Post # 1
I am trying to plan a wedding budget, we are looking at about 50 guests in the Boston area. We are trying to keep it small & affordable, but well I need to ballpark it.
How much do i need to budget for:
Justice of the Peace
Flowers (no bridal party so just a bouquet for me)
anything else I need to consider? I am still sorting through venues. 🙂
Post # 3
These are really broad questions, you really need to settle on a final dollar amount and then decide what you are willing spend on each different bullet you have listed here. The only person that can tell you how much to spend is you (well, and your FI and family :)). I would start by making a list and deciding what is most important to you; you can find checklists on Martha Stewart’s site, the Real Simple Wedding site, and others that will TELL you a percentage you should be within for each different wedding cost, but you are ultimately the one that will decide why you are spending more on your invitations (just an example) than your flowers.
Post # 4
Hi there. I can give you figures for what I am paying:
How much do i need to budget for:
video: We are not hiring a professional
photos: We do not have one booked yet but, from my research we are going to pay anywhere from $1000 for digital copies only to $3000 for the whole shebang
Justice of the Peace: Our church asks for a $200 donation
Limo: Trolley $1100
Flowers (no bridal party so just a bouquet for me): My bouquet was originally $155 but I talked with my florist and we are going to do it for $130
Ivitations: About $200 if you do a basic run of the mill invite suite from New England Art in Abington. I spoke with a designer on Etsy who was willing to do a custom digital invite suite for $50. I would have to print them myself for about $80 for paper from paper source + the cost of Ink and an address stamp
STD: Depends on what you want to do – You can do a photo card from Target for .19 a piece, you can have it rolled into a digital invite suite and print them your self [or take them to a printer] or you can order them with your invites.
Let me know if you have any more questions!
Post # 5
Thank you that info gives me an idea of how to budget! I appreciate your help!
Post # 6
Hi BrideMimi! I’m also pricing out options in the area, and found that I had underbudgeted video and photo. Since those were pretty high on my priority list, I ended up having to redistribute my budget a bit. I would prioritize all aspects of the wedding and give each aspect a percentange distribution of your budget. Temmylove gave some great web resources that will compute rough estimates for you based on their priority metric. I found that you’ll be able to find people who do good work within what you allocated for each service, but it will take effort, and time to find them. Sometimes it works out that non-local vendors can give you a better price, so cast a wide net in your search. Also factor in what you will get from venues. Some are all-inclusive (catering, rentals), some are not. I found one way to trim costs is to get marrried legally at your local city hall, and have someone important to you officiate the ceremony. Also a restaurant reception is FAR less pricey than renting a non-restaurant venue because there isn’t a site fee at restaurants, and they obviously have things like tables and chairs (which you’d need to rent if you have your reception elsewhere). A bridal bouquet can range in costs. You could just make it yourself which is the least costly option, or you can get a florist to create one for you if you tell them how much you want to spend on it. I’m not having a limo because I’m having the ceremony and reception at the same place, and having a limo wasn’t high on my priority list. invitations are probably one of the most controllable costs. If you have the time, DIY invitations and save-the-dates can definitely be done inexpensively. I’m doing e-save-the-dates, and getting invitations printed, just because I have time constraints. I think you can definitely have a beautiful wedding without spending a huge sum of money. If you want recommendations, PM me and I can give you some names of vendors I’ve already priced out, or friends who recently got married suggested. Good luck with all the planning!