Budget weddings
Posted by Marla Prell (+22) 11 years ago
The Miles City Star is doing a bridal section next week. We are inviting people to submit creative ideas on how to cut costs, either in some areas or as a whole, when planning a wedding. If you have some you'd like to share, please e-mail the Star at [email protected] Thank you!
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Posted by Wendy Wilson (+6172) 11 years ago
I'm thinking Vegas.
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr. (+15094) 11 years ago
Seconded.
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Posted by GW (+434) 11 years ago
Don't get caught up thinking you have to have something better and more expensive than what your friends put together for their weddings. Basic and simple can be terrific.....Shop around, you would be surprised at deals you can get, or items you can borrow from past brides..
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Posted by Amorette Allison (+11984) 11 years ago
I got married in the front yard, cut the cake in the dining room, and the reception was held all around the house. My dress cost $40 and was made by my SIL. Since we will hit #33 this summer, I think cheap works as well as expensive.
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Posted by stef428 (+239) 11 years ago
is there still going to be a Bridal Expo @ the town and country club on the 11th?
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Posted by Nicoles (+137) 11 years ago
Yes it is!!
Mark your calendars for the Chamber of Commerece Bridal Fair March 11th 6-9pm at the Town and Country Club. Have a glass of champagne, sample cakes, foods, and visit the vendors. The fashion show begins at 7:00pm. Even if you're not a bride-to-be, we'll have tons to see from many great Miles City businesses. Everything you need to make your wedding special, is available in Miles City.

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Posted by Gunnar Emilsson (+17752) 11 years ago
We hired art students to flip burgers and dogs, instead of catering.

Also, brew your own beer.
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Posted by Sharlene (+1205) 11 years ago
My wedding may be more unique for those who know me. Seven years ago in May, my husband and I got married at Bullis-Graves Memorial Chapel. Yes, a funeral home. It looked like a church on the inside and we were married by Don Neese, the JP of Miles City. We had our reception catered at the Eagle's Club and each brides maid and groomsmen rented their tuxedos. We had our honeymoon in the Black Hills of South Dakota in Deadwood.

We were on a budget and I kept to it. My invitations came from The Star and I had my oldest daughter's dress made to match the rest of the bridesmaids.

It's funny to think back on it but we are still married 7 years later.
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Posted by Levi Forman (+3707) 11 years ago
It always made me sick how much people in California spent on their wedding. $30-40K was nothing to spend on a wedding. I always thought MC weddings that were catered by the Ladies' Aid made a lot more sense.
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Posted by Joshua Austill (+92) 11 years ago
My wife and I got married in the park in Sidney, it was free, we just had to reserve it with the court house. My wife directed her bridesmaids to buy a little red dress that they would wear to church or a club and wear that. I directed my best men to wear whatever they thought was appropriate. We payed the pastor the normal fee. We borrowed our friends fancy looking kitchen table for the display. My wife got her dress on closeout for 100 bucks, I wore my suit that I already owned. Boom, weeding in the park, less than 300 bucks total. Didn't turn out to bad at all!

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Posted by matt oyen (+490) 11 years ago
most important is to remember a wedding is 1 day, marriage is forever, if you can get friends &family to help, make cake, make your own invitations, have a friends help with organization prepare food, etc. Its your day, make memories,have fun, it's ok to spend money maybe just choose a few things you want to go big on, instead of everything, then you'll have money left for amazing honeymoon!!
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Posted by Jeff Denton (+758) 11 years ago
The do-it-yourselfers are the core of our business, and all of them are on a budget. While not overly lucrative, the ones I call "redneck weddings" like what you see on TV are the most fun to work with. 'Cuz I like to deal with the most realistic, down to earth types... it seems they're less likely to be what we call "Bridezillas."
What can happen is, as the family and guests arrive, they notice that not enough planning and supplying had occurred; so everybody passes the hat and goes last minute shopping. Saturday mornings get pretty crazy in our wedding department!
My best advice is always "don't sweat it, make it fun not stressful."
Also: if budget allows, hire a wedding planner to handle the hard parts!
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr. (+15094) 11 years ago
IMO, the amount of money people willingly spend on a ceremony to get permission from the State and God to sleep together without a guilty conscience is outrageous.
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