(Closed) UK bees – budget help!

posted 4 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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543 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@lunalyra:  we have a very similar issue re. Family & friends travelling, looking for a venue that accommodates but how to ask for the money back. I think its completely fair but how to about doing without it looking like a money making venture… Ultimately they will need somewhere to stay, check out the cost of hotels in the area and base the price on that. For me, if I was attending a wedding where my accommodation was already sorted and all I needed to do was pay, I’d be grateful, but then people (family in particular) have a habit of being awkward!

Your budget is amazing. You’re doing so much for less than 9k! We’ve not yet decided on a budget but honestly if it can be done for that then you are an inspiration!! Have you got your dress yet or decided on where to find it for that price? The wedding rings seems a pretty standard budget but I know 2 couples who had that same budget but ended up coming in over (both around 800). Photographer as well, that’s a healthy budget but comparing with what friends have has to pay (over 1k) it might be a little bit optimistic. Do you have any leeway? The drinks budget I’m guessing is just covering the wine during the meal?

Post # 4
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5831 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

@lunalyra:  I think they look fine, with the exception perhaps of the photography, as a quality, experienced photographer will typically set you back a bit more; however, it comes down to what you can and want to spend, and you will certainly get everything you’ve listed within the budgets you’ve set.

As far as asking people to contribute to the accommodation goes, I don’t really see the issue. I would do as the above poster said and check out prices in the area, and base the amount you ask for on that. I’d also consider putting a little ‘welcome pack’ in their rooms as a thank-you.

Post # 5
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964 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

How much research has gone into your budgeting for example. do you have a dress in mind (for the price you’ve set) and will the number of bridemaids work out for your price too or are you roughly guessing? I think it’s looking alright personally but those expenses do creep up on you sometimes, good luck!

Post # 7
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964 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

@lunalyra:  I was going to suggest monsoon for wedding dresses! 🙂

Post # 9
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128 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@lunalyra:  hi. just looking at your budget. your spending 300 on room decoration right? why not ask the venue what they can supply for free. i checked with my venue and for free they are supplying:

laterins and black cast iron candle holders for the church

bride and groom chairs with covers and ties etc for the church

chair covers and ties matching my colours

candleabras and candles and rose petales for the center pieces

a fairy light curtain fror behind the head table

simple and classic and free

also u might have to budget more for rings –just paid e900 for my white gold ring and e160 for a brushed steal ring for my fi

best of luck with your planning

Post # 10
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128 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@lunalyra:  oh and i love your dress picks

Post # 12
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543 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@lunalyra:  hehe how did you guess? 😉 I tried on a dress at Coast the other week and it was surprisingly lovely! I was pleasantly surprised so I think a high street dress is a really good option.

 

Good work on the photographer! Is it someone starting out? Thats a really good price.

 

We recently went to a wedding where the bar was free but a limited selection of wine, beer (help yourself bottles out of an ice bucket) and a couple of cocktails. It worked really well and is making me think differently about how much booze you need to stock to keep people happy-I don’t think anyone minds that you don’t have every sprint under the sun-its free! Haha

 

So with the corkage are they planning to charge you literally only on the wine or all the booze? As I understand it a lot of caterers see corkage as a way to get back profit they’ve lost by you supplying the drink, so it would apply to all booze not just the stuff that literally have corks…?

 

Post # 13
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34 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Hi

I’m so impressed by your budget! I was going to say check photography prices but it seems you’ve got a great option lined up also I was surprised by florist prices (well horrified by all wedding costs but florist especially) so check that the rest looks great

We’re also renting a venue with accomadation, and wanted too let you know what were doing. Essentially the venue has offered to take ‘bookings’ from the guests so we stuck the venue info on the invites mentioned rooms were available at £tiny price and to phone venue to book. The venue is then knocking off these amounts from our grand total. We did tell close family first before the invites went out to make sure they got in b4 great aunts or distant cousins.

It means they all think they’ve got an awesome deal on accomadation rather than having to pay for our wedding. Obviously if not all the rooms get booked we’ll pay, and give them to family. That’s the only potential issue if people think others have got things for free.

Sorry thats so long but hope it helps its worked really well so far for us only 2rooms left 🙂

Post # 14
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8004 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

Here are my comments…

– The price for a civil ceremony totally depends on the individual building. My cousin paid £450! So check that first.

– Food costs depend on the sort of thing you want. Your food sounds great though. Really nice. I’d come! I’m also doing an afternoon tea style thing for my evening buffet!

– Dresses, clothes and accessories are easily affordable within that budget. Try ebay for a dress in order to get it even cheaper!

– Flowers etc all looks good.

– A bit perplexed by the music costs… that’s not enough for a live band but too much for a DJ, I think. Are you having a DJ plus a quartet for the ceremony, or something?

– Photography should be fine, as long as you are looking for a “mid-range” photography package. EDIT: I see you already found someone!

– Everything else looks fine… and well done you for doing it for under 9K! Impressive!

– I think it’s fine to ask people to pay for their own hotel rooms. All of our guests are paying for theirs!

– Be a bit cautious about the prosecco. Cheap proseccos can taste like vinegar. It depends on how many people you have who like their drinks! I would buy one bottle and test it before you commit.

– Local ales are a great idea. That’s what we’re doing.

OK. So that’s my two cents. Keep in touch… I love hearing from fellow Brits!

Post # 15
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37 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Hello, it’s nice to hear from another UK bee! You sound very organised and I think your budget looks pretty realistic

One thing I would advise is to check whether the prices you’ve been quoted include VAT. Our reception food is £29.95 pp excl VAT and when you add that on it makes quite a big difference to the price.

Also, try shopping around and getting quotes on things like the flowers. Just this week I took a quote from one florist into another and they made a big effort to substantially beat it and we’ve saved about £150.

Don’t forget you will need to pay to give notice of marriage as well as for the ceremony on the day. It’s not very much (I think £35 each) but we hadn’t realised about that initially.

My final piece of advice is: book your venue asap! We booked ours in January for our April 2014 wedding – which I thought was plenty of time ahead – and the venue already had all its Saturdays booked up for that month so we had to go for a Friday. I would imagine that June dates get booked up even faster.

Good luck with everything! Smile

 

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