K.K. asks from Houston, TX on November 18, 2006
I love my husband, but we are not legally married and I would like to change that. We don't have a lot of money, but I would prefer a small wedding so that my dad can give me away with a small reception of just close friends and family. I know a church we can get married in and a place for our reception, but I was curious if anyone had any tips on how to have something nice on a small budget. Thank you for any replies.
T.D. answers from Houston on November 18, 2006
Well i photographed a small wedding that was held in Kemah by the boardwalk, and they were on a budget, all she had was her best friend standing with her and her DH had his best man. It was about 100 guest, very intimate but beautiful. Im also photographing another small wedding in Jan 2007, the only ppl thats going to be in the wedding is the bride's children and her DH. She got married in the courthouse the first time around and wants something nice but intimate. I think it would be good just to have your children in the wedding and you and your hubby. You should try and have everything in the same place that way your not shelling out too much money on different locations. Thats how the bride did it in Kemah she as everything at one location.
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I.C. answers from Houston on November 19, 2006
My husband and I just celebrated our 21st wedding anniverssay.
Beleive it or not we were on a small, little bitty budget at the time we got marred. My grandmother at the time was a seamstress, so her and I came up with ideas for my wedding dress. The rest of the family was so happy for us that they all helped by sponsoring us with something. One aunt and uncle bought us beautiful flowers for the church, my mother in law and some of my husbands aunts all got together and prepared the meal. And as you can see very little came out of our pockets. The only thing my husband and I had to worry about were the wedding rings. We shopped for something simple and found a pair at Gordons Jewlers, which I don't think they even exsist anymore. Everything turned out lovely. Even the photographs which one of my brother in laws took and the other on video taped. The reception we helled at the gymnasium at the church. Talk about on a budget, this wedding was all about being on a budget and family pitching in. The wedding cake was homemade. It can be done you just have to be creative. And remember it is not how much you spend, but who you share that special day with. Just enjoy your day.
K.D. answers from Houston on November 20, 2006
My husband and I were married on a shoestring buget years ago, I would reccomend picking a nice dress on sale (for the extreamly buget consiousthey have them at Slavation army on Washington Ave.) one flower "bouquets" and make whatever you can yourself (I made the veil, flowers, boutineers etc) and ask friends to bring food for a pot luck reception.
Most of all have fun at your celebration, its what we did and our guests still tell what a good time they had 10 years ago!
Congrats on a beautiful family and a good marrige too!
W.P. answers from Houston on November 18, 2006
Whatever you save on, don't save on the photographer. Additionally, some people buy a bunch of one-time cameras and put them on the tables for the guests to use.
You can never bring back those memories.
Since the most expensive about a dinner is the drinks, see whether you can make an arrangement where you can bring your own drinks (say rent a place, have just food catered, bring drinks). I bet hotels rent out conference rooms for private parties. If you have a house, you could take the party home (should save quite a bunch).
Perhaps you need to add what kind of budget you are looking at, and what you had in mind (home, restaurant, Disneyland). Check in college whether somebody would like to earn some extra with a skill (comedy, music band, artist, firedancer, ...). They don't come cheaper than DURING college.
C.S. answers from Houston on November 19, 2006
Hi K.! My husband and I got married fairly inexpensively at Mo Ranch (www.moranch.com). There's this big cross overlooking this beautiful hill country. It takes about 3 hours to drive there. We live in Spring Branch as well. There are lots of activities for families to do as well there. We enjoyed it so if you would like an outdoor wedding, check it out. They also have a small chapel for an indoor wedding as well.
D.S. answers from Houston on November 20, 2006
Have your wedding outside. Let nature decorate for you. We had our wedding outside and I didn't have to buy much...just bows outlining the path we walked down. I would do it again exactly the same.
D.Y. answers from Houston on November 19, 2006
The way that I saved on our wedding, was to make a lot of the decorations myself. I want to a small bakery for the cake, small flower shop, etc. We actually got married at the reception hall, so saved some money there. The wedding dress and veil were purchased at the annual gown sale in Houston. They held it at the Holiday Inn Astrodome. I'm not sure where they have it these days.
S.A. answers from Houston on November 19, 2006
Hi K., I think it is very possible to do a nice wedding on a budget. If you are having the wedding at a church, do they have a fellowship hall you can use? Most friends are not coming to get a full meal, but to see you get married and to support you and your family. Think meat and cheese trays-from a local grocer, or Sam's. Also Sam's has inexpensive cakes, and flowers. You could also buy cheesecakes, etc, from Sam's or Costco, as well as frozen hors d'oeuvres. When decorating, pick your color scheme, then go to the dollar a yard table at WalMart- and buy as much as you can of fabric in that color to drape over a white table cloth. First put down your white table cloth then stack boxes or pans, whatever, to get some different heights, put your other material on top, then place your different platters of whatever you are serving. Avoid serving alcohol it really adds to the expense. Plus if its an afternoon wedding most people have already had lunch and its too early for dinner. Although, after a later wedding, say 7:30pm, you could do a dessert reception. Put 'Dessert reception to follow' on the bottom of your invitations. That way everyone knows what to expect (i.e. not a full dinner)And make your own invitations,from a kit at Michaels or Hobby Lobby. Hope these ideas are helpful.