(Closed) HELP! Planning!

posted 4 years ago in DIY
Post # 2
2946 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

There are so many variables here.  How long are you planning on waiting until your wedding?  When do you graduate and start looking for full time jobs?  Where do you plan on having your wedding?  What do you consider a decent sized wedding? 

The amount you need to save is different depending on the answer to each of these questions.  If your wedding is 3 years away, only modest savings is needed at the moment.   If you plan on getting married next year, you probably need to cut every extra (every night out, every grabbing subway for lunch and instead of making PB&J at home)  Same with where you are getting married.  The city that I live in will cost twice as much as the small town that I plan on getting married in.  And some people will call my wedding guest list of 347 large, but people where I live call it “regular sized.”

Post # 3
9549 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Weddings are hella expensive. Seriously. Just try pricing out food and drinks for 100. 

But you can plan a wedding for any budget. What sort of budget are you thinking about? Everyone defines “low budget” differently. I considered my wedding lower budget because I spent a lot less than most of our friends but we still spent $17.5k on a casual, backyard wedding for 150. Also, what do you define as “decent sized”?

The easiest way to cut back on expenses is to have a small guest list. Or don’t do it over a meal time, so you don’t have to feed people a full meal. 

Post # 4
615 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Smithfield Center

Here are just some tips to be able to keep it low-budget.

– Avoid flowers. You can still have centerpieces without flowers (look on Pinterest for ideas, use candles, etc.) You can get fake flowers off Etsy (or in store) for about half the cost of real ones (I used CuriousFloralCrafts from Etsy and she made all of my bouquets and boutonnieres for about $350 as opposed to the $700 I got quoted from a florist.

– Guest list. Look at different catering options and see what the best plan for you two would be according to guest count – then use that guide to determine how many people you will invite.

– Time of wedding. If you have your wedding in the late morning/midmorning, you won’t have to provide a full meal for people or alcohol (or a lot of it anyway.)

– Time of day can also determine the atmosphere. If your wedding is late morning or midmorning, then odds are it won’t be a ‘party’ atmosphere and you can skip a DJ. Opt for renting a low-key band or even make up a playlist on your iPod with a lot of ‘background’ music for people.

– Decor. Look at your cheapest options for decor. There’s a lot of different options out there to help keep costs down, so don’t be persuaded by the huge flower centerpieces and arches and grand aspects of weddings. You can still have a gorgeous wedding with less extravagant decorations.

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