(Closed) Stressing over costs/budget – Help!!

posted 5 years ago in Money
Post # 4
388 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

It would really help if we knew the size of your wedding- How many guests? How many tables for centerpieces? Also, where do you live?

That venue looks really spendy, but if it’s already booked and there’s nothing you can do… that’s that.

The numbers look pretty good to me.  Invites & Florals look a little low, but maybe you are planning some DIY.  Bar cost seems a little high, but maybe you have a lot of guests.  You could probably cut your veil cost by DIY.  Watch a couple of Youtube videos.  Veiling is cheap, so that’s one option.

Good luck!  We had a pretty good idea of what our budget would be, and have gone a little over on everything.  We are paying for everything ourself, so this can be stressful.  I am sure it will all work out.

Post # 6
964 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

cut the rehearsal dinner? though I’m from UK and we don’t have them so I don’t know how important people count them to be. 

Post # 8
2716 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m not sure about your floral budget.  I can’t remember if roses are on the expensive side or not.  If they are, just use something in season.  Or you can try getting them from Costco or something.

Groom’s Ring – depending on the type of metal, you can get that number waaaaay down.  H got a titanium ring for $120.

Invites – You might be able to get them cheaper if you use a site like Vistaprint and get a Groupon.

Shuttle – I would definitely cut that first.  It’s nice to have for guests, but it’s certainly not necessary.  I would also feel bad not paying the drivers.  You don’t want your guests to have to work (even if they voluntereed), nor would you want people to work for free who also aren’t attending the wedding.

Post # 9
933 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

  • I’m assuming your venue includes the place settings (plates/napkins/silverware/glassware)?  Just checking. You said the venue includes gratuities, but you might want to consider setting something more aside for a gratuity (depending on how much the venue gives).
  • I think $1k is completely do-able for your dress
  • With a year to go, I think you may be able to find a more affordable DJ if you wish.  If you look further outside your area, the price may drop by enough that it would be cheaper even with a travel fee.  But you have to like the DJ.
  • Also you may want a line item with miscellaneous items broken out, specifically your wedding license,
  • Is his ring going to be platinum or have gems in it? It seems a little high for what I normally see on men.

Try not to “pad” your estimates. Instead I suggest that you consider the amount to be commited to that item.  You can always change it, but sometimes if you think of the estimate as “padded” you would allocate a higher amount to it, and you might not really be comfortable with that amount.

Post # 10
554 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Check if you have homeowners or renters insurance if the venue is covered. Mine was, no extra cost and my insurance company sent me a certificate saying so. My venue didn’t require it, but piece of mind for me!

There are some sites that offer free ordaining. What kind of gift are you getting him? Start looking now to see if you can get something on clearance or after holiday sales. You have time to look and hopefully get a good deal. Not a big savings but every little bit helps. Same for parent/attendant gifts. We’re giving parents frames with the promise of a picture after. I found ours on sale 60% off for less than $10.    

Dress, I ordered mine online, fine quality fabric and great workmanship for about 1/3 of your budget. My alterations are free, but even with you could cut it in 1/2. 

Floral, search COSTCO on the bee, some great examples of DIY flowers, probably cut the flower budget in half. 

Post # 11
9677 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Floral looks very low to me.  I would add $1000 to that.  Probably need to add $100 or $200 to the centerpieces as well.  OR…you could order flowers online or get them from Costco and DIY them yourselves the day before the wedding.  If you do that I think you would be within your budget.  Especially if you keep them simple.

I would look for a cheaper DJ, because I think you could find one cheaper.

Most of your budget is going to your venue.  If you really want to save money you would have to find a cheaper venue.  Not sure that is possible…? 

You could obviously cut favors and the shuttle though it won’t save you that much.

Post # 13
933 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@iadornyou:  My ring + his ring are just simple white gold bands and it was $368 for both of them. I think ours are on the more affordable end, but it’s very likely he’d be able to get whatever he wants for $500 or less in gold.  A lot of men go for tungsten or stainless steel which would even be more affordable. If he wanted platinum, I think you’d be right at the top of your budget, but you could possibly even manage that.

Another misc. thing, do you need an aisle runner?

I agree with @kes18: that floral looks low to me, but I think it will be tight but manageable, as long as you’re not asking for a whole lot.   I don’t think it’s a budget that a professional florist could do a ton with, but maybe someone who works out of their home would be able to do a lot for you. If you’re DIY-ing the flowers then it’s about enough.  Or, if you give up flowers somewhere.

Think of all the things you will need and then see if it fits in the budget. I tried writing it out below, with budgeted cost broken out by item and it looks way low.

your bouquet $75

3 BMs $120

3 GMs $30

Corsages & Bouts for parents $50

Ceremony decoration – $0 (i.e. nothing)

centerpieces on 15 tables $275 total, $18/table

+ $55 sales tax in CA

= $595

+ unknown delivery fee

I think all the estimates above are low but possible for a florist, except the $18 centerpieces. Also, I think you might be disappointed in what you get for your money at those prices from a florist.  If you did non-floral centerpieces or non floral wedding party flowers then you would probably be able to hit that budget.

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