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How To Plan A Low Budget Wedding For Under 5000


Having a low wedding budget doesn't mean compromising on style and design


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Yikes! You're engaged .. now what?


If you're like me and you like to take time to plan things properly then you'll have started planning your 2022/2023 wedding now. Even if you're just gathering ideas and creating a Pinterest mood board, your wedding planning journey has started. Setting a wedding date two years from the date of engagement allows a full year to research themes, color schemes, venues, location, and all the niceties of wedding planning. It also gives you time to save the money to pay for it all. The real work though starts a year ahead of the wedding date as those ideas are put into motion. With the 2yr wedding planning timetable in mind, here is a handy guide to help keep you focused and on target.


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Whether you have a small wedding budget or simply don't want to spend a fortune on your wedding (other priorities) we have tips and advice that will ensure you have a classy elegant wedding that doesn't break the bank! Your friends and relatives will ask you afterwards how you managed to pull off such a lovely wedding on such a small budget. You can direct them here!

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Planning ahead and being organized is all-important for any wedding but especially so for a small budget one. A budget of $5000, £3000 I believe is realistic. If your budget is smaller than this then trim costs further by making savings on numbers attending, venue and dress. This guide will show you how to keep £'s or $'s down without losing anything on style.

Quick Top Tips


  • Keep guest numbers as low as possible.
  • Have a family residence/garden for a venue.
  • Have a POT LUCK catering arrangement where guests bring a food dish each.
  • Grow your own flowers and get creative with single stem table decorations and DIY arrangements.
  • Send email save the dates and invitations or create a free website, use social media.
  • Use a free app to budget and plan and keep track of spending.
  • Use a family, friends car for transport to the ceremony, venue.
  • Keep ceremony and venue in one place.
  • Book out of season and a weekday.
  • For photos - try not to skimp .. hire a talented photography student for a major discount. Or ask a talented family member (or two) with a good phone to take over.
  • Make your own wedding cake or buy one to decorate from a high st. store.
  • Buy preloved or online wedding dresses (Amazon or Cocomelody).
  • Have a friend , family member qualify as a celebrant to officiate the ceremony.
  • Stream your music from a device instead of hiring a DJ, band.
  • Use recycled bottles as vases for table decor
  • Make edible favors such as cupcakes and cookies.

Wedding Planners and Organisers


To help you get organized you may want to invest in a wedding planner journal. The Knot wedding planner and organizer is especially popular among new brides to be. Another popular one which is super cheap can be seen below for under $10. OR .. you can start making savings right now and print off a FREE wedding planner checklist such as that provided by Martha Stewart. This is a very comprehensive wedding planning checklist that is available as a PDF doc. It includes a wedding time line, budget planner, guest checklist, photography planner, music planner, flower planner and reception seating planner.

If you have a spreadsheet program, you can record wedding budget costs and schedules via that and update it easily as things change - they will!


Set the Budget and Budget Priorities

(this list is not exhaustive)

  • Wedding Insurance
  • Venue incl. catering, entertainment, drinks, toast, decorations, flowers, favors
  • Wedding Cake
  • Registrar
  • Ceremony (officiant, church booking etc. incl. flowers)
  • Bride and Groom wear /jewelry/underwear/shoes
  • Bridal Party, Groomsmen wear
  • Flowers (buttonholes, brides bouquet, bridal party bouquets).
  • Table and Room Decorations
  • Invitations - Save The Dates - RSVPs and other stationery as desired
  • Hair, Makeup, Nails
  • Bridal party, Groomsmen, parents of bride and groom thank you gifts
  • Photography
  • Videography
  • Cars
  • Overnight Hotel
  • Honeymoon

From this list decide (as a couple) what is MOST important to you. Usually, a bride has an idea of where her main focus will be - invariably the dress and venue. If that's the case then from your total budget set aside the amounts you feel you NEED (not want) to spend on those two areas to get the best result as per your 'wants'. This will give you an idea of what is left re all those other things and it is on those other things that you need to focus your energies re making savings. That's not to say you can't still make savings on your dress and venue, you can! But the most creativity will come from the items for which you have the least cash available.

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Pre-Loved - Worn once, specialist cleaned, can be as much as 75% less than the original purchase price. If going this route ensure you allow a small budget in case you need alterations and give yourself a LOT of time to hunt down the perfect dress. There are lots of Facebook groups and eBay lists etc. as well as Charity, Thrift stores that sell wonderful pre-loved wedding gowns.

Chinese Dress Supply - You can make huge savings.

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From what I've seen so far re China Dresses on Facebook groups is that the bride while delighted, often the dress isn't quite like the promotional photo, so make sure you read the reviews and keep your expectations realistic. Look at customer photos that are posted with reviews. Most importantly ensure your measurements as provided to them are spot on.

Borrow - sometimes a family member or friend has a wedding dress that they are happy to loan you with no cost to you other than specialist cleaning afterwards.

Make it Yourself - if you have the skill why not? I saw a beautiful wedding gown recently a bride crocheted! It was stunning. Many of us don't have those skills however, but if you do ... worth considering and what a wonderful sentimental keepsake that would make.

Buy a Prom Dress Instead - many prom dresses look a lot like wedding gowns and they're much cheaper. Most guests would never know the difference, especially if you're choosing a color other than white/ivory.

Making Savings On The Bridal Party​

Keep it small - as well as bride and groom outfits, your Bridal Party and Groomsmen need fitting out with clothes, shoes, accessories, flowers! That's a lot of expense epecially if you're planning on having a big entourage. The best way to keep costs down in this regard is to keep your bridal party small to non-existent. This may however NOT be possible if you have a large family and friends list who want to play an active role on your special day.

What to do? Explain to your enthusiastic following that you're on a budget and need to keep things simple but elegant. Advise them you'd love to have them included but being realistic it's only going to be possible if they are able to contribute themselves to the costs of their outfits and accessories.

If you're not dictating what they wear (outside of color theme) then this request is NOT unreasonable as they'd generally be buying something to wear to your wedding in any case. If they can't do this, they themselves are opting out of the bridal party and so that takes care of the 'we want to be in it' issue.

Color theme - different styles - Brides find that having a color theme and allowing their Bridal Party to choose their own dress style (perhaps specify a length) within that color scheme is an option the ladies embrace. And the photos look lovely. Just ensure all the colors go well together (paint sample charts are great for color matching).

How to Save Money On Wedding Flowers


DIY - I made my own floral centerpieces for the reception tables and was able to use the flower arrangements left behind from the previous wedding! Matching it all up wasn't my priority so I took what was offered. If you're going this route, have a few practice runs so you know what you're doing and what flowers work best. You can be very creative with rustic themes, using glass jars as vases and strings of LED lights.

Artificial Flowers - There are many silk, paper, rubber wedding flower options today that look every bit as fabulous as the real thing and of course they last longer and you don't have to worry about timing and storage. You can also try your hand at making these yourself following a YouTube tutorial to make further savings.


How To Have A Cheap Wedding Reception


Have it at home - In the Garden - Obviously, you can only do this if you have the space! If you're planning a garden wedding reception, this will incur costs as you have to prepare for good and bad weather and that means shelter, possible heating, and waterproofing. Unless of course, you've also got room indoors. A garden wedding reception with a BBQ is a great way to save money and super fun and relaxed.

Book a local community hall, pub, church room - There are many places within most communities that have room hire services for weddings and they're not expensive especially if you agree to provide the decorations yourself.

Go to the local Bar and guests pay for themselves - To avoid the cost of hiring a room, you could make an arrangement with your local bar and food landlord to make a space for you, which they'll be happy to do with all that lovely trade coming their way. Then the guests can pay for their own food and drinks.

Book a mid-week, out of season wedding date - If you do this you can make massive savings on wedding venues. If the time, day of the week and the month of the year are less popular for weddings, you can sometimes save as much as 50% on the cost. Make sure you check their terms when booking and that any fee quoted is the same when the date swings by!!

Read all contracts thoroughly and DO spend money on wedding insurance if parting with big sums of cash.


Photography


Friend/Family - this is, of course, the cheapest solution to wedding photography and videography however be aware that this person is supposed to be a guest and they can't be a guest and a photographer. They will essentially be 'working' during your wedding.


If they agree to take photos, it is likely they still plan on enjoying the day and won't want to spend all their time taking photos and they may not take the photos you want them to take. If you do rely on a friend or family member for wedding photography try to agree a plan of action with them beforehand re what group pics you want and where they need to be when at what time etc. In the same you would with a professional. And don't forget them in your thank you speeches and re gifts!

Have a Facebook Page and a hashtag - Create a page for all your guests to upload the wedding photos they took of your day. You will definitely have some there that are wonderful, unexpected and worthy of a place in the wedding album. You can pick your favorites, save them and upload to a site like SnapFish for cheap printing.

Book a student photographer or someone qualified but new in business, book out of season. 

All the above will be able to offer cheaper photographer rates than for seasoned professionals already established in business and of course it will be cheaper off-peak and out of season.

Catering


  • Keep your guest list small
  • Have a Buffet rather than a pre-set meal
  • Do your own catering and ask friends and family with culinary skills to help out.
  • You can still have a sit-down meal with a buffet menu.
  • Be organized so people aren't getting hungry in long queues and ensure the food doesn't run out.
  • Ensure you have enough seating and tables.
  • Provide your own disposable tableware to save costs re the venue providing them.
  • If you're having a bar, let the guests pay for their own drinks. I've done this at every wedding I've been to, it's fine and for me expected. Some guests may think it is rude, but if they understand you're a couple on a budget, they shouldn't expect you to fund everyone's descent into drunkeness.
  • Keep Your Guest List Small
  • Invite your closest friends and family who are local and let others know you wish they could be there but you're having a small intimate gathering. Don't publicize your wedding outside the group of attendees if it makes you uncomfortable saying 'no'.
  • Live stream it for those who can't be there.
  • Exclude +1's and children that aren't in the bridal party

Save money on music


  • Record your favorite wedding songs and dance music and play it via your venues music device.
  • Hire a local band who want the exposure and are happy to offer a reduced price.
  • Recruit talented friends and family to do a stint.
  • Have a karaoke!

Save Money On Wedding Cars

There is usually someone in the family with a nicer car than the rest. Ask if they'll decorate it with a ribbon and transport you on the day. Offer to pay for any costs for fuel, decoration and cleaning etc.


Our Amazon Picks

As influencers we also have our own storefront on Amazon where we handpick wedding and bridal items that we believe will be of interest to you and offer good value for money. Having what you need in an easy to search format like this will free up your time to spend with your fiance. Check the reviews carefully and where available look at customers own photos, especially regarding the purchase of wedding and bridal party dresses.


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Amazon has a wide range of wedding dresses and we have handpicked a selection for our plus size brides. Buying a dress modelled for your shape is a much better way to guage how it will look when on, so check out this selection for inspiration. Read the reviews and check out customers own photos.

This is one of the most popular plus size wedding dresses on Amazon, ranking 4.2 stars out of 5 in reviews and less than $100!





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I was delighted to discover today that David's Bridal wear is available via Amazon. They have a pretty good reputation and I know from our group, members favor this Brand name. With that in mind view our handpicked selection and check out this beauty - available in diff. colors.

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