Post # 1
So my parents have some issues that have caused them to potentially cut the budget to help us. We’ve already booked all our vendors, signed contracts and paid the down payments – we’re only 5 months out. They won’t know until closer til the wedding what they can cover – so in the meantime I’m trying to scramble to think about what I can cut now just in case they can’t help.
Our venue is too small for buffet tables so I opted for a sit down dinner… I’m already talking with the caterer about cutting salads ($468) and possibly cutting one of the dessert options (don’t know $). We have about 4 pass hors d’eourves per person and then a stationary table of veggies & dip, Cheeses, breads, and a baked brie. I’m working with the caterer to see what we can cut here without leaving our guests hungry. Right now we’re serving Fish, Chicken, and Pasta(V)…I was thinking cutting fish would be another option, but I’m feeling really on the fence about this. Might save me $100 at most.
Already cut my chair budget in half…
Already have a really really low flower budget…
Photographer, Videographer, and DJ costs cannot be cut.
Already bought my dress.
Has this happened to anyone and if so what did you cut or make up the difference?
Post # 2
Do you have a breakdown on your budget and what you still need to purchase? That would really help for us to see where you can cut.
Have you sent save the dates? If you haven’t.. can you cut the guest list any at all? This will save you the most money.
When you say you’ve cut the chair budget in half.. are you using chair covers.. renting chairs? I would cut this out entirely.
I don’t know what kind of flower budget you have, but you can get 10 bouquets from costco for $99, so if you have one nearby, I would do that. [Even if you don’t have a membership, it’s only like $50 to get one].
I would cut the fish.. it might only save you $100 but at least it’s something.
Cut out favors if you are planning to do them.
Get cheaper jewelry than you were planning on wearing [or borrow jewelry from a relative].
Are the apps for cocktail hour? Can you cut it entirely?
Post # 3
Can you downgrade the alcohol? Top shelf to regular? Regular to just beer and wine?
What’s your decor/lighting budget? Any room there? Ditch table runners and chair covers and bows.
Stay home instead of rent a hotel?
DIY instead of professional makeup?
Invitations – keep them lightweight and appropriately sized/pliable to get cheaper postage.
Nix a veil/borrow a veil.
Wear jewelry/shoes you already own/can borrow.
You mentioned not cutting photographer/video/DJ – is that because they’re already paid in full or because you just don’t want to cut those areas? You could cut things like engagement photos and photo album (DIY is much cheaper) if you haven’t already paid in full.
Post # 4
Have the invitations gone out?
Post # 5
is there a way for you to make more money? to earn part of the money that’s needed? by selling stuff on ebay or craigslist… by taking on some more assignements at work or on the side?
Post # 6
Cut out transportation. Its pretty expensive and you don’t really need it, plus the photos are never ver nice.
Cut out the videographer and have a family member tape the wedding.
I also second cutting down the alcohol or converting to cash bar if you really need to.
Post # 7
I know you said DJ costs can not be cut but maybe if you did not have a DJ but use an iPod instead.For my wedding, I decided to pass on the videography. I would cut out. One of the ways I cut major expenses at my wedding is by not having a bar at all and just having wine and champange for people to toast with since no one in my social circle is a big drinker. In terms of the menu, you could probably go down to two entries, maybe cut out fish and beef and have chicken for people that eat meat and pasta for people that don’t.
Post # 8
I’d cut the guest list if you haven’t already sent out STDs. Maybe cut a limo service if you have that (you can really just use a nice car if someone has one or rent one for cheap and really you don’t even need that). And definitely nix favors- no one cares about them anyways.
If I were you, I’d be careful about nixing the food. You can go down to basic alcohol or even a cash bar, but if you leave the guests hungry they are going to be crabby and not have a good time. Guests don’t really care about things like photographs and flowers and dresses, but they do care that they are comfortable and have enjoyable food so they can have a good time.
I know it isn’t the answer you wanted, but I would really nix the videographer. They are so expensive (you would save far more than all the little food downgrades you are suggesting), and no one ever really watches them except maybe to show kids or grandkids many years from now, and for that you can just have someone use a video camera if they have one (heck you can buy a far better camera than those that filmed any of our parent’s weddings for 100 bucks).
Post # 9
All contracts have been signed and deposits have been paid so I can’t really cut what I’ve already agreed upon. All STDs have gone out so I cannot cut the guest list. The caterer is willing to cut some things from the menu or change things around to help me cut 1Kish. I actually over did my catering and had quite a bit of food, so I think I can cut some food and still keep people hungry.
Anyways – here is what has not been purchased yet…
Beer/Wine – I can bring my own and I’m only buying beer and wine (two buck chuck). It’s going to be like $1100 max and I think my fiance’s parents are buying this.
and my bridal jewerlry…
I had 2K misc $ for decorative stuff, tips, and anything I may have forgot that I’m going to try and be careful with to see if I can cut costs in half… but I feel like I’m screwed.
I like the idea of maybe getting a second job – I’m already almost certified as a pilates instructor so I might just pick up extra hours this summer to try and make up the difference. My fiance said he will help a little more than planned and hopefully my parents can still cough up half of what they offered.
I feel like when I posted this – I was desperate, but now I realize I kind of know what I can cut. Still definitely interested in hearing more ideas if there are any! Maybe there is something I’m missing!
Post # 10
I’m already not doing favors, already not doing linens (really nice barn tables come with the barn and don’t need much), the barn is owned by a florist so I’m getting major discounts on flowers… it’s crazy! I was already cutting corners. :-/
Post # 11
Even though you’ve already signed contracts and put down deposits you may be able to scale back on the services they provide. Perhaps there’s things you can cut there?
Post # 12
I have a discounted and lowest package with my videographer – we bartered with some services I could provide on my end with advertising. <br /><br />My photographer I did the same thing with bartering and already took my engagement photos.
My DJ – I don’t really think there is much I can cut back on this service and have already paid for half of it. 🙁
Post # 13
You can definitely save on invites w/ DIY kits or order from Vista Print.
I bought some of my bridal jewelry and accessories at one of those little jewelry kiosks at the mall. I’ve seen similar ones at every mall I’ve been to so I’m sure you have them near you. The stuff they sell costs less than half of what I found at bridal boutiques and looked great.
What about your rehearsal dinner? Can you scale back? We ended up having pizza b/c we were so close to maxing out our budget towards the end of planning.
I think you can definitely cut back on your hors d’eourves. I’d keep the salad though.
Post # 14
My venue allowed for some food items to be favors, so I heard of one couple doing a mixed nut buffet during cocktail hour- it was their favor (they had fancy nut cups to put them in) and was an appetizer. Get the nuts from CostCo, it would be quite cost effective I’d imagine!
Post # 15
Invites, design them yourself and use catprint.com. Total cost for me was $ 100