(Closed) Help. We need to trim our budget :(

posted 6 years ago in Money
Post # 3
11233 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

– No guest book (we’re doing question cards on each table instead, that I’m making)
– Favors are being made by my grandma
– Jewelry is from Target and Forever21 (plus earrings that I already own)
– I’m not paying for anything for the BMs except their jewelry (and gifts, but that’s not part of the budget)
– DIYed centerpieces, invitations, and backdrops for ceremony and reception, bought cheap runners for tables, card box is a birdcage that my grandma has from another wedding
– No parent gifts (unless we decide to do mini albums)
– My grandma is doing the one alteration that I need on my dress (which was relatively inexpensive in the first place)
– Friday wedding, which means our venue minimum is half that of Saturdays (although I hear that prices went up again)
– Video is going to be taken by FI’s little brother (if we do decide to do it/thinking about doing a video guestbook, too)
– Ceremony venue is a local park amphitheatre that includes seating, $140 for three hours 

Basically, LOTS of DIY. 

Post # 4
2755 posts
Sugar bee

I’d cut out favors (who really cares in the long run?) and maybe ask your bridal party to do their hair/makeup themselves or pay for it if they want to. We all did our own hair and makeup for my friend’s wedding a few years ago and loked very nice!

Sit down together and each make a top 3 list of what is the MOST important to you about the wedding. Work from those, and cut out what you can to make those things happen.

Post # 5
4062 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

yes to all of that.

Skip guest book

Skip favors

wear shoes you already have (or new ones you can get for less than $50)

don’t pay for your BM’s dresses or makeup/hair (they will understand)

have a rehearsal dinner that is really limited to those in the wedding (no dates, kids, etc) and do it at someone’s house – BBQ or tacos or something.

there are a lot of ways you can cut costs. It will be ok 🙂

Post # 6
5400 posts
Bee Keeper

Cut out favors because nobody really cares. I would skip gifts to your parents or do small gifts and give your girls small gifts also. The people you love don’t want to see you suffer financial hardship because you wanted to give them fancy gifts.

Also, I would cut hair and makeup for your bridesmaids. They can DIY or pay for it themselves. I think most adult women are capable of getting ready for a fancy party on their own. If not, they can pay for their own hair/makeup.

I also wouldn’t expect my bridesmaid dress to be paid for if I was a Bridesmaid or Best Man (and have paid for my own in the past). You could buy their accessories as their gift, or allow them to choose their own accessories. 

Post # 7
979 posts
Busy bee

skip the gues book. I threw mine away after 10 years.

Favors, agree- who cares, they are a waste and just thrown in a drawer in a garbage can. We are doing a popcorn buffet and having bags provided.

rehearsal dinner….find a cheap caterer or go to a restaurant and have people pick up their own tabs or just not do it..go to a bar for drinks.

Bridesmaids should be paying for their own things.


Post # 8
757 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

It sometimes helps if you put your budget up (or at least the parts you are concerned about) so we can see where you can cut. Definitely cut guest book and favors, and don’t pay for Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses or hair and makeup. If you can’t pay for hair and makeup just make it optional for them to get it done and do it themselves.

Post # 9
9548 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

What have you already paid for or put deposits down on? So we know what we’re working with.

You don’t need favors.

You don’t need a guest book.

You don’t need toasting flutes or a fancy cake cutting set.

You don’t need new shoes.

You don’t need new jewelry.

Your girls can do their own hair/makeup.

You can do smaller, more personal and heartfelt but cheaper presents for parents and wedding party.

The last thing I would cut would be the honeymoon. But that’s me.

Post # 10
5001 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Cut out favors and do really cheap gifts. Do a small, pizza-at-your-house rehearsal dinner. Don’t buy new jewelry or shoes. Make a cheap guest book. 

How much do you need to cut out?

Post # 11
248 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I would skip all of the things mentioned. If I could see the breakdown of your budget, I could give you more specific advice. Also, I know you don’t want to lose your honeymoon, but is there any way you could scale it back? We’re managing to do a week for 1,100 buy not staying in a nice hotel and going somewhere we can drive to and by not eating out all meals a day.

Post # 12
216 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Also consider bumping honeymoon back into the off season. We saved $1,000 by booking at the very, very end of August as opposed to smack in the middle of summer. We are having an 8 day, all inclusive in the Riviera Maya for about $2300 (including airfare).

Post # 14
234 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

vorpalette  forever 21 is such a great place for cheap jewelery! I never even thought of it for wedding jewelery but they always have cheap blingy stuff… good idea!


and i agree with pp’s no favors needed!

Post # 16
183 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Can you postpone the honey moon by 6 months or a year? No fancy trip is worth your FI’s teas. It’s not a need, it’s a want, no?  Skipping favors and guest book won’t save you as much as 3,000.

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