Post # 1
We had thought we were doing well on our budget but now it seems we are over. With no alcohol for our guests we are about 100 over. We really wanted to at least have the bar open for our hour long social. Have any of you found ways to save money at the last minute? Also any advice would be great. As I am sure you can imagine, this has put a strain on our relationship and a damper on the wedding.
Post # 3
@Tina.Baker: Do you have things you could sell on Ebay?
Post # 4
I have a wedding planner that I am using just as a day of coordinator but she has other full service planning clients. I’m selling all of my decor to her after the wedding and she can use it for her full service brides. I’m also planning to sell my dress after the wedding. That should help us recoup some expenses.
Post # 5
Are you saying you’re $100 over budget currently? If its only $100, you could certainly cut down in a number of really small areas to make it up. Are you having a quartet or trio for the ceremony? Cut 1 musician and you’re good. If you cut just one of your hors d’oeuvres it would save minimum $100 but probably more.
Post # 6
I just brought up the potential of selling my dress. I am open to considering it although it would make me sad. I am going to research online to see what people are typically asking for it so that is an option. I don’t think there would be much else to sell that would get us significant money.
We are 100 over before alcohol so we would have to come up with like 700 more to be able to Offer that to our guests. There is no place to cut in food and there is only a organist at the church. Since it is 2 months we cant uninvite people so we can’t cut food costs.
Post # 8
Could you arrange to have a Stock The Bar party or shower before the wedding – I’ve never been to one, but I know people who’ve had them, and each guest brought a bottle of something to contribute to the bar. One of them that I heard of had guests also bring a favorite cocktail recipe for the bride and groom.
Post # 9
@ProfessorGirl: Interesting thought, but I really don’t like this idea. It’s basically a BYOB wedding at that point. I’d find that to be in really poor taste if I were invited to a wedding like that.
OP, I think you just need to decide what’s most important to you. Maybe you can work with your caterer to find less expensive options, less expensive flowers, cut back on photography, cancel favors, get a small cutting cake and have a sheet cake cut in the back and served…
Post # 10
@ProfessorGirl: That is interesting but our reception location would not let us bring in outside liquor. I do know that many guests do bring some and keep it in their cars to drink instead of buying.
@abbie017: Our food is already only 9.25 a plate so I don’t think we can get less then that. Our photography is already cheep because a family member is doing it. My friend is making our cake to cut and we are getting sheet cake to serve our guests. The only place I can think is flowers. We could not do the flowers for the guys. I have heard others doing this. I will have to see when I get home tonight how much that would save us and if Fiance would be ok with that.
I think I am struggling because I feel like I have done so much to keep the budget down. The things I have splurged on are my dress and makeup and I feel a little guilty about that but it is to late to change that and I am excited about how amazing I will look. A little selfish maybe but isn’t this the one day where you can be?? I don’t know… any other suggestions would be great! Thanks all for your help so far!!
Post # 11
Normally I am a firm believer that going into debt for a wedding is a huge mistake but I also think it is important to provide at least some alcohol to your guests. In this case, you are only short by $500-$1000. I don’t know your financial situation, but would it be possible to put it on a credit card? You would have to make it an absolute priority to pay back as soon as possible; you may even be able to do it when your next statement comes, before any interest even accrues.
Post # 12
It’s hard to suggest cuts in a vacumn. Can you share what you haven’t yet paid for fully and we can brainstorm ways you can save some cash?
Have you tried pre-selling your decor here on weddingbee? Babysitting & odd jobs? Selling on ebay?
Post # 13
@kay01: Sure. Sorry I know it is hard because everyones wedding is a little different. We have not really paid for anything in full yet. I put a list together of things that we could cancel and just lose our deposit on. They include: videographer, makeup, table linens (use plastic instead of the fabric), flowers (cut out some of the guys flowers, we are not using any live for decorations). All of this would save us about $750, I would need to see the actual budget to know the exact number and I am not home. If we cut my wedding band I could save and additional $900. Also we have talked about selling my dress after the wedding and that could conservitively bring in around $800.
@kay01: My decore is nothing really fancy. I could sell the centerpieces for maybe $25 total. I could try and sell the table runners but it is just fabric I cut so I don’t know how much someone would pay for all of it. Again maybe $25. Otherwise it is just tea candles in some vases I am borrowing from a cousins wedding decor.
I just emailed some of these ideas to Fiance and he told me not to worry that we would make it work as is… so sweet! But I would still like to save some money.
What would be important for you to keep and what would you feel comfortable leaving behind???
Post # 14
I would cut the videographer. I know some people love them, but everyone I’ve talked to says they watch the video once, maybe twice, and then never again. Maybe you can ask a family member to videotape the ceremony for you on a digital camera, and that way you’ll have the video of the important part?
Post # 15
Hmm..I would say since it’s such a small amount see if you can put it on a credit card and pay it back within a month of the wedding…but first I would see if you can at least afford beer/wine…or if the caterer can swap out some cheaper meals.
We are also cutting out wedding bands until after the wedding! I plan to use a family wedding band or buy one similar to my e-ring on Amazon for the actual ceremony and then after the wedding I will purchase a custom one…I think that’s a great idea…can you save some money on a photography package and opt to pay for an album after the wedding as well?
Post # 16
@amandaks86: I agree with this. Credit is painted as the devil, but if you are responsible and pay your bills on time, it’s very helpful. This is what credit can be used for in my opinion. You seem to be very mindful of budget so maybe there is a way to breakdown how much additional you’ll need to pay off a month to be all paid up in a few months.
That or any monetary gifts from the wedding can be put towards the credit card bill.