- 5 years ago
- Wedding: August 2013
Me again with a budget post…
Our budget has had a long, dramatic slow death. All the ways I have heard to save money on the wedding involve planning ahead. For example, have your wedding on a Friday or Sunday. Well I’ve already sent the save-the-dates so I’m not planning to change the date in order to save money. Any ideas on how to save money close to the last minute?
We still haven’t paid for the following:
- Reception hall (all inclusive package – owe between $12k-$16k, we won’t know until we get some RSVPs back)
- favors ($102 – can’t cut because his family insists on it)
- postage ($140)
- attendant ($200) or family gifts ($200)
- salon commitment for hair/nails ($90), etc.
- 1/2 of DJ ($412)
- Most of florist ($1100) – can’t reduce the package b/c of the discounts I’m getting
- photo ($850) – can’t reduce the package b/c of the discounts I’m getting
- hotel room for that night ($240)
- dog sitter ($40)
- tux remaining payment ($60)
- Officiant ($375)
- Alterations ($400)
I hate that my budget was busted by a huge guest list. I think I would find it really awkward to negotiate with the venue on price at this point. I mean, they have no reason to budge. I’m already contracted to have my wedding there.
We have about $15k in the wedding kitty & $3k spent on credit cards (interest free). So I think that puts us about $6k in the hole.
Here are my ideas:
- Sell a few items from home (anticipate $150 at most)
Reduce +1s (anticipated savings of $1200)
Ask if we can reduce what is included in our package. Maybe no hors d’ouvres or platters, no salad, maybe a smaller wedding cake, maybe cheaper champagne for the toast, options to bring liquor cost down, etc. (if they will do it, could possibly save $400)
Tell venue we’re thinking of uninviting people to stay within budget. Can they help us on the price for the additional people?
Skip morning after brunch or have brunch as a more informal affair. This saves on invitations, stress, and possibly saves $. (Maybe would save a few hundred)
Take on data entry or tutoring work (Maybe would earn a few hundred)
Withdraw principal on some (very small) investments – might bring in $75-$100
Print and assemble programs at home (save $20)
Print and assemble invitations at home (save$100)
Wait until 1 year anniversary to engrave wedding bands (save $40)
Whew, I think that’s it! My absolute worst case idea is to return some wedding gifts for the money but I feel like it’s unethical & it would make me sad. I hope it doesn’t come to that.
Edited to add lots of spaces