(Closed) cut anything but the guest list?

posted 5 years ago in Money
Post # 3
2497 posts
Buzzing bee

@MelodicCallie:  You certainly are blessed! It sounds like you have wonderful friends and family, and I’m sure your wedding day will be beautiful (and under budget)!

Post # 4
9955 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

You are truly lucky to have such a diverse group of friends, who are also willing to give of their time & talents.

Not everyone is so fortunate…

Probably WHY there are sooo many posts on WBee from Brides who are facing the MANY dilemmas that happen as they work thru cutting their Guest Lists (or food, or bar, or decor, etc)


Post # 6
1478 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Creek club at ion, SC

@MelodicCallie:  you most certainly are blessed. I understand why you cant cut your guest list!! 


Dont forget the flower market for flowers 

Post # 7
3461 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Goodluck – I hope you are on target with a 30% decline rate.  It’s a bit higher than I think most people suggest rely on (25%), which normally wouldn’t matter so much but for the fact that you have a larger wedding so a change there could really impact your budget.

I did not rely quite so much on others – my friends didn’t have such talents plus I’d be worried about them not enjoying themselves (and what if something went wrong?  A lot of bees post bad friendor stories).  How I saved:

  • Negotiation.  I negotiated:

  • My dress
  • Champagne toast
  • Reduced bar price
  • Second night free stay at Inn
  • Taxes on flowers (wedding in New Husband w/no taxes, reception VT – we picked up and didn’t have to pay them)
  • Rings – paid fee to ship rings to New Husband (my parents) didn’t have to pay tax and asked for deal that was offered to new purchasers on the day we picked them up
  • Delivery fee for pies

  • Shopped for good deal:
    • Free cheese platter – part of deal offered initially bc it was ~7 months to date

    • Reception site fees – part of deal offered
    • Bar fee – part of deal offered
    • Discount on photographer
    • Clearance price matched shoes
    • Coupons for items in out of town bag (bought at BJs)
    • Groupon for part of bridal party gifts from redenvelope
    • Free pictures for centerpiece names
    • Costco + sale items for BBQ
    • Groupon for photobook
    • 40%-50% discount coupons off everything from craft store (photo mat, out of town bags, tulle for church, ribbon for bows, etc.)
    • Picked up forever stamps just before price increase

  • DIY:
    • Pocketfold invitations
    • Programs
    • Veil (by my mom, with her headpiece)
    • Flower pick up
    • Flowers for rehearsal bbq & on pews at church (ordered from Costco)
    • Centerpieces (quilted mats by my mom, potted flowers by his mom)
    • Photobook
    • Mailbox card box
    • Rehearsal BBQ held at my parents lakeview house near wedding
    • Placecards
    • Thank you cards

  • Selected cheaper options or skipped things
    • Pies not cake by preference
    • No liner for tent
    • Reusable suit over tux rental
    • No fancy lingerie
    • Only 3 bridesmaids (family)
    • Skipped save the dates
    • Simpler flowers

  • Gifts from others:
    • Engagement party offered as present by two friends (otherwise wouldn’t have had)
    • Favors homemade caramels a wedding gift by a friend
    • Borrowed Tiffany diamond & platinum necklace from DH’s very good friend
    • Pie topper a whimsical lego bride & groom (gag gift) from my brother

  • And we cut the guest list
  • With the exception of the guest list, I calculated I saved $5122.56 on a $25,000 budget (ok, $25,004.60 but I call that VERY darned close).  That doesn’t include DIY savings, gifts, or skipped items – only negotiated and good deals.

    Post # 8
    1161 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @MelodicCallie:  Wow awesome! I always like hearing about ways to make things happen on a budget. We’re on a shoestring budget and have changed our plans quite a few times…but this is the FINAL plan…

    • ceremony site: free for residents of my county (win!)
    • chairs for ceremony: free through a business partner
    • decor: $140 bought seconhand from a previous bride
    • reception/dinner: gifted
    • photographer: extremely discounted, family friend
    • minister: free (but we will give him a tip of course)
    • music: ipod
    • dress: bought discounted off the rack last year
    • his wedding band: $50 (giftcard for free rings where you just pay shipping!)

    Though we lost money from our original deposits when we were planning a much more elaborate wedding, the amount we are saving is substantial. Our original plans were over $12,000 while this updated plan will cost less than $3000 out of our pockets.

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