Post # 1
Hello bees! I haven’t posted a blog yet so this is my first one. Everyone here has such great ideas and I love reading everyone blogs. I am so excited for our wedding. Its almost two years away but I have already started planning. Which brings me to my title why oh why are weddings so expensive. I found a venue that I am I’m so in love with but its a little over budgeted. I have decided to cut back on the guest list. It went from 200 down to 150. We have about 120 guest that are close family. I am so stressed about the whole venue though. Its gorgeous. Its located in Katy, Texas and its a little far from where I would it to be but its beautiful and worth the drive. It includes everything even the PhotoBooth we want. Trying to budget and cut corners is extremely hard and I hope when its over its worth every penny. I have already gotten the dress and I have everything I want in mind well I have pictures and now I just have to pay for it and put it together.
Feels good to say everything out loud! Thanks for reading and I can’t wait to blog and post more!
Post # 3
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
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.
Post # 5
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
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
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
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
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 # 10
Thanks Bees for everything and all the ideas. I love that budget calculator! i will most def be using that! I am looking for a venue that does it all so I wont have to worry about bringing in stuff or spending money i dont have. Is it bad if i am really plain and just want what the venue offers?
Post # 11
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
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!