(Closed) Wedding on a budget!!! How does is sound??

posted 6 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Just wondering why you need 7 hours of photography if you are only having hors d’oeuvres? Will there be a lot of food for people to much on or just the standard 3-5 peices/person? If so you may want to consider shortening the amount of time for photography…..

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Sounds good! It is awesome that you have set your budget and are able to keep to it!!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Sounds great! Good job!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Sounds awesome but here are some hidden costs you might not be thinking about:

Rentals- chairs tables etc, if your venue doesn’t provide them

Decor-  I understand you don’t care about flowers etc but you will need some decor like table cloths, napkins, candles etc

Insurance- somethimes the venue requires you to take out insurance on your event to cover them in case of damage

Attire- you will need something to wear

 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I think the menu sounds fine as long as you’re having it at an off-time (maybe a 2 PM ceremony so people know to eat lunch beforehand, and put ‘hors d’oeuvres and cake to follow’ on the invitations).  If people start getting hungry around dinner time, they’ll leave regardless of an end time, so I’d suggest only hiring the photographer and DJ until 5 or 6.

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I have some friends who had the ceremony and receiption in one place, made their own little cakes, got a simple buffet with a few kegs, and skipped the dancing altogether. They are also musicians, so they recorded their own ceremony music, but we’re not all that talented. 😉

Your idea sounds simple but really nice. You might not realize it, but people might appreciate a more low-key wedding like this! Best of luck! Smile

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@beccanmatt08:  Wow, you really have thought of everything! Good luck, sounds like you will have an awesome wedding

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

We are bringing our own bartender. I found someone for $10 a hour and letting put a tip jar out. Is there someone that you know that could play bartender for the night? I just think it adds a touch of class

Some other things that added up that I didnt realize until I started paying:

did you include invites in your estimates? Not sure if your $3K included that

Guest book (I know this can be a minor price, but its the little ones that start to add up)

Marriage License

Programs or Favors (most forego these to save $)

Thank you cards + stamps

Bridal party gifts (if you are having a BP)

Viel, shoes, jewelry

Taxes and Gratituty for vendors

Ordering pictures are the fact. 

Again, there are plenty of brides on here that did it for $3K (or less), just some things off the top of my head that can start to add up

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Oh and another thing we are doing. Getting only a couple of kegs then cases of beer. That way if we go through the kegs but need more beer, it would be available. If we dont, we can keep at the house or return the unopened cases

And sam’s club lets you return unopened alcohol, so we are planning to buy our wine and beer there so we can return anything unopened. From what I understand, you do not need to be a member to purchase alcohol. And their wine prices are pretty good with lots of selection

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@sweetpeony:  I aksed the same thing (my photographer is 8-9 hours) and they said that they like to arrive early and take pictures of the bride getting ready. Her situation might be similar? 

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