(Closed) Why oh why?

posted 8 years ago in Money
Post # 3
18641 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I’m sorry you are having problems with budgeting.  I’m sure that you can figure out ways to cut costs and still have a great wedding though.

By The Way, welcome to Weddingbee!

Post # 4
2695 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Welcome to the hive.  What venue did you book? I’m from Houston and looked at several in Katy area.

The good thing about having your date 2 years from now is that you have lots of time to save and look for good deals on wedding items.  It is expensive but I’ve been to some wedding where they cut costs by doing it themselves and it was just as nice.  You just have to ask yourself if you want to DIY or hire it out.

Good luck!

Post # 5
8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

Welcome to the bee 🙂

I use the budget calculator at this link:


I have found it to be very helpful.

The key to the budget is to stick to it as much as you can and cut back on things that don’t mean so much. We have experienced sticker shock while planning our wedding and I am doing a lot of DIY to try to keep costs down. My problem is that I have very expensive tastes, so I have to do a lot of research to get the best prices. If you are planning on doing a lot of DIY, I suggest signing up for Michaels and Joanns coupons, if you haven’t done so already.

Post # 6
1205 posts
Bumble bee

My venue’s in Katy too!  Welcome to WB. 

We have decided to DIY and friendor many things to be able to afford our dream venue.  So far it’s working out.  WB is great for money saving ideas!

Post # 7
2083 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

welcome to the weddingbee!!

my advice is to really really really watch your guest list count! you can DIY left and right, but in the end the real cost always comes down to head count! higher head counts = higher numbers of every linen, centerpiece, place setting, etc.


Post # 8
1067 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Right! I’m always pulled back and forth about spending so much money! I mean yes ceiling swag makes the room nicer but is it worth spending more money? Or what about the cake? Should have I upgraded the cake that came with the package? It drives me nutz. I want things to look good, but it’s only one day! I’m tired of fighting with myself over this stuff!

Post # 9
354 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

It’s kind of crazy, isn’t it?! It’s a little overwhelming at first because everything seems to cost way more than you think it should. Set a budget at an amount that you are both able to spend and comfortable spending, stick to it, enjoy the process, and it will be worth it in the end 🙂 Good luck!

Post # 11
354 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

It’s totally fine to go with what the venue offers! A lot of girls go with outside vendors because stuff like catering can be cheaper from an outside vendor than the venue; however, a lot of venues don’t allow you to bring in outside food. Or they use an outside vendor because they don’t like the chairs or linens the venue offers – if you like what they have at the venue and the cost of the venue already includes stuff like chairs and linens, you’ll save yourself money by using what the venue offers 🙂

Post # 12
16213 posts
Honey Beekeeper

Welcome to Weddingbee! There are all kinds of ways to cut money and tons of post on WB talking about just that. Explore, ask us questions, and you’ll have great ideas in no time!

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