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How to Have a Great Wedding For Under $100.00

Updated on December 30, 2010

Can Someone Really have A beautiful Wedding For Under $100.00?

Okay...I admit that my hubby and I got married almost 14 years ago, and that our wedding might actually cost about $150.00 if we did the same thing today.

Still we had a wonderful wedding and reception in 1995 for just under $100.00 total cost. Now if you have been dreaming of a big fairy tale princess wedding ever since you were 5 years old, then this probably isn't the right place for you.

But...If you need to throw a wedding with a hundred or more guests and want to have a really fun and beautiful wedding without breaking the bank...then you are definitely in the right place!

My Garage Sale Wedding Dress

Would you wear a pre-owned wedding gown?

I write articles for a site called and one of the things they do is debate articles.

One of the debate issues was: would you wear a pre-owned wedding gown. Well, since I had worn one, I went ahead and wrote an article about it. That article has been # 1 in that category for a couple of months, since it seems to be so popular, and I love squidoo...I said to myself, "Bambi...make a lens about it!"

Plus A lens can have photos and the photos of our wedding just make the story even better.

If you would like to read the original helium article, just click on the banner below and it will open in a new window!

My $25.00 Wedding Dress

A break-down of the cost of our wedding

I found my wedding dress at a garage sale and it cost $25.00, the original reciept for the dress was in the had originally been purchased for $800.00. The woman who sold it to me assured me that it had been dry-cleaned...and it was spotless and in mint condition...and my size. Since I was much bigger then, than I am now...the extra large size mattered.

The wedding itself cost $40.00 for the license and the Justice of the Peace fee. I designed the wedding invitations myself and printed them up at a local copy shop. The invitations including postage cost about $25.00.

So total cost = 90.00

Not bad and I'm sure our type of wedding isn't perfect for everyone, but for a couple of old free-spirited hippies like us it was perfect!

The Question That Started it All! - What Do You think?

They say that little girls start planning their weddings almost as soon as they learn to talk. Would a used wedding dress spoil the fairy tale? Or is the love and marriage more important that the dress? Or should the bride be able to have everything exactly the way she always dreamed? Lets debate it!

Would You Wear A Pre-Owned Wedding Gown?

Our Wedding Invitations

Jojo And Mel-mel

We used this adorable photo of my youngest son Jojo with my Maid of honor's daughter Mel-mel.

These two were the most amazingly photogenic children together.

We actually used different photos of these two in their play wedding outfits, for all of the different cards, from the shower invite to the thank you cards.

We still think they perfectly represented our free-spirited hippie personalities.

The Big Day!

Hidden Falls

On the day of our wedding we first went to our favorite nature spot here in the Highland Park area of St. Paul, Minnesota. It's a little hidden park on the Mississippi River called Hidden Falls.

We went with just my Mom and Dad as well as our best man and maid of honor. We took lots of really fun photos and had a really great time.

We also got a good head start on the party aspect of the wedding!

Our 70's Album Cover! - Doesn't this photo remind you of a rock album cover from the 70's?

Hidden Falls Photos

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OMG!Bambi's MomGroovyThe LovebirdsThe Wedding PartyThe Maid of HonorLMAO!Dumpster DivingAnother SmoochBambi's Dad
Bambi's Mom
Bambi's Mom
The Lovebirds
The Lovebirds
The Wedding Party
The Wedding Party
The Maid of Honor
The Maid of Honor
Dumpster Diving
Dumpster Diving
Another Smooch
Another Smooch
Bambi's Dad
Bambi's Dad

How Much Did You Spend On Your Wedding? - some people spend a small fortune on their wedding, lets see what most people spend.

Now tell the truth, how much did you spend?

See results

Next Stop ~ the Local Watering Hole

More Celebrating before the Ceremony

After taking photos at the park, we still had some time to kill before the ceremony.

So of course we went to the bar!

We played some pool and had a few beers to loosen up a bit before the actual wedding.

Mostly we just had a whole lot of fun!

Check out those snazzy Chucks Hightops the bride is sporting!

Party Photos From The Bar - Fun was had by all!

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Next Stop The Courthouse

Where we actually Got Married!

We had fun everywhere we went!

Our little group met up with more of the family at the court house. Scott's parents, my brother Rock and my Grandma Murphy were among the guests at our small court room ceremony.

Scott of course turned the court room into party central, and was so funny that soon the Judge was joining in the fun.

Our Wedding Ceremony

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He Can't Stay Out Of The Garbage!Scott & the Best ManScott Being SeriousBambiScottScott & Bambi With The JudgeThe Family & The CeremonyScott Showing off the proof we're married!
He Can't Stay Out Of The Garbage!
He Can't Stay Out Of The Garbage!
Scott & the Best Man
Scott & the Best Man
Scott Being Serious
Scott Being Serious
Scott & Bambi With The Judge
Scott & Bambi With The Judge
The Family & The Ceremony
The Family & The Ceremony
Scott Showing off the proof we're married!
Scott Showing off the proof we're married!

Our Favorite Wedding Photo!

Another Bar!

After the ceremony Scott's Parents took us all out to dinner.

The party continued on long after the ceremony.

We all went to a fancy dinner and drinks, where a few more family members joined the party.

I really don't have a lot to say, because the photos remember more of it than I do.

By this point we had been partying all day long, all I know for sure is that it was a really good time!

After the Wedding Dinner Party!

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The Family DinnerAunt Millie With Scott's TophatWith Grandma MurphyWith Aunt MillieBambi Flips the BirdScott with his Mother
The Family Dinner
The Family Dinner
Aunt Millie With Scott's Tophat
Aunt Millie With Scott's Tophat
With Grandma Murphy
With Grandma Murphy
With Aunt Millie
With Aunt Millie
Bambi Flips the Bird
Bambi Flips the Bird
Scott with his Mother
Scott with his Mother

The Wedding Reception

We had the reception on a different day.

We actually had our wedding reception on a whole different day. It was a really fun potluck style picnic at a park in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, which is my hometown.

I come from a very large extended family, we had over 300 people at our last family reunion. So the big park with playground and swimming beach was perfect for our reception.

Lot of my friend and family are musicians, so there was even live music. That is me singing with Tommy on the bottom.

There was mountains of food and all of our friends and family came to play in the sunshine with us and celebrate our marriage.

Another party that we remember very little of, but we've been told that we had a great time, and people are still talking about our wedding almost 14 years later.

Not bad for spending less than a hundred bucks!

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    • CornellMarCom LM profile image

      CornellMarCom LM 

      5 years ago

      Great! Keep it up.

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      NC Shepherd 

      6 years ago

      Fantastic lens! I love your pictures...especially the album cover. LOL

    • KimGiancaterino profile image


      8 years ago

      I love this lens. You were a beautiful bride. My first wedding gown didn't fit, so I donated it to Out-of-the-Closet and included a note to the future buyer that it had never been worn. It was a gorgeous $800 Jessica McClintock that I bought for a song on eBay (it didn't fit that bride-to-be, either). I hope it made another bride happy. I ran out of time and ended up ordering a prom dress for my wedding, but it was perfect!

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      8 years ago

      I hadn't seen this one before. I've played at some great cheap weddings (not as cheap as yours because they paid for musicians)! I'm featuring this lens on my new fan-club-thank-you lens. Thanks.

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      gia combs-ramirez 

      9 years ago from Montana

      Angel blessings!

    • FunGifts4All profile image


      9 years ago

      Very nice lens. Great job!! 5 *'s.

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      9 years ago

      Such a sweet lens! Great ideas, too. My parents offered me a deal on my first wedding (not that I thought at the time there would be another) and offered us some cash if we'd agree to let them put on a small wedding at their house. Grabbed that deal. Second wedding, I used points in Vegas, had free rooms, a small number of family and friends and we paid almost nothing. I wouldn't have done it any other way. Love your tennis shoes under the wedding dress. :)

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      Holley Web 

      9 years ago

      I love this lens! Great job and 5*s!

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      Heather Burns 

      9 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Wow, this sounds like my kind of wedding...the kind you don't remember, I mean, LOL

      very fun lens from a fellow rocket mom. 5*

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      9 years ago

      This is great - as the Mother of the Bride who is now the Mother of the Divorcee, I cannot help but be just a little bit relieved that it was my Ex who paid for the wedding - sorry but AJ is not that angelic at times!

      But seriously, it is not the amount of money that is thrown/spent/wasted on a wedding that counts, it is what is in your hearts and I happen to believe that the more that is spent on a wedding the less personal it becomes.

      Thank you for sharing this with us Bambi. Not only is the story lovely but this is a very good lens, which deserves another blessing methinks.

    • JJNW profile image


      9 years ago from USA

      Awesome job, fellow RocketMom! I am a tightwad to the end of time. I LOVE this!

      5 stars!

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      9 years ago

      Fantastic! I never had fairy-tale wedding dreams, so we had a budget wedding too :)

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      Shari O'Leary 

      9 years ago from Minnesota

      Great lens! I've lensrolled you to mine.

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      9 years ago

      Hi Bambi,

      This is an awesome lens. Wow I am blown away by the style. It is amazing what you can do. I enjoyed reading the information also.

    • religions7 profile image


      9 years ago

      Great lens - you've been blessed by a squidoo angel :)

    • tandemonimom lm profile image

      tandemonimom lm 

      9 years ago

      Beautiful wedding, and a beautiful lens about it!

    • TreasuresBrenda profile image

      Treasures By Brenda 

      9 years ago from Canada

      Excellent lens on an excellent wedding! Good job; blessed by an Angel!


    • drifter0658 lm profile image

      drifter0658 lm 

      9 years ago

      Again....excellent Bambi. My wife and I spent maybe $500. in 2000, but it was the (this is for Ramkitten) FUNNEST party. Reception at the Eagles. Just a blast


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      Robin S 

      9 years ago from USA

      Wow! Love this lens. Those kids on your invites are adorable!

    • Dianne Loomos profile image

      Dianne Loomos 

      9 years ago

      Your wedding should be what makes YOU happy. We had a very small and simple wedding in 1982. Must have "taken." We're still together in 2009!

    • EpicFarms profile image


      9 years ago

      Nice idea for a lens (I am big into the budget specials myself :o) It always struck me as being silly to spend a small fortune on something you would wear for one day and then put it in perpetual storage... 5*


    • Kiwisoutback profile image


      9 years ago from Massachusetts

      Yup, no need to spend a lot of money. AND no need to do what everyone else wants you to do for your wedding. Just do what you want -- trust me they'll get over it! Great photos, you've done well!

    • Snozzle profile image


      9 years ago

      That is some lens and no doubt that was some wedding too.



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      divacratus 2 

      9 years ago

      Bambi, that was beautiful. I loved the pics! You certainly looked like you had loads of fun. Simply awesome.

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      Deb Kingsbury 

      9 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      This is great! Love your photos, and what a great idea for a lens. Some of the best wedding I've been to were the least expensive. My own wedding was very low-end. We got married at Red Rock State Park in Sedona, AZ. People blew soap bubbles as we walked down the aisle and hummed the wedding song, which got us all giggling. The reception was at my inlaws house and was very casual and fun. And the best part: since the wedding was so cheap, my parents and our inlaws gave us much bigger checks as gift! Yayyyy!


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