(Closed) stress levels just rose…

posted 5 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@cupcakebride2013:  If you have a designated budget of $5K then it’s ok to spend it. I’m a bit confused… are you worried you’ll go over budget?

$5,000 for that many guests is not a bad price.

It’s a once in a lifetime thing… it’ll be ok!

 

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

Do you have a backyard you can use as a (free) venue? That would be a huge cost saver. Use candles instead of flowers for decorations/center pieces.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee

@cupcakebride2013:  Cut out DJ by making a playlist on an iPod, DIYing flowers with your bridesmaids the day before, having a friend/relative make a simple frosted cake, sending email invites and having guests RSVP online, rescheduling to a time where you can just serve appetizers instead of a meal.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

What time of day are you holding the wedding? We’re doing a 2pm ceremony with an afternoon tea reception – should be all finished by 5pm(ish) and anyone that wants to continue we’ll do a bit of an after party. By only doing an afternoon tea reception, we are just providing finger food, but because it’s so cheap, we can provide top-quality food. Some of it we’re cooking ourselves, others will be catered for by local clubs and organisations (cakes and sandwiches, are coming from the local CWA, etc.).

Just by changing it to a backyard afternoon wedding, we’ve managed to cut the prices right down. We haven’t skimped on anything at all, but so far, it’s way less than our $10K budget.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I had a 100+ person wedding in the Bay Area for about $3,000 so I completely commiserate. My biggest advice? Call on friends and family to help. Have a potluck wedding if you don’t want your mom to cook. Do you have a venue secured? Look into community centers or parish halls of churches, which usually rent out for pretty cheap. Do any parks have indoor buildings attached to them? Maybe a barn or farm nearby could give you the “rustic chic” look on the cheap. My biggest advice when you’re looking for a venue is to be mindful of what is available at each location–chairs, tables, benches, etc., because renting those things is expensive. Although if you are connected to a church community, they may have supplies (tables & chairs) that you can borrow.

Make a list of your friend’s talents and delegate responsibilities. Do you have a friend who’s very crafty? Know any theatre people? Any musically-inclined folks? All these skills can be applied toward building an awesome wedding. My day was all the more special because so many people had contributed to it. It was truly a reflection of my community. Good luck and let me know if you have any questions!

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@cupcakebride2013:  Oh I see… I just read it totally wrong somehow!

Yikes. Is there anything you can do to increase the budget? Get a part-time job maybe??

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@cupcakebride2013:  Tough situation.. hang in there 🙁

He won’t reconsider the elopement idea?

Boo.

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

You have a year, can’t you save a little money? If you each put $50 a month into savings there’s another $1300!!

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