(Closed) What should I cut from the Budg?

posted 5 years ago in Money
  • poll: Which one should I cut from the budg first?
    Shuttles for guests : (42 votes)
    24 %
    Comfy extras for guests at the wedding : (86 votes)
    50 %
    Limos for wedding party & parents : (44 votes)
    26 %
  • Post # 3
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

    I’d definitely nix 2 and 3 if your ceremony and reception are close or in the same venue.

    EDIT: But definitely make sure people know it’s outdoors… because I went to a freezing wedding this weekend that there was no notification that it was OUTDOORS.  I definitely would have dressed differently.

    Post # 5
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    4690 posts
    Honey bee

    I’d definitely cut the 2nd one, but make sure to tell people that it’s outside so they can be sure to prepare themselves. Keep the small bathroom basket, though. Those can really come in handy! 

    If it were me, I’d nix the shuttles too. It’s 10 minutes away. How expensive can two 10 minute cab rides be? (No, really, how pricey are they? I’ve never had to use one.)

    Post # 6
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    257 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    definately cut #2. Just make sure everyone knows the event will be outdoors and to plan accordingly. It may NOT get chilly and then you waste money on an unneeded item, or guests might bring their own and not use yours. I’d skip those ‘comfy extras’

    I’d also nix the shuttles. i assume alot of the guests will know each other and can carpool in cabs to save fares, and some will rent cars and others will have their own cars. 

     

    Post # 7
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    63 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    You realize you can cut all three, Right?

    Post # 8
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    2557 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I don’t know what I would get rid of — maybe the limo??  

    Have you blocked rooms with any hotels in the area for a special rate?  Many times these hotels will offer a complimentary shuttle if you book xx amount of rooms.  You should look into this if you haven’t already.  I used to work at a hotel and we did a lot of shuttle service – we just didn’t mention it to everyone.  It was almost like a secret perk, but if anyone asked, the info was offered up! 🙂

    Post # 9
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    3627 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I said the limos. We didn’t have limos, and no one missed them!

    Post # 10
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    547 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    Definitely #2. In my opinion, if you’re serving booze at your reception and having lots of guests from out of town, it is boarderline rude to expect people to pay for a cab or be a DD. As a guest, I would much rather have a free ride there & back than a pashmina I may or may not use. As a bride, I don’t think the limos are “necessary” but I think they rank higher than the extras like the pashmina and slippers. It’s definitely nice to have – you get to spend some alone time with people closest to you on a day where you will be busy talking to lots of people. In the alternative, you could have the bridesmaids, etc. ride the shuttles from the hotel.  I’d say cut #2, then if needed for extra funds #3, but definitely not #1.

    Post # 11
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    745 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I’d cut all three, personally.

    Post # 12
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    @PrincessBride27:  Disagree.  If I invite people to my house for dinner and serve wine I don’t then also arrange for their transportation to/from my home at my own cost.  There’s nothing really rude about having people figure out their own way. 

    As a guest though, I’d rather have transportation taken care of than have a pashmina/slippers since I’m usually pretty good at dressing myself appropriately.

    You asked which would be the best guest experience, and #3 has nothing to do with that, since guests won’t know whether you arrived in a limo or a station wagon.  My ceremony/reception was at the same place so we skipped the limo, and I didn’t really miss it.

    Post # 13
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    3887 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    OP, is LA in your wedding location “Los Angeles” or “Louisiana”?  Not that either one really gets proper cold in the summertime, but if it’s Louisiana, the chances of anyone wanting a wrap outside in August is pretty close to zero. 

    Post # 14
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    3266 posts
    Sugar bee

    I’d nix all 3.  I think they are all a waste of money. 

    Post # 15
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    3771 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

    In order I’d say 1, 2, and 3.  Guests should be able to get around themselves unless it’s a different country, and even then it’d be appropriate for them to find transportation.  If this’ll take care of your budget problems, I definitely would cut this.  The extras are a nice touch that I believe guests will definitely remember.  Friends keep telling me about the wedding they just went to that had flip flops and how awesome it was and we should totally do that too!  So those details definitely stick out to people.  However, they are just that — extras.  It’s awesome to have them, but I don’t think people will complain if you don’t (they won’t miss what they don’t know they could have had).  And finally I think limos are one of those things that brings the bridal party together before the event, gets you pumped up and feeling like the star treatment!

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