Last minute budget changes — what to cut?

posted 3 years ago in Money
Post # 2
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Do you have a breakdown on your budget and what you still need to purchase? That would really help for us to see where you can cut.

Have you sent save the dates? If you haven’t.. can you cut the guest list any at all? This will save you the most money.

When you say you’ve cut the chair budget in half.. are you using chair covers.. renting chairs? I would cut this out entirely.

I don’t know what kind of flower budget you have, but you can get 10 bouquets from costco for $99, so if you have one nearby, I would do that. [Even if you don’t have a membership, it’s only like $50 to get one].

I would cut the fish.. it might only save you $100 but at least it’s something.

Cut out favors if you are planning to do them.

Get cheaper jewelry than you were planning on wearing [or borrow jewelry from a relative].

Are the apps for cocktail hour? Can you cut it entirely?

Post # 3
9526 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Can you downgrade the alcohol? Top shelf to regular? Regular to just beer and wine?

What’s your decor/lighting budget? Any room there? Ditch table runners and chair covers and bows.

Stay home instead of rent a hotel?

DIY instead of professional makeup?

Invitations – keep them lightweight and appropriately sized/pliable to get cheaper postage.

Nix a veil/borrow a veil.

Wear jewelry/shoes you already own/can borrow.

You mentioned not cutting photographer/video/DJ – is that because they’re already paid in full or because you just don’t want to cut those areas? You could cut things like engagement photos and photo album (DIY is much cheaper) if you haven’t already paid in full.

Post # 4
3835 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

xkrsa:  Have the invitations gone out?  

Post # 5
715 posts
Busy bee

is there a way for you to make more money? to earn part of the money that’s needed? by selling stuff on ebay or craigslist… by taking on some more assignements at work or on the side? 

Post # 6
1926 posts
Buzzing bee

Cut out transportation. Its pretty expensive and you don’t really need it, plus the photos are never ver nice.

Cut out the videographer and have a family member tape the wedding.

I also second cutting down the alcohol or converting to cash bar if you really need to.

Post # 7
337 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I know you said DJ costs can not be cut but maybe if you did not have a DJ but use an iPod instead.For my wedding, I decided to pass on the videography. I would cut out. One of the ways I cut major expenses at my wedding is by not having a bar at all and just having wine and champange for people to toast with since no one in my social circle is a big drinker. In terms of the menu, you could probably go down to two entries, maybe cut out fish and beef and have chicken for people that eat meat and pasta for people that don’t.


Post # 8
2065 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I’d cut the guest list if you haven’t already sent out STDs.  Maybe cut a limo service if you have that (you can really just use a nice car if someone has one or rent one for cheap and really you don’t even need that).  And definitely nix favors- no one cares about them anyways.

If I were you, I’d be careful about nixing the food.  You can go down to basic alcohol or even a cash bar, but if you leave the guests hungry they are going to be crabby and not have a good time.  Guests don’t really care about things like photographs and flowers and dresses, but they do care that they are comfortable and have enjoyable food so they can have a good time.  

I know it isn’t the answer you wanted, but I would really nix the videographer.  They are so expensive (you would save far more than all the little food downgrades you are suggesting), and no one ever really watches them except maybe to show kids or grandkids many years from now, and for that you can just have someone use a video camera if they have one (heck you can buy a far better camera than those that filmed any of our parent’s weddings for 100 bucks).  

Post # 11
1926 posts
Buzzing bee

Even though you’ve already signed contracts and put down deposits you may be able to scale back on the services they provide. Perhaps there’s things you can cut there?

Post # 13
606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

You can definitely save on invites w/ DIY kits or order from Vista Print. 

I bought some of my bridal jewelry and accessories at one of those little jewelry kiosks at the mall.  I’ve seen similar ones at every mall I’ve been to so I’m sure you have them near you.  The stuff they sell costs less than half of what I found at bridal boutiques and looked great.

What about your rehearsal dinner?  Can you scale back?  We ended up having pizza b/c we were so close to maxing out our budget towards the end of planning.

I think you can definitely cut back on your hors d’eourves.  I’d keep the salad though.  

Post # 14
141 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

My venue allowed for some food items to be favors, so I heard of one couple doing a mixed nut buffet during cocktail hour- it was their favor (they had fancy nut cups to put them in) and was an appetizer.  Get the nuts from CostCo, it would be quite cost effective I’d imagine!

Post # 15
564 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Invites, design them yourself and use Total cost for me was $ 100 

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