should we expand our budget ?

posted 3 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

It depends on where in the country you live. In Jersey (where I am and where wedding costs only rival that of NYC, ugh..) this budget would be difficult. SO and I are looking to stay between 10 and 15 and will have to get VERY creative.. However my sister was able to have a beautiful tented affaire in an out of the way area of Maryland for under 3k.. So it really depends. There are lots of creative ways around things. Making favors (just attended a wedding last night where home made Mead was the favor!!), buying bulk flowers instead of going with a florist, just doing wine and beer instead of a full bar, getting your dress from somewhere other than a bridal boutique (macy’s has some killer white cocktail dresses).. However, even with some creativity it might be tricky if you live in certain areas.

Post # 6
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606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Yes, I think you’ll need to increase your budget.  You can definitely save money by following the tips posted above but I don’t think you’ll be able to swing the entire wedding for $5k if your spending half of the budget on food alone. 

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I would weigh what is more important to you. Staying within your budget or having everyone you want in attendance. If the budget is important, then there are things you can do to cut down. Don’t have a bridal party, dont send Save the Dates, have the ceremony and reception in one location, no favors. I think the biggest issue will be the number of guests. 100 is a nice size wedding (though certainly not crazy big) and thats going to jump the cost. If everyone on your list is essential, then you most likely will need to increase your budget.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@isabelle_86:  How flexible is your budget right now?  Is $5000 or under your absolute maximum, or are you able to swing more?  These are the first questions you’ll have to ask yourself.  

Also, what are you including in your budget?  Everyone has different ideas regarding what the budget should cover.  For example, if your budget of $5000 doesn’t include your wedding bands or honeymoon, you’re in better shape.  If, however, you want everything wedding related to be $5000 or less … I doubt that can happen (based solely on what you said in your original post).

I don’t know your entire situation (only what you’ve written here), but if you’re actually able to expand your budget without putting yourself in a bad place financially, that may be something to consider at this point.  There are definitely ways to cut costs, but if you know for sure that you won’t get food for 100 people for less than $2500, I doubt you’ll be able to pay for everything else (when you consider the fact that $2500 is already half of the original budget you set for yourself).

From what I’ve seen, some of the best places to cut costs are the dress/accessories, decorations, flowers, music, and cake.  If you opt for a Friday or Sunday wedding, you may be able to get a discount on the venue (I don’t know how attached you are to a specific date).  You could also consider having an early ceremony/reception so you’re only having brunch or even appetizers only (as a lunch).  I’m not sure what places in your area charge for things like that, but I’ve seen several Bees mention doing that in order to cut costs.  That way you’re still able to provide food for all of the guests you want to invite without spending quite as much per plate.

I hope this helps!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@isabelle_86:  That’s definitely a good start then.  It always helps to know people!  Smile

Food and alcohol seem to take the majority of everyone’s budget (the next highest costs being for photography and any entertainment usually), so if you can save some money on the food, that should really help reduce your costs.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@isabelle_86:  Oh wow, that’s amazing!  I’m jealous!  Our photography package is $2300, but that includes all day coverage, quite a few prints, and a nice wedding album.  It’s not the most expensive we could have gone with, but it’s definitely not cheap.  (This seems to be the common theme with all things wedding related … At least for us!)

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Food and alcohol did take up about half of our budget.  You’re going to have to be very frugal with the rest of your costs, though, or increase your budget. 

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