(Closed) Any ideas to save the budget 4 months out?

posted 5 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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210 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@LucyLaLa:  We also have an all-inclusive reception package, and it includes, obviously, an open bar. My dad suggested, if we need it, to ask the venue if we could charge $3 per drink or something – it would cut the costs SO much. I haven’t asked yet because our social is next month and we’re hoping to make lots off it, but that’s maybe an idea for you? We also have a HUGE guest list so I feel your pain.

Post # 5
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210 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@LucyLaLa:  Good luck! I also like your other ideas about a smaller cake, cheaper champagne etc. And I know you realize that cutting stuff like morning after brunch and waiting to get your bands engraved will only save a little bit each, but added up, it will make a difference! Fiance and I just decided to forgoe the limo – it was the last vendor we needed to book, and we couldn’t bring ourselves to spend an additional $1000 when we, our parents, and our bridal party all already have vehicles and driver’s licenses.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Deliver what invitations you can by hand instead of mail and find more heartfelt, rather than expensive, gifts for your family and attendants. See if you can downgrade the bar to just beer and wine or, if you must have liquor, charge for liquor only or have well drinks. You might be able to find some cheaper alterations if you shop around for quotes instead of just using the salon where you got your dress. Are you going on a honeymoon?–there could be money to save there.

The last four months is where a lot of little expenses you didn’t think about can add up, too, so be careful. The stuff you listed seems mostly to be big stuff that’s under contract, but little things, like decor, the marriage license, hotel room fees, tips, meals for the day of and after the wedding, and a bunch of other stuff can really add up and make a dent in your budget.

Post # 7
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513 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@LucyLaLa:  We’re having a cash bar and making most of the decor ourselves including the flowers most likely. Also, we’re thinking about putting our phone numbers and email adresses on the invitations as a way to RSVP instead of sending back the cards, thus saving money on that and postage.

Post # 8
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2555 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

 

  • favors ($102 – can’t cut because his family insists on it)/  bake cookies and give each guest a cookie as a favor
  • postage ($140)  / hand deliver all the ones you can and ask family members that see other family members to distribute some
  • salon commitment for hair/nails ($90), etc./ do your own nails the night before
  • 1/2 of DJ ($412)
  • Most of florist ($1100) – can’t reduce the package b/c of the discounts I’m getting/ you can cancel the package completely and just get bulk flowers and do the arrangements yourself. it’s not hard and it’s MUCH cheaper

attendant ($200) or family gifts ($200) /  what exactly are these 200?

 

Post # 9
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3039 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Here are my suggestions:

 

– Favours: I would cut this, no matter what FI’s family might think. People only seem to like favours if they’re eatable anyway.

– Family gifts: give your parents a book with photos a little while after the wedding

– Do the nails and makeup yourself

– DIY your flowers, you can get bulk flowers and arrange it with your wedding party

– Try to find someone that can alter your dress for less

– If it’s possible, reduce +1s

– Serve cupcakes instead of cake and buy cava or prosecco instead of champagne

– Don’t have a brunch, or if you do – just tell people where you are going and then you make it very informal (i.e. everyone pays for their own meal)

– Invitations, definitely DIY (have you bought a design or made it yourself?)

 

Post # 11
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3092 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

One way we save money is by putting everything on our Venture One CC which you can cash in your points to pay down your balance.  We put everything on the card…everything.  And we pay off immediately.  We’ve saved probably around 2k through cashing in for miles and paying down our balance.

When you said selling stuff…one thing I sold like a year or so ago for no reason but I just didn’t need it was my old TI-83 calculator…I got a pretty good sale…like maybe around 150$ but I also sold it with a case…so I think that helped pull the price up.

Also, I’ve seen on pinterest where they make one large program that is displayed instead of individual programs…so you could print out your program at Office Max or wherever for seriously pennies and then spray glue it to a poster board and just display it near the ceremony?  The ones on pinterest used windows and chalkboards but that seems like an extra cost.

Post # 14
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1583 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@LucyLaLa:  I don’t know what the details of your morning after brunch are, but it sounds like it is formal and you could change it to informal to save money, so I will tell you how we did that. We also initially planned for a formal brunch the morning after at our hotel. This would have cost us close to $10,000 so we discussed alternative options with the hotel. We were already paying for the rental of a conference room all weekend as our hospitality room where we hosted drinks and snacks for our out of town guests. The hotel let us bring in our own food for the brunch instead and we opted to bring in bagels and donuts as opposed to paying the outrageous hotel prices for a sit-down meal. We just had to pay the hotel for juice and coffee. We made it a come and go brunch and did not send invitations. Instead we put information in our welcome bag and spread the news by word of mouth before and during the weekend. Our informal brunch only ended up costing about $200 – $300. We loved it and it was a great way to spend more time with people.

Post # 15
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3039 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@LucyLaLa: Haha! Yes, I do love trying to help with budget cuts!

For the favours – if you bake cookies, you can just put them in small bags. Perhaps something like this, but even smaller: http://www.plasticbagsforyou.com/product.php?pid=6417

You could also wrap them in plastic wrap (the stiffer kind that you use for flowers) and tie a small piece of twine around the top to close it.

In case you need cookie suggestions, let me know – I have lots of great recipes!

Post # 16
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2555 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@LucyLaLa:  If I were you, I would cook them crispy and maybe wrap them in cellophan? 

 

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