(Closed) Bees with small budgets: What are you making a priority?

posted 7 years ago in 20 Something
Post # 47
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9806 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2019

I’m not sure what my budget is yet, but the church is the top priority for us. I have wanted to get married there my whole life. It is the church where my maternal grandparents got married, where my parents got married and where one of my aunts and I were christened. I will be DIYing a lot, but getting married at that church is top of the list for us.

Post # 48
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647 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@MissOtter:  Food, alcohol (as horrible as that sounds) and photography. I’m attending a wedding 4 hrs away this weekend and they are having a cash bar only, I’ve heard enough people make complaints about it that I don’t want to do the same. The way I see it is that even though it’s my wedding I am a hostess as well and I want it to be as enjoyable as possible for my guests. I’ve been blessed with a Future Sister-In-Law who is a stylist and I splurge a little too often on good quality makeup so I won’t be hiring either a hair or makeup person. The dress purchase was a gift from Future Mother-In-Law & Future Father-In-Law otherwise that would also be something I made a priority.

 

Post # 49
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5063 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

For us the most important are Photography, rings and band. 

£800 – Photographer

£1,367 – rings 

£1,000 band 

Post # 50
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1723 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

We fell in love with our venue although it is probably one of the more expensive ones around us.  We decided we could have the wedding where we wanted and cut back otherplaces…or get married somewhere we were just “eh” about. 

The most important thing for me was my photographer.  As a makeup artist, I am extremely particular about what I like and the type of photographer/personality of photographers (since I have worked with so many…its easy to know what I want LOL).  I told my Fiance from day 1 that was not something we were going to skimp on. So basically our biggest expenses are the photographer and the venue/catering (venue only allows one caterer..luckily the food is amazing). So we basically said ok, this is whats left of ur budget…we will distribute the rest of the fund accordingly. 

Some of the things we’re skimping on:

Invitations- Luckily, I like the classic and simple invitations..so we will be getting 150 invitation, RSVP’s, envelopes, ect for under $275.

Favors-We both decided that favors are a waste of money that no one will notice and that we would rather put that money somewhere else.

Flowers-I found this super nice, older couple that started their own florist company when they retired.  They do beautiful work and had good prices.  So i’m getting the buitionerres, bouquets, and corsages from them…but I am actually going to go down the the LA Flower district to get our centerpieces (they are charging me $25/each for beatiful good size centerpieces vs the $100/each from the florist). 

Cake-My Fiance isn’t a cake person…so we will get something small for us to cut but we decided to combine the dessert/favor idea and do a candy bar.  All for less than the price of a cake! Woo hoo

 

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