Post # 1
So my wedding is in June and my Fiance and I had budgeted and had a plan for how to pay for everything but due to a personal emergency we are probably going to have about $1000 less than originally thought. So I am thinking some stuff needs to go and want opinions on what :/ We really don’t want to go into any debt for the wedding so its going to have to be scaled back some. I am really having a hard time figuring out what to cut. So if I had to cut like two of the following things which would be most expendable?
I didn’t list some things since they were already paid for or we made a non-refundable deposit.
A few extra notes:
The candy buffet would be our only favor. We don’t have any other favor planned.
The wedding will still have a full meal served, we are going to have a DJ and wine and some other non-alcoholic drinks served during the entire reception. The tables will at least have table clothes, tea lights and small flower arrangement since we already bought them. The flowers that would be cut would most likely be at the ceremony.
Post # 3
Candy Buffet and Limo – why? Because they are “extras.” The others are somewhat necessities, IMO. Of course, honeymoon’s aren’t necessities, but I feel like they are more special than a candy buffet or a limo. The honeymoon has memories attached to it.
Post # 4
I said Chair covers & sashes b/c to me that is definitely an “extra” and
the limo…. almost the candy buffet but I ultimately would cut out and extra for me & the party over the guests….
Post # 5
I voted for chair covers and sashes, as personally I think they often make the room look like a sea of white when the chairs would look better. Also, the chairs don’t show when people are sitting down. If the chairs are ugly, you can have the staff remove the chairs from a few tables so your photographer can get shots of your table decor, then put the chairs back.
I also voted for the candy buffet. Yes people will love it, and yes it will look pretty in your pics, but you will already have provided a full meal. Couples really don’t need to provide snacks or treats for days to come.
Another place to save would be the limo. You likely can borrow a really nice car. My neighbour was so proud to drive us in his car at no expense to us.
Post # 6
I voted for chairs covers & sashes, candy bar, and/or limo. Would you be able to do sashes only on the chairs? And a piece of chocolate at each guest’s place instead of a full blown candy bar? You could also have your wedding party decorate one of you cars and it could be ‘transformed’ to your wedding vehicle.
Good for you for keeping out of debt 🙂
Post # 7
i voted for everything except guest list and honeymoon. those are more important, worth it, and fun things in my opinion. if you don’t need to cut ALL those things, then decide which extra you want the most. My personal list, in order of preference, that i would want to keep would be limo, cocktail hour, chair covers and sashes, candy buffet, and flowers.
Post # 8
The limo was the first thing to get cut from my wedding budget – I couldn’t find one for under $1000, and it was more likely to be $1500. We’re renting a nice car instead for $250 – get creative! Who’s got a nice car you can borrow?
Chair covers and sashes are the other one that are easy to cut – no one really remembers them after the fact!
Post # 9
@dynamic_duo: Honestly, those are the things I voted for too. Guestlist and Honeymoon are personally important to me and I feel the rest are really extra things you can do without.
Post # 10
Come on now, dear. No one needs a limo. 😉 Of course that thought process could be applied to just about everything wedding-related, but YKWIM. But that ought to solve the $1000 cut all on it’s own, right? Easy fix!
Post # 11
What’s the least important thing to you and your fiance?
Post # 12
Cut the chair covers/sashes & limo first, those can be major expenses and are completely unnecessary.
I also voted to cut the candy bar. : / I know that they’re really fun, but honestly, most of your guests won’t even notice.
If you’re still in trouble, then I would cut cocktail hour & scale back on flowers. And, of course, reducing the guest list (if possible) always cuts down on costs.
If the honeymoon is important to you & you can get paid time off from your jobs, I wouldn’t cut that. If, however, you’re neutral about waiting or doing a mini-moon, I would cut that, too.
Post # 13
@The Average Bride – Its hard to say.. I mean personally we wont even be at the cocktail hour but its important to us for our guests to have a good time.
@Others mentioning price of limo – is it really $1000?! I was guessing more like $400 thinking back to my prom (but that was a long time ago!) If its going to be $1000 then it will have to get cut, thats too much :/
I guess the problem with the chairs at the venue is that they are kind of standard white folding chairs and aren’t that nice on their own. At the same time we need to make cuts :/
I’ve also bought maybe 25% of the stuff for the candy buffet its looking like it will be another $500 to finish it. Possibly we could scale it back some but the problem is we need enough candy for all the guests.
Post # 14
chair covers and the limo arent important….
nobody truly notices the chairs unless they are bright orange or something… everyone will be looking at you anyway!
and the limo can go… get a friend with a super sweet car to drive you there & away (that’s what were doing) it adds a personal touch and it’s fun!
Post # 15
I also voted to let go of some of the flowers… were not using ANY flowers at all to save a little cash and wow is it ever! Theres sooo many other ways to decorate without expensive flowers that look amazing!
Post # 16
I say limo, chair covers/sashes, and maybe scale down on the flowers some. Don’t you *dare* forego your honeymoon! 🙂