- 6 years ago
- Wedding: September 2016
Fellow Budget Bee’s…
I need your help to find where else I can try to eliminate excesive costs. We have already booked our venue with the 500 deposit… and right now I have figured out very minimal. Our wedding isn’t until June 2014 but I’m doing everything slowly to stay stress free as much as possible.
Currentlly I have us sitting at about $4800 (4300 if you subtract the deposit)
-$700 includes the room and all setting up for reception; tableware like linens and china and place settings; includes a mic and sound system as well as a projection screen; and cake cutting and serving. also includes butlers for free as we wish!
-$400 reception decoration which im reconsidering to lower this price
-$340 for ceremony; 100 for actually location and had to pay for the chair rental
-food and beverage minimum is $2500… which we met easily by meal choices; were offering a buffet style with choices between a special chicken entree (i dont remember all the yummy details we havent picked a specific one yet) and lasagna… kind of a weird mix but its satisfying our guests and us so it doesnt matter :] they are also the more reasonable priced options. we also decided to pay for unlimited soda for a dollar per person, $130. and then decided we would do some little appetizers for guests while we are getting the pictures done… basic cracker,cheese, and meat. light so it wont fill them all up… $180.
-our food has 17% gratuity added to it which seems to be normal for MN if not everywhere? actually I had been seeing 18-20 percent! so 17 was like , okay sweet; so our food plus gratuity is coming out to about $3100… gratuity is not included in the food/bev minimum required.
so overall the total cost is at about $4800. I am trying very hard to stay under 8k but the dress I have my eye on is 1500… I’m hoping perhaps mom will pay for that if nothing else.. I never went to prom or anything like that. Otherwise its this years Maggie Sottero so maybe it will be clearance by january-feb when I plan to go shopping!? (on a weight loss mission first).
Our photography is a family friend and will be discounted if not free
Our DJ is also a friend and will be majorly discounted
I found super cute boquets on budget-bride.com; it looks like it was going to be about $200 dollars including bridal, two bridesmaid boquets; may not have Maid/Matron of Honor not sure yet. Groom boutineer and 8-10 others for fathers, grandpa and two ring bearers; plus 3 corsages for the mothers and dads gf. That has to be a great price right?!
INVITATIONS; I WILL NOT spend hundreds on invitations. IT’S CRAZY! I already plan to have online RSVP not sure if ill do website or have it be optional call/email to wedding email address. will send paper invite for elders.
Officiant will hopefully be one of my BM’s father. He is a hoot and we aren’t very religious so we will be comfortable with him; so discount there.
May not have honeymoon right away so trying to have at least a few day getaway at a nice hotel..
trouble with Bridesmaid or Best Man gifts; not sure what to do…
anyways this is getting out of control. LOL so any tips you have for cutting unneccesary expenses… BRING IT ON