(Closed) How to get married when it is not “business as usual” – Cut our costs?

posted 8 years ago in Money
Post # 3
18645 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I would go ahead and do it if you won’t regret not having those guests.  Overall, I think that it’s great if people have smaller weddings and keeping more money in savings in case of emergencies or for fun stuff later!

Post # 4
3601 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

Leaving off a few invites would be a good safety net, probably.

Post # 5
972 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I would cut the guestlist. It’s better to have that money in savings and have peace of mind than be scrambling for money. Better to start the marriage off on a good foot. I love smaller weddings the intimacy of it is so romantic to me. My guest list with only family and close friends is about 200. I REALLY only want a 100 person guest list but can’t imagine not having my closest family there.

Post # 6
950 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Not done the same thing – initially kept list small (& now feeling the flack from some offended family members) due to staying within budget.  I think what you’re planning is the smart thing to do…in the now, in the long run, & rather patriotic in a way.  Power to you, sister!

Post # 7
5496 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

I had 60 at our wedding and the atmosphere was amazing! 🙂  Just remember, if you invite 50 and you have any declines, your number could be around 40 or so. Perhaps invite at least 60? Depends on what you want as your absolute minimum guest count.

I think it’s a smart idea!!


Edit: I forgot to say that we invited 62, hoping for 50-55 and only had one couple say no and they are out of state so we knew they wouldn’t come. Basically, everybody came. But I wanted to invite at least 60 in case 10 or so didn’t come because I didn’t want less than 50 people. Usually you have at least a few “no’s”!

Post # 8
3762 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

When in doubt don’t send out STD’s.  Send them out to immediate family and friends that would be there no matter what. 

We got caught kinda when we had to change our venue and our guest list had to be cut.  It was hard because so many people had received Save-The-Date Cards. 

At least if you don’t send them a STD it gives you a chance to wait and see what happens at work and where you are in a couple months when you have to do invitations

Post # 10
972 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Go for it. Also consider other things that are on a per person basis.

save the dates, invitations, favors, centerpieces, linens, cake,


Post # 12
2867 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I say go for it since you already want a smaller wedding. I’m hoping that we end up with a small guest list (maybe people will have plans for the holiday weekend).

I wanted a really small wedding – my whole family is 15 people so I wanted to invite all of them because we’re close. But my Fiance though since I was inviting all my aunts and uncles (there are 4 of them total) we had to invite all of his (30 for him) – so our list got HUGE.

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