Post # 1
We have already spent just over $6000 in deposits and some things and there is $6780 still left owing from these things. Im not sure if this makes sense but if it doesnt i can elaborate.
I have estimated that the things left to pay will come to just under $12000.
There is 13 months until our wedding and we are putting combined $1600 min a month into savings. We already have $5300 in our savings we are trying to save enough that the wedding is not put on any credit cards and that we have $10000 to $150000 left over to start our baby/home fund.
things left to pay- (all figures are estimates!)
- $2800 for catering (meals are $36 a head)
- $5000 honeymoon
- $1000 drinks tab (i have no idea help?)
- $500 dress maker (i have no idea how much they cost)
- $100 contacts
- $300 grooms shoes, BMs jewelery and shoes, ties and shirts
- $260 my engagement ring fixed (i wrote a thread about this)
- $450 invitations
- $200 DIY table seating idea that FI has and other DIY decorations
- $100 coockies (for our cookie buffet)
- $200 lingerie
- $500 MS donation
- $80 wedding bands engraved
things we have paid or paid deposit on
- $120 Brides shoes (i bought heels and flats im considering trying to sell at least one pair)
- $589 Engagement ring
- $421 Fabric Bouquets
- $2200 photographer
- $1100 Car hire (cheapest i could find!)
- $329 FIs wedding band
- $300 my wedding band
- $850 chapel hire and decoration
- $950 reception room hire
- $550 DJ and dance lesson
- $297 Suit hire for FI and 2 x GM
- $1575 Wedding dress
- $170 engagement shoots
- $350 reception photographer
Is there any where you can see that i can save?
Post # 3
Oh and i usually recieve a $300 bonus each month and that goes straight to saving which i didnt add into the $1600 a month
Post # 4
Cookies – can you make them yourself ahead of time and freeze? Properly wrapped (2 layers between cookies and air) they will freeze fine for a month, and the cost of ingredients will be a very small addition to your weekly grocery bill.
Why the $500 donation to MS? Is this a favor for your guests? If so, skip it – the guests won’t miss it.
Car Hire – does a friend or relative have a nice car, and they’d be willing to drive you to the church and reception? So much easier and cheaper than renting a car at $1100!
Post # 5
@nyscpa2be: the MS donation is instead of the favour and in honour of FIs mum who has MS. I completly agree with the guests not missing it but i guess i feel selfish scrapping the only thing that isnt for me.
Car hire FI has a friend that has a friend that has old cars that he hires out for weddings so we are in the process of seeing if we can get him to do it cheaper or free.
Thanks so much though
Post # 6
$1000 drinks tab-I think this will cost a LOT more. If you’re having 77-78 people, that would only be $12 in drinks per person.
$500 dress maker- You could get a dress for much cheaper! If you’re set on getting one made by a seamstress, give them a quote of $300 and see what they’ll do. (ETA: just noticed that you already purcahsed a wedding dress. What is this cost?)
$300 grooms shoes, BMs jewelery and shoes, ties and shirts- this seems high, depending on how many attendants you have. Do you have to buy GM shirts and BM shoes?
$450 invitations- probably your biggest $ saver. Design your own with Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, Adobe Illustrator, or InDesign and print at home or go with Vistaprint or Catprint. You could even pick up the ready-to-print ones. I’ve seen some really great quality invitations at Target lately, very affordable.
$100 coockies- seems high. Cookies are pretty cheap to make, how many are you planning on?
$200 lingerie- you could cut this down. Target bra and panties will run $50.
$80 wedding bands engraved- you could leave this out or postpone it for later down the road when you have more $ if the budget is super tight.
Post # 7
@Pokemon: You can definitely find nice invites for less than 450. And definitely make the cookies yourselves. Can you make the donation to MS but make it 400, 350, 300? Postpone engravings in your rings. Why are contacts 100? Is that the exam and everything? if it’s not, you can buy just one box of contacts for much less, and you can purchase additional later if you wanted to. Is it possible to lower the budget for the honeymoon, even to 4500? All this added up could be a thousand bucks!
Post # 8
Invitations – could you make them yourself?
Lingerie – could you ask for it at a bridal shower if you’re having one?
Honeymoon – look for deals online, or maybe register for one (if it’s okay in your social circle)
MS Donation – could you do a $250 donation, and then have it announced you’ll make one every year on your anniversary? (or something that will save you a little money for the wedding, that you can pay later)
Could your photographer offer you a better deal and combine the engagement photos with the wedding package?
That’s pretty much all that I can think of, a lot of the things you’ve already put deposits on, so there’s not really an option to find another vendor or a better deal, or DIY (like decor, flowers, etc) without losing your deposit you’ve put down. Hope it helps!
Post # 9
@BooRadley: i agreee that i think the tab will be higher! im hoping only 50 people will come but i still think it will be in the 2000 range
dress maker was for alterations on mine and 2 BM dresses. i completly guessed because i have NO idea how much that costs I never used one
300 grooms shoes, BMs jewelery and shoes, ties and shirts. I want them to all have matching shirts and ties. we are having 2 x BM and 2 x GM. the jewellery for the BMs will only probably cost like $7 an diva and as the girls bought there dresses i wanted to buy there shoes
Target bras dont really fit or if they do they hurt me. I usually have to go to bras and things
Post # 10
I think you can cut a lot from your honeymoon budget! If you’re aiming for tropical all-inclusive check out Dreams Punta Cana (I swore I wasn’t going to post on here so no one would learn my secret, but I’m happy to help!) You can do a week all inclusive for half your budget.
I agree with you, keep the donation. With so much being spent on you, keep in mind other’s who have less!
Speaking of less, $200 for lingerie? Surely you won’t have them on for very long 😉 Nix the quality and find something cuter for less! (I’m thoroughly disappointed by VS quality)
Post # 11
Thanks everyone for your help! alot of the things like dress maker and contacts I completly guessed prices for as i have never used them and had no idea. your ideas are all great though thanks again everyone
Post # 12
@Pokemon: can you cut costs on your honeymoon budget or do a short inexpensive one then save up for another longer one later? Only if you need to really cut your budget i mean.
Post # 13
What about your celebrant? How much will that cost?
The only thing that I can really see to cut back on is your invitations. As PP said, I would probably go to Vistaprint or similar. They’re really cheap and look good.
Could you do the honeymoon later? Just stay the weekend at a nice hotel and save for a few more months for the honeymoon?
Other than that, your other prices seem really reasonable to me. I can’t imagine getting them much cheaper. Nothing seems to be as cheap in Australia as it is in America.
The only items you have that I would have thought you might be able to save money on are the ones you’ve already paid for.
Can the groomsmen and bridesmaids pay for thier own shoes, jewellery, shirts etc?
Post # 14
Things I would cut/cut back on:
1. Honeymoon – could you spend less by downgrading or cutting a day or two?
2. Invitations – that figure seems high, can you compromise on a cheaper design?
3. Lingerie – you can find something cute for much cheaper, or if there’s one specific outfit you have in mind, maybe buy it later for your FI’s birthday or your first anniversary
4. MS donation – does this have to be at your wedding? Some bees have said that they’re irritated when a donation is announced. You already have the cookie buffet as a favor. Could you donate privately later?
5. Wedding band engraving – this is a small amount, but something else you could do on your first anniversary
Post # 15
I think I’m confused re: lingerie.
Do you mean $200 for lingerie just on your wedding day? If so, I’m sure you could probably cut this back too.
Or do you mean lingerie for your whole honeymoon? If so, I would be ever so grateful if you could share where you are getting your lingerie.
Post # 16
@jothecatlady: for the honeymoon 🙂 but i already have a couple of teddies 😉