(Closed) Advice on Cutting the Budget

posted 8 years ago in Money
Post # 3
50 posts
Worker bee

Are you doing favors? Gifts for the attendants? I am trying to think of all the things we spent money on……

Post # 4
4385 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Is there any way to cut down on the cost of the groom’s attire? You didn’t mention that in your list.

What are you doing for cake? Could you just have a small cake to cut instead of a big cake, and possibly serve something else for dessert?

Are you having your hair and makeup professionally done? Could you find a cheaper option?

I am not sure how many of those apply, but hopefully something does ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 5
11325 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

If I were you I’d maybe do non-floral centerpieces rather than floral ones. First, they’re probably cheaper. Second, they’re non-living so you should be able to sell them after the wedding. Also are you taking a honeymoon? Could you maybe do a minimoon and then do a honeymoon later? 

What is the alcohol situation? If full bar could you downgrade to beer/wine only? 


Those are the only things I can think of… sorry! 

Post # 7
21 posts
  • Wedding: July 2011

Are you having an open bar? This is where you will save!! maybe do a cash bar or open bar for a limited amount of time

Are you doing your wedding at a church?? It can be expensive to rent the church when you can sometimes get married on site of your reception.

Cut down on wedding favours, my fiancee and I are making a donation to the breast cancer society (his mom passed away from breast cancer) instead of giving chocolates and stuff. So its costing us a smaller amount of money, and going towards a good cause ๐Ÿ™‚

Jewelry, shoes and other accessories CUT CUT CUT borrow from friends and family?

I dont know if your fiancee and his groomsmen are renting tuxes? if they are you can sometimes get a package deal rent so many tuxes and get the 5th free shop around!

hope this helps!!

Post # 8
171 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

It sounds like you have thoroughly went through your budget. When I was cutting my budget (our budget is 6k) I made of list of things that were important to me. 1: Photography. 2: Food.

Luckily the photography is being done by a friend who is just starting out doing weddings so we got it for a steal. The food is still uber expensive so I just had to cut the guest list…which makes me sad but hopefully people will understand.

Think about your wedding favors: is there a way to make them yourself? We are doing seasalt (we are getting married by the ocean). I am buying seasalt in bulk and putting them in refurbished, sanitized and painted baby food jars. My Fiance is also brewing and bottling beer for wedding favors.


Post # 10
3219 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I really think guest lists is the best way to cut costs.

And what are you doing for a bar? In our area cash bar is the norm so we are doing that. We are hosting all non alch and depending on the number from the RSVP’s we might host a keg too.

EDIT- NM on what I said about the bar! Just saw your update ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 11
11325 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

@danadelphia: i’d check out the DIY section. I feel like i’ve seen some great centerpieces there. I’m personally doing a combo of vases, branches, candles, and gems I think. Pretty common I guess (although I’d argue that floral centerpieces are pretty common too), but I think it’ll be really beautiful. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Post # 12
240 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

it sounds like you already have a pretty sound budget!  The only thing I can think of is perhpas cutting down the quantity of printables?  Not sure how much money that would save you, but instead of printing out 1 program per guest, maybe just print out 1 program per couple?  Are you included menus, too?  If so, maybe limit it to 1 or a few menus to share per table? 

Post # 14
3709 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

It sounds like you have gone through your budget pretty thoroughly. The only other thing I can think of is seating. If you are doing chivari chairs or chair covers and sashes…maybe just have regular chairs. I have been to lots of weddings and I never remember what the chairs look like.

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