Post # 1
Hi all! This is my first post on here after lurking for a long time! We’re getting married on May 30th (85 people, quite a few children/babies) and have that nagging feeling I am forgetting something major…
Transport Bride ???
Reception Venue Hire £150
Wedding cake ??? (not sure yet, making it ourselves as fun project!)
Bridesmaid dresses £73.46
Groom and father suit ???
Bridal accessories £93
Total budget so far: £2,322
My mum bought my wedding dress as a gift so I haven’t included it, we are handmaking presents for the wedding party from our business stock so doesn’t really have a significant cost. I am doing my own hair and makeup with supplies I already have (as are bridesmaids and mothers) – surely there must be something?! Thank you in advance 🙂
Post # 3
@bananapuddles: Does your catering include plates/flatware/cups/etc?
Post # 4
@nattiejeanne: Yes – everything is included. They’re providing arrival drinks for 85, a hot buffet and then cheeses and trifle later on. We’re adding in extra in the form of a dessert buffet, but they’re providing everything except displayware and servers for them.
Post # 5
- Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta
Programs (not sure if this is included in stationery)
Does your venue have a cake cutting fee?
Are tips included for waiters, photographer, dj?
Any kind of special exit (ribbon wands, confetti, sparklers)
Bouquets and bouts
Does bridal accessories include shoes, hose, spanx, veil, earrings
Stamps for invites, RSVPs (i would do online rsvp to save $) and thank yous?
I did DIY for a lot of this stuff to keep the costs down.
Post # 6
@bananapuddles: What about getting your nails done? Do you realling think you can do decor for £60? And, does your accessories include shoes, veil, any jewelry, hair supplies (tiara, hair flower)?I know your catering includes everything, but what about somebody to serve the food &/or pick up the dishes? What about bouquets & boutonnieres for everybody? Or your bridesmaids shoes & accessories, if you’ll be providing them. Are you having an open or cash bar, and what about a bartender?
I had a budget wedding for 100 people for $6000, and in my recap I give a cost breakdown in the comments on the first page, if interested:
Post # 7
I would include tips for your vendors in your budget. Are you getting gifts for your bridal party?
Post # 8
I don’t see many things missing, I’m jealous of your budget breakdown ! I had to think long and hard to come up with something missing from your list :
– Invites (unless they’re virtual/email), envelopes and stamps
– Alcohol ? if you’re providing any.
– Sitting chart / menu (unless it’s included in decor ; ex.: a blackboard with people’s names on it)
– Tips for vendors ?
– Mani/pedi if ever you want one (can also be DIY)
I really can’t think of anything else … can I say again I’m jealous of your budget breakdown ?
Post # 9
@Pixienickie: We are having the photos from the photobook as the favours, and they also provide a guestbook for people to sign next to our copy of their pictures. We will make the cake topper ourselves (my H2B makes jewellery from clay). No cake cutting fee, and not having waiters/DJ to be tipped. I will have to check on the etiquette for tipping the photographer though, thank you! I do also need to include the sprinkles for after ceremony, but not having a particularly special reception exit. Have my bouquet and groom’s boutounniere, and am using some of the decorations to make bridesmaid bouquets. The accessories are all included, and we are RSVPing online. Hadn’t thought to include thank yous in the budget here, so that’s very useful. License and officiant included in ceremont costs, and not having videography or rehearsal dinner. Thanks for your help!
Post # 10
@MrsSkeletonKey: Thank you for that link, very useful and your pics are gorgeous! I have a Sensationail kit already to do my nails, and am using Christmas baubles and feathers in the decor (which I got in the January sales, hooray!). The venue is quite dramatic itself and so doesn’t need much, and we are not having fresh flowers. The food will be served buffet style and the venue will clean away. It’s usual to have a cash bar in our area (UK), but there will be arrival drinks. I have asked bridesmaids to get their own shoes, or use ones they already have (dresses are floor length), but will be giving them jewellery as gifts for the wedding day. Thanks again for the link to your post!
Post # 11
@NauticalDisaster: It’s the only way I was ‘allowed’ to have a wedding – my partner is quite shy and not really into it. The tiny budget is also why I am really concerned about missing out something major! My mum isn’t really into weddings and doesn’t offer much advice either. I think we have all those things covered though!
Post # 12
- Wedding: May 2014 - Beach
@bananapuddles: Date twin :))
Post # 13
- Wedding: May 2014 - Beach
I’m just going to write what comes to my mind and what’s not on your list 🙂
That’s all 🙂
Post # 14
@myweddingbee: Ooh exciting! Less than 100 days to go 🙂 Thank you for your wedding eye – I think everything is either included somewhere in the budget or we’re not having them!
Post # 15
@bananapuddles: Thank you! 🙂
Having a budget wedding really isn’t so bad if you spend in the right area, which it seems that you are.
Post # 16
I was wondering if bees thought you wanted to increase your wedding budget with some of those additions… Videography and DJs are could be more than the ceremony and food. You have everything that seems to be important to you. My budget went to similar things. Good luck to you!