(Closed) Critique my budget!

posted 5 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Just curious, what is costing so much with the ceremony category?

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Personally I would say that’s more than fine, if over half the budget is on the reception then clearly you’re looking after your guests. What I can’t stand is forking out a fortune to attend a friends wedding which is also a pot luck meal and it turns out the bride and groom are wearing 20%+ of the budget!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

It is hard to critique without know what you are planning for each category and how big your guest list it. I think your flowers, invitations and favor/gifts categories are way too low.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

The photo/video seems a little low.  Is the venue providing one or do you know the photographer?

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Wow I would say your flower budget seems low! Are you using a florist?

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I think that it looks pretty good. Some of it may see a little “off” (like usually with a 27,000 budget you might except photography to be more) but its awesome you got savings where you could. I agree that the ceremony seems high but as long as you are within YOUR budget, whatever works! Does reception include everything like linens/food/china/dj/cake, etc?

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

To critique your budget feels harsh… we all do our best considering our own circumstances! However, I’ll post my budget for you as comparison.

Apparel: 11.9%

Flowers: 1.5%

Photo:5.3%

Stationary: 2.8%

Rings: 11.6%

Misc: 26.3%

Ceremony: 0.0%

Rehersal dinner: 0.8%

Honeymoon: 12.2%

Reception: 22.9%

Favours and gifts: 4.6%

Total – almost $19000. The apparel is higher than I wanted, but we’re paying for the bridesmaids outfits as well as the flower girl and my FI need a new suit. Flowers, same as you! We’ll pick a bunch from my grandmas garden as well. As for the Misc post being so high, we’re getting married in Sweden, where my family lives, so that includes our flights there. Ceremony is free as I’m part of the Swedish church – includes church, priest and ceremony music. Rehearsal dinner isn’t something we really do, so we’ll just have a pick nick a day or two earlier. Honeymoon – France. The reception includes three course dinner, drinks as well as accommodation for 35 guests. Favours and gifts – ice wine for our guests as well as CDs.

As this is a semi DW, we’re also thinking of hosting a party at our house this fall – that would add another $3000 or so to the budget.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@LucyLaLa: I wouldn’t worry too much about your budget being “overly optimistic” in some areas. People can get married without flowers and you can send people their invitations via email – those posts are “fictional”! What is REALITY is the costs for food and clothes and from what you’ve posted – your food seems to be well covered, so I wouldn’t worry! 🙂 Regarding favour being “under dimensioned” as stated previously, you’re throwing a huge party – I don’t think anyone of your guests would/or have the right to be offended by a $1 gift. However, just a thought in case you do stress about that, why not give a donation to a charity instead? I went to a wedding last summer where there was a small note on each table saying that they had opted for a donation (no sum specified) rather than gifts. It generated a lot of “Naaah, that’s so sweet” around my table!

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Just my little own opinion…

 

attire- seems very low. even if you get an inexpensive dress, you have to consider acessories, alterations, shoes etc. So lets say a conservative 500.00 for the dress, 250.00 for alterations, 75.00 veil, shoes 50.00 you are very very close to cap the budget just on the bride. 

 

flowers- seems low unless you are doing them yourself- ceremony flowers usually run 1,000 alone with out considering the reception

rehersal dinner- sounds like it COULD be done (depending on how many people and what you order)

 

 

photo/video seems low- (im in NY prices here may be higher) but video was 1,000 and a photography basic package was 1,000+

 

stationary- you have to include postage for everything– your budget seems just enough to cover the postage of invitations and rsvp cards.

 

rings- that is very reasonable

favors & gifts- seems low as well

 

 

Post # 15
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Busy bee

I would take some from the rings and flowers for photography. If you’re doing both video and photography I don’t think that will be enough

Post # 16
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Photo seems way low to me, but it depends on what you want to do

Here is mine!

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