(Closed) Budget Help!

posted 9 years ago in Philadelphia
Post # 3
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1896 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009 - St. Thomas of Villanova Church & the F.U.E.L. House

Welcome!  When/where is your wedding?

Might be helpful to look through the board for previous vendor conversations, flip through Mrs. Cupcake’s, Candy Corn’s (and my, I suppose) posts, or ask specific questions about particular vendors/services.  

Because I could write a novel to answer this thread!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

When I first started I bought a book from amazon that is the most popular and/or highly rated for wedding planning. the book is affiliated w/ the Knot but I’ve forgotten the name since I don’t really need it now & have not looked at it for a while although the book was helpful in jumpstarting the planning process. It gives up line by line budget suggestion as a percentage of your total budget. Aside from that it also provides a time line and important things to investigate/ask vendors.

I believe you can also acquire budget planning tools online like the Knot or martha steward wedding. Keep in mind that the suggestions are mere suggestions & depending on the circumstance, different ppl spend different amt on the various things as they see fit. E.g, if u want elaborate arrangements with real flowers and ice scupltures provided by a very attentive famous florist $1000 may not be enough, if u want to DIY, price would vary greatly, down to about $150…

From what i have heard from married couples, is that one should not compromise on photography over any other wedding expenditures since that’s the only thing that you will have left to look backupon. So pick certain expenditures as must-have or invariant & ur budget may come into shape as the remaining $ is allocated for the more flexible items.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I would highly recommend the budget tool on brides.com because it’s based on sliders.  So if you plan on spending more on flowers, the sliders automatically adjust for the other things to go lower.  Once you know how much you’re spending on something, you can lock that slider.  It’s pretty cool.  You do have to have an idea of how much you want to spend overall.  We figured that out by calculating our savings plus however much we were going to stow away each month, multiplied by how long our engagement was.  GL!

Oh, and I think $1K for centerpieces is good.  Depends on how many tables you want to have?  Depends on a lot of things, actually.  🙂

If you start by making lists of what’s important to you and your fiance, you will know which vendors to look for first.  Then the not-as-important vendors get what’s leftover.  

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009 - St. Thomas of Villanova Church & the F.U.E.L. House

Sure, I can totally understand that.  Well, Mr. Bruschetta and I looked at TONS of locations in Philly and surrounding Villanova (our ceremony location is the church on the university campus) — so, let me know if I can be any help!

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

Hi there!  I would also recommend a budget tool from a website (I have used both theknot and the Martha Stewart one and I like them both.)  If you know you are planning on spending, say, $25k on the wedding, it will break down how much should go into each different vendor.

We are getting married in November in Bucks County, and I picked a reception venue that included basically everything (even centerpieces!) because I just don’t care that much, lol.  Because it’s the off-season, we are paying about $90/person, and that includes 3 course meal, 5 hour open bar, linens, wedding cake, centerpieces, etc. etc.   I wanted something all-inclusive because I just didn’t want to make any more decisions that I am already doing!  The "fall mix" centerpieces are fine with me, and the fact that they are included makes it even better.

Post # 10
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53 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

Hey Snow!

Our venue is the Northampton Valley Country Club in Richboro.  Because we decided to get married in November, we got a 10% off-season discount (which also applies to afternoons, Friday nights and Sundays I believe).  I love the room, it’s very neutral with big, floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the golf course, and I have been to a wedding there before that was lovely.  I’m very excited!

PM me if you want any more info!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

I found that the best way to make a realistic budget was to do the research, get several quotes from vendors and go from there. 

Your budget/vendor quotes will be highly dependent on your location and date.  Is there a local Philly board that could help you? I think that will be your best resource.

Good luck and happy planning!

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