(Closed) Budget

posted 6 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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2398 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I think that if you really shop around and not worry so much about the little things that no one notices that day, you can pull it off.  Our wedding was 5K and we had a bit over 100 guests.  Nothing was missing and it was just perfect. 

Post # 4
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1844 posts
Buzzing bee

searching for the absolute lowest price is great, but if you are searching for the lowest price on something that you don’t need then you are still paying too much for it. There are a lot of things that guests come to expect and will notice if they are missing, and other things that guests aren’t going to notice if they don’t exist. Napkin rings is the first thing that comes to mind at the moment. You might be paying the cheapest price possible for 150 napkin rings… but lookin back on all the weddings I have ever been to I don’t know if I can remember wether or not any of them even had napkin rings.

Post # 5
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1128 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Our wedding budget was $5,000 and we had 150 guests. Photographer, DJ, caterer, full bar, 2 year old venue, limo, dress…it CAN be done. We skipped out on flowers ( no one noticed), an aisle runner, we used the churches decorations. My sister in law made the cake. There’s definitely ways to make it work 🙂

Post # 6
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635 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I agree, cut things that are unnecessary. Like chair covers/sashes/etc. No one needs these. I’ve never seen a chair so bad that it needed to be covered up. Honestly, it’s cheaper to rent chairs in my area than to buy chair covers for 100+ chairs.

Post # 10
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2398 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

We had our wedding at a banquet hall of a restaurant and it was perfect. We only paid 16 dollars.   The food was delicous.  I mean, we could have gone to a fancy hotel but we made the right choice.  

Post # 11
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387 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We’re having ours in a beautiful old inn, which charges $1,000 for room hire/set up and are having cocktail food as a sit down meal at $28 pp and will be served over 2 hours. 

Another great way we saved a bit was by booking our photographer from 1/2 hour before the ceremony up until the end of the first hour of the reception which is costing $700. We aren’t buying any prints from him, just a DVD with over 600 images that we can print 🙂

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We’re in the same boat as well. Trying to do things as cheaply as possible while still having a nice wedding. Not as easy as I thought it would be! I managed to save on flowers by using real touch flowers from Hobby Lobby and making the bouquets myself. So far that’s the biggest area where Ive managed to save.

Post # 13
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2692 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I am right there with you…. only ‘handouts’ I got was $200 from my grandma for wedding stuff, $200 from my father who is paying for my dress. and the linens and the flower girl dress my fmil made for me for free. Everything else right now is coming out of our own pockets and we are on a tight budget as well.  $4000 for 150 guests.  Plus honeymoon.

Post # 14
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

lol…This is exactly why I did not set a hard budget.  I didn’t know what things would cost and wasnt really going to skimp on anything I really wanted.  I just tried to do the best I could for everything I wanted and added it all up at the end.  We were prepped to pay for everything, but my parents ended up paying for the reception.

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