Budget Weddings

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      P.S. My husband and I were married by the justice of the peace in a

      white gazebo in my husband’s hometown. Only family but went to a

      bar/grill afterwards. Honeymoon–Holiday Inn Express

      There are a FEW things I’d change if I could do it over again!

      By the way, I think the personalized candy bars make a wonderful gift

      for your guests. Cheap too!


      — In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, “Susan Martin”



      > When dh & I married in 1994 we spent less than $200 for a full

      church wedding. I have heard the average wedding now is priced at

      over $65,000 and I am in shock. How much did you all spend on your



      > This is our breakdown –

      > Church – free – my husband was a pastor and we used his church to

      marry in


      > Minister – ??? – my husband’s brother, who is also a minister. My

      husband paid him.


      > Flowers – free – dh knew everyone in the small town where he lived

      and preached and these were donated by the florist.


      > Music – $25 for the organist


      > Cake and mints- donated by church member who was a professional



      > Punch and other snacks – donated by congregation


      > Limo – donated by friend of dh’s


      > Wedding dress – $20 – 1940’s satin and lace with long train –

      purchased from friend who had bought it for his vintage clothing

      business, but then realized it would not work for him. He said he

      would give it to me and I told him I would pay him what he paid for



      > Veil – $68 – my mother paid this. I did not want one but she said I

      needed one.


      > Wedding shoes – $20. I was going to wear sneakers, but my mom

      said, “no way!” and paid for these. i still wear them as they are

      very comfortable.


      > rehearsal dinner – $100 for 32 people. Held at the only restaurant

      in town, family style ham and fried chicken and all the trimmings. We

      were given a special price as the owner knew dh.


      > I had saved $2500 in the 6 months before we were married and part

      of that paid for a honeymoon to Key West.

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