(Closed) Bees on a budget! What sacrifices are you making?

posted 7 years ago in 20 Something
Post # 31
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1115 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Mississauga Convention Centre

We aren’t paying for our wedding, our parents and grandparents are, but we just purchased our brand new home it should be ready by next August, how we are budgeting is we both live at home rent free, we haven’t gone out to dinners, we bring lunch to work.

Post # 33
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Helper bee

wow….having spent time on pinterest and online shopping we have put together a wedding budget of all the things we want and semed reasonably to afford. lets just say. it was NOT PRETTY. the accumulated cost is like $£$£$£$£$£$£$£$£++++  no WAY. we are going to badly have to move forward the date and save like mad. I mean, just the photographer, viodeographer, and basic snack catering is already $5500. surprised

my dress that i want, i am not paying over $500. rings, $300. we have a free venue which is a plus and i am DIYing flowers, cake, stationary.

accommodation and entertainment for visiting guests? dont even ask.

Post # 34
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531 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

I’m cutting back on clothes big time. Ive so much stuff I’ve never worn and as my body shape has changed never will.  We’re not eating out as much, I’m only having things at my wedding I want (not having bridal cars as don’t care) and no holiday this year. I’ve also switched banks which has given me ) £100 vouchers that I can use towards flowers. Bought my cake on Groupon. 

The biggest sacrifice is I need to work FT when is rather drop hours to spend time with my son. It’ll be worth it though as I’ll get full mat pay when we have our second and will return pt then. 

Post # 35
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81 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2018

Oh goodness, we are cutting back on just about everything non-essential. Only the necessary clothes shopping, one cheap meal out a week, and cutting back on traveling. It’s definitely been an adjustment but hopefully it’ll pay off in the lung run! Plus, if we can make this a habit, it’ll help us pay down those student loans faster ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Post # 36
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7 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2016

I’m opting out of real foliage and flowers and doing fake, I also have a lot of friends and family that are allergic so two birds one stone! ๐Ÿ˜‰ 

We’re not doing wedding favors. Alot of people don’t remember or trash them. I’m not doing chair covers. They’re OK banquet chairs that happen to match my color pallette. I am also selling a lot of my old stuff we don’t want to get some extra cash. 

Post # 37
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

nothing really… I already have enough savings to cover it plus I live below my means anyway so always have extra cash

the point of the budget is so we dont go into debt and have to change our lifestyle

Post # 38
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Here’s a few tips I got from this real bride’s budget: https://goo.gl/GOGJNt 

  1. Flowers:
    I bought wholesale flowers through a friend, and dropped single stems into three small vases instead of ordering large centerpieces.
  2. Cake:
    Since I knew I wanted ice cream, we got the smallest cake we could just for cutting’s sake.
  3. Photo booth:
    I bought a few selfie sticks instead of paying for a booth, knowing most of my guests would value the ‘gramable digital photos over photo strips.

She also discussed how to get free jewelry and listed her entire budget!

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Post # 39
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63 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I’m making a lot of decorative backdrops myself that would sell for hundreds on Etsy.
I am not getting an extravagant cake, just something to cut as tradition.
Bought bridesmaids outfits on secondhand websites (Poshmark, Tradesy).
Using connections! My dad’s friend is a florist, my cousin-in-law is a makeup artist.. etc.

I am also not buying any new clothes this year and avoid eating out (if I do, it’ll be like a cheap chinese restaurant)

Post # 40
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

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MrsRoberts52 :  Fiance just got his first “big boy” job this year. Orginally we were going to celebrate my taking a vacation to one of those all-inclusive resorts like Sandals, but now we aren’t doing that so we can save money. Mostly, though, instead of sacrificing to pay for the wedding we are reducing our wedding budget to fit what we have. 

Post # 41
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1358 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Banquet Hall/Conference Center

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Shinytoy :  I know ๐Ÿ™ I don’t understand how people do it, especially if one of you has student loans and a large family.

Post # 42
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841 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

We are on a strict budget now because we  decided to pay off the rest of my student loans in one lump sum and now it’s time to build our savings back up.  I’ll miss the little things like cooking fancy dinners a few times a week, going to our home town (which is 6 hours away and always an expensive trip) for a little mini vacay whenever I want, buying my two little girls more cute clothing /hair accessories than they need, and of course no big trips this year.  

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