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Planning a Wedding for Less Than $1000

You’re planning your wedding and you have less than $1,000.00 to spend. Careful planning and attention to detail will help you stay under budget.

There are a few things you can do to make this a very special day without breaking the bank. When planning a wedding for less than a $1000 you must make some very crucial decisions early.

Things to Do First When Planning a Wedding for Under $1000.

First, realize that you are going to have to plan this yourself. A professional event planner or wedding planner is not in your budget. Get a book like a wedding planner or notebook to help you stay organized.

Finally go online and find a wedding planning site that will help you plan everything from start to finish for free. An internet search for free wedding planning will bring up thousands of hits.

You may like online software like or something more robust like Other choices are book and kits that you can buy that will help you plan your wedding.

Being that you are planning a wedding for less than $1000, I would spend as little as possible for wedding planning items and use what is available for free.

What about the Cake?

Did you know that the average cost of a wedding cake is around $500? That is half of your budget. However, there are alternatives to spending half of your budget on a cake.

If there is a culinary school nearby or any centres which provide wedding planning management theory, you may be able to get one of the students to make a cake for you for much less than a professional baker.

You may even get the school to offer to donate a cake made by a student to you for mention of the school in your wedding.

Another option is to have a friend or relative that is great in the kitchen make a cake for you. This can be a great help to you and it will give your friend a chance to help you with your special day in a way that no one else can.

The ingredients and decorations alone can run $100 or more for a cake that will feed 100 people. Try to keep your cake simple. You can do an elegant cake without fountains or many tiers.

Some ideas instead of tiers could be a 3 stage cake holder which gives the appearance of tiers. This is great because you only need to make 3 individual cakes and put them on the holder.

Another option is to make a smaller cake and have a groom’s cake for any extras. Grooms cakes are usually made of chocolate and some of your chocoholic guests may enjoy this option.

Other Things to Know

When planning a wedding for less than $1000, you have to keep the other expenses under control. Musicians, photographers, caterers, etc., are all important decisions and all will significantly add to your wedding expenses.

A beautiful wedding can be had for under $1000 if you plan well. Another way to keep expenses down is to have the wedding at a friend or relatives home.

Morning and afternoon weddings cost less than formal evening events. You can look for a dress at a resale shop or online. There are many elegant dresses to be found and nobody will be able to tell that it was not purchased new.

By keeping track of expenses and coming up with innovative ways to manage the events, your wedding will be spectacular. That is how to manage planning a wedding for less than $1000.

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