(Closed) My budget had Decreased by half!!! What should I do?

posted 9 years ago in Money
Post # 3
2207 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

First of all, 10 months really isn’t a small amount of time. Honestly. Unless you have a job that requires 60+ hours a week, it isn’t too little time. All you need to do is be decisive. Make a choice NOW, and don’t look back. Options:

Potluck w/ DJ dancing

Relatively simple catering with iPod and friend’s help DJing

Lunch time full service

Cake and champagne w/ a piano player, party at night with friends

Picnic reception

The important thing is to be decisive. Any of these options can be lovely, just pick what is really important, and make that special. If you do one thing nicely and have fun, no one will notice that you served homemade potato salad.

Post # 4
2204 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I planned everything in 8 months and I’ve known brides to do it in 4-6.  don’t give up!  You should be able to do it 10 months!

I like the local community center idea…book that first, then look for a photographer (they book up faster) and a caterer. You can serve appetizers, have a dessert only reception or a brunch.




Post # 5
2765 posts
Sugar bee

My little sister did an outdoor wedding that was gorgeous, and it was under $5k!  She did it with an outdoor barbecue that honestly was probably the best wedding food I’ve ever had!

Post # 6
3098 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I planned mine in 6 months with $5k! It can be done. Most important – cut your guest list.

Post # 7
2397 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I’m with everyone else, 10 months is ample time to plan a wedding!  I got engaged in September, and our wedding is in June, which is only 9 months!  I have had no problem planning, nor do I feel rushed. 

Lunch/Brunch catered reception is sure to be less expensive… you could have family/friends bring food, or just do cake and champagne at your reception.   Flowers can be DIY, music can be done on an iPod, a friend could take all of your pictures, and you could make your cake, or have a family member make it for you!  There are plenty of options that will definitely make your budget work, and still give you an awesome day 🙂

Post # 8
687 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Start with looking at your guest list and see if you can pair that down. Then start looking at venues in your area that are budget friendly. Is there a local chruch that will let you use their rec room for not that much, are there nice parks in your area?

Would you be willing to get married at your City Hall or JOP with a restaurant reception to follow? You can also considering doing the reception at a restaurant, which costs less because they have the table clothes and china. You could do a cocktail party with heavy appetizers — even with or without dancing. You could limit the drinks to wine, beer and a signature cocktail to further reduce the price.

Your timeline and budget is totally do-able, but will take a little work researching. I would suggest checking some of the budget related threads to see what other brides did who had a similar budget.

Hugs! You can still have a very lovely wedding!


Post # 9
972 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I think you can definitely do it! Just tackle the big things first, just make sure you prioritize the things that are the most important to you two. You might consider cutting the guest list to something more intimate, that would definitely make things easier. Is that an option?

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