Post # 1
Hey everyone, I’m having trouble figuring out how to allocate my wedding budget. I’ve seen a lot of things that suggest basing it on percentages, I.e. 50% on ceremony/reception, 20% on photography! etc etc. we are working with a modest budget and when I break it down this way it makes me feel like certain things I want for my day will be impossible to afford 🙁 have any brides or future brides found a way that works best? I’ve tried the knot.com budgeting tool but I don’t like it and can’t adjust it to my needs. Any other suggestions or words of encouragement? Thanks!
Post # 2
MarryingaMcGlothin: Even before looking for a venue we made the guest lisT then we went to look at different venue and we try to make changes In their menus that can help us save somE money for example we cut some of the food in the cocktail hour. We are amking our own invitations we getting them from micheals waiting until they have a 50% coupons We also making our own STD. We also have must have down such has a good photographer/videographer. We did a lot of reasearch and meet alot of vendors until we found the one who can picture what we want for our big day. Right now we give our self 1 month to at least pay someone off and so far it’s working. Venue Dj florist all pay off. Hope that helps
Post # 3
MarryingaMcGlothin: what do you have so far? What’s your budget? I’m here in the Bay Area, too. Maybe I can help.
Post # 4
what helped me first is decide how much I wanted to spend on a wedding! Then that cleared up a lot of other things. My budget is very small. So that eliminated me worrying about a big wedding And a lot of guests. I don’t even have a bridal party. Which eliminated a lot of other expenses. but you have to ask yourself what are the most important elements and then go downwards. Like for me photography was the most important because I want great memorable pictures. so I made sure to spend a little more on the photographer than on flowers or the cake Which were a little less important to me. Then I shopped for a small venue and I am not having a band just a dj. you have to do a little shopping first to find out what things cost in your area. get at least 3 quotes for venues, music, photographers etc and To get an idea if what you want is attainable otherwise make adjustments and really ask yourself what is important to you to have at the wedding besides your groom! Lol
Post # 5
sharksgrl99: we have a $6,000 budget and May be recieving some gifts from parents but right now are planning on 6k. We have a 75 person guest list. We are doing a private ceremony either at city hall or somewhere free/extremely low cost. Then we are having a standing reception with appetizers and beer/wine only (think happy hour ) at a gastropub type restaurant. We aren’t having traditional bridesmaids/groomsmen so that cuts down on bouquet/boutinerre costs. That’s pretty much the plan but I just really want to have some guidelines so that when we are approaching vendors we know how much we want to spend. Help! Lol. I’m trying to be realistic so I know there are some things that will be a stretch or that we won’t afford at all.
Post # 6
- Wedding: Davis Island Garden Club
I started with the budget calculator on the knot then moved those figures over to an excell sheet to manipulate them a bit. For example, my mom is gifting me with my dress and FMIL is gifting FI with his suit, so the budget for both of those items was able to be reallocated to my venue where I needed it. We are not having a limo, so I moved that money over to supplement photography.
Post # 7
with a $6000 budget I would look at a break down like this (any extra money can go to the extras that will def pop up)
$1000 clothing – $500 dress + $200 alterations, $100 accessories (shoes, veil, undergarments) and $200 for his suit/ shoes
$200 florals/decor – $100 for bridal bouquet & buttonairre plus $100 for DIY (thing candles and other low cost high impact stuff to decorate your space at restaurant)
$150 invites (and stamps which is going to be about $50)
$700 photos – this is going to be tough and realistically might need to be closer to $1000
this leaves $3700 for the reception… generally everwhere is going to have a 30% service fee & tax (or in that area) which means you actually have $2590 for the reception with 75 pp that is $35 each which depending on your area might cover both food and drinks but likely only food
this leaves you with $0 for DJ/music so that means IPOD and no limos/cars so you will need to arrange your own transport but you should be able to have a really nice day
Post # 8
I use an Excel spreadsheet with AutoSum so that I can constantly see the total and adjust accordingly for all my budgeted items.
Post # 9
- Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor
Honestly, it really really depends on what’s important to you. We spent 10% of our budget on photography, but that might not be important to you! You should sit down with your FI and decide together what’s most important to you, and research those things. Figure out how much it will cost to buy what you want. Then focus on all the other small things.
Post # 10
- Wedding: November 2014 - 11/15/14-Vineyard
I was about to say that too…what main points are most important to you?
When is your wedding? You have to figure right now if no one contributes any gifts of money to help, that you will be able to do it on your own. If it’s say a year away, are you able to realistically put aside $500 a month toward the wedding? ($6000 divided by 12 months)
Dress? Shoes? Tux or suite for him? Photographer? Are you going to have a cake?
I think you should sit down and list all the things you do not want. I did find theknot.com’s checklist to be very helpful. You can weed out all the things you do NOT want and that will leave you with a list you DO want. Then you can put that into the budget planner and uncheck all the items you don’t want.
Can you list here the things you DO Need first then your wants?
(do you want a bouquet? boutineirre? invitations/rsvps (dont’ forget postage!)? dress? shoes? undergarments? marriage license fees? rings?)
what do you already have and what do you actually need first?
Post # 11
Priorities, priorities, priorities!!! Seriously. Sit down with your fiance and decide what you think is important. And what you don’t really care about. Write it down.
Then go through costs and start with the essentials for your top priorities. Assume you’re taking the cheapest version of everything. Add all that up. If you’ve got budget left, start adding on non-essentials or upgrading things to mid-range chioces.
Post # 12
I would just focus on prioritized things first or areas where you can cut corners. For example, its usually IMPOSSIBLE to cut corners on photography… but I happened to have a hook-up and spent less than $500. That allowed me to spend more on food. I think everyone’s sitaution is too different to start with percentages.