(Closed) Budget Help and cutting guest list! (Some back story here, sorry if it’s long)

posted 8 years ago in Money
Post # 3
3219 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Do you have kids on your guest lists. Cutting all kids who are not in the wedding party saves a ton!


Post # 4
1752 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

First, look for a used crinoline – here, on ebay, somewhere – you can find them pretty cheap.

Second – limit your +1s to just spouses, live-ins & long time partnerships.

Third – Cut friends kids.  If you have already told family members that they can bring kids, don’t shake things up, just explain to friends that only family members are allowed to bring children.

If you don’t like your dress, look at trunk sales, or at cheaper lines.  I got my dress for 650 dollars.  People told me that it looked WAY more expensive than that.

While it can get cold in October, you could do an outdoors reception.  You could get and heat a tent if you needed too.  You could also do a ceremony before the sun sets outside as well.  Does anyone in your family have a bigger plot of land that you could use for free?  Any friends, or family friends? 

What is your style, what are you looking for – perhaps some other Pitt brides could help you locate the perfect venue.

You could also look at doing heavy appetizers & dessert rather than a meal – it will cut costs with food & also with decorating, since you won’t have to have tables & place settings for all guests.

And look around this site for decorating advice.  There are some really cheap ways to do centerpieces.  We had real hydrangeas in vases w/ votives for less than 20 dollars a table. 

A lot of bees have limited budgets & I hope that you get TONS of great advice!

Post # 6
513 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I think you can figure out a way to cut the guest list. Limit all unnecessary +1’s. Limit children. Limit friends you haven’t spoken to in a while. I know a lot of people suggest a heavy Hors d vours instead of a meal. In most cases this is actually more expensive than a full meal. Stick with chicken dishes, maybe a potato or rice side and veggies. Lasagna is also an inexpensive option. For decorations, since you are trying to vintage I would check out second hand stores and such. Possibly borrow from your older relatives (if they have vintage items laying around).  I really think you can do it. Goodluck and best wishes.

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