- 3 years ago
- Wedding: June 2014
With just under a year to go I ran numbers for the wedding again last night and quickly became stressed with what I came up with. FI and I are lucky enough to have help from my parents, but it’s looking like even with that we are going to be putting down quite a large chunk of money ourselves. I’m quite crafty and FI is quite the builder himself, so DIY projects are right down our alley (and we have plenty of time to complete them), I’m just not sure which ones to commit to right now. Any suggestions on how to cut down costs would be much appreciated!
*means booked/deposit paid/non-negotiable
This includes the ceremony & reception space, pre-dinner & late night hors d’oeuvres, dinner, staff, tables & chairs, room for the night, $500 towards our bar bill
Limited open bar
Cost of getting my brother ordained & thank-you for him
We got a great deal on a great photographer, and even though a lot of bees warned me not to book him, I did 🙂
I’m hoping to stick to this budget! I’m seriously considering preownedweddingdresses.com or a consignment shop for my dress
Veil, shoes, jewelry: $300
Hopefully this is way over-estimating
Hair & makeup: $100
My MOH does hair & makeup for a living so she will be doing mine for the wedding. This is padding for purchasing makeup
Groom attire & accessories: $300
Ceremony & reception music (DJ): $1700
This is how much I was quoted (cheapest of the quotes)
*Wedding Insurance: $100
Required by the venue
Grooms ring: $500
Mine is already purchased. We haven’t picked one for him yet.
Attendant & parent gifts: $450
4 BMs and 4 GM, 4 parents = about $38 per person
We have some coworkers of FI who agreed to be DD shuttle drivers if we rent vans. This is, unfortunately, something we may have to cut out due to budget
I want simple florals – pale garden rose bouquets and centerpieces. Is this a realistic estimate??
Simple vases and tea lights for the florals
FI’s brother is able to get us linens, this is just padding for delivery costs
Guest book, favors
Rehearsal Dinner: $500
BBQ at our house with wine & beer for about 35-40 guests.
First off, do any of my numbers look off, and have I forgotten anything?Second, any suggestions on cutting the costs?? We have plenty of time to DIY things!