Post # 1
Okay, after looking at our finances for the wedding, Fiance & I realized that we’re more than 2k over budget (we weren’t even planning to hit our budget originally) so let me tell you my budget and maybe you can help me? Okay, I’ll list and explain my budget…
Venue+food (can’t be changed): $11818
Cake (booked, can’t be changed) 330$
Tansport, invites, minister- covered by my mom&dad
Photog- $1250 for 10 hours
DJ: ceremony + 4 hours reception $1195
STD (already done and paid for) $58
Favors: $130 (100 custom seed packets)
Bridesmaid or Best Man gifts: $140 (gold/pearl earrings, 5 sets) + paid 240$ towards their dresses
Groomsmen gifts: $120 (personalized hip flasks)
Parent gifts: $150 (this is a total guess, I have no idea what I’m getting them)
Flowers: $2k (this is an estimate from a florist, we have since decided to make our own centerpieces so hopefully that will save at least 500$ but any floral suggestions will still be a MAJOR help)
PLLLEEEASE help me!
Post # 3
I am going to do my own flowers and get them in bulk from costco
Post # 4
- Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ
@cyndistar3: That’s a great idea. If you don’t want to worry about fresh the day before, you can also do silk (what I am doing). Do you know a friend of the family who would be willing to do the photography for cheaper? If not, you can also look at some of the local colleges in your area for photography students. I’m also confused on why your rings are so much???
Post # 5
Flowers are the biggest markup – for my first wedding, I did them all myself (1 bride bouquet, 3 Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets, 3 corsages, 6 boutonieres and 8 centerpieces) buying the roses and hydrangeas from the grocery store… for only $175. Yes, it takes work, but if you practice, you can save some big money!
Post # 6
Oh, and instead of getting your rings from a jewelry store, see if you can find a reputable jewelry maker – ours would cost $3500 from the store, but we have a jeweler that will make them for only $1000 🙂
Post # 7
There’s a great video tutorial on about.com of how to make a simple bouquet of roses, and in my local grocery roses are ca $4.50 equivalent for ten stems, so two bunches does a bouquet. Maybe use more candles etc in your centrepieces if you like them, as that will save both money and time.
The only other place I can see for you to trim is the ring cost – although I know they are prob the most imprtant purchases of the day, emotionally speaking. Is it possible to trim anything off there?
Post # 8
I would also cut something from the floral budget. What kind of flowers were you hoping to use? If they are out of season, that could really impact your budget. You could also decide to use non-floral elements (centrepieces, pew arrangements, etc) to save. What kind of look are you going for? Inspriation pics?
The other big budget item I see is your DJ. Have you thought about cutting the DJ and going with an IPod reception? I’ve also heard of DJs selling their playlists, so you can actually run the playlist without them being there.
ETA: Are the rings in play here for suggestions or have you already bought them?
Post # 9
I agree your floral can be taken down . Tell the the truth that it is way over what you want to spend and look at some option with them. Florist always have a way to spend less without looking like it.
Also your Dj seems way to expensive for only 4 hours. If he is not under contract I would find a new one for a better price. If he is partially locked in read your contract and see where you stand, then go to them an once again be honest tell them you can afford that much is there maybe something you can do and go from there with them.
Post # 10
So far Im ready to cut the floral budget considerably… I’m thinking of going to a cheaper florist for the bouquets/boutenieres/etc., ordering flowers wholesale and using mason jars as vases, using tissue pomanders at the reception, I’m hoping that will save at least 500$
As for the DJ, we’ve already given him a downpayment and signed a contract
The rings.. well, I know that are expensive but they are the one thing that I’m not ready to sacrifice on, it might make me sound like a brat but we feel like if we’re going to wear them for the rest of our lives, we should really love them
Any ideas on how to save on favors?
Post # 11
I followed some video tutorials on monkeysee.com and youtube and am making my own centerpieces, corsages, boutonnieres, and bridesmaids bouquets.. the tutorials are great! I’m using silk for the arrangements and bridesmaids bouquets…and real for my boquet, boutonnieres, corsages. The silk I purchased at different times with coupons for hobby lobby/michaels.
I’m using the DJ only for the reception and then making my own cd for the ceremony..but I guess it would depend on your venue. My dj is $500 for 4 hrs. $1250 photography seems great for 10 hrs…mine is $1400 for six! oh geez i forgot about parent gifts! would love to see some ideas on those from everybody! : )
Post # 12
Don’t do them. LOL, but seriously. Your guests probably won’t care if you’re looking to cut somewhere, nobody is going to miss a seed packet.
Post # 13
I agree about not doing favors. Also, for the rings, I agree that you shouldn’t scrimp on those if you really want them. But $4500 is a lot of money, so I wonder if you couldn’t be getting a better deal on what you do want. If you want platinum, okay. An eternity band, fine. But when I was looking I didn’t even see a lot of rings for over $1000, so I feel like money could be saved on those by shopping around. And since that’s such a huge cost in your budget, it would make a major difference.
Post # 14
I like the seed packet idea.. Seed packets from Walmart, Home Depot, and Lowes are cheaper than the personalized ones online that I’ve seen. You could buy them from a local store.. split them up into mini vellum envelopes sold at craft stores for cheap…and personalize them yourself with scrapbook paper ond your own handmade labels.
Post # 15
i am a fellow budget bride on a 5000 budget!!! i am purchasing my bouquests, boutineers, corsaages from SAMS CLub they have a 17 peice set for 300 and they are already made and shipped to you the day before the wedding. they also have a 32 piece set and they come in all sorts of different flowers!!!
Post # 16
Ditto @ohheavenlyday. That was the first thing I axed from our wedding budget. No one is going to enjoy our wedding any less because they’re not going home with a shot glass full of M&Ms in our wedding colors.