Imagine my surprise when my Daughter told me they had completely paid off the wedding just days before the ceremony. I knew she was resourceful but a wedding under $5000 seemed crazy to even me. The wedding included a reception dinner, dancing and an open bar! Some sacrifices surely made in order to keep the budget low, but well worth walking into their new marriage debt free. She shared her insider secrets that kept her wedding both affordable and fun.
Entered WEDDING contests
Well worth the $40 tickets, the couple had checked out the Wonderful Wedding Show where they entered for just about every contest they came across. Within the month they had won 5 FREE custom suits from EPH Apparel while participating in their Instagram contest. These high quality tailored suits can easily run up to $500 each.
Went with a DESSERT TABLe instead of Cake
It was literally the hottest day of the summer and had there been a cake, I imagine a pile of mush. Instead her sister made mini carrot cake with cream cheese icing and chocolate cupcakes. There was a sign with “Pimp Your Cupcake” including various selections of candies and treats to decorate. They saved money by shopping at bulk barn. And to beat the weather, prior to the event the cupcakes had been stored in a fridge over night. They made for easy transport and refills throughout the evening.
CHECKED OUT QUIRKY VENUES
Her Husband’s Aunt and Uncle own a beautiful property just outside St.Claude Manitoba. The spot was perfect for photos and they just happened to have a beautiful trellis for use. They graciously opened up their home and property for the wedding ceremony.
In the near by town they rented a pole shed ($100) and a fridge truck ($50) available with camping for $10 around reception area. The fun part getting creative with their decor and set-up.
Waited for WEDDING DRESS SALES
My Daughter is a sale shopper and it runs in the family. She found a beautiful Maggie Sottero Dress on sale for $300 off the rack at 7th Avenue Fashions. After $270 of alterations she was good to go. She then changed into a beautiful white lace dress from HUSH for $96 to saving the Designer dress from any stains or rips. This also saved her, from the heat. She decided to sell the dress only worn once for a few hours during ceremony and photos.
Sale SHOPPED for BRIDE’S MAID DRESS
Le Chateau Warehouse is an amazing spot for sales and as I said earlier my daughter goes straight for those racks first. After some digging they found 2 beautiful teal dresses for $60 each with a couple of cute $12 sale shoes. The Brides maids were happy and could wear the dress again for other occasions with ease.
Stuck to a SMALLer WEDDING LIST
The Wedding social was for the friends, showcasing music their crowd wanted to hear while the wedding was for close family members. Many people feel obligated to invite all family members but it’s important to share your special day with those you feel add to your life. At least that’s how this Bride and Groom chose their list. They had just under 60 people attending their wedding.
SUPPORTED LOCAL RESTAURANT
One of their favorite spots to eat was “The Line Up” in Winnipeg square. A business only open Monday-Friday. They saw an opportunity to help a local business make some extra cash without breaking the bank. They sat down with business owner Cary Davis and chatted about a simple menu that would be fairly easy to prepare but tasty as hell. They chose 2 salads, one quinoa and one oriental. The protein was BBQ saffron buttered pork, chicken and beef skewers with vegetable options. People went back for seconds and even thirds. With the left over at the end of the night, they were able to donate a healthy amount to Siloam Mission the very next day. (We highly recommend doing this.)
They did the work!
With the help of family, friends and of course their awesome wedding party, they set up the lights, put together the tables and the bride even made all of the decorations. It’s not for everyone and some couples want to simply out source that work, we hear ya! However this couple knew that for every hour they paid someone else to do it, they would have to work at their regular jobs that much hard to pay it off. So they made sacrifices and worked hard. In the end they had a lovely wedding packed full of amazing memories, laughs and tears of joy.
Something to Keep in mind
They gave themselves just over a year to plan, save and pay off the wedding. Presentation obviously helps with the costs but so does our Manitoba fundraising option of throwing a Wedding Social. And an additional way they saved on costs was registering for wedding shower gifts that would be used at the wedding, such as the Glass Lemonade containers and delegating enough tasks to family and friends so that they would not have to hire people outside for necessary tasks. The majority of their budget went into food, sound and photos while much of their energy went towards planning, details and presentation.