My cousin has recently gotten engaged and has asked me to help her plan the wedding. They have a very small budget, so I am looking for ideas for planning an inexpensive wedding.
The bride’s parents are contributing $1K and the groom’s mom has volunteered her large house/backyard on a golf course for the ceremony and reception. The bride and groom will pay for the rest, with the possibility of a little monetary help from the groom’s dad and maybe his mom (aside from letting them use her house). They both have very large families, so the guest list will be pretty big, even with cutting it back to just family and very close friends. Since it has to be at the house, it will have to be an outdoor wedding. They both want a traditional type of wedding (no eloping or Vegas or city hall business) with a brief ceremony followed by a fun but classy party. They definitely want to serve alcohol, so we also need to find a way to have a nice bar without breaking the bank.
Anyone have any suggestions or ideas on how we can plan a wedding on a very tight budget? What should we do or not do? What kind of food/meal, flowers, decorations, dresses, alcohol, etc would you recommend? Any horror stories or happy ending stories about low-budget weddings? Any help or tips you can give me is greatly appreciated!