(Closed) Budget help?

posted 4 years ago in Money
Post # 4
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926 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@mepayne:  If you are just doing cake/punch and fruit trays, do you need tables with linens and centerpieces? Or maybe you could do just a few, for elderly people who need to sit down. I would probably also do my own nails and makeup to save on the budget. You can find some nice invitations that you print yourself at places like Michaels or Hobby Lobby for a pretty good price. 

Post # 5
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9071 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Ceremony

Church rental: $1,000.00

Officiant: $200.00

Custodian: $200.00

 

Reception

Rental: $300.00

Food: $300.  Are you just doing cake and fruit?  Is there anything else?  You can add things like cheese/crackers but it would increase your budget.  If fruit only…I’d budget about $250 for fruit and serve ware.  115 at 1/2 a lb per person (over-estimate) at $3 a lb average…that is about $190 including tax.  You would have to assemble skewers or fruit salad yourself (or have mothers/aunts do it).  Since food always ends up costing more than you think I upped it.

Cake/cupcakes: Free

Drinks: I’d probably budget $100 for drinks/cups.

Linens: Do you have to buy?  How many tables?  I would budget $100 and check out http://www.tableclothsfactory.com/

Centerpieces: $200.  I would try to stay at $15 per table and this allows some extra wiggle room if you have 11 tables.  I would just check out alternatives to flowers too.  Check out some of these http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/the-15-or-under-centerpiece-challenge-lets-play#axzz2U29LE5BL

Misc décor: $150.  Decor can add up quicker than you think.  This could go to misc decor or use extra to put back into centerpieces.

Beauty

Dress: $450.00

Veil/headpiece: $50, go with etsy or weddingfactorydirect.com.  I bet you could find one for $30

Shoes: $50.  This is another thing you could get cheaper as well, I’m sure you could find some flats for under $30.

Makeup: $50  This is just if you are planning to buy some of your own.

Nails: $30

Jewelry: $50  Really depends on what you want but I would also recommend weddingfactorydirect.com

Misc

Wedding rings: What kind of rings do you want?  If it was just 14k gold band for you and something like tungsten for him I would budget $250

FH’s suit: $200 I think a rental would be $190 or so.  You could probably find one on sale form Kohls or JCPenney.  this one has good reviews for $150 http://www.jcpenney.com/dotcom/juniors-guys/view-all-guys/explore-shops/prom-shop/suit-separates/stafford-signature-navy-suit-separates/prod.jump?ppId=1b21db5&catId=cat100250022&deptId=dept20000014&dimCombo=null&dimComboVal=null  So I’d budget abuot $200 total at least…depending on if he needs a shirt/tie/shoes as well.

MOH’s dress: $100.  I think you can easily find a nice dress for under $100.  I’m sure you could get this down to $50-60 as well.

Invitations: $150.  I would use one of those Vistaprint Groupons $17 for $70.  This also includes postage.  Otherwise I would try to design it yourself or have a friend do it and then have them printed. 

Bouquets: How many do you need?  If it is just you and MOH I would budget $50 and go pick some up at a local florist/grocery and tie them together yourself.

Photography: Free

Videography?  Free, find someone with a video camera to record your ceremony.

 

I got that pretty close to $1850.

Post # 6
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1467 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@mepayne:  Ask a family member to do videography- at the least with an iPhone or something! You’ll want to have video footage from that special day when you celebrate your 10th, 25th, 50th anniversaries with your FH!

Post # 7
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3041 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

You’ve already got some great suggestions, but here’s my take on it!

Ceremony

Church rental: $1,000.00

Officiant: $200.00

Custodian: $200.00

 

Reception

Rental: $300.00 (rent for what – chairs, tables, porcelain?)

Food: $500. Food is always more expensive than you think and it sucks to do it on a super strict budget, $5 per person isn’t a lot – but it’s doable. I would consider making lots of small cookies before the wedding, stuff that you can store in the freezer.

Cake/cupcakes: Free

Drinks: $100. Considering the budget I think an alcohol free reception makes most sense.

Linens: $100 – DIY, you have lots of time! You can find great deals here.

Centerpieces: $100

Misc décor: $70

Beauty

Dress: $450.00

Veil/headpiece: $50, check etzy or sales

Shoes: $40, I just got mine on sale for $39 at David’s Bridal, there are lots of cheap options!

Makeup: $60 – book a make up appointment at Sephora or MAC, they only require that you spend $50 on produce, then DIY.

Nails: $20 or DIY using produce you already have

Jewelry: Don’t spend money on cheap jewellery you most likely won’t wear again, go with something you have or borrow something from your mum – you need something borrowed anyway!

Misc

Wedding rings: $300. Try to get something that will last and that you both like!

FH’s suit: $200.

MOH’s dress: $60. Get a cute dress she can wear again, perhaps something like this! Modcloth also have a lot of nice options.

Invitations: $100, but consider using an evite and ask guests to RSVP by email or phone.

Bouquets: $60 calculated on you, your MOH (do you have other bridesmaids?) and the flower for your groom – DIY using flowers from whole sale (practice before).

Photography: Free

Videography: Free, ask a friend.

Post # 9
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9071 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@mepayne:  In that case I would take any extra money you save in places (jewelry, MOH dress, etc) and put that back into the food.  I think you can do fruit and veggies (sliced peppers, broccoli, dip) for fairly cheap.  If you do add anything like cheese and crackers that would increase it a decent amount.

I looked at the rings on Blue Nile and they had some basic women’s bands for $130-$185.  Men’s were about $70-$150 but I’ve heard of lots of women finding cheaper men’s bands on Amazon or something like that.

Post # 10
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3041 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@mepayne: Considering the budget I think it makes sense to keep it to your sister. As for the jewellery – what do you have in mind? Are you set on something very blingy or would you be ok with something more understated? I’m only getting a set of new ear rings for our wedding, a simple pair that’s from the same line as our wedding bands. Since we’re having white gold bands, I’ll go with silver earrings – so that’s comparatively cheap. Another option for the reception is to serve pie, everyone loves it, it’s easy to make and as long as you stick to flavours such as apple and rhubarb you can make them very cheap.

Post # 12
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3041 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@mepayne: Do you have a birthday coming up, if so, I would just wish for it then! Or ask for it as a Christmas present if you’re doing gifts.

Post # 13
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1193 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@mepayne:  I only have a few suggestions. 

 

1. Veil — buy one from Michaels or Hobby Lobby. They always have a 40-50% off coupon. My rhinestone studded birdcage veil was $8. Even Walmart has veils 

 

2. Shoes –eBay, dsw clearance rack (I got my silver glitter shoes for $19), goodwill (you’d be surprised), amazon.com, zappos.com

 

3. Rings- not sure what metal your e-ring is but my DH’s tungsten ring was $20 and it looks just like the ones from jewelry stores. We got it off amazon. Titanuim, tungsten and stainless steel are very inexpensive onLine. If you prefer gold I’d still girder from amazon especially if you just want a plain band.  

 

4. Jewelry– try forever 21, Charlotte rouse, Walmart and target. They have reasonable nice looking costume jewelry. You can always try to find a sale at Macy’s!

 

5. Make up –most makeup counters will give you a free makeover if you buy $50 worth of products. Sephora does this also. Or ask around at the counters for info about aspiring makeup artists you’ll get better rates. 

 

6. Decor/center pieces– get as much from the dollar store and thrift stores as you can!

 

7. Food– get party trays from Walmart or Sams

 

8. Bouquet– have you thought about DIY. I was going to make my bouquet from flowers from Whole foods or a farmers market but my venue threw one in. 

 

9. Invites–search for coupon codes for sites like mypublisher, shutterfly, vistaprint, etc. I just purchased a photobook from vistaprint for 70% off

 

10. Suit- Does yourFI not have a suit he can wear? My DH wore a black suit he already owned. 

That was more than a few, huh?

Post # 14
Member
1193 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Oops I forgot I’d stick to a formal/cocktail dress from Macy’s, TJMaxx, Marshall’s, Ross or target.com especially since you just have one and don’t have to worry about find several dresses. I can always find a cute dress under $100 at one of the above. Also I see your in Georgia try the bcbg outlet nearest you. They always have dresses!

Post # 16
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9956 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Etiquette Snob here… lol

Great ideas from the other Ladies, let me add one on a point of etiquette.

Keep your Wedding Party small… 1 each is ideal (MOH & Bestman)

As there are expenses that the Couple is responsible for when it comes to Attendants…

* Accommodations… be that Hotel Rooms or finding somewhere for them to stay… usually means 2 nights (Day Before Wedding… if you are having a Rehearsal… and Night of the Wedding)

* Transportation of the Bridal Party from the Accommodation Site to the Ceremony Site… to the Reception Site… and back to the Hotel etc.

* Thank You Gifts… something you’ve chosen personally for each member of the BP.

* Any Special Requests… The Bridal Party pays for their own Suits / Dress… (and I did see your note about your sister)

BUT if you want anything extra that is special, or matchy-matchy then you are supposed to pay (Shoes, Jewellery, Accessories, Hair, Make Up etc)

* Flowers… Attendants generally have Bouquets or Bouts

* If you have Children in the Wedding Party it gets even more expensive… as you now are hosting more of “a family” (Child’s Parents & Siblings) than just one person.

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As well…

The Rehearsal Dinner (OR Cocktail Party, Meet & Greet, Open House) is usually Hosted by the Groom’s Family… BUT if you are doing that then there will be even more expenses that you haven’t considered in your Budget overall.

Hope this helps,

 

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