(Closed) Girls on a budget: HOW Did you keep your costs down AND What did things Cost?

posted 8 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@abigailavawedding: I cut costs by making my own invites by using a tutorial I found online plus one here for the inserts.  (I really need to post a tutorial somewhere sometime, lol).  If you want to know more, PM me and I’ll tell you the dimensions and send you the link… it’s currently on MY laptop and i’m using my FI’s.

There’s A TON of posts already for this.  But the most important thing is research and figuring out what you want, then looking for it.  at the cheapest price. 

DIY is often a good way to go, along with eBay.

Post # 4
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3977 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

lol, 29k?!?

I think you can do it.

😀

lol

I’m sorry. I don’t mean to be rude. It’s just hard for me to take a post like that seriously.

Post # 5
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3866 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@kala_way: wow! I totally missed that part! LOL! 

Yeah, I agree with Kala way, you’ll be fine with a budget like that!!!

Post # 6
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6394 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Try reading Miss Star’s blog. Here’s a great one that talks about keeping weddings in check while planning them in New York: http://www.weddingbkee.com/2010/04/12/cheap-city-chic/

Not going to lie, that does sound like a huge budget to me, but I’m sure things are much more expensive in the city!

Post # 7
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3148 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Vancouver is really really expensive…it sucks. I knew when i got married it would be hard to have a budget. I found it was easiest to stay in budget with a relaxed attitude about what you want. If you are to specific with how something HAS to look, or a specific flower or cake things will be pricey, be relaxed and open things can be much cheaper.

 

Here is a break down of my wedding. http://www.weddingbee.com/2010/08/09/real-wedding-budgets-2/            it was featured on the bee.

 

Hope that helps.

Post # 11
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3148 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@abigailavawedding: I would cut the guest list down to family only and then wives/husbands and people they have been with over a year or live in people. That might help.

Or

Just have a small and intimate wedding. Just bc all your family (cousins and all) are alive doesnt mean they have to be invited. We didnt invite all my extended family…cousins I havent talked to in a long time…they didnt get an invite. We had 100 people, including the wedding party and i said it was small….you will deal with grief but a budget is a budget and money is money. 

Only invite 100 people and stick to your guns. 

Post # 12
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410 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’ve read some other threads about this here, and really “budget” is relative. My budget wedding is coming in at around 10k, and that is over budget for me. LOL! But then if you are used to a 40K wedding, as she mentioned, 25K is low budget.

I live in Chicago, which is comparitive to what you’re up against. I’m having the wedding in the burbs though to keep the price under control. I’m keeping costs down by using a less expensive venue. It’s part of the parks dept in my home town, and just an empty room basically. We have to bring everything in, but that gives me more control over what we’re spending. I did LOTS of research and price comparisons on vendors and caterers. It even turned out that renting china was less expensive than using fancy plastic to my surprise. I DIY’d my std’s, and I’m going to DIY all my other paper stuff; invites, programs, place cards etc.  I’ll also do my own flowers. I am using a DJ that’s a friend of my Future Sister-In-Law, so that’s cutting the cost in less than half. Same with the photographer, he’s a family friend of my Fiance. My cake is coming from a friend of my brother who’s a baker. If you have connections like that use them, and if not shop around. A lot.  It was kind of annoying and frustrating sometimes, but well worth it. I’m still coming out spending more than I had hoped, but really, I realized that for 250 ppl in my area I did OK. I could have done it for less, but I would have had to cut my guest list and I wasn’t prepared to do that. I have a huge family and I want them all there. So for me a small wedding was not an option. I do get jealous when I see pictures of lovely, intimate backyard weddings though. I’m not gonna lie.

@Baileyh: I totally agree. You can have a lovely and elegant wedding on a budget, but you need to be flexable and open to compromise.

Post # 13
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3977 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I live in southern California by the beach, so I know things can be expensive, but it is all in the mindset. Everyone has there own perspective on what makes a wedding a wedding. As well as the cost/benefit of certain things. We’re having 120 people and I’m trying to keep my budget to under 5k.

But we’re not serving a sit down dinner. We aren’t having a DJ. I’m doing my own makeup. I got my dress at DB’s. A friend is making my cake. Our venue is my church, nothing fancy or gorgeous. A friend is getting us a big discount on flowers. There won’t be any transportation costs. I made my own invites. We aren’t doing favors. My centerpieces are gonna be my own books and flowers.

You’re totally right. If you want a served dinner in a very nice venue with a very nice ceremony space elsewhere, a designer dress, a beautiful bakery cake, a DJ, alcohol, 2 very good photographers, a videographer, a hired officient, pro hair and makeup, favors, and all the jazz all in the city it’s gonna cost you more than 10k.

Post # 14
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175 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Flowers: Use your centerpiece flowers for the ceremony area.  A great way to do this is to have different vases so it gives the illusion that they’re not the same.  You can have your florist put the flowers in one of those green oasis’s and that will make it easily transportable from one vase to another.

Another option is not even using flowers for centerpieces.  You can use different leveled candles or candle holders.  There’s so many choices!  It just depends on your theme and colors.  If you want some suggestions, let me know what your theme is.  Especially if it’s anything vintage…I have a TON of ideas.

Cake: Have your baker make part of your cake fake.  Just leave one layer or one side real for when you and your fiance cut the cake for pictures.  If you’re having cake, just have cake sheets ready to go.

Invitations: Try doing it yourself.  Fortunately, I was able to get 3 4X6 matted cards for a total of .66 for each set!  I got it through a commercial printer who happened to do wedding invitations on the side.  I’m going to assemble the rest myself.  You can also get free sample paper through http://www.neenah.com

Bridesmaids Dresses: I got mines for less then $50 each at the limited.  Check out http://www.modcloth.com, http://www.ruche.com, http://www.forever21.com, http://www.h&m.com, http://www.lulus.com.

Wedding Dress: DON’T get your dress at an American bridal boutique.  Most of the time they’ll overprice their dresses and charge you an arm and a leg for alterations.  Try finding a non-American bridal store.  Most of these places will bargain down the price for you.  Plus, a lot of them may give you free alterations, rental veil and jewelery for free.  (that’s what I ended up getting).  Just make sure to check the store reviews through yelp before purchasing.   Also, if you tell them that you found the same dress for a lower price at another store…they will usually cut the cost or throw in something to get your business.  

Playing the Waiting Game: Sometimes if you wait a little longer to book something…vendors may give you a lower price.  For example, my cousin was debating between two venues and they kept calling him and giving him a lower price because they waited.  Of course, you’re playing a gamble. 

Get to Know People: It never hurts to meet someone new.  You never know who you come across or who your friends know.  My co-worker knew a someone who does baking cakes on the side…and I’m getting my 3 tiered cake (partially fake) for less then $200.  Originally I was going to go with another bakery and they were going to charge me $600.  blehh…

Don’t Make any Impulsive Moves: The best thing you can do for yourself is to shop around.  Fortunately I have that luxury because I currently work part time.  There are SOOOO many options out there.  Especially since you live near NY, you definitely have that access.  Make sure to ask family and friends if they know anyone who does anything wedding related.  Most importantly, before making any big decisions…sleep on it.

Happy Planning!

 

 

 

Post # 15
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175 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Oh yes, I’m having 350 and I’m doing everything for $40K.  So you can definitely do it for a lot cheaper!!!  

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