(Closed) Budget stresses… help!

posted 4 years ago in Reception
Post # 17
100 posts
Blushing bee

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alysonleighrosenfeld: I had a similar issue. 

I found a restuarant with a rooftop space for the ceremony and a private room for the reception. 

keep the guest list low.

I found a great florist who worked with my budget asking me what I wante to pay and figuring out what flowers we can use to make that work.

I reached out to friends who have experience in photography 

I used Thumbtack.com to find a dj, a candy buffet and transportation, all signifcantly less than what you would pay retail.

Where geographically are looking to get married. I live in NYC and I would gladly share my vendors with you. 

Post # 17
2598 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Don’t know if this is what you wanted, but it’s sort of a good philosophical shift: 

<div>1. Having a budget = limits, and limits really will make your life easier. It’s way easier to just say, “Nope, not in my price range,” than to say, “Well, I really like roses, and maybe if I have a little off of here” blah blah blah. Your vision is simplified and that’s usually a much less arduous route. I’m on the other side of my own wedding and while I don’ thave regrets, per se, I think there was plenty that I “had to have” that upon retropsect were dumb to care about *that much.*</div>
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<div>2. Not having a clear budget for certain items also means allowing the vendor to dictate the price. For some items–your venue, for example, there’s little negotiating room. However, you’ll find that if you find a caterer, a photographer, a florist, a baker, etc. that you like and you tell them your budget is less (not like, $10K less, but you know, within reason of what their usual rates are, many will work with you–they’ll come up with a menu using more affordable ingredients, alter the time they spend photographing your wedding, suggest a less expensive alternative for your flowers…The worst that happens is a vendor will just say no. But quite a few, if you say, “Our budget is X and we need to stick to that” will work to give you options that fit your taste AND your budget. Having a budget helps you be definitive with your vendors this way. </div>

Post # 18
530 posts
Busy bee

get a second job and you can still afford it. Or save more of your own money. I don’t see why you have to rely on others for your dream wedding. By paying for it yourself you keep control of your day! 🙂

Post # 19
1188 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

There are a lot of things we’re skipping to save $:

Save the dates



Real flowers- DIY sola flowers for bouquets/bouts and non-floral centerpieces

Officiant- having one of our friends be ordained online

Wedding cake- serving regular dessert for everyone, might have a small cake for cutting/show

Transportation: ceremony and reception at the same place which is also a hotel, so no need for anyone to be transported anywhere

Other ways we’re saving $:

Limiting photography to 5hrs instead of the whole day

Open beer & wine, maybe 1 or 2 signature drinks instead of full open bar.  Our venue let’s us supply our own alcohol which is a huge cost saving

Something else we’re not doing but can save A LOT of money is to have your wedding on a non-saturday or during non-peak season.


Post # 20
776 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2016 - Magnolia House

I had my heart set of a big fancy place and it was out of the budget so I had a pity party for a week about how I was going to get married at a horrible little dumpy place…boo hoo but then I found a really nice place 1/2 the cost. It took some looking and searching but I am so happy now. 

Also, my venue provides the linens and I can use any of their centerpieces so I am definitely going that route! It saves a lot! 

Don’t worry about big flowers for the centerpieces either, my florist is doing mainly hydrangea and they look really pretty and are much cheaper than the others. .

I found several djs and photographers on thumbtack that were very affordable.

I printed my save the dates, invites and rsvps from vista print, very cheap and I bought the design off of etsy for like $15 and printing was like $60.



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Post # 21
244 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

The biggest chunk of our wedding budget BY FAR came from the catering, which was provided by the venue. We went with a Sunday in the off season to save money (the minimum food & beverage amount was way less as was the rental fee during October as opposed to May-September). The next thing was the head count. We splurged with food and booze but every 10 guests cost around $1500, so we kept the guest count down as much as possible. I say just being flexible with your venue and date will help, as will cutting the guest list. 

Post # 22
36 posts
  • Wedding: November 2016

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alysonleighrosenfeld:  Check out catprint.com-you can get invitations printed for $.50 each including envelopes. Also, consider doing simple flowers and DIYing them. You can order them online and have them delivered and assemble things yourself. Try http://www.bulkwholesaleflowers.com. I am doing mostly baby’s breath and ordering from here. 

Post # 23
370 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2020

also compare what places have the most inclusive packages when comparing like package a might look cheaper than b but if b includes more it could still end up being a better deal

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