What did you GIVE UP to stay in your BUDGET??

posted 3 years ago in Money
  • poll: Did you have to give up anything to stay within your budget?
    Nope, got everything I wanted! : (22 votes)
    14 %
    Yes, but only some small things. : (84 votes)
    55 %
    Yes, gave up things I really wanted and it was difficult! : (41 votes)
    27 %
    Tell me what below : (5 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 2
    8388 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I only had to give up the photobooth in the end.  We didn’t do a limo because the hotel, ceremony and reception were all at the same location (we had the welcome dinner and thank you brunch at the same location as well), so I didn’t see much of a point.  We ended up getting a videographer for just the ceremony because it was all we could afford, however he ended up having so much fun that he stayed and filmed the whole thing for no extra charge.

    Post # 3
    3016 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2014 - Prague

    No videographer

    No musicians

    No decorations (venue doesn’t really need them)

    No flowers

    No DJ

    No limo (not needed)

    No honeymoon

    Cheap dress (sort of)

    No professional hair or makeup

    The only thing I’m bummed about is the honeymoon, of course. And I’m worried about my hair, but it’s not like I know a reputable hair person or have a relationship with a stylist here anyway.

    Post # 4
    305 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    No photobooth and I ended up going with some cheaper decorations than what I had originally wanted. The photobooth was the only thing I’m bummed about though.

    Post # 5
    1893 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2014 - Dallas, TX

    I’ve made some decor concessions, and I didn’t get my dream designer dress. I would have preferred to do a full open bar, but instead we’re just doing beer and wine, Also I would have LOVED to have a wedding planner. I think I’m going to be able to manage a DOC at least. Nothing is major and it’s mostly stuff (minus the open bar) that is only important to me.

    Post # 7
    1583 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    Mostly small things so far. Never planned on a videographer.  Gave up on floral centrepieces pretty early in. FI wanted a photobooth but we decided it wasn’t worth the money.  That’s about all I can think of so far.

    Post # 8
    3016 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2014 - Prague

    fallparkbride:  I’ve practiced once, so far. :/  But I plan to practice more in the next 14 weeks!

    Post # 10
    495 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    fallparkbride:  I gave up using a florist. I’m buying my flowers whole sale and putting together all the centerpieces myself. I ordered my glass vases from the Dollar Tree website. They came in and I was shocked at how perfect they were. Can’t beat 15 vases for 15.00! 🙂 That’s even cheaper than renting!



    Post # 11
    3836 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    fallparkbride:   We decided against having a videographer, we are not having limos, just a bus for the guests, and I am doing my own hair and makeup.  We did the least possible with flowers, just bouquets and centerpieces, no extra decor.  I’m wearing white shoes, but not “wedding”<br /> shoes – I will be able to wear them all summer.  

    We’re putting the money into really nice welcome bags, and going seriously all out on food for our guests.  

    Post # 12
    348 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I don’t feel like we had to “give up” anything. We started our budget and that decided what we could afford.

    We aren’t having a photobooth or videographer or musicians and all of our other choices were made within the confines of our budget (Small floral budget, etc)… But I didn’t “give any of it up”  because it was never a necessity or requirement for my dream wedding. Only me, FI and an officiant are required 😉

    Post # 14
    4483 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    We’re having real touch flowers, because I can’t justify the cost of fresh calla lillies. I also gave up my centerpiece idea, hand-blown glass vases made by us. With the venue offering a few choices of included, free to us ceterpieces, it just didn’t make sense to make 15 $40 vases. And what would we do with 15 mini vases anyway?

    Post # 15
    1622 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2014 - Cape May

    Giving up might be a bit off. We’ve delegated which tasks were most important. For us the rings and my dress were key in addition to a venue that suits us. With that said were going low key

    no photographer

    no hair and makeup

    no dj

    no limo

    no flowers

    and in order go make more room in the budget I changed to a slightly less expensive dress which saved 600$ but the crazy amount of alterations. 

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