Post # 1
My wedding is in about 4.5 weeks. I’m getting slightly overwhelmed with the budget. I still have a lot to purchase regarding the decorations, programs etc. I’m afraid of going way over budget. I also have a few issues with things that have already been planned i.e. I’m having an outdoor wedding and my chairs are metal. It didn’t even occur to me that those chairs are going to be too hot for ladies in dresses to sit in! I was thinking of paying to have non-metal chairs brought in and set up, but what if it rains? That would be another $300 that is not in the budget. This is happening every time I think about the wedding. I budgeted a lot for reception decor and not so much for the ceremony, thinking I would not need much for ceremony decor, but I’m realizing that I need a little more than what I planned for to be happy. I am doing the minimum for the reception as it is, so I don’t want to skimp on those! Also we have a budget for 150 guests, we invited more than that thinking that 20% or so would decline, but so far all have RSVP’d yes. I’m going to be thousands of dollars in debt after this. Does this happen to everyone? Help!
Post # 3
I think the first thing I think you should do is get organized. Sit down with all of your information, figure out how much you have spent, then priortize a list of what are absolutly must haves. With four weeks to your wedding it’s hard to walk things back. However it’s a good time to make a budget cut out things and figure out how to pay things off in the next few months. Also see if you can use some of decor in both spaces.
As for the guestlist if everyone is rsvp yes, contact your venue tell them your situation and see since you are having more people if they be willing to work you to scale back the cost per person. I think at this point with the wedding so close they probably try to work with you. Good luck you are in a tough spot.
Post # 4
Instead of spending 300$ in chairs why not offer pieces of fabric which if its cold the ladies can wrap up in later on and if the chairs are burning hot they can sit on to protect themselves. You could probably do it for 60$ and an evening of cutting if you can find a good deal on fabric. 60 inch wide fabric should be able to make atleast 2 per yard and I would make about 30 or them. These can double as a bit of a favor as well. We are actually having the oposite issue we expected atleast 60 people to come (more like 75) and our guests list is currently at 42. Our venue has a minimum on food and beverage so our guests are now going to have an open bar for a few hours.
Post # 5
Also, take comfort in the fact that the early RSVPs tend to be “yes” because the people who know they for sure are coming, and are excited about it, are generally the first to reply. The “no’s” unfortunately often don’t even bother to reply – those are the ones you get to look forward to chasing down in the week or two after the deadline passes.
Post # 6
TwoCityBride – I have an appointment with the reception hall on Friday. Good call. I’ll see if they can bend a little on the price. I’m making lists of what all we still need to get and I’m going to go over it with my mom.
naturalysam – this is the kind of ideas I was hoping to get! I have a sewing machine but I don’t know how to sew. But I like the idea. I have an aunt who would likely be willing to help me. I think making at least 75 would take a long time, but definitely cheaper than renting chairs. Like you we have a minimum of 150 guests at the reception, but we thought we would invite a few extra….a few turned into 190 :/
KCKnd2 – Hmmm good point. Maybe the ones dragging their feet will all be “no”. I am sure I will have to chase down some people, but I hope it’s not too many!
Post # 7
I’ve heard that even people who rsvp yes sometimes can’t come (last minute emergencies) so you might still be good on that end.
As for the chairs, i agree about having some sort of fabric jic or set up the chairs RIGHT before you are about to start so they’re not sitting out in the sun for too long.
Look over your budget sheet and see where you can scale back or what you can cut and whatever you didn’t use you can return for the extra $$. Good luck.