(Closed) What did you have to sacrifice to stay within your budget?

posted 5 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

we have a fairly large budget…but we’re hosting about 25 guests at the Inn where our wedding is so that’s eating up a lot of it. 

From the get go we decided to do as much DIY as was tolerable and manageable.  We have no fresh flowers at this point, all silk DIY’d, all decor DIY’d, all stationary DIY’d.

So what we are forgoing as of now, hopefully this changes, videographer, full open bar, renting out the massage space for the full day so no outsiders can use it, and I think that’s it ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I am making the cake and the invites by myself, and the bridesmaids are helping with DIY flowers. I am cutting the majority of flowers from our yards. We are also forgoing a DJ, and having iPod music emcee’d by a few of my comedian friends. We didn’t get to do a plated dinner and are opting for a cheaper buffet option. I am having my dress and veil made in China for a fraction of the cost of a dress from a salon here. No transportation, only our personal vehicles. We may borrow my FI’s dad’s sportscar for the get-away to the wedding night hotel. ๐Ÿ™‚ Additionally, our family and friends are helping with all the wedding favors. We may only spend on the packaging for those. Also, we got awesome deals our on honeymoon so airfare and almost all our hotels are free.

Things I am not saving on: Our photographer, our rings (wearing them for LIFE, they’d better be good!), hair and makeup (i’m useless at both), and our venue. I think I am still getting a very fair price on all of these things, however. ๐Ÿ™‚ Especially for our guest list of 210+ people. Cutting the guest list was the last way I wanted to save.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

The biggest things we had to settle on was the guest list.  We cut it down to include only the nearest and dearest.   We also decided to cut out the videographer and transportation. Making these small sacrifices allowed us to afford other things (like our perfect venue/caterer) more easily. 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

well, since I started planning, we’ve increased the budget to afford the things we wanted that we initially cut out like a DJ, transportation, hair and makeup, a better caterer, etc.  The one thing we have not added is a videographer.  I don’t think we need a professional since fi sort of is.  We just need a reliable person to film and fi will edit and work his magic.

I am penny pinching and trying to stay under $5000 and fi is trying to increase our budget by the day by adding more people, adding more vendors, etc.  It’s crazy.  I don’t want to spend more than what I budgeted for because 1) we don’t have it and 2) it’s unnecesary to spend so much money on one day.  Yes we want a blow-out  amazing wedding and party, but I am not going to fret about money to do so.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

We cut down on the guest list, mostly for the sake of our venue’s capacity, but it has helped a ton in our budget.  Aside from that, lots and lots of DIY.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We had orignally wanted a band but went with a DJ for financial reasons.

We had also planned to book some limos to take the bridal party between the hotel and the venue and back, but dropped those; the bridal party took taxis to the venue and went on the shuttle we’d hired for the guests to get back to the hotel (that saved over $1500 right there).

We went with single-layer table linens instead of adding an overlay layer (saved $400 or so on linen rentals and nobody even noticed a thing).

We did a rehearsal lunch instead of a rehearsal dinner, and only invited the wedding party instead of all the out-of-towners; we took advantage of the hotel’s free nightly happy hour as a time to mingle with the out-of-towners.

We also cut WAY back on our personal travel budget over the 14 months that we were engaged; he and I both telecommute and we’d gotten used to nipping out of town anytime we saw a good airfare, or a music festival, or really anytime we got bored.  But even with good airfare, a weekend getaway turns into $1k before you know it. So we have been grounded this year.  Now that the wedding is done and over, and paid off, we’re going to start traveling again (yay).  But to me, this lifestyle change was far more painful than any other budget-related decision.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

No limos, less people, lots of DIY, buffet instead of sit down, no favors etc. I’m a baker so I’m making the desserts and a very good friend of mine is going to make my cake as to not stress me as much the week before lol. We are discussing having an Ipod reception instead of a DJ!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

First good thing about your wedding is that you have plenty of more time to save and plan! And second is that you limited your guest number, that makes a dramatic difference!!

We are sacraficing : no videographer  ๐Ÿ™ , smaller groomsmen cake made by a friend, no photo booth, had to find really cheap BM dresses and searched hours for their cheaper shoes, limiting alcohol at the rehearsal dinner, smaller honeymoon than we originally wanted. WE are staying within the U.S. and only one week vacation taken one month after wedding so we can save more. I spent very little on wedding jewelry. No save the dates, no calligraphy ( I did it my self), no engagement pictures, no flowers at the reception. And probably no big gifts to each other.

BUT, we are getting so much that all of these things do not matter to us. We are able to have 300 guests at our wedding, found a beautiful victorian mansion with an all inclusive package including food, open bar and cake and DJ (this is the way to go! ), we have an amazing photographer, we have all the people we really love and care about at our wedding. And our honeymoon is something special to us. We are going to Napa Valley for good food and winery visits since my FI is a chef, he really appreciates this. My aunt offered to do some beautiful invitations for me that I loved! My wedding dress is AMAZING!

So the point was to say that you cant have everything, but that just makes you appreciate what you do have even more!!!

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

Getting real touch instead of actual flowers, and also skimping a bit on the ceremony decor. I figure our setting will be so beautiful that I don’t need much anyways! I was trying to cut on the reception decor by doing a lot of DIY, but the set up costs on the resort were pretty prohibitive

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@O.My.Heart:  to the second question, I envisioned having all those first things I listed that we are sacraficing. And then I realized that we would spend like 10k more on all that stuff. And its just extras. We are making our wedding beautiful for US. It is perfect for us and that is what really matters. It is just one day. I suggest getting a good photographer to capture special pictures but you really dont need every detail. Dont let the wedding industry overwhelm you. You want to be comfortable after the wedding and not financially stressed. Trust me on that. And good luck. We are spending a couple thousand more than we orginally planned because its our special day. But we are not going crazy and thats important!

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

We’re having a seated dinner as opposed to family style or food stations. Both were more expensive then going with a seted dinner. 

Theres always sacrifices unfortunately. But if there’s something you really want it doesn’t hurt to ask and meet with the vendor – they’re usually willing to work within your budget

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@O.My.Heart:  Wow! So awesome just about everyone is helping you with the wedding!

We had to say no to: videographer(But our photographer has an intern, so she will be doing ours! woo)  longer stay at Disney, beter venue, real flowers, a veil that wasnt DIY’d I did a pretty good job, but couldnt get my dream veil (It was $400, I couldnt see spending that on tulle and rhinestones!) rehersal dinner, more candy for the buffet, actual favors instead of just candy, backdrop for behind the head table.

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