(Closed) Worried about everything

posted 8 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
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903 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I would sit down with your Fiance and make out a budget of what, realistically, you can afford. And then STICK TO IT. It’ll mean cutting out some things and doing some things yourself, but it’s doable. We were able to pull off a 150+ person wedding for just over $3000.

Also, when you guys talk about it, decide what aspects of your wedding are most important to you. Is it the location? the dress? Inviting everyone you want to? (which sounds like it might be important to your Fiance, or at least to his mom?). Budget more for what’s most important to you and then cut corners in the other areas.

Do you have friends and family that could help you DIY some stuff? We did a lot ourselves, but it was mainly just my husband and I, so it stressed me out some, but if you have friends that could help, that would probably make a huge difference.

Also as far as the reception goes, could you just do desserts? (that’s what we did) Or even just hors d’ovres? I’ve seen that done and it’s really classy, but a bit cheaper than a full meal.

Post # 4
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8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

weddingchannel.com has an awesome budget planning calculator. I have used it since the beginning of my planning and it has really helped. I also use Quicken to help me budget. I took what we owe to our vendors, tips, etc. and divided by how many months we have left and then put than in with the bills. You can move stuff around in Quicken to pay more or less and on different days as you receive or spend. I really like it because it has helped me stay focused and on track.

Post # 5
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2866 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

You can do a appetizer reception to cut costs. I think though that if you are paying for the wedding you need to set a budget and tell your Fiance and his mother that you simply can not afford to invite everyone.

Have a conversation with your Fiance. If you don’t have the money RIGHT NOW to pay for your wedding then tell him you need to scale it back. Itemize every single thing so that you know how much you’ll be on the hook for. There are tons of detailed guides so you won’t forget little things like linen rental, service fees or makeup application costs.

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