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Allyza, on August 25, 2020 at 1:37 PM Posted in Planning 0 18
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Hi everyone!



My wedding is on November 13th, 2020. Our budget is 10,000. I thought we were doing well, but because of covid and some other situations I think we're going to be over budget. It really stresses me out. We have had a lot of changes in vendors, guests, and catering, which has increased our costs. Has anyone else had a similar problem? How did you solve it? Any suggestions to minimize costs?

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Latest activity by JM Sunshine, on August 26, 2020 at 12:35 AM
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    Master October 2022
    Jana ·
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    Pick 3 things to focus on and skip the rest. Food/drink and entertainment are what guests remember. Photos are what you have at the end of the day. A day-of coordinator is a lifesaver and guests don't have to work.


    Have a favorite restaurant cater.Get a cake from a local grocery store.Costco for flowers. Invites from Costco or Etsy.Avoid the word 'wedding' as the price will skyrocket.Skip favors and programs. Keep your attendants to a minimum.Rent as much as you can instead of buying unless you plan to keep the decor and/or regularly host large parties.

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  • Sherri
    Devoted August 2020
    Sherri ·
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    Venue, food and beverage seem to be the big 3 in the cost category so while every penny helps those little categories don't significantly move the cash. Assuming you've already signed contracts, the easiest way would be to consider a menu change and review your beverage offering. Like change from an open bar to open bar during cocktail hour. Or set up one hosted signature cocktail for the picking, not a full bar.


    Think of your close friends and family and see if there's anyone that is baking as a hobby or that has a good camera that would be willing to do those types of services. Even if you pay for the ingredients or SD card, you could potentially save a ton and allow someone special to help in your day.
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  • J
    Master October 2022
    Jana ·
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    Most venues require licensed insured vendors for safety and legal reasons. That is especially true during a pandemic.
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  • Lisa
    Rockstar July 2022
    Lisa ·
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    I agree with the previous comments. Another idea I can add is minimizing your guest list. Cost per person for food/beverage can be pretty expensive, so even just by cutting out kids, friends of parents, etc. from the guest list, you may be able to save a lot of money.
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  • Mrs.a
    Master October 2021
    Mrs.a ·
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    Our budget has increased as did the expense of everything but things got postponed too which allowed us more time to save.

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  • Molly
    VIP September 2020
    Molly ·
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    The best way to cut costs it to cut the guest list. Do cupcakes instead of a huge cake.

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  • A
    Savvy November 2020
    Allyza ·
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    Has anyone picked up a side gig to cover expenses? I'm a full time worker/student/mom. I was thinking of possibly picking up a side gig to help woth expenses.
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  • A
    Savvy November 2020
    Allyza ·
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    Food and entertainment are actually what can put us over. I've cut costs on flowers, the dress, decorations. I'm even having a friend marry us to save money there. I originally had an old class mate as my dj, but he has not responded to anything. Which is causing us to hire a different dj.
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  • Molly
    VIP September 2020
    Molly ·
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    I think that would be a good idea, I would just caution you to not sign up for an MLM to make extra money. Maybe you could something like house cleaning or something since it would have a flexible schedule.

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  • A
    Savvy November 2020
    Allyza ·
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    I'm sorry, but what's an MLM?
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  • J
    Master October 2022
    Jana ·
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    You can have quality food and entertainment without going over budget. Sometimes simpler food is less expensive and more appealing to the masses. Your guests won't miss the fancy and whistles.
    Try Thumbtack.com for a dj in your area and read reviews on GoogleMaps and Yelp in addition.
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  • Molly
    VIP September 2020
    Molly ·
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    Multi Level Marketing, such as younique, beach body, color street etc.

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  • A
    Savvy November 2020
    Allyza ·
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    Oh! I feel silly. I've never heard of that. Thank you.
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  • Molly
    VIP September 2020
    Molly ·
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    No worries! You're welcome!

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    Legend June 2019
    Melle ·
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    Even without a pandemic, that's totally normal to go over budget. it's because things end up costing more than you think or you end up buying things you didn't think you'd want or need.

    i like what pp had mentioned in terms of choose the most important aspects and focus on that.

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  • Meghan
    Master October 2019
    Meghan ·
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    As Melle states, going over budget is fairly common when wedding planning. I was not a Covid bride and we went $5,000 over budget. We just decided to pay for it and move on. However, the best way to cut back, if you’d rather, is by cutting your guest list, not providing favors, doing online RSVP’s (you save on stationary & postage here), and providing cheaper catering options like BBQ or Mexican from a local restaurant.
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    Super December 2021
    Casey ·
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    I second that advice, these companies are predatory and pretty much 99% of people who join fail and LOSE money- many actually go into debt. I'd suggest something like UberEats (possibly safer than regular Lyft/Uber driving these days to avoid face to face), selling a craft/skill, etc. Anything but MLM
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  • JM Sunshine
    August 2020
    JM Sunshine ·
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    Morning or afternoon weddings are usually half the cost of evening weddings and alcohol is not as much as a factor (mimosas are perfect as well as beer/wine/champagne vs full bar).
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