(Closed) What did you GIVE UP to stay in your BUDGET??

posted 8 years ago in Money
  • poll: Did you have to give up anything to stay within your budget?

    Nope, got everything I wanted!

    Yes, but only some small things.

    Yes, gave up things I really wanted and it was difficult!

    Tell me what below

  • Post # 106
    987 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

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    fallparkbride:  No limo and no photo booth and no open bar. Well, we’ll have an open bar until the money we put into it runs out, which will be fast lol. 

    I almost had an opposite experience- I was prepared to not have half of this stuff and do it myself until I realized that I wear make up twice a year and suck at it and issues like that. So then we bit the bullet and hired people for various things. 

    Post # 107
    11 posts

    We gave up a photobooth, our fancy transportation (classic car rental), my designer gown (I bought a china cheapy that I’m not overly happy with, but will wear), and the flowers I really wanted (opting for baby’s breath instead).  But, I’ll still love my day regardless because I’m marrying my love, and the reality is, that’s the only thing that matters at the end of the day.

    Post # 108
    13 posts
    • Wedding: July 2014

    For those saying you had to give up the photobooth, we tried something different (actually we stole this from my cousins wedding).  We bought a few props from the dollar store (boas, hats, glasses, etc.) and put them in a bin.  We are setting it by the DJ for people to use as they want.  We already have a photographer so he will get plenty of fun pictures with the props and people dancing.  My wedding is this weekend so we’ll see how it turns out but it we all loved it at my cousin’s wedding.  You may not get the picture as a souvenier but they’re all posted anyway…

    I gave up floral centerpieces.  I ended up doing flowers for bouquets and personal since I already put down a deposit but I created my own submerged fake flower centerieces.  I made 18 for a total of about $200 and can’t wait to see them all set up.

    Post # 109
    173 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I had to give up the photobooth idea because it costed too much and in the end we thought about it and well really it wasn’t needed.  We went to a wedding where everyone was so fixated on the photobooth that it took away from the actual reception.  Everyone was too busy taking pictures that no one was on the dance floor and no one was in the ballroom at all.

    I compromised on my centerpieces and went with something simpler because if I did want I wanted it would have costed almost $50 a centerpiece and wow it added up.

    We also did cash bar to help with the costs too.  Knowing that there are a lot of drinkers at our wedding, we knew we would end up with a HUGE HUGE bill LOL.  Plus we figured better to have a cash bar than no booze at all.

    There are a few of the decor stuff that I let go but it’s okay because what I have so far is actually still really pretty.  I realized that over the top decor wasn’t needed.  I just compensated it for more personal touches and in the color pop in certain areas.  I kep the church decor nice and simple.

    Luckily for us, we really didnd’t have to give up too much because we got great deals with our vendors and like I said, I just compensated with little personal touches that didn’t cost too much.


    Post # 110
    531 posts
    Busy bee

    I don’t feel like I’m giving up stuff, but I’m definitely making tradeoffs.

    Skipped engagement party, limited guest list to 80 people, will choose less expensive stationary and wedding cake, will skip bridal shower and have a local bachelorette, will choose minimal decorations (church and venue have natural character), and will skip limos / fancy transport.

    In return, we picked a nice church and venue, I’m giving myself a more generous dress budget, we’ll have a videographer and a 3-4 piece band, and I’m paying for bridesmaid dresses and bridesmaid hair and makeup.

    I see it as allocating the money to what’s more important to me, not as giving up stuff.


    Post # 111
    817 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    Hmm… We aren’t done planning yet and right now we seem to be on track. A few things that we changed our plan on after seeing the local options…

    We went with a venue that doesn’t allow liquor. We can have 2 kegs & 4 cases of wine.

    The venue we chose also was already booked on Saturday for the only weekend that really worked well schedule wise for us, so we decided on Sunday. Because it’s a Sunday wedding, I actually am glad that it’s NOT an open bar (and vice versa, I was a little scared for an open bar and big party wedding bc some of our friends are NOT responsible).

    I’m having trouble finding an officiant and it’s freaking me out. I found a celebrant, but I’m thinking she’s out of our budget considering all the research I found was like a donation of $100-200 for the officiant. I emailed her though, so maybe.


    I also think we need to factor in a bus or something for transportation from the venue to the hotel (like 15 miles) and that was an expense we weren’t originally considering, but I feel like it may be necessary.

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