Post # 1
We’ve been engaged six months or so and I guess the conversation never came up. We know how much money is in our bank account, and we know that no one is helping us with any of the cost..so we are just finding everything we can at the lowest possible price.
We’ve been shopping for everything to make sure of this too. We visited like 6-8 hotels and got all of their prices, added up everyone and decided on the price. We are going to interview to photogs to compare, I bought my wedding dress for $150 on sale with minimal alterations.
I don’t want to spend a fortune, and we are trying to cut costs as much as we can
I think the breakdown so far is like:
$4 K for food, centerpieces, hotel room for the night, venue
$350 for wedding dress underwear and veil (just need shoes, alterations and fascinator)
$100 for ceremony location
$3K for our wedding rings (including my engagment ring…I wish it was a little less expensive for ours but they are the thing we are going to keep forever so we didn’t want to settle)
and we are trying to find a photog for less then $2K
Then I just need invitations, mens tuxes (which I know we’ll get a good deal on since i know the man who will be renting them to us) flowers, cake, and DJ.
God I still feel like that’s a lot!!
Post # 3
We’re trying to keep things as low as possible but did set an upper limit number. We don’t want to say that’s our technical budget though because we’d like to be lower if possible, it’s not just there to go up to the very top. It doesn’t include our rings or minimoon though.
Post # 4
I didn’t see anything on there for an officiant, is that included in the $100 ceremony location fee?
Post # 5
Yeah and we haven’t really decided on a honeymoon or anything like that at all. I know we are moving after we get married (or so the plan is now) to finish up school and then after that move out of the country so we want to keep it as LOW as possible. I guess it would be hard for me to make a budget not knowing how expensive things are
Post # 6
@MrsSaltWaterTaffy: yes, the ceremony location we picked is a non denomintional chapel. The lady who owns it likes my Fiance so much that she told us we didn’t have to pay her anything except $100 to cover the cost of the officiant and the organist.
The more I look at this budget I would rather cancel the reception (we’d’ve only lost $1K) and fly to Vegas. lol
Post # 7
I think the biggest problem with not having a budget is that it seems really easy to forget to plan for certain things. I know that as I’ve looked through various templates and suggested budgets, there are always one or two things that I might have forgotten about.
Post # 8
I’ve never been that much of a budgeter in regular life. I go by, save first, pay your bills, whatever’s left is fair game for spending (but you can’t spend more than you have) – and it seems to work out. I don’t see the point in guestimating every little expense, you can’t always control exactly what stuff ends up costing and it just seems like a lot of extra effort.
So we don’t technically have a budget for the wedding. Not that I’m having an “expensive” wedding by most people’s standards.
It’s ended up costing far more than I originally imagined, but back then I had no idea how much things cost. I don’t regret any of my choices to date – I’m getting exactly what I want.
Post # 9
We did not set a budget. My Fiance is a big budgeter, but me, not so much.
We are just pricing out things and trying to edit what we don’t really need. We aren’t spending everything in our savings account and look over what we’ve spent and think we’ll spend about 1/month. If we see anywhere to cut costs, we jump on it.
Like PrettyFlowers, it’s ending up to be a lot more than we’d wished it would, but we’re doing everything that we really want to do and nothing frivolous or unnecessarily expensive.
Post # 10
I set a budget that I wanted to keep, and my hubby said that whatever we spend, we spend. And that’s what we ended up doing. Not that we didn’t do things on the cheap, it was just pretty impossible to stick to my budget.
Post # 11
I don’t really have a budget, but I do have in my mind what I want to be under. (Which unfortunately has risen, I didn’t know how much things cost when I started out! We should end up around $5000-6000 I think, I originally thought it would be more like $3000-4000.)
I’m just trying to get things as cheap as possible and not have it be tacky. Our photography is the biggest chunk.
Post # 12
It sounds like you have a budget, consisting of the amount in your bank account, and are just trying to come in as far under that as possible, consistent with having the wedding you want. And there is really nothing wrong with that. The only thing to watch out for is to make sure that each of the pieces of the wedding are in proportion to what you want to spend overall. For example, if you had $5,000 in your bank account, and wanted the total to stay under that amount, you wouldn’t want to book a reception venue that would cost $3,500, because the reception cost is typically about half of the total wedding cost.