Post # 16
- Wedding: October 2020 - New York, New York
Use “The Ultimate Wedding Cost Checklist” from Buzzfeed, which is #7 in the article! Here’s the link: https://www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/these-diagrams-are-everything-you-need-to-plan-your-wedding?utm_term=.ogYD0xQV0o#.ciX53LdX3W
To figure out our budget and how much we need to save each year (we’re paying for the wedding ourselves), I created a “Wedding Budget” list with prices for all of the vendors, the venue, decoration and flowers, stationary, etc. I based this list off of “The Ultimate Wedding Cost Checklist” to make sure I didn’t leave out any expenses. I found the prices of vendors, etc. using the prices listed on their weddingwire pages, the vendors’ or venues’ websites, and I also e-mailed people asking for quotes.
We also looked at our salaries; we’re both PhD students, so we have a limit on what we can save for our wedding without sacrificing trips, eating out at restaurants, etc. Basically, asking ourselves how much can we put away and still pay our living expenses (rent, groceries, etc.) and still have some “fun” money left over.
Post # 17
I took this estimator right now and it was actually pretty close on everything except my catering costs. But that’s because I found a BYOB place and my caterer was really affordable.
Post # 18
Thank you guys for your responses! I’m glad I’m not alone with trying to figure out what our projected budget is going to end up being for what we want and working towards setting a budget from there and figuring out what can stay and what can go in terms of specifics.
I know food is honestly at the top of the budget priority list. I’m ok with a backyard style lunch reception honestly, as long as the food is good and fits the dietary restrictions of us and our guests. FB wants a videographer so that gets priority number 2 apparently. Only thing he’s insisting on. Haha.
Our guests are all also more on the lines of as long as the food is good and a good playlist is going, they’re going to have a good time sort of crowd. Hopefully with everything you bees have said, I can really start figuring stuff out from there. Thank you all again!!
Post # 19
Everyone says to plan the wedding you can afford. If you know you’ve got a large family and there are certain things you want in your wedding, plan away girl! Nobody is ever going to be upset if they oversaved for their wedding. Being diligent now will pay off. You can start getting pricing sheets from different vendors so you have an idea of what everything will cost and go from there. Whatever you do, don’t go cheap on photography, I regret that and think you should spend a decent amount to get stellar photos.
Post # 20
lurkingvee : damn just put my stuff in and it’s on point. Very on point
Post # 21
Disclaimer: I should start off by saying I am an older bride (41). This is my second wedding. My first wedding ( I was 21 and my parents paid for the whole thing) was huge and had all the bells and whistles. Now, I feel like the whole huge , elaborate wedding thing is all out of my system if that makes sense. My fiancé is fine with whatever I want ……elaborate or simple.
So this time around I just asked myself “how much are you willing to pay for a party?” …… Boom! That was my budget and I have adjusted everything accordingly. It’s actually been very easy! Now I know it’s just not any old “party” – it is special and should be treated as such but at the end of the day it is “a special party” …… and I personally was not willing to spend 50k on a “special party”. We are in Southern Orange County (CA) and prices for anything “wedding” are beyond cray-zee!