Post # 1
I’m a newly enaged bride who always dreaed of her wedding day. I was beyond excited when my finace finally poped the question last month. I’m a full time student and withthe grace of God I will be student teaching in January 2012. We recently picked out location and I am trying to get the major details of the wedding planned out before I student teach so I can really focus on my students. I graduate from school two weeks before my wedding to May is going to be a pretty busy month next year.
Anyway, I’m writing this blog because I never belived people when they said it is expensive to get married. Once my finace proposed I started to get lots of ideas for how I wanted our wedding to look. By the time I pulled out the calculator I quickly noticed I was over 30,000 and the details were still growing.
That said I am cutting back a lot. I know we can still have a nice event without breaking the bank. Just a matter of figuring out what’s important and what’s not.
Post # 3
Congratulations on your engagement!!! And welcome to Weddingbee.
There are TONS of ways to cut back, and you’ll find GREAT ideas on WB.
To start with, are you heartset on a Saturday wedding? At our venue, it was $3,000 less to do it on a Friday or Sunday! Just a thought for starters. 🙂
Post # 4
I’m a 2012 bride from PGH, too… and felt/feel the exact same way, lol!
Post # 5
@Timiyajac082004: there are a TON of ways of saving money.
You can make a lot of things yourselves (invitations, favors, food…etc)
It just really takes a discussion between you and your FI (and your parents if they are helping) about what your budget is. That will really determine what you’re able to spend, and then you can go from there.
If you don’t have a huge budget, decide what is most important to you..photography, the venue, food, a full bar…
Good luck! there are a TON of posts about budget brides making it work.
Post # 6
Congrads on your engagement! I have found this site helpful for looking at cost break downs of different budget weddings:
Post # 7
congrats! and welcome!
you can def cut your budget – though wedding ARE expensive. i would start researching now..there are tons of things you can do to cut budget like bringing your own alochol and DIY invites!
good thing you found the bee because we have tons of ideas on how to cut costs among many other things.
i managed to come out of mine at about 18k. which is still ALOT but its not 30!
Post # 8
Congrats and welcome! There are some really smart ladies on here who have a lot of good tips! I’m from Youngstown and a student too, so I totally understand your situation!
How many people are you looking to have? And what kind of wedding do you envision? Maybe if we see any money-saving ideas for things you’re interested in we could let you know about it!