- 9 years ago
- Wedding: March 2010
This post could easily go in emotional, but since I’m looking for constructive advice in addition to some much-needed comfort, I’m posting here.
Last night my FI and I went to his mom’s birthday party. I got the chance to meet his older sister (finally), who FI had said would willingly do the photography. I had my reservations since she has a reputation of never attending family functions and being a general flake (and considering I’ve been living here for two months now, she lives fifteen minutes away, and this is the first time I’ve met her…yeah. I’d say my suspicions were just). We got to talking and FI brought up the photography and she balked at the idea. She said she would see if she had the time to talk to some of her friends who were photographers and see if THEY had the time to talk with us, but she flat out refused to take the pictures. I tried to be nice about it, saying thanks, how very generous of you, while struggling to keep the sarcasm out of my voice.
I’m not sure if FI never actually talked to her, or if she is technically backing out…either way, the $800 we had budgeted to buy a camera for her to use on our wedding day is probably not going to be nearly enough to even consider having a professional photographer come to take the pictures…everyone I’ve heard of in Orlando starts at $2500.
To add to that, we were going to have our reception at this clubhouse where his grandparents know the people who own it, so it would be free. Free! And now his grandfather is saying that he doesn’t know if that weekend will be available for us anymore. WHAT?! So, in a day, our budget exploded into twice its normal size.
FI has a menial job in telecommunications, I can’t find a job to save my life, and we have a lot of bills (student debt, mostly), so adding to our wedding budget is just overwhelming. We have the money saved for our original $5000 budget, but we are definitely pushing it right now.
So, any advice for places to trim in our budget? We’re already doing the iPod DJ thing, going with a local place to cater, not doing favors, having beer and wine only, going with David’s Bridal with the dress, printing our own invitations, and having silk flowers instead of real ones. Any other suggestions would be lovely.