Post # 17
@mhackney21: I did EVERYTHING diy. I trimmed costs everywhere I could already. I am doing my own flowers and makeup. I designed and made our invitations (that already went out). I made my own favors (they are already done). I already bought my dress. I paid off the photographer. I paid off the caterer. We are doing simple cupcakes instead of cake (and I ordered a LOT less than people that are coming to save money). We are having a backyard wedding/reception that’s free, so no venue cost.
I’ve done everything I could think of to trim the cost and we are STILL short.
Post # 18
Call your caterer and provide less food or less expensive food. For sure call all your vendors and see if there are other ways to cut back (less expensive flowers, no bouquets for the BM’s), etc.
Post # 19
Also, I like everyone suggestion about the caterer. What about instead of a full meal just like finger foods or appeitzers?
Post # 20
if photos, flowers, favors, and venue and food are taken care of, what are you still short on?
Post # 21
I’m going to disagree with PPs and say stay away from loans. You’re already up to your ears in debt. Adding more will just compound your problem.
Negotiate payment plans or do without certain items. That will suck, I know, but you have got to stop spending money you don’t have when your income is so unstable.
Post # 22
I am in the same boat and we have put deposits on things but not all items are paid off. My cat is dying and so far the vet bills are totalling almost 500 for the past few days and we are still not done. I am trying to think of ways to tryim the costs as well. I am looking at credit cards at this point. Not an option I wanted to consider but it might be the only thing right now.
Post # 23
Do you own anything you can sell?
Or does your state offer money for plasma donations? It wouldn’t be much, but every bit helps.
Post # 24
I would follow the PP’s..cancel all of the luxuries! Cable, eating out, going to the movies, etc., are very easy ways to save cash. And definitely ask your vendors for payment plans! A lot of businesses are understanding about this crazy economy that we’re in. They might cut you some slack if they know your FH works on commission. You never know unless you don’t ask – the worst they can say is no.
Post # 25
@teaadntoast: I agree – I’m not sure being further in a hole is a good way to start a marriage.
@MrsTVLover: Agree. Maybe you can tell us what is left to pay for, and we can help you determine what to cut out?
Post # 26
@MrsTVLover: if photos, flowers, favors, and venue and food are taken care of, what are you still short on?
Second this question. Seriously, what do you have left to pay if you’ve already covered all of this? Be specific including sums and we can help you better.
Post # 27
Try seeing what you might be able to sell…have a garage sale…if there is anything you’re handy with see if you might be able to pick up some odd jobs like previous posters mentioned, babysitting, pet sitting, or doing something for other people if you are crafty.
Post # 28
I will elaborate a little as to why we are in this predicament. Last December my Fiance took a job promotion that moved us from Texas to California. Because he essentially volunteered for the job through his company, he didn’t get a relo package, we footed the bill for the entire move ourselves. We maxed out our credit cards, took out pay day loans AND his parents loaned us money for the move. Keep in mind this was 9 months ago. WAY before wedding planning. It was a huge leap of faith, because in the long run, he will make a ton more money with his company. We didn’t decide to get married until 3 months ago. Up until this next month, he’s been doing fantastic at work and his checks have been more than enough to pay off what we have already paid off on our wedding. So here we are. Right now today, with a balance still due, the entire frickin wedding planned and 2/3 of it paid for. And we don’t have any way to pay the rest off.
Thank you so much for your support, I’ve definitely gotten a few ideas I can start working on. But as I mentioned, I’m in complete freak out mode right now. And I’ve cried all morning. 🙁
Post # 29
the other thing you can do is sell stuff. My Girlfriend sold 5K worth of things on online classifieds, pawn shops…have a garage sale!
Post # 30
Yea, could you please tell exactly what it is you have left to pay for??
Post # 31
Is changing the date an option?