(Closed) Engagements and dates – without a budget

posted 7 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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3281 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

We arent working within a budget “per say”

Since we are planning from afar its a little different for us. We are paying for most of the wedding festivites ourselves. Ex: Ceremony, flowers, reception, food, drink. We are setting ourselves a budget of $7,000 for all of that.

My parents said they would gift me my dress and a villa for us to stay in during the week.

My Fiance parents want to pay for the rehearsal dinner, but are unsure of their financial situation at the time of the wedding, so we may end up footing that too.

I think that having a budget is important to a degree. I think that if you know from the beginning you will be on a tight budget, yall should try and set some boundries

Post # 5
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10288 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

I dont want to sound like a Debbie Downer but I dont know how it would be possible to really proceed with venues and what not without knowing how much you will be able to afford. Setting a date is one thing but signing a contract and agreeing to pay X amount of dollars when you don’t have secure jobs, is another. If you were to sign a contract and then for some reason your employment didn’t work out and you either had to change dates or venues, you would more than likely loose whatever deposit you paid upfront which would put you even further behind in your wedding plans. 

Are either of your families going to help you with wedding costs? If thats the case, then you could atleast get a general idea of what you’ll have to work with. 

I hope it all works out for you. 🙂

Post # 7
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3316 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

My only suggestion would be to figure out how many people you’d want to invite, and look for a venue that would accommodate that many people and that you could definitely afford (if there is any way to calculate that).  If you could put down a deposit on that, you’d have a lot more time to figure out things like catering, DJ, etc.

If even that is not possible, you may just need to delay the wedding.  Even aside from the money issues, it would be nice to be a bit more settled in things like your jobs before taking on the additional stress of wedding planning.

Post # 8
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870 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

We don’t have a budget set because we are doing everything as cheap as we can and we do it as we have money. We are getting married in his church and having the reception next door so it’s all free, my $600 dress was bought for $100 on sale and my MOH’s $150 dress was bought for $10 at the same sale. I used food stamps to buy sparkling apple cider to serve instead of wine, I have a friend whos mother makes cakes and they are making mine for cost, my FI’s dad is making part of the dinner while his sister-in-law makes something else for it as well. His SIL is a photographer too so she is doing our photos cheap too and most of our decorations I’m getting at hobby lobby and the dollar tree. We will probably be spending no more than $1,000 on the wedding and maybe an aditional $500 on the honeymoon. Just find cheap ways to get things done until you find out how much you will have. Then if you find out you have more money and can afford something better you can upgrade.

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