October Brides : How much do you have paid off?

posted 3 years ago in October 2014
Post # 3
771 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@jenilynevette:  That is a neat little tool. We are further behind.

We have paid:

$500 of $2600 ceremony package (include ceremony photographer, flowers, guitarist, pastor, 3 nights at hotel, etc…)

$800 of approx $1600 (plus extras at least 200$ veil and jacket and alterations???) dress

$1000 of a $ 2500 reception dinner

$0 of $ 500 flowers/table runners for dinner

$180/$180 Std’s and invites CHECK-YAY! 

$0/ $1000 Photog

$0/$500 rings

$0/$500 cake/favors

$0/$ 500 gifts for parents/parties/welcome bags


So about 1/4th…. 2,500/10,000

Not to mention $0/$ 4000 approx Honeymoon(week in Vegas, then Disneyland with my parents and little sisters for a few days and then Disney World for a week). FI parents said they are giving a few thousand for Vegas, so not concrete but counting on $2,000 help from them.

This was kinda theraputic to write out, however, we were doing a destination wedding to save money and keep it intimate. I wanted to do everything for about 3,000- 5,000 including attire. Oh well. At least I am not handing a check over for 10,000, that would hurt…little by little.




Post # 4
2831 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

my dress is paid for. we’ve also put down deposits that total probably 15% of the rest of the cost.

i have to go through and put everything in a spreadsheet. it’s all written on paper currently. it’s on my to do list for our upcoming vacation.

Post # 5
82 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Monday Night Brewing

I just did a little inventory of our finances and budget… And I’m happy to say that we’re totally in the black! We’ve got our deposits in for all our vendors, plus enough in our savings account to pay them all off come October. Such a good feeling! Zero debt wedding. 

Post # 5
179 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

jenilynevette:  We’ve fully paid off the venue, dj, photographer, videographer, photo booth, decor, wedding rings, bride and groom attire, and invitations. We put down a 50% deposit on the wedding cake/cupcakes. Still need to pay for flowers (DIY), alcohol (DIY), caterer, day of coordinator, officiant, and hair/makeup. 

I’ve been using the clever bride spreadsheet and it’s amazing! We should have everything paid off by September for a debt free wedding!

Post # 7
179 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

jenilynevette:  That’s awesome! I love seeing that other brides are working towards a debt free wedding as well!

We were lucky enough to be gifted our honeymoon from my father and stepmom. We actually just got our resort and flight confirmations on Monday. 7 months to go!

Post # 8
663 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Everyone’s doing so well! We’ve paid for our venue, basic dinner, DJ, and dress in full. Have put deposit down for photographer & cake. Still need to pay for everything else but that puts at having 50% paid off.

Post # 9
343 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

jenilynevette:  not an Oct bride, but just curious what app you are using for your budget? I’ve been looking for a simple tool to keep track of how much we still owe to our vendors but haven’t found one yet. Thanks!

Post # 10
1157 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014


Let’s see…I’m only listing the big things.

Planner: Paid $560 of $2100 (will be paying another $560 next month)

Photographer: Paid $250 of $1500

Dress: $1100 of $1100 done yay!  Alterations will be separate<br /><br />Rings: Paid $500 of 750

Brunch reception: Paid $480 of approx $1400

Flowers: Paid $350 of $350 (silk, also done yay!)


Still need to find FI’s outfit and get his rings squared away (he’s getting two), find some small decorations for the reception, book the hairdresser, book speakers and delivery for our DJ friend, finish purchasing wedding party gifts (we have some), put together OOT bags, and stash some money away for the gas for the drive from DC to FL and for things out while we’re there.

Post # 12
151 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

cestvrai:  Wedding Wire works well too. That’s what the screenshot jenilynevette used in the first post looks like. They have a mobile app.

Post # 14
28 posts

It’s really good to be able to put things into perspective, finance-wise

Here is a brief breakdown of where we are at right now;

  • Dress, Veil, Headpiece – $3600.00 paid in full (most likely only because I stumbled across my dress in May last year!)
  • My shoes – $30.00 on sale!
  • My man’s shoes – $90.00
  • Photographer – $500.00 deposit of $4300.00 paid
  • Ceremony/ Reception Venue – $1000.00 deposit of $8340.00
  • Wedding Cars – $200.00 deposit paid of $1550.00
  • DJ/MC – No deposit required, but booked
  • Wedding Bands – Purchased at total $500.00
  • Officiant – Total $450.00 half-paid
  • Wedding Night Accomm – Paid at $329.00
  • Hair and Makeup for myself, 4 x BM and MOB – $100.00 deposit of $1080.00 paid
  • Invitations/ Stationery – To be made by BM and I
  • Hire Chairs for Reception – $100.00 of $1095.00
  • Flowers – Silk, via etsy. Paid. BM will have parasols rather than bouquets, these are also paid for.
  • Lolly Bar – My mum and I are doing this ourselves, everything is paid for except the actual candy/ lollies, so I’m unsure how much I’ve spent, or will spend.


  • The boys’ suits
  • BM dresses – I will be contributing a monetary amount to their whole ensemble
  • Wedding Dress Alterations
  • Lingerie
  • Guest shuttle bus

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 7 months ago by  ketii.
Post # 15
1765 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

jenilynevette: soo far

Church: we have $250 left to pay of the $475 total<br />Reception hall: we have $180 of the $875<br />Dress: $320 if the eeps $1k-but I got a free garter and 20% discount on accessories<br />Photography: We are in the midst of picking a new one…so that whole shebang….<br />Catering: Weve only done our deposit so we have about $1300 left to pay on that<br />Decorations: We have bought a few ends and outs….but we still have to buy flowers and candles<br />Invitations: all $80 are paid off….we get our programs free through the church….we bought our thank yous from hobby lobby (got 150 for $30!!!) debating on using STDs

Cake- $200 left of $300 (cake for 150 people plus design, work and transport pretty proud right there!)<br /><br /> soo far we have about 1/2 of everything paid off which is a HUGE relief!

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