ideas. 


-Sincerely Valentina

Posted on January 31, 2013 at 7:05 am
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i am memorizing this! 

Posted on February 11, 2013 at 10:31 am
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where did you get your mason jars?

Posted on April 5, 2013 at 6:43 am
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Awesome tips.

Posted on April 27, 2013 at 6:24 pm
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