Post # 47
So you’re at $17,293.00. Did you adjust your 10k budget? That’s still way over.
Post # 48
Our budget if we were paying the whole thing was going to be 10k. That is how much we figured we would be able to save from when we started planning because we also bought a car and a condo within the past year, plus I wasn’t working. That’s when I was getting worried enough about the budget to post the thread because we didn’t want to have any consumer debt and it was looking really tight. Then my parents said that they would contribute and they are paying for the B+B, rentals and my dress. After we had planned everything, his parent’s stepped in and contributed about 1/3 of the budget. This happened after I posted. So, we personally are spending less than we budgeted but the wedding is costing more than we had originally planned.
Post # 49
Keep hunting for Caterers and better prices!
Post # 50
Have you already done your invites? I saved about $500 by getting them fro Michaels, its going to mean that I have to do a little bit of work cause they’re DIY but $500 is $500. Also, do you really need a cake? In my opinion, cakes don’t ever really get eaten, unless you plan to serve it as your dessert. If getting that picture of you and the groom cutting the cake is important you could always have a one tier small cake on top of a foam bottom. I’ve seen a lot of people do that and you can never really tell the difference. Or instead of dessert, as someone suggested you could check out a local farmers market and get things a lot cheaper. Have a dessert table where guests serve themselves as opposed to a full served dessert as part of your meal.
Post # 51
I’ve put a deposit down on my caterer and I’m very happy with him. He worked out budget down to a number we are comfortable with and he uses a lot of local farms as his sources.
I already did my invites. I think I did them nearly as cheap as possible. I created my own on photoshop and illustrator. I printed them out on Vistaprint with a groupon. I spent $320 on all invites, placecards, menus, programs and postage.
The cake is my desert and it is very simple. Just 3 tier textured buttercream with freshflowers and a double happiness cake topper that I partially DIY’ed. It isn’t about the picture but it is the desert. I wanted to do wedding pies because the owner of the BandB makes her own that she sells at a stand on site but my Fiance really wanted a cake. Cake was one thing that came under budget.
We are pretty happy with our budget now.
Post # 52
As long as you’re happy with where you’re budget is that’s all that matters! Congrats, I’m sure that you’re wedding will be everything you’ve both always dreamed off! 🙂
Post # 53
I’m getting married in Chautauqua too! Where did you have your guests stay? I was thinking of looking into condos in the grounds since it’ll be the off season and I’ve heard they’re pretty cheap.
Post # 54
My guests stayed all over. Some of them rented condos or houses in Chautauqua. Some of them stayed at the Maple Inn, Holiday Inn Express is Findley Lake, or in downtown Jamestown. The In-laws rented out the Oaks in Jamestown for their side of the family. Everything is cheaper off-season. I actually found Chautauqua Suites and Webb’s to be a rip off. I’ve stayed at better hotels in much bigger cities for cheaper. We are going to Montreal for a wedding soon and are going to be paying $50 less for the same stars.