(Closed) Help me cut our budget!

posted 5 years ago in Money
Post # 4
Member
1562 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Cookies – can you make them yourself ahead of time and freeze?  Properly wrapped (2 layers between cookies and air) they will freeze fine for a month, and the cost of ingredients will be a very small addition to your weekly grocery bill.

Why the $500 donation to MS?  Is this a favor for your guests?  If so, skip it – the guests won’t miss it.

Car Hire – does a friend or relative have a nice car, and they’d be willing to drive you to the church and reception?  So much easier and cheaper than renting a car at $1100!

Post # 6
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2335 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

$1000 drinks tab-I think this will cost a LOT more.  If you’re having 77-78 people, that would only be $12 in drinks per person.

$500 dress maker- You could get a dress for much cheaper!  If you’re set on getting one made by a seamstress, give them a quote of $300 and see what they’ll do.  (ETA: just noticed that you already purcahsed a wedding dress.  What is this cost?)

$300 grooms shoes, BMs jewelery and shoes, ties and shirts- this seems high, depending on how many attendants you have.  Do you have to buy GM shirts and BM shoes?

$450 invitations- probably your biggest $ saver.  Design your own with Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, Adobe Illustrator, or InDesign and print at home or go with Vistaprint or Catprint.  You could even pick up the ready-to-print ones.  I’ve seen some really great quality invitations at Target lately, very affordable.

$100 coockies- seems high.  Cookies are pretty cheap to make, how many are you planning on?

$200 lingerie- you could cut this down.  Target bra and panties will run $50.

$80 wedding bands engraved- you could leave this out or postpone it for later down the road when you have more $ if the budget is super tight.

 

Post # 7
Member
3969 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@Pokemon:  You can definitely find nice invites for less than 450. And definitely make the cookies yourselves. Can you make the donation to MS but make it 400, 350, 300? Postpone engravings in your rings.  Why are contacts 100? Is that the exam and everything? if it’s not, you can buy just one box of contacts for much less, and you can purchase additional later if you wanted to. Is it possible to lower the budget for the honeymoon, even to 4500? All this added up could be a thousand bucks!

Post # 8
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172 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Invitations – could you make them yourself?

Lingerie – could you ask for it at a bridal shower if you’re having one?

Honeymoon – look for deals online, or maybe register for one (if it’s okay in your social circle)

MS Donation – could you do a $250 donation, and then have it announced you’ll make one every year on your anniversary? (or something that will save you a little money for the wedding, that you can pay later)

Could your photographer offer you a better deal and combine the engagement photos with the wedding package?

 

That’s pretty much all that I can think of, a lot of the things you’ve already put deposits on, so there’s not really an option to find another vendor or a better deal, or DIY (like decor, flowers, etc) without losing your deposit you’ve put down. Hope it helps!

Post # 10
Member
1681 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I think you can cut a lot from your honeymoon budget! If you’re aiming for tropical all-inclusive check out Dreams Punta Cana (I swore I wasn’t going to post on here so no one would learn my secret, but I’m happy to help!) You can do a week all inclusive for half your budget.

I agree with you, keep the donation. With so much being spent on you, keep in mind other’s who have less!

Speaking of less, $200 for lingerie? Surely you won’t have them on for very long 😉 Nix the quality and find something cuter for less! (I’m thoroughly disappointed by VS quality)

Post # 12
Member
1239 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@Pokemon:  can you cut costs on your honeymoon budget or do a short inexpensive one then save up for another longer one later?  Only if you need to really cut your budget i mean.

Post # 13
Member
125 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

What about your celebrant? How much will that cost?

The only thing that I can really see to cut back on is your invitations. As PP said, I would probably go to Vistaprint or similar. They’re really cheap and look good.

Could you do the honeymoon later? Just stay the weekend at a nice hotel and save for a few more months for the honeymoon?

Other than that, your other prices seem really reasonable to me. I can’t imagine getting them much cheaper. Nothing seems to be as cheap in Australia as it is in America.

The only items you have that I would have thought you might be able to save money on are the ones you’ve already paid for.

Can the groomsmen and bridesmaids pay for thier own shoes, jewellery, shirts etc?

Post # 14
Hostess
7564 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

Things I would cut/cut back on:
1. Honeymoon – could you spend less by downgrading or cutting a day or two?
2. Invitations – that figure seems high, can you compromise on a cheaper design?
3. Lingerie – you can find something cute for much cheaper, or if there’s one specific outfit you have in mind, maybe buy it later for your FI’s birthday or your first anniversary
4. MS donation – does this have to be at your wedding? Some bees have said that they’re irritated when a donation is announced. You already have the cookie buffet as a favor. Could you donate privately later? 
5. Wedding band engraving – this is a small amount, but something else you could do on your first anniversary

Post # 15
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125 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I think I’m confused re: lingerie.

Do you mean $200 for lingerie just on your wedding day? If so, I’m sure you could probably cut this back too.

Or do you mean lingerie for your whole honeymoon? If so, I would be ever so grateful if you could share where you are getting your lingerie.

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