How To Have A Wedding Under $10K

Do you want to throw a wedding for under $10k?

I have and will share with you how, but first I have a question for you:

Have you heard “Do You Believe In Love” by Huey Lewis and The News?

It’s terrible.

And creepy and pervy in a way…

I was walking
Down a one-way street
Just a-looking
For someone to meet
One woman
Who was looking for a man

Now I’m hoping (hoping)
That the feeling is right
And I’m wondering (wondering)
If you’ll stay for the night
So I’m coming
(I don’t wanna be lonely)
(Baby, please tell me)
I wanna love you all over

A less creepy, but equally strange quest for love story is that of Adam:

Adam’s search for a bride led him from the backwoods into town.

This idea was ridiculed by the town’s feedlot store owner as they laughed him out of the shop. But Adam was not dismayed. He proceeded to get some grub at the local tavern where he fortuitously met Milly.

What must have been the quickest courtship in history; Adam and Milly come to an arrangement to get married within a few hours of meeting.

The rest of the story unfolds in hilarity and song in the musical “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers”.

This is one of the few musical’s I actually like.

Well I might like more than I lead on… but that is not here nor there.

This reminds me of the 1956 musical My Fair Lady, which I’ve never seen.


But I have heard the memorable “Get Me to the Church on Time” song.

That goes:

I’m getting married in the morning!
Ding dong! The bells are gonna chime.
Pull out the stopper!
Let’s have a whopper!
But get me to the church on time!

I first heard this song hanging out with my older brother.

Don’t ask.

Anyways, the whole point of all this marriage talk is probably not what you think…

A Google search for “when is wedding season” returns:

Most wedding venues have a high and low season. In general, spring and fall tend to be more expensive (June and September are peak wedding months), whereas the winter months (January, February, and March) are often cheaper.


So whether you are gearing up or getting gussied up, for Day 106 of Claudia Altucher’s book Become An Idea Machine: Because Ideas Are The Currency Of The 21st Century: I get to come up with 10 ideas to make weddings fun and special and under $10,000.

Now I don’t have the exact cost of my wedding tabulated, and costs vary depending on what you consider as “part of the wedding”, but after calculating it over with my wife we came up with a total of about $3000 for our wedding.

Similar to what Claudia suggests, we had a small wedding with just family and a few close friends. Also we got married in December, which as you can see above is not “peak” wedding season.

Finally our wedding did not cost too much because we didn’t have too much to spend. The best part was all the contributions we received from our friends and family that even made having the wedding possible.

We had friends and family who financially supported us, provided music at the wedding, and we even had my sister-in-law’s father preside over our ceremony.

It was fantastic and beautiful.

Sarah and I could have had the wedding, or survive the last six years of marriage, without you all who were always there for us.


On to the ideas:

These might not work for everybody, but if you need to save money, well you need to save money…

1 It’s your wedding, but if you want guest there you might have to make some compromises… we could have saved on the Chapel reservation if we had the wedding on a weekday instead of the weekend.

2 We had just one cake instead of the traditional two bride and groom cakes.

3 We hired a friend and at the time college art student to take our wedding photos saving a ton!

4 Our wedding party was small, consisting of just a best man and matron of honor. Just reducing the size of the participants lowers costs on so many things.

5 We had an earlier wedding and had reception lunch instead of dinner. I’m not sure this saved us anything, but it could be a way to save depending on the menu items selected and the restaurants fees for reservations.

Plus this started the honeymoon earlier 😉

6 We didn’t order extravagant wedding invitations and additional “save the date” cards. Instead we used an online card maker to make our own simple invitations/”save the date” cards all in one.

7 I don’t remember specifically what we had in the way of flowers, table arrangements, and other decorations. Typical male memory… But these are three ways to save by having less or none.

Simple things are often elegant.

8 I bought our wedding and engagement rings from an online jewelry store Blue Nile. I didn’t compare prices with other retailers, but I am sure they have competitive if not better prices. This alone saves a great deal of money.

9 My wife saved a ton by having her wedding dress made special by hand. Her mother was gracious and skilled enough to make a fantastic wedding dress with a fine material. I know many laddies might not choose this but when you get down to it, it is the marriage that matters, not the dress…

10 Stay local. We got married at a small little church in town. Don’t have a destination wedding and you will save yourself and your guest tons.

Final tip:

Don’t stress. No other day of your life is “perfect” and neither will be your wedding day.

Unless you have really low standards… er I mean are really relaxed…

And with all the money we saved, we spent it on an unforgettable honeymoon trip!


P.S. Want to save even more?

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When reading Conspire To Inspire, you will find out why I chose to feature Claudia Altucher along with eight other prominent people.

The story will tell how I discovered them, and why you should care.



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