Post # 1
Because I am over budget I am thinking about all the things I did say no to so I wouldn’t be insanely over budget. What are some things that you really wanted to have but didn’t splurge on?
-chivari chairs for ceremony
-flowers on all tables
-baby’s breath garland for ceremony
-lots of tall candles lining the isle (instead we are doing smaller Ones)
-chocolate menus 🙂
-venue, we went with a more budget friendly venue versus the one we love
-invitations, DIY instead of the fancy ones i loved
Post # 3
I ended up cutting many of the same things you did, and I don’t regret cutting any of them!…
– videographer (we had a great photographer instead)
– cocktail hour (instead we attached a “drink ticket” to each escort card so we effectively paid for one drink for each guest, and they all used their tickets during the cocktail time so it worked out perfectly)
– downsized the flowers on the tables (you’d be surprised how just two large irises in a tall slender vase can look purposeful and sophisticated – it cost $10 a table)
– special chairs / chair decorations – most people don’t really care what their chair looks like anyway, they only notice whether it’s comfortable or not
– we DIYed our invitations too which was a lot of work but saved us $$$ in the end
Post # 4
– Cake, we had “wedding pie” instead
– Flowers, I made all the flowers for our wedding myself out of paper. Around 600 flowers total.
– I used mis matched vases and glasses from Goodwill for my centerpieces.
– I overall had a simpler, rustic wedding, which made everything from the venue to the food less expensive.
– We served unlimited wine, but otherwise it was a cash bar.
– I DIYed so much stuff. Invitations, programs, card box, flowers, website, seating chart, s’mores favors, ectectect.
– “Designer” anything.
I just re-read your post… none of these things are things I “really wanted to have” but decided not to get. I never wanted anything “deisgner” and I was completely happy with pie instead of a cake, and I loved my venue and paper flowers and other DIYs. I wouldn’t have done it another way even if I had wanted to spend more money. 🙂
Post # 5
The venue and cut down the guest list in half or more.
Post # 6
@jenbrandner: What a great deal on flowers! I am going to ask my florist about these!
Post # 7
We went with a more affordable venue even though that was one of our top 3 priorities but it was still just as beautiful and what sold me was the excellent customer service the owner has. I needed someone who was easy to work with and wouldn’t nickel and dime me. I couldn’t be happier!
Most of the stuff you had I didn’t necessarily really want but yeah we didn’t go with any of that. Maybe if you still want them you can check craigslist to see if anyone is selling any of those things. I haven’t really splurged on anything but I’m getting everything I want thanks to craigslist. I found a very nice limo that can just pick me and FI up and take us back to the hotel for $75 and a very good videographer, cake baker, and florist, things I didn’t even think I would be having at my wedding. I kept my guest list small to be able to afford more of the things I want to be there.
Post # 8
We cut the reception venue, changed to having it at the church and doing the ceremony at a local park. We are having a friend make our cake instead of it being professionaly done. We cut the DJ, iPod reception insated. I am diy all invitations and paper products. No chair covers or ties. And we are going dollar store crazy.
Post # 9
A Saturday wedding, Save the Dates, the Videographer I wanted (but found one I did like much cheaper), my dream venue
Post # 10
We cut out some of the more expensive items for our OOT bag (DW so all guests will get one) like personalized t-shirts. We’ve also cut out all the private events the night before the wedding. Since we will be at a resort, we wanted to have a beach bonfire the night before so our guests can party in their comfy clothes but it just got too expensive. Now we are just having everyone join the resort beach bbq instead. Doing this has saved us like $4000!
Post # 11
we’ve already decided not to do save the dates.
still working on the budget, but we might cut uplighting, depending on how many people RSVP.
i also cut out most of my cake flowers and saved like $100 hahah
Post # 12
@September29: I feel this way about rsvp’s….. I feel like that can make a big difference, if 20 people RSVP no then I save $2,000! It’s crazy to think I won’t really know until a month before our wedding. We invited 110, and I have 100 napkin rings haha, I hope at least 10 RSVP no.
Post # 13
The only thing I really wanted, but cut due to budget, was videography. I like the really high end videography, but the quality and style I wanted was out of budget so we skipped it altogether.
Post # 14
@Missloveknot: oh, absolutely. it’s driving me insane worrying about it! bah