Re: $8000 North Shore Wedding
posted at 10/23/2009 11:24 AM EDT
Making your dress would not only be stressful, but the material would be very expensive, too. If you are a jean size 12 or under, try VOWS in Newton. It's a consignment shop that has 100s of designer sample dresses (new). Their inventory is online at www.bridepower.com.
I got my dress worth $1000s for only $700.
Target, surprisingly enough, also sells wedding dresses and veils for much less than that, and they don't look like they'd need altering.
We had a Fall theme, and we didn't have flowers at the reception at all. Sugar pumpkins with slits in the stems for the table numbers (thank you, Martha Stewart) and larger pumpkins on the floor by the sweetheart table and at the entrance to the room instead. Cheap, pretty, and simple. Actually, we grew them, but DH does every year, anyway.
Can't help you with a venue, but even if you're a supersaver on pictures ($500), dress ($200, no alterations), invitations ($100 for materials and $50 stamps), FI's tux ($50?), flowers ($500 is what we paid for 2 bouquets, bouts, corsages, and unity candle center piece and NOTHING for the reception), and nothing else (which is unlikely to be the case), you'll have a max of $6600 to spend on the dinner, dancing, ocean view reception.
For 150 guests, that's a mere $44 per person. Double that is on the inexpensive side for an evening wedding plate even if you get inexpensive entrees and serve no alcohol.
You're going to quickly see me as the biggest downer ever after my first post about the potential pitfalls of an annulment, and now this, but can you cut the guest list? It's the easiest, albeit hardest, way to save.