Thank you to everyone who replied most of you were amazing and gave some good advice. For those of you who were saying cut some of my costs can you look at this and tell me if anything can be altered. My wedding is being planned for 180 guests on Octoner 4 2014.
Right now our budget for things that are already reserved
Venue – $625
Ceremony Site – $100
Photographer (family friend) $400
DJ (friend of bride) $400 including everything a dj I got a quote for 2600 would have.
Catering (Italion beef, Mostacolli, Salad, and veggies served on plastic plates) $2200 (after tips and tax)
Openish bar $300 for dinner wines and soda. and 2500 open bar tab (after tips and tax) Grand total will most likely be $3000
My bouquet is $35 (I am making it) and my BMS bouquets are a grand total of about 15 bucks each so $60 at max.+
Linens About $350 depending on the price of table runners (I am going to try to find used ones for about a dollar a piece. ( we decided to omit the hideous chair covers)
Stationary we priced out using walmart print and 123 print for our invitations and RSVPS (we decided to omit STD’s and send out our invitations a tad bit earlier) about $210 🙂
Grand total of actual costs is $7380
We are going to find a good deal on ceremony chairs and hoping to spend 260 on them at the max, my dress budget is only 500, I am going to buy a cheap vail off of amazon (already picked it out) I am going to wear a pair of my shoes out of my shoe collection (you know the 5000 pairs of shoes I own that I never wear lol), FI’s tux is about 100 to rent and we are only spending 200 on gifts, also centerpieces are only allowed to be 10 -15 dollars per table and we have 18 tables.
If there is something I can skimp on (other than liquor or guests) please let me know.
for the people with the wise words and words of encouragement thank you.
@mrsztobee: we are definitely going to try that. thank you especially small stuff like our gifts and centerpiece stuff. I find that saving a lot of money is difficult but I can always buy stuff when things are good that month.
@sienna76: What you said is not upsetting but it kind of an annoyance that you are assuming that I am not making an adult decision. I have an emergency fund of over 2 – 3 grand that I am not spending on my wedding that I have never touched. Before and even a little after I was engaged I saved what ever little money that I had or come across (I.E. christmas gifts, tax returns, a refund from a school grant, the 50 extra dollars that somehow remained in my bank account after i paid all my bills, went shopping, and took my FI to his many doctors appointments a month). I am very good with money and I am happy with my decisions that I have made thus far with money considering I am living paycheck to paycheck. This thread was questioning how I was going to make it work in a year not how am I going to pay for a wedding with absolutely no money in the first place. My parents are already paying for stuff and put deposits down on stuff (I think my mom is up to 1500 already but i am not sure.) and they have their own emergency accounts in case of an emergency. His parents are the same. I appreciate the advice tho. Thank you.
@Bunni0929: Thank you and the same luck to you the biggest advice I have for you in the venue front is to look in places you would have never dreamed of having a wedding. Thats what I did and I found the most beautiful wedding venue.
@Steampunkbride: Thank you for your advice. I am having a really hard time finding areas where I can saving we cannot have fewer guests we have cut the list down to the people we truly care about and want to share our special day with. We are hoping the guest list cuts its self down after we send the invites though.
@BrandNewBride: I have planned a very cheap wedding in my eyes for the amount of guests we are trying to have. I am just wondering what I could do to make this work.
@babygal786: my mom said if it is absolutely mandatory at the time of the wedding she will borrow us the money provided we can pay her back within months of the wedding so although I have that back up I dont want to use it unless absolutely neccessary.