(Closed) Advice on Cutting the Budget

posted 11 years ago in Money
Post # 17
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393 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

If you print black and white on colored paper/cardstock, that should save you some.  That’s what I did.  I still have color but only paid $10 total for 100 RSVP cards and 100 Directions cards.  My invites, before, shipping, came in at under $100. 

If you’re getting table linens from the catering company, have you checked to see if you can rent them or even buy them somewhere else for less?  I discovered that it’s cheaper to buy table cloths online than to rent them here. 

I don’t know how formal your wedding is, but I’ve heard of people using board games for centerpieces.  They look fun and will keep your non-dancing guests entertained. 

 

Post # 18
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

What will happen if the budget can’t be cut? Is this a do-or-die “we’ll go into major debt” or is it “wow I wish we didn’t have to spend the money, but at least we’ve got it” kind of thing? It sounds like you’ve been amazing at budgeting so far…your guest list might be the only thing left to cut. Would it be possible for one or both of you to pick up a shift or two at a part time job each week? That’d go a long way towards helping. We go to bar trivia every week and the MC for that is using the money for his wedding!

Post # 19
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348 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Sorry you’re going through this.  I’m am going through a similar situation.  I can imagine that Philly is a pretty expensive city to have a budget-friendly wedding–we’ve been really good about our budget and it’s still more than I want to pay.  Is there any way to renter into negotiations again with your venue?  I’m trying to figure out how to go about this too.  

Post # 20
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

It sounds like you’ve already done a lot with your budget. The only two suggestions I can see are non-floral centerpieces and cutting the guest list. My centerpieces are votive candle holders wrapped in lace on a mirror with navy rose petals (silk). Silk rose petals are very cheap and you could do something with those if you still want flowers incorporated in your centerpieces. Have you discussed cutting the guest list?

Post # 21
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

To me, your budget sounds pretty lean already – not many places to cut. What about cutting your “non wedding” budget instead? Look at your spending habits: food, alcohol, entertainment, cable TV, combine cell phone plans, transportation, etc. Are there any places you could trim to save a bit of money?

Are there any ways to supplement your income (even a temp. PT job, or PT gigs on weekends)?

Post # 23
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I know you said you won’t be using a florist, but going w/o any centerpieces is also an option. You could get colored table cloths and that could be the “decor” You can find used ones fairly cheap, or even buy your linens and sell them back after the wedding, that does seem to be something a lot of people do.

Your friend who is a pastry chef, what is the “at cost” price for them? Sometimes it is cheaper to just go to Sam’s club or somewhere for the cupcakes. Or you could have a super tiny cake, very simple and then just sheet cake to serve. Another option would be to just make them with a betty crocker mix (this would be major skimping in that you could go to the dollar store for the mix 10 boxes = 240 cupcakes = only $10 for them)

I am in a very similar situation where I can’t really “cut things” The budget we started with is not the budget we have now for the same reason as you. I had our entire wedding planned, contracts signed etc when I found out. So theres a lot I simply cannot change or cut because I’ve already signed an agreement so I’m looking at other things and those were a few options I thought of. I’m sorry you in this situation it really does suck. I’m still hoping that my g-ma surprises me with some funds which she has been hinting at 🙂 Good Luck!

Post # 24
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4194 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Do you have any way to raise funds like things you can sell on Ebay? It seems like you’ve pretty much cut to the bone on everything you have to buy.

Post # 25
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1364 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Have you (and I’m fairly sure you have) compared printing at home to having them done? It may not save you a lot of money but anything helps, right?

I definitely second Corgi’s suggestion of making your bar beer/wine only if you’re doing one (sorry, didn’t see it answered in any of the responses but I may have just missed it). Cash bar for anything else.

Have you thought about asking for money instead of a typical registry? A couple friends of mine did that when they got married a couple years ago – they had just bought a house and funds were low for their wedding so they wrote a little poem asking for “donations to their money pot”. It’s more vague than a honeymoon fund but gets the same message across. Naturally only if you’re comfortable with that.

If I think of anything else I’ll come back…

Post # 26
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1741 posts
Bumble bee

I know it is not much but if you shop around, I bet Fiance can get a suit for less than $100. If you have a Syms in your area I know they have $99.99 suits and if you get lucky in their clearance section, maybe less. Also, try the sale rack at Macy’s, Fiance got a 3 piece Ralph Lauren for $149 and MAcys seems to always be having suit sales. As far as shirt, tie, etc. I would suggest Marshalls or the like.

Since you have a May wedding, do you have any one remotely nearby with a garden? My friend’s mom did her centerpieces with mostly garden flowers (free) and they looked really nice. If you were going to do the arranging anyway, maybe pick up some mismatched vases or other containers from Goodwill and supplement garden flowers with some grocery store staples. If you aren’t stuck with flowers, I too like the non floral idea. Candles are always classic and Ikea has some reasonable priced varities. You can also have your cupcakes doing double duty as centerpieces, just arrange enough for the table on each table. I don’t know how your were planning to display them but you can use Ms. Stripes tutorial to make small and cheap stands for each table or do the candlestick, dish make your own cake pedestal if your prefer.

Will it help to cut time off your reception? I know if we cut an hour off it would equal a savings with the venue, caterer, bus and (not in our case but in most) photographer for a total reduction of about $200.

I am guessing your venue is the most expensive and you mentioned losing deposits, if they resell the date, do you get the deposit back? Just wondering if that is even something oyu would consider?

Can you cut out appetizers or skip a soup course (not sure if you have these)? Does your catering package include dessert? Will they let you remove it for a discount? Is it possible to turn this into cupcakes and completely forgoe the baker (even though she is working at cost, included means no additional cost).

That’s all I have for now.

Post # 27
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77 posts
Worker bee

my suggestion would be to have online rsvps so you don’t have to pay for the return postage.

Post # 28
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7039 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@danadelphia: Wow, i’m sorry! You sound like you’re really up against a wall :(. Good luck! I hope you find some wiggle room!!

Post # 29
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7039 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Oh! Maybe your venue would let you pay out the wedding? I’ve seen a couple of other bees do that. That way, instead of it going on a credit card, you’d just pay them? I think Miss Locket was able to do that. It would save you all that interest on your cards.

Post # 30
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

Did you talk to your vendors (photog, venue, etc.) and let them know of the predicament?  They may be willing to provide services based on a payment plan or even cut costs knowing your budget was just sliced.

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