- 5 years ago
- Wedding: April 2016
Hi Bees!! I’m new here, and as you can tell by the title of the post, newly engaged! I’m so happy being engaged and I can’t wait to be married, but I feel like this planning process is burning me out and sometimes I feel like throwing in the towel and eloping lol /: Advice or thoughts from girls that can relate? Thanks!
So here’s just a little bit of what’s going on and why I’m stressed out already. FI and I have a very tight budget and we can only afford to put away about $200 a month for the wedding. Originally we wanted to have it April 23rd next year but I’m just thinking of pushing it back further to save my sanity T_T We can’t figure out a set date because I feel like we need to have a budget in mind first, and once we have that we need to calculate how long it’ll take to save that up (given we set aside $200 a month) and THEN we can have a date in mind… but that won’t be set in stone until we actually know that the venue we want has that date open and we are having such trouble finding a venue that works with our budget! For example… his mother and father have offered to graciously gift us 3K for the reception and we’re anticipating iniviting about 80-90 people (we imagine this will work best if we have a catered dinner from Cafe Rio or Famous Dave’s or something since that’s way cheaper per person)…. however a lot of spots won’t let us choose our own catering! If we do a nice venue and reception at the same site mostly all of these places require we use their catering, which is often $30+ a head! That’s gonna eat up too much of our budget given there’s other things we need to afford that 3K for. On top of that I’m trying to figure out how much the “non reception” type stuff (aka the stuff his parent’s aren’t going to pay for) is gonna tally so we can see how long we’ll need to be saving up $200 a month for to reach our goal! Omg… am I doing this right? Is this the proper way to set your date and stick to your budget? How am I gonna know if I can have a wedding for say…. 5K total, minus the 3K for the reception, and then we need to save 2K but then SURPRISE the photography costs 1K and that doesn’t leave enough room for the rest of the costs! OMG! BTW forgot to mention we’re having the wedding Las Vegas (and this isn’t a destination wedding, we’re locals, and we don’t want to have a wedding on the strip and have it like a touristy kinda wedding, we want something off strip… a beautiful outdoor location). Oh and don’t even get me started on how I’m worrying about the Vegas weather -___- I don’t want a summer wedding cause it’s just way too hot here but Spring/Fall here can be so iffy. One day it’s raining, then it’s windy as all hell, then it’s sunny! UGH WHAT DO I DO?!?!? Probably need to take a chill pill lol. Sorry for long post! Thanks ladies! Oh and stay tuned for my e-ring pic, I haven’t even posted that yet! Weee!!! (: