Budget Help

posted 3 years ago in Money
Post # 3
3202 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Hmm… the only thing that really stood out to me is the DJ. I’ve seen a lot of brides recently saying the did the iPod/Spotify thing, and it was great! So maybe that could be an option?

Also, you could DIY hair and makeup.

Finally, could you buy inexpensive rings now and upgrade later?

Post # 5
825 posts
Busy bee

I’m a US bride, so things could be different — but 1,000 seems a little high for a DJ. You can get decent ones here outside of major cities for 500-700. Also, PP is right, you could cut it out altogether and go with an iPod.

But everything else is very reasonable, so I’m not sure I’m much help.



Post # 7
531 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Here are my ideas:

Cut the DJ or get a different one (ipod playlist like was mentioned above or maybe look for someone on Craigslist (or a possible family member???).  

Decorating with something other than flowers.  I’ve seen a lot of candle-based decor, which could cut the costs a little, especially if you can resell them afterwards.  

Bouquets are another area you could consider doing differently.  I’ve been to several weddings where the bridesmaids carried single calla lilies or you could always craft up some paper bouquets.  

DIY your makeup (and possibly hair?) and save a few dollars there, too.  

Another option…register for less stuff and spread the word by word of mouth that you’d really prefer cash gifts.  Then you can pay off some of your bills with gift money.  

Post # 8
1888 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@sbruin99:  My big one is the gifts.  We’re getting small gifts for the parents, but not getting them for each other.  We reason that getting married is pretty much gift enough and we’ll probably buy some souviniers on our honeymoon.  I he has a nice dark suit already you can have a vest and tie custom made in your colors and fabric for around $40-$60.

Post # 9
150 posts
Blushing bee

The only things I think you can cut are

DJ, Hair/Makeup, Stationary, Bouquets, Accessories

But not a lot from any of those. And I wonder if the cake is under budegtted. 

Sorry, not much help..

Post # 11
11379 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

dj can be cut back.  stationery is a lot considering you said you found nice ones for $1.50 each.  remember, you don’t need 1 per person.

i would consider diy hair and makeup.

Post # 12
2065 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I would cut the dj for sure and find a less expensive one.  1000 is a high price. Try to find an independent one that doesn’t work through a large company- they cost less. 

In terms of invitations, we found beautiful DIY kits at a craft store.  They went on sale and there was a coupon (most craft stores do coupons all the time).  We have twice the invites as you and spent $50 on invitations.  

I personally wouldnt do DIY hair unless you are really good at hair or want a simple style.  I would do my own makeup if you can.  Most people feel more comfortable if they do their makeup the way they are comfortable with.  You can try seeing if maybe a student salon can do your hair to save money.  

honestly, besides the photography which you don’t want to lesson everything else seems to be a very reasonable low end budget



Post # 13
2962 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@sbruin99:  I respectfully disagree with DIY hair and makeup. You want to look your best on your special day though maybe you have a family member who is great with hair and could possibly do it for you as your gift? Research MUA on craigslist and setup a makeup trial. Trials are a must so you should budget for it! Also you didn’t add small things on the list like alterations and marriage license. You also should not cut corners with this. I think the caterer is a good cost. As for the gifts, I would get the BP something for now and after the wedding gift the parents with a photo book of your wedding from shutterfly or somewhere similar. They always have specials on their photo books and its a nice keepsake. Is the $500 drinks for the bar? That  price stood out to me to be trimmed back. Stationary should be cut way back. Don’t forget the cost of postage either!


Post # 14
94 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@lindseyl06:  Just curious – how could $500 for the bar be cut back? That seemed VERY low to me.  Our caterer is insanely expensive and we have to use their bar service, so I know the prices are jacked up, but we’re having a full open bar for 4 hours and it’s $23 per person just for the bar.  So for our 130 guests it’s almost 3 grand!!  How on earth could you do bar service for 100 for less than $500?  Is that just purchasing bulk liquor and wine and bringing it to the venue?  Advice please!

@sbruin99:  Are the groomsmen renting suits? If they are, your fiance might be able to get his rented for free if they all get them at the same place (That’s what we’re doing).  Also rings and DJ seem high to me.  Sounds like that DJ knows he has the market cornered since he’s the only one!  I’d look into trying to use an ipod.  We looked at plain bands at a local jeweler and for both rings it was only going to be about $500.  So maybe you could get a plain band for now and upgrade to something sparkly later 🙂 

Definitely factor in the cost of postage to your invitation budget and use those craft store coupons!  I know hobby lobby always has one for 40% off an item and you can just pull it up on your phone and get the discount. You can only use one at a time, but you can go back every day (or you and your FI could go seperately) and get lots of things discounted.  Good luck!!!

Post # 15
318 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I thought this was great. 

15k was my cost for 6 guest ): haha

Post # 16
9526 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Southern US bride, so my price points may be a bit different. But the things I think you could cut back on are:

DJ, bouquets, accessories, and rings. I would also just nix presents to each other. 

Personally, I would cut back on the photographer, but it sounds like you really like this photog and I can understand that. But could you maybe cut back on some of the options within the photography package? For instance, we decided not to do an engagement shoot and we decided that we would make an album ourselves (which might be a great option for you, since you like photography as a hobby and it also allows you to include pictures that might not come from your pro photog). Just by making those 2 cuts, we saved $600!

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