20 Dazzling Real Weddings for $8,000 (and Under!)


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Fretting about your upcoming nuptials? Worried because your budget isn’t anywhere near the so-called $26,000 average? Take heart! You can have an incredible wedding on a tight budget.

The twenty little gorgeous weddings featured here were all under $8,000. And, as you can see, each one is just as beautiful as any lavish, big-budget wedding.

Want to see more budget weddings? Check out Weddings Under $5,000. Want even more? Check out 50 Awesometastic Weddings for $10,000 or less!

lake tahoe restaurant wedding

Julia and Tony’s $8,000 Lake Tahoe wedding.

at home wedding

Stephanie and Daniel’s $8,000 Arizona at-home wedding

arizona elopement

Arynn and Devron’s Arizona garden elopement. The cost? $3,500.

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Blair and Clayton’s $4,000 NC inn wedding.

backyard wedding

Sarah and Zac’s $7,000 backyard wedding.

intimate santa rosa wedding

Andrea and Moaya’s $4,000 California ranch wedding.

california backyard wedding

Melissa and Michael’s $5,000 coffee themed at-home wedding in California.


Dara and Choeuth’s $3,000 Smoky Mountain wedding.

newfoundland elopement

Danielle and Joseph’s Newfoundland $4,300 lighthouse elopement.

texas at home wedding

Matthew and Alwynn’s $600 DIY wedding.

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  1. Posted by Anna on October 22nd, 2012 at 1:39pm

    I can't believe there is a New York wedding on here- living here alone is so expensive! These all look gorgeous. I particularly like the Louisville wedding dress.
  2. Posted by Torie on October 24th, 2012 at 6:44pm

    These are all beautiful weddings !!! :) love them!!. But does anyone have advice on how to do this if you have like 150-200 guests?
  3. Posted by Hillary on October 29th, 2012 at 6:11pm

    I did my wedding at under $1,000. It was nice and I had about 150 people. We made all our own food. I boughta beautiful dress at a consignment shop. For our food we had sushi, deep fried turkey, rice, fruit salad, and hawiian meatballs.
  4. Posted by Lyndsey Jackson on November 29th, 2012 at 7:32am

    My beautiful wedding was an $8,000 wedding and it was PERFECT! It would have been less if we had chosen a different photographer, but we loved ours so much we paid a bit extra. Totally worth it! Only $100 for the location of the ceremony which was at The Aurora Staples Inn in Stillwater, MN. They have a beautiful outdoor garden that was perfect!! We had 18 total guests. We loved every bit of our day!
  5. Posted by Jill on November 30th, 2012 at 12:05pm

    I got married last year and was outraged by how expensive it can get. I tried to do as many DIY projects as I could to keep costs down. Printing save the dates, invites, table numbers, place cards, etc can get pretty expensive. I made my own table numbers out of photos of my husband and I. Everyone loved them. I also used an Etsy designer to create my save the dates and invites which I then uploaded to an online printer. Soo much cheaper. You can see her store here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/ruffdesigns
  6. Posted by Sharayah on November 30th, 2012 at 4:36pm

    Thank you for posting some beautiful weddings! We spent less than $3000 for our wedding and had about 50 guests. We got married in a cute little white wedding chapel and then had the reception in my aunts backyard. We got married before I started working in the wedding industry. The knowledge I could have used then would have really helped me! The one thing I would have changed was to budget more toward the venue. You can see the details of my wedding here: http://blularu.blogspot.com/p/love.html
  7. Posted by Gabi on December 3rd, 2012 at 9:35pm

    The link for Elysia and Chris' wedding keeps taking me to Rhy and Melissa's wedding.
  8. Posted by Christina on December 3rd, 2012 at 10:00pm

    Just fixed it Gabi.
  9. Posted by Jill on December 10th, 2012 at 12:57pm

    We are two broke college students, so a big expensive wedding was out the window. I tried and tried to come up with a nice wedding and the best i could get was $5,500 for just the venue and catering. UNTIL i stopped trying to invite everyone I'd ever met and just focused on the nearest and dearest. Just our 3 best friends ( each) and our parents grandparents and siblings. Total of 25 people. We are now having the wedding of our dreams.... black and ivory color scheme, vintage rat pack theme.... catered dinner and wine at a local bed at breakfast for a grand total of 789.00!!!! Sometimes scaling back that guest list and finding the smaller venue makes all the difference in the world.
  10. Posted by Christina on December 10th, 2012 at 7:31pm

    Glad you pulled it off Jill! A smaller guest list can make a huge difference!
  11. Posted by Keeleigh on December 15th, 2012 at 1:53pm

    My wedding cost us no more then $3000 and we had over 200 guest fed them all a sit down dinner and had a rocking DJ. You don't have to cut the guest list of size of the venue. You just have to put some extra effort into locating the right places and people.
  12. Posted by Danette on January 11th, 2013 at 9:54pm

    Check out our wedding on my pin board,
    We did a wedding for 100 people for $6000
    It was in coconut grove/ coral gables in Miami Florida on the water,
    We cut costs with flowers, cakes, location an food
    Check it out if you want
  13. Posted by terri cooper on February 13th, 2013 at 8:34am

    Keeleigh how did you do all that for 3,000 dollors? would love to know thanks.
  14. Posted by Chelsea on February 24th, 2013 at 2:58pm

    Beautiful! Our wedding was under $2500, and it was great. We rented a beautiful park pavilion for the day (the park where he proposed,) had food we cooked ourselves, and a pie bar instead of a wedding cake. (Several people from our families made 2 each of their family-famous pies.) My dress was found at David's Bridal on sale (though I wish I had been able to find a vintage one,) and my groom and his brother wore traditional kilt suits. We hired a relatively inexpensive photographer and made CDs of our favorite music for people to choose from. It was kind of like a big, fancy family barbecue. :)
  15. Posted by Charity Klein on June 6th, 2013 at 9:26pm

    I did my wedding for $6000 with 350 guests in a $5000 retail designer gown, full photography package, in a gorgeous church with heavy hor d'oeuvres, 6 bridesmaids, 5 groomsmen, and left the reception on a tractor. It was picture perfect.

    What no one knows is:
    I bought my Amalia Carrara dress for $450 on ebay as a store sample sale.
    I got my gray damask plates, cups, and napkins at the dollar tree!
    The church was free (we are members and friends with decision makers)
    Husband's family owned the tractor and husband built the stand I stood on.
    I bought 20 100yd bolts of tulle and hand-scalloped the entire ceiling two days before the wedding using a ladder, scissors, paper clips, and every ounce of my willpower.
    A church friend made the bouquets and boutonnières, mine was elaborate and almost 3' long!
    My mom spend 3 days making chicken salad sandwiches on French rolls (etc) and storing them in the church refrigerator.
    I printed our invitations on sparkly silver cardstock at staples for 6 cents a page, 3 on a page.
    My thank you notes were postcards with our engagement photos to save on postage.
    His ring was tungsten carbide and I got it on a valentines day sale at tungstenaffinity.com for $35 SHHHH! Retails at kays for $350
    I saved groupon photobooks offers for post-wedding gifts to family for helping.
    I ordered pink bathrobes for all my bridesmaids through walmart.com and had a friend embroider their monogram as a gift.
    I printed our programs at staples and folded them myself. $20. total plus $15 gray cardstock.
    I collected silver tea sets for a year from thrift shops for centerpieces.
    I borrowed all my linens from a friend who bought hers for her wedding. But linentablecloth.com was my second option and I could've bought them for $250 and resold them after the wedding for almost that much.
    Got my veil, flower girl's dress, and jewelry at lightinthebox.com for super cheap! (takes time to ship!)
    Email for more ideas :)
  16. Posted by Jenn on August 27th, 2013 at 3:29pm

    My husband and I did our wedding for around $7000 with 200 guests. We had finger food that my mother and I made ourselves, Wine for the dinner made by a friend, our aunts and uncles ran the Bar, Our DJ was a small town one so was pretty cheap, we were married in a hall so both the ceremony and reception were in the hall, My dress was under 1000, our flowers were from a family friend and did not cost much. our decorations were donated by a family friend and we made our own favors and center pieces. the linnens were rented but we didnt get anything fancy. If you work hard you can easily do a wedding for under 10 000 no reason to spend 20 + grand on a wedding.
  17. Posted by jocelyne on January 15th, 2014 at 12:22am

    my sister inlaw did a home wedding and not only was the house half destroyed and she wasn't very happy with her wedding after all. but beautiful weddings thou. :)
  18. Posted by Jen on March 16th, 2014 at 12:36am

    I would hope that all of these weddings were under $8,000 the most guests at any of these were 25 people! All beautiful weddings but come on lets get some weddings on here that had over 100 guests.
  19. Posted by Darin on March 17th, 2014 at 7:47pm

    Sorry we can't help you on the 100+ guest list Jen. IntimateWeddings.com focuses on weddings with 75 or fewer guests. A few links on what IW is all about can be found here and here.

    There are certainly lots of ideas on IW that can be applied to larger weddings of course, but it's not our focus.

    Good luck in your search.

  20. Posted by Breanna on August 3rd, 2014 at 2:33pm

    This is so inspiring! I'm so glad I found Intimate Weddings on Pinterest. I really love the attention to detail that can be applied with intimate weddings. After all, it really is all about the couple's story and sharing that with the people who are most involved in their lives. And, if there is a tight budget, it actually helps to prioritize the necessities. Thanks for the great examples- I will be following your posts from now on. Cheers!
  21. Posted by kimba on April 4th, 2015 at 2:15am

    I'm confused - these aren't really budget weddings. They are very beautiful - and they should be at the prices! $8,000 for 12 guests is a LOT of money.This is not helpful.
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