Ways To Cut Costs, Advice Please!

posted 3 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Honey bee

It might be helpful if you could list out what your budget is for each item. Because $7K for a backyard reception for 20 guests does seem a bit high.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

If you have $1200 in decor, do you need $600 in flowers? Go silk or DIY!

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I would do cheaper STDs (vistaprint groupon or something)

nix the flower girl dog outfits

what are the decorations and flowers? I’m thinking maybe you can save money there. 

I wouldnt cut back on food or photography and the invites are cheap enough.

Is a reception dress a necessity?

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@OnceUponATime:  the decor is $300

the amounts are below each category not above

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

You can cut down the photographer (either by getting fewer hours or pictures, or shop around for another one that’s less expensive).  I would also cut out the reception dress (it’s a nice-to-have but not a must-have).  Do you already have your dress?  If not, you could shop around and find a sale.  Everything looks reasonable to me otherwise.

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I highly recommend DIYing your flowers and all of your stationary if possible (menus, invites, programs, etc) since you will be able to cross utilize many of the items.  Also, look to use items you already have, I made my centerpieces out of old jars and cardstock scraps, so they only cost me about $2 each.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Cut out the favors and flower dog outfits. Cut back on decor and invites you can probably find cheaper. Maybe even think about a digital STD (I would still go for a paper invite)

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

If your trying to save costs maybe you only need 1 dress, 2 isn’t necessary. 

Invites and STD’s can be done for a lot cheaper, I bought my STD’s at Target for $11 and my invites was a DIY kit from Michaels that I got for $30. 

Is photography the most important aspect? If it is you know that you are willing to make sacrifices here and there but not on photography. 

Everything seems inflated to me, but maybe prices of food is more expensive in your area? $7K for a 20 guest BBQ wedding just seems way to expensive. Our budget is at $7K for 60 people with a sit down meal. 

Are you going with a caterer? Will they supply everything you need like linens, utensils etc? I would keep searching to find caterers that will offer a better package and you get more for your money. 

Is $1,200 your rental of the beach for ceremony and officiant fee? Our rental fee was $250 and officiant was $250, you may want to look around a bit more……. That seems really high to me.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

What kind of decorations are you planning to have? I agree with @onceuponatime with the DIY flower bouquets. We made our own bouttineires and bouquets for my cousin’s and brother’s weddings and they turned out great and saved a lot of money.

Post # 15
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Honey bee

The ceremony fee seems really, really high. Is there a way to cut that down? A beautiful beach wont need much flowers and decorations. our officiant was only $250 and the license was less than $50.

I’d also cut out the reception dress if you can.

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