(Closed) Complete REDO — HELP!

posted 5 years ago in South Carolina
Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

6k total for everything or 6k total for a reception?

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

We’re doing 200 for $5,500. Granted, the prices in Kentucky are much cheaper. We aren’t having a sitdown meal at our reception and we aren’t having alcohol. Those are probably the two biggest things we’re doing to save money. I’m also DIY-ing everything that I possibly can. I’m making paper flowers for the wedding (it’s taking forever, but is only going to cost $15 for flowers!), making programs, favors, decor, etc. We’re also having our wedding/reception in the same place so only one fee. Using a friend for the officiant and photographer, so we’re saving there. The biggest splurge has been my dress ($800!!!) but I love it and was budgeting to spend more there. It’s definitely possible to find a dress for MUCH less than that if you’re willing to look. Since I’m a plus size bride, I didn’t have as many options, but there are lots of great trunk sales for sample sizes. And tons of dresses available on eBay.

Hopefully, the December date will help you get some good prices from vendors. AND with your color scheme, you should be able to find decor pretty easily. It will be easy to compile black/white stuff for a low cost.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

What are some must haves for you? What venues were you considering? Do you have a dress from the first time around or will you be purchasing that too?

We are having 30-50 people. For our Sunday wedding it ends up being around 13k (rough) and we are skimping on some things hardcore and splurging on food and video. I don’t know if my budget will help at all but I will list it for an idea of what I am getting (and not getting) for that amount in Charleston

Dress: 1300

Venue: 500

Food and bev: 4k

DJ: 695

Photgrapher: 1450

Video: 2,500 (it was my one must have)

Hair and makeup: 250

His suit: 250

Accessories: 225

Save the dates and invitations: 250

Reception decoarations: 200

Flowers for bouquets: 200

Things don’t apply for you

Transportation/lodding: 1550

 

All of my decorations are coming via inspiration from pinterest and assorted wedding blogs. I am fairly crafty, as is my Fiance, so most things are in reach for us to do for cheap. Invitations are another way to make a statement on a low budget. There are tons of sites out there with guides on how to make out of these world invitations for a fraction of the cost. For dresses, I would check out places like recylced bride and preownedweddingdresses.com. An ipod dock cheaply plays the music of your choice. Do you have any friends that can photograph? There are always students looking to start there portfolio on craigslist, many with great skill. 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@jehnelly: I like weekday weddings too! We have people traveling from all over the country, so it’s not really an option for us, but the Monday date will help you save a TON. Reading through your additional posts: it’s good that you’ve prioritized. That’s the key to making a budget work. Spend a lot on a few things and then get creative with the rest. Here’s a breakdown of my budget if that will help! 🙂

Dress: $800

Venue: $450 (includes officiant and ceremony musicians)

Food: $2000

DJ: free (using iPod, venue has a great sound system we can hook up to)

Photography: $500 (e-pics and full day of wedding–using friend, not a priority for us)

Video: not doing–church does it for $50 if we change our mind

Decor: $200

Flowers: $15

Wedding bands: $700

Invitations: $300 (including postage)

Thank You Cards: $25 (for 200)

Programs: $40 (for 250)

Favors: $30 (for 250–making bookmarks)

Bridal Party gifts: $200 (5 bridesmaids, 5 groomsmen)

Total: $5,260 (Leaves us a couple hundred for other items that pop up)

 

I know not all of those apply to you, but I saw that @JenniferMm ‘s breakdown was useful to you, so I thought I’d share. 🙂

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

My suggestion would be to start contacting caterers in the area, tell them that you don’t have a date solidified but you are aiming for a Monday in December and ask what they can do for you. That should help you get an idea of what food will cost. That seems to always be the most. I know that Hamby works with you (had a friend that went with them). When we were first looking at all the options I came acrss Newton Farms but I am unsure of how much they run.

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper
Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@jehnelly: This website is actually full of great DIY ideas, tutorials, templates, and printables. I found one on here that I plan on using as my inspiration (link below). I bought cardstock from Hobby Lobby in all of my wedding colors and the inserts will be printed on normal paper. I bought stamps to decorate the front/back and will do calligraphy by hand for our names and wedding date. Just browse around though and there are some REALLY great ideas. I just needed one that was printed on regular paper, since my printer can’t handle cardstock.

http://diy.weddingbee.com/topic/my-last-gocco-project-wedding-programs#axzz2MZqJantw

 

Post # 17
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Legare Waring House

@jehnelly:  I have a quote from Hamby, if you’re interested. It’s for 150, and doesn’t include rentals, since we have a coordinator.

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