(Closed) Newbee… Newly Engaged… Already Overwhelmed!

posted 4 years ago in Beehive
Post # 2
563 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015 - Alexander Homestead

yarrowwind:  Congratulations on your recent engagement! We decided to cut out a lot of the little “extras” that are cute but can really add to the costs and focused on the food, DJ, photographer, and videographer.  That covered the things that mattered most to us and mattered most to the guests because the guests really only care about good food and good music and you will be so preoccupied with the fast pace and excitement of the day that having nice pictures and video will be what you and your Darling Husband enjoy for years to come to relive the day. All the rest is really fluff and sadly doesn’t have as much inpact on your guests as it has on your wallet.  Happy Planning in the meantime and let me know if I can do any more to help!

Post # 4
1570 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

yarrowwind:  Yes, everything is super expensive! However, I think it is possible to still have all the wedding stuff and stay within budget. 


We have been to a couple weddings that were catered by local mexican restaurants, at a cost of about $8/pp. I also know places like Olive Garden and Old Spaghetti Factory do catering. It also helps that you have a guest count of 35. Just for example, you can order a few trays of pasta from Olive Garden ($35/tray and each serves 8) plus a few dozen breadsticks ($5 per dozen), maybe add a salad and you’re set!


Photography is tougher, but if you are adventurous, you can find a photography student or hire a photographer for a shorter amount of time. Most packages are for 6+ hours, so it’s worth asking if you can get 3 hours for whatever price you decide you can afford. Also, if you joing wedding groups on Facebook that are for your area (ie one I’m a member of is Wedding Buy/Sell/Swap Greater Seattle Area) where you can sometimes find people who are trying to break into wedding photography for a lower price. 


For flowers what I’ve seen is people go to farmer’s markets the day before or morning of and get these HUGE bouquets for about $5 and use those flowers to make the bridal party bouquets and table centerpieces. I’ve also heard that Costco has good prices, but I can’t vouch for that. 

Post # 5
477 posts
Helper bee

yarrowwind:  Congrats on your engagement!! I was overwhelmed at the thought of the average wedding cost in my area and are trying to cut costs anywhere we can. It will definitely help that you have a guest list of under 50! Some things you can probably do without that people don’t really notice…flowers, DJ & favors. I went to a wedding with no flowers but a nice country setting and no one noticed the lack of flowers. If you do want flowers, talk to a florist about the most cost effective blooms at the time of your wedding.  You can set up a laptop & speaker with your tunes and do without a DJ.  And no one notices the lack of favors…or you can do something simple like a candle to take home at each setting. 

Post # 7
438 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

yarrowwind:  congrats! for flowers, i would use a lot of babies breathe as it is a stock flower and it is cheap and looks super pretty! 

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