(Closed) Wedding Budget — 90% on Venue/Food?

posted 7 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

How many people do you intend to have at the wedding?  I think it would be really hard, because even if you just used an ipod, made your own invitations, flowers will be relatively expensive and hair/makeup services generally run like $100.

I think it would be kind of weird to pay all of this money to have my wedding in such a beautiful space and not be able to decorate it properly.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

May I ask why you need the wedding coordinator?

Either way, depending on what you want, yes it’s very possible. Your venue is including a lot anyway. My flower quote (bouquets, bouts and corsages, and one head table decoration for the reception) was $600. We’ll be cutting that back even more by having the BMs cary a single sunflower and I’ll DIY the bouts and corsages. We’re making our own playlist and giving a friend $20 to keep an eye on the laptop for the night (but not too strictly, we want him to have fun too!)- he offered to do it for free but we refused. You can do your own makeup or have a talented friend help. My hair will cost about $50, double if I do a trial though. We’re using Vistaprint for some cheaper but still nice invitations. So yes, you can do it, but you will have to make a few sacrifices. Good luck 🙂

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper

Ideally, your venue and food should be no more than 50% of your budget. I would say that you would have a very, very hard time doing it. There are a lot of indicentals that come up that you aren’t considering (examples being additional rental and decor, fees and gratuities, postage for invites, etc.) plus any small items such as ceremony props, attendant gifts, aisle runners, favors, etc. I don’t really think it’s realistic.

But, do your research and compare some pricing. If you can fit all of those things into $800, then go for it.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@MrsLulu: Ouch! Why? Do you have to hire a professional or can you have a friend help you, and still pay them but much less than a pro would get?

Post # 11
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130 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Are you not having a photog? I didn’t see it in either list. I think it can be done if you don’t need many flowers (or can do them yourself). Do you have any friends that could do your hair? If this is your dream venue, I’d say go for it. They seem to include a lot.

Post # 13
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

thats a huge portion of your budget but you could make it work

Hair/Makeup- do your own hair and makeup or ask a friend. my hair was 60 and my makeup was 50 ($110) or (free)

Invitations – DIY! i bought mine from michaels (print at home). i got 80 invitations for 29.99. It was buy one get one on all bridal stuff that week but they always have coupons! ( with a 50% off coupon you could get 2 boxes of 40 for $30.00)

Flowers: I did bulk flowers from Sams Club – ($150 for 200 roses *includes shipping!* average about another $20 or so for ribbons, tape and pins

Music: Ipod – its free just see if you can get a friend to be MC

Dress – seems you already have that figured out 🙂

the only thing i didnt see you mention was photography – that most likely will put you over budget by itself.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@MrsLulu: Then yes, I’d go for it!!

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@MrsLulu: Haha, okay, so probably not a friend. I personally would lump the wedding coordinator fee in with the venue cost then, since it all goes together. If the venue is your priority in the wedding then go for it. We’re spending 50% of our budget on our photog and everyone thinks we’re crazy for it, but it was our priority so we went for it.

Post # 16
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Bumble Beekeeper

@MrsLulu: You have to figure in postage for those invites. Ours required .62 cent stamps. I figure if you’re having 120 guests, we’re talking somewhere around 60 invites being send, plus you have to pre-stamp the RSVP envelopes with regular .44 cent stamps…. that’s $64 of you $200 right there. Plus, do you want ceremony decor or any other decor other than just your centerpiece and the tablecloth? That’s extra money. Any other paper goods such as programs, menus, table numbers, escort/place cards if you’re doing plated dinner (you have to figure in a seating chart if you go that route too) that adds in as well. You need to figure gratuities/tips for your hairdresser and makeup artist and your wedding planner at minimum. What about wedding favors? Even at $1 per person, that’s atill $120. There is SO much last minute stuff you don’t think about too. Take it from one of the bees who has been there and is already married, there are more expenses than you think.

Honestly, I would pass if it were me. I had to pass on my dream venue too because it was just too big of a chunk of our budget. I know how hard it is but… it’s either dream big and bust the budget or go smaller and focus on the details. I can tell you that I ended up with a wedding where I wouldn’t change a thing. I can say that I do not regret passing on the dream venue because I ended up finding a less expensive one that I loved as well and was able to spring for things that I wouldn’t have been able to have otherwise.

 

Also, where is photography in this equation? I noticed you didn’t mention it in the OP.

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