(Closed) Cutting your budget? HELP!

posted 6 years ago in Money
Post # 3
2023 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Dont forget to add tax and service charges to your bill!  My venue cost $1,500 to rent BUT when you at tax and the 20% service charge it is actually $1,965 to rent!  There is also usually an extra liquor tax if you are serving alcohol!

I cut my budget by DIYing invitations and DIYing some of the flowers!  You just have to prioritize! 

Post # 4
103 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Ask the venue if they require liability insurance too.  My CHURCH didn’t bother telling me till THIS MORNING! (6 days before our wedding date!) They even told me we wouldn’t be able to get married there without it! 



Post # 5
743 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

1 – ask a friend to marry you as a gift (online ordination)

2 – look for “used” dresses – no need to spend $1k+ on a dress you’ll wear once

3 – Nix the flowers for fake ones (or just don’t use flowers for your centerpeices).  I used fakes for my Bridesmaid or Best Man bouqs and it cost me ~$30 in total for 5 BM’s (I made my own brooch bouq)

4 – Do you really need professional hair/make-up/nails?  Can you prioritize and just get one, not all 3?

5 –  Do an Ipod wedding (have a friend be the MC) rather than get a DJ 

Google “$2000 wedding” to see other budget ideas.

Basically, write out a priority list with your Fiance and divide the list into “must haves,” “it would be nice,” and “I never even heard of chiavari chairs before looking into wedding stuff” sections

Essentially, all you *need* is you, your Fiance, a marriage lisc., and someone to marry you.  Everything else is extra.  Keep that in mind…..and with a $5k budget, you certainly can have a lovely wedding, just don’t get sucked into the “OMG I have to have THIS” mentality!

Post # 6
743 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Oh…one more thing – look up sample wedding budgets.  Most of them say your reception should not cost more than ~45 – 50% of your wedding budget.  If your reception is costing you over 50% of your budget, then know you will need to seriously cut back elsewhere, or maybe that reception hall is not the right fit for your $5k budget.

Here is an example of a wedding budget worksheet.

Post # 7
8041 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@Bride2be21:  Do you really need a DJ? You could make your own iPod playlists, no? I’ve never thought DJs were worth the cost.

Could someone make the cake?

Could you make your own centerpieces?

Used dress?


Post # 9
3697 posts
Sugar bee

Check out Brides Against Breast Cancer (bridesagainstbreastcancer.org). They travel around the country hosting gown sale events, and you can get something lovely at a great discount. Some of their gowns are pre-owned, many of them are brand-new (donated by shops or designers as tax deductions, etc.)


Post # 10
4352 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I got a used dress and its awesome. I saved a ton of money, it was professionally cleaned before I bought it so it looks brand new, and its still a designer dress.

Try looking on:

oncewed.com (where I got mine)




Post # 11
2692 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Make a list of what you need, what you would love to have and what you want but can do without.

Go about researching vendors that can work with your budget (don’t be a afraid to haggle…some will bring their prices down to contract your business).

You can definitly have a wedding for $5000 for 60 guests (my wedding is costing me almost as much for 150). 

$3500 for that venue is a great price for all they include but I bet you could have found something cheaper… maybe.  That leave $1500

Cake: sheet cake from the supermarket or supermaret wedding cake or homemade cake or cupcakes ($100).

Dress: online or David’s Bridal $99 sales

Marriage license: shouldn’t these be cheap, like $50?

Flowers: wholesale online or supermarket loose flowers you diy. Or maybe a florist who is willing to work with you: $300

  DJ: check craigslist for up and coming dj’s.  Or do a playlist (we were going to do this). $200

Ring: overstock, jcpenny, walmart, ebay ($200)

hair, makeup, nails: all can be DIY…except maybe the hair: $100

and someone to marry us: look for someone within the $200 range.

Keep looking, you can find vendors willing to work with your budget.  Good luck

Post # 12
241 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Rock Hugger:  I’m glad I’m not the only one who thought that when I heard the word Chivari! Laughing

Post # 13
241 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@canarydiamond:  The great thing about iPods is that you can make a playlist – the only time you’d need to stop and start would be (I think) during speeches, if you have any.  No one would have to monitor it!

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