The Ultimate Way to Have a Beautiful Wedding for less than $2000!

Not all weddings have to be expensive and extensive.  Sometimes the best weddings are the smaller, more intimate ones.  Just because you are low on funds, doesn’t mean you can’t get married.  I’ve seen some terrific weddings with less than 10 people!

Micro Wedding for under 50 guests

  1. The easiest way to save money on the reception is to limit the guest list.    As you compose your guest list, ask yourself:   “How close is this person to me.  Is it important to share my day with them?”
  2. When you have your guest list, decide on a venue.  There are lots of places that are SUPER affordable.  Generally look to city venues such as St. Charles County’s Quail Ridge Lodge or Blanchette Memorial Hall, Des Peres’ Lodge, etc.  Also, check our Fraternal Halls like the Elks, Knights of Columbus, etc.  And don’t forget restaurants with private rooms depending on the size of your guest lists.   Also look at alternative days such as Fridays and Sundays as there are usually discounts for those days.  Plus, if you book your wedding close to a holiday, decorations might already be installed for the venue itself.
  3. Buffets and food stations are you best bet.  Smaller, private catering companies can custom create a menu of perhaps appetizers and include budget stretching food items like pasta con broccoli, chicken and linguine, etc.  Throw in some fresh fruit and cheese and easy to make dollar sandwiches.  Brunch is a great option for Sunday weddings.
  4. Limit the bar at the reception.  Or, serve only beer and wine.
  5. Skip the Save-the-Date and fancy invitations.  With today’s computer software, it’s easy to custom design a personal invitation and print it yourself.
  6. Order a smaller cake and hide a larger sheet cake in back to cut for guests.
  7. Suits for guys are fine and consider shopping other than at a bridal fashion shop for a dress.  If you do shop at a bridal store, many of them have discounted dresses and clearance sales.
  8. For flowers make your own bouquet.  Wholesalers, such as Sam’s or even Trader Joe’s, have a nice selection of flowers that you can craft into your own bouquet.
  9. Skip the party bus and the limo.
  10. Hire a real Photographers for 2 Hours for the ceremony and formals.  (These photos you will have for a lifetime!)
  11. If you have a friend with music skills, they can play or create music tapes to play that day.
  12. Give yourself a hand!  You just created a beautiful wedding without breaking the bank!

BUDGET (For 25 guests):

  • $ 375.00   Venue
  • $        0      Invitations:
  • $ 600.00  Food  & Drinks
  • $   75.00   Cake
  • $ 200.00  Dress & Suit
  • $ 200.00  Officiant
  • $ 100.00   Flowers
  • $ 450.00  Photographer

TOTAL:  $2000.00 !!

The Joy of a Small Wedding


Many couples are choosing a small wedding as it can be far more intimate than a traditional large wedding and let’s face it a small wedding can generally be within the reach of most people’s budget.  Inviting just a few close friends and immediate family members will allow you to choose options that might not otherwise be available.  You can spend your money where it really matters.

For instance, location is definitely more flexible.  You could choose to hold your ceremony in your home or a close’s friend’s home, perhaps a garden gazebo in a local park such as Tower Grove Park, or down on the riverfront with just the officiate and your guests gathered around.  And then there are some small party rooms you could rent for your “reception”.   The Moulin’s lower level Malt House Cellar can accommodate up to 130 guests and it offers entertainment – billiards, video games, etc.   St. Charles County has a number of county facilities that are affordable, and St. Peters Cultural Art Center is also an option.

Food and refreshments for your guests can be more relaxed or you could choose a more formal dinner with a choice of two entrees at your favorite restaurant.  And a simple one or two layer cake is more than adequate.

Party Room


While your wedding is “smaller” in scope, it’s still a very important day in your lives, and the one thing you don’t want to scrimp on is your photographer.  Your photographer will be with you all day, just like a bigger wedding, but he/she will probably  have more opportunities to catch some very romantic moments between the two of you.  These images will be priceless over the next 50 years!


(Pictured Below – a Wedding with 7 Total, including the Bride & Groom)

Small Wedding Group