(Closed) Does this budget look right?

posted 9 years ago in Money
Post # 31
5976 posts
Bee Keeper

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@Cant_wait: I agree with the flowers – they seem way low to me.

I would definitely budget at least $50/table for centerpieces and more like $75/bridesmaid depending on what you’re having them carry.

Also – don’t forget about postage. It adds up, especially if your invitations end up being heavier or an odd envelope size. Plus, if you’re putting a stamp on all of your response card envelopes and your thank you cards…it’s definitely an expense that I made sure I budgeted for.

Post # 32
1995 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

don’t forget postage for STD’s, invites, reply cards & thank you’s.  Esp more if you have odd shaped, square or heavy envelopes. 

I think the makeup quote seems low.  Mine was $150 for day of + $50 trial + double that for hair.

Also no cake or photography???  The floral/centerpiece quote seems high- maybe that included linen rentals (those can be a lot).  Still I think you could get away with cheaper centerpieces if you’re having centerpiece florals.  Also what about food?  Is that in venue?  Does that include alcohol/drinks?  What about cake cutting fees or corking fees?  Have you included service fees for servers/watiers/bartenders etc?  Will you need security?  What about shoes, coursage, tossing bouquet?  Don’t forget alterations, any extra stationary like signs, bathroom baskets.  Also make sure ice is included.  Are you doing any marriage prep classes – those are often included in the officiant fee.

Post # 33
7299 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@MissDonnaAnne: We aren’t paying anything for FI’s tux and the guys are only paying $110 I think from Men’s Warehouse.
All of the paper seems high only because we are designing our own and printing them ourselves.

Post # 34
4753 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I actually think some things are way over priced and other underpriced:

Veil- 180

Wedding Dress- 1200 (alterations are a few hundred)

DJ- 1595 (I suspect you can get one for a fair bit lower like 700-1000)

Boutonnieres & Corsages- 175 (this sounds LOW since you have 10 people in bridal party + moms, dads and special guests)

Bridesmaid Bouquets- 250 (for ALL of them? This too sounds really low since your bouquet is 175 on its own- what about a TOSS bouquet? yay or nay?)

Reception Decorations- 375 (for a reception of 170 this sounds quite low as well backdrops, lighting, table decor, aisle decor? sign in table decor?)

Gifts for Attendants- 500 (sounds a bit low considering your wedding is quite big you also should get something for helpers)

Invitations & Reply Cards – 500

Reception Menus – 150

Save the Date Cards – 150 (might be more if you’re sending them by mail- card plus postage might is less than $1 each- sounds a bit low?)

Thank You Cards- 115 (again, since you have to mail these I think that’s low)

Reception Venue + Services – 22000 (I think this MIGHT be low depending on how much per head it is… remember you have to pay for booze, food AND tax AND tip…)

Ceremony Officiator – 250 (may be low in Vancouver these guys run 300-500)

Not sure but that’s my guess. Maybe shuffle money AROUND and you can manage…

Post # 35
1766 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I think the venue budget is fine. Ours will be about $16,000 for 150 guests, including food, full open bar, cake, service fees, tax, gratuity, linens, napkins, and chair covers.

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