Post # 1
wow just though of all the money me and Fiance have to shell out at the end of the year ; (
idk what to do? i think we need to shorten our guest list and were already having no kids!
i mean well have it by the skin of out teeth but i’m just thinking is it all worth it in the end?
i don’t know what to think any more i want to feel excited and have fun but now i just feel over whelmed. i just have to cut budget every lil way i can think of. any suggestions bee’s?
Post # 3
@HisNightOwl2014: you still have SO much time!!! im saving about $1000 by having the wedding on a sunday. the advantage of long engagements is that you have plenty of time to look for sales and groupons! I got a full coverage photographer (incl. 2nd shooter and e-pics) for a fraction of the cost, and i bought an $800 credit for $300 for invitations. you don’t have to cut your guest list! id recommend the former Mrs. Meatball’s current blog, thebrokeassbride.com they always have great ways to cut costs without cutting the guest list!
Post # 4
You have plenty of time. Start by reserving $200- 300 a month to a savings account only for the wedding. Any refunds you get, bonus checks, birthday money, etc. put aside for the wedding. See about working odd jobs to make extra money too.
See if you can put some items together yourself and check for deals. Your wedding is in the winter. Many vendors give out winter discounts because they don’t get much work. I got my Photobooth for $400 when they originally charge $1200 for their services. It is a lot of money for one day, but if you plan right and save, it won’t will be worth it. I am a great wedding on a minimal budget because I got so many deals and doing many things myself.
Post # 5
Just remember, NOTHING besides the actual marriage and license are REQUIRED to have a wedding. All the pressure about dresses, tables, flowers, decorations, etc. are optional and imposed by society. Getting married is what is important. So just start cutting things: favors, fresh flowers, serve just a cocktail hour with apps instead of a dinner, etc. There is so much room for cutting!
Post # 6
Make a list of what’s most important and budget from there. Reserve the most money for things listed as 1,2&3 and reduce the percentage as you go down the list.
There are things you can cut completely. Nobody ever said you have to have flowers. Make some brooch bouquets from buttons for the BMs and yourself. Get invitations that are on sale. Buy lots of cookie dough a day or two before your wedding and have a “cookie favor baking party”. Everyone, bakes, decorates & wraps. It makes a really fun day that you’ll always remember.
Post # 7
How are you with DIY-ing things? We’re having a fairly large wedding on a pretty small budget and I’m doing all of the decorations, save the dates/invitations/thank you notes, bridesmaids gifts, etc etc etc.
Do you have friends or family that you can use for some things? For example, one of our ushers is actually doing our engagement photos; my mom and I are making my veil; my aunt is helping me with table decorations…
Post # 8
DIY is amazing. ANd you have so much time to do a ton of crafty things! Also, get your bridesmaids to come over so you can have an addressing party for Save-The-Date Cards and invitations to save on a calligrapher if that is in your budget. STDs aren’t necessary, but if you want them you can get 100 for them as postcards for free on VistaPrint. Also, invitations are SUPER cheap on VistaPrint but so cute. I got 100 invitations, envelopes, RSVPs, and RSVP envelopes for like 50 dollars. Use your family and any connections you can. Anything on a weekday or Sunday will cut your cost tremendously as well! Good luck!
Post # 10
Brides Against Breast Cancer (based in Florida) is a great place to find a gown and pay way less than a bridal shop price tag!
Post # 11
@HisNightOwl2014: I went through that because our budget was only 5K but I managed and we have a wonderful day. I think that when there is a will, there is a way. I cut costs in many areas like my dress, (100 bucks at DB), my sisters did my hair and make up. I used jewelry I already had. I purchased my invitations from VistaPrint ($50 bucks). We bought our flowers wholesale and made our own arrangements.
You will be surprised at all the resources and ideas you can find online.
Post # 12
Can you tell us a bit more about the current state of the budget/costs? I don’t want to be nosy, but if you can say a little about what you want your… let’s say, invitations, to be, and how much you’ve priced them out at, someone may have a suggestion of how to get that cost down to size.
Post # 13
1. Cut back on the # of apps in the cocktail hour
2. cut back the size of florals and the type of flower to a cheaper one (or do non-floral centerpieces, etc)
3. Cut back to beer and wine only at the bar
Post # 14
What I have been doing is paying for things with my credit card, and then paying off the expense as I go. I know it’s not the best way to do things, but it alleviates some of the pressure.
Have you considered getting a part-time job for a while?
Post # 15
I’d say a shorter guest list is the best way to cut costs
Consider non-floral centerpieces/decorations
DIY as much as you can, start what you can early to reduce stress
Look for used gowns, accesories, ect.
Look for things (decorations, Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses, ect.) that are not marketed as wedding products
Thrift shops are awesome for finding vases and baskets, if you’re ok with mis-matched pieces
Make your own cake (or buy a plain one), purchase gumpaste flowers (if you want them) seperately on etsy or in a cake shop, and stick them on yourself
Post # 16
Lots of good tips above. Also, we saved thousands of dollars by asking for the venue’s ‘a la carte’ menus instead of just the wedding package? The wedding package included many things we didn’t see as necessary. With the ‘a la carte’ menus we were able to pick and choose the things we really wanted. Remember in all situations/negotiations it never hurts to ask… wedding vendors may surprise you with the cuts they’ll make to get your business. Good luck!