Post # 1
Can anyone share any ideas on how to cut wedding costs? I made a spreadsheet to try to figure out what everything (not including honeymoon) will cost and with me rounding up for a worst-case scenario, I’m right at about $7,000.
Our plan: beach ceremony followed by a backyard BBQ reception with maybe 20 guests. We will be providing alcohol and alot of food, those are non-negotiables for us. I also came in $400 under budget on my dress, so that helps.
Where can we cut some corners to save money?
ETA: what my “guesstimate” spreadsheet reads below. Again, I WAY rounded up because I’d rather be under budget than over :-/
Dress & Alterations $1,000 (will actually only be $600)
Groom Outfit $200
Ceremony $1,200 This if for a setup at the beach, including all licensing, flowers, etc. The whole beach ceremony package.
Decorations for Reception $300
Dogs “Flower Girl” Outfits $50
Save The Dates $50
Travel to and from FL $600
Cakes $200 I’m making all of them
Reception Dress $200 I know this may seem like an obvious “cut”, but I chose a long, fitted dress totally not thinking that EVERYTHING is outside in Florida and even in the evening I’m worried I’ll be sweating my butt off :-/
Post # 3
It might be helpful if you could list out what your budget is for each item. Because $7K for a backyard reception for 20 guests does seem a bit high.
Post # 5
If you have $1200 in decor, do you need $600 in flowers? Go silk or DIY!
Post # 6
I would do cheaper Save-The-Date Cards (vistaprint groupon or something)
nix the flower girl dog outfits
what are the decorations and flowers? I’m thinking maybe you can save money there.
I wouldnt cut back on food or photography and the invites are cheap enough.
Is a reception dress a necessity?
Post # 7
@OnceUponATime: the decor is $300
the amounts are below each category not above
Post # 8
You can cut down the photographer (either by getting fewer hours or pictures, or shop around for another one that’s less expensive). I would also cut out the reception dress (it’s a nice-to-have but not a must-have). Do you already have your dress? If not, you could shop around and find a sale. Everything looks reasonable to me otherwise.
Post # 9
I highly recommend DIYing your flowers and all of your stationary if possible (menus, invites, programs, etc) since you will be able to cross utilize many of the items. Also, look to use items you already have, I made my centerpieces out of old jars and cardstock scraps, so they only cost me about $2 each.
Post # 10
Cut out the favors and flower dog outfits. Cut back on decor and invites you can probably find cheaper. Maybe even think about a digital STD (I would still go for a paper invite)
Post # 11
If your trying to save costs maybe you only need 1 dress, 2 isn’t necessary.
Invites and STD’s can be done for a lot cheaper, I bought my STD’s at Target for $11 and my invites was a DIY kit from Michaels that I got for $30.
Is photography the most important aspect? If it is you know that you are willing to make sacrifices here and there but not on photography.
Everything seems inflated to me, but maybe prices of food is more expensive in your area? $7K for a 20 guest BBQ wedding just seems way to expensive. Our budget is at $7K for 60 people with a sit down meal.
Are you going with a caterer? Will they supply everything you need like linens, utensils etc? I would keep searching to find caterers that will offer a better package and you get more for your money.
Is $1,200 your rental of the beach for ceremony and officiant fee? Our rental fee was $250 and officiant was $250, you may want to look around a bit more……. That seems really high to me.
Post # 12
@Bostongrl25: Done 🙂
@housebee: I wasnt even going to do menus except maybe a painted one by the tables :-p our only paper will be STD, invites and fan programs
@GeorgiaBride5: I do have my dress and ended up only spending $600 WITH alterations, so that’s how I’m trying to justify a second, shorter dress so I don’t sweat my ass off lol :-p
@gelaine22: Do you think I can get invites cheaper?? I have no idea how much they are, so I said $50 each as a guess :-/
@OnceUponATime: Definitely doing silk flowers 🙂
Post # 13
What kind of decorations are you planning to have? I agree with @onceuponatime with the DIY flower bouquets. We made our own bouttineires and bouquets for my cousin’s and brother’s weddings and they turned out great and saved a lot of money.
Post # 14
@Future_Ms.Bostonceltics: $1200 is for everything the ceremony involves: the set-up, tear down, chairs, decor, water for guests, officiant (if we use them), licenses and filing, the whole she-bang. It also includes renting that spot.
Post # 15
The ceremony fee seems really, really high. Is there a way to cut that down? A beautiful beach wont need much flowers and decorations. our officiant was only $250 and the license was less than $50.
I’d also cut out the reception dress if you can.
Post # 16
@pollychai: I’m going to keep them very DIY and simple as possible, I just didnt know how much it would cost to decorate the yard so I overshot it :-/