(Closed) my 15k budget is not going to happen. i'm already at 16k!

posted 5 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@geekchick:  Eek, what about flowers? officiant fee? are those included in the venue costs?

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

I hear ya, it adds up huh? We tried to stay at 10k but it’s looking like 12 or 13 now…

Good job saving where you can.  We’re also doing DIY flowers, officiant, beauty, inexpensive attire, beer & wine only, etc.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2014

Wow, that sucks. Unfortunately, the only place where it looks like you’ve really overspent is the venue, and that’s probably the oen thing that you can’t change.  (Only you can say if it’s worth it to you, but $80pp is a lot.)

I would focus now on ways you think you can raise more money, rather than ways you can make cuts, as it seems you’re already being pretty frugal aside from the venue. $1000 sounds like a lot, but it really isn’t hard to raise if you’re determined.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’m in a similar situation to you—I feel like we’ve cut out so many costs and are DIYing as much as possible, but we’re still over budget because the venue is a somewhat fixed cost. That’s awesome that yours includes centerpieces and a cookie table, those are two things we’re not getting out of ours, and we might even be paying a slightly higher per-person than you.

Since it’s not something that’s in my control any more, I just keep reminding myself how happy we are with the venue we chose. Yes, we probably could have done it cheaper, but the venue we chose will save us a ton of stress (we’re planning from across the country and over half of our guest list is out-of-town). Hopefully there’s something similar about your venue that makes it worth it to you!

Also, are your invites already done and printed? If your guest list is 100, then you’re probably only sending 70 invites or so, and I think you could get a better price than $300 for the whole thing. I did my Save-the-Dates with a graphic over email and Facebook, and it worked out really well. We’re also doing online RSVP, so we didn’t have to include RSVP cards + postage in our invites.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

I’ve blown my budget majorly!….Don’t want to talk about it …LOL

 

 

 

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Sounds like my wedding! We had a site rental of $3,700 and their food/beverage is through them, minimum $10,000. Only upside is if we wanted, we can include our rehersal dinner as part of the $10k minimum and that cuts an expense out. It’s HARD with our location in SoCal. The only way I could of stayed within my original budget is if we had a place to host it that didn’t cost me an arm and a leg and we could find a cheap catering service. Had no such luck doing so, which is why we said forget it, lets go all inclusive.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@geekchick:  I’m not! I’ve heard many good things about it though. We’re doing Temecula Creek Inn. It’s local for us and most of our guests, another important factor for us which made us have to kiss our budget good bye. LOL

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Ontario, Canada

I have to say that 11k for your venue sounds high when your total budget is 15k… Have you considered things like your accessories, alterations, transport etc? I’m not sure where you could cut more, does the venue offer a lower pp package? Also, is the quote for the DJ exact or is it an estimate? 

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We were initially planning on spending $12,000.  But we ended up at around $17,000.  I feel your pain!  All those little things can add up fast.

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