Comments on: I am Engaged!!…. But now what!? Budget Wedding Blog : Beautiful Weddings Without Breaking the Bank Tue, 23 Sep 2014 16:54:35 +0000 hourly 1 By: Gracie Tue, 28 May 2013 22:13:55 +0000 Sadia,

Thanks so much for the tip, i will keep in mind your great advice

By: Gracie Tue, 28 May 2013 22:12:25 +0000 Thanks Denise, out Ideal budget would be 8,000 but 10,000 is the max.

By: Sadia Sat, 25 May 2013 13:06:17 +0000,default,sc.html = Great collection and very user friendly! Often, they have a 40% off coupon on their website. So you can grab one and your husband can grab one. :) And they also sell these fancy card ribbons. So I kept the ribbons that came with the invitations for another project.

Michaels also sells these fancy shimmer cardstock in grey and champagne (lovely!). 20$ for a pack of 50 shimmer grey and 50 champagne + 40% off. Cut them in half and use a round corner cutter to cut the corners (that one was 5$ at Wal Mart and they also sell fancier ones). Then, you can get a template done on Etsy for like 20$ or from this website or this other one

To make my invitations super fun, I put instructions for people to use Instagram and Wedpics so they can start posting pics now. That really got everyone excited. :)

By: Denise Sat, 25 May 2013 10:17:04 +0000 We also had an absolute maximum budget (meaning that we really didn’t want to spend a penny more) and one thing that really helped us was to have a second smaller budget that we deemed our “ideal”.

Friends and family warned us about blowing our budget no matter how carefully we planned due to unforeseen expenses, so we wanted to make sure that we wouldn’t go higher than our maximum!

We had $8,000 as our maximum budget and $5,000 as our ideal. They were right about those hidden costs! Set-up, delivery, tax, postage stamps? We ended up at $6,500.

Good luck in the rest of your planning!

By: Gracie Fri, 24 May 2013 15:23:03 +0000 Jenn,

Yes it does!! And i love the idea of your wedding my wedding will be very similar! I look forward to reading your blogs :)

By: Jenn Fri, 24 May 2013 10:41:40 +0000 You’re right on with the priorities list! That’s probably the best way to determine how your budget will be determined. And major kudos for starting off with a price you know you’re comfortable with!

When we started prioritizing, we knew that we just wanted an intimate wedding with only our immediate family and a few of our very close friends, and then we wanted to party! We sat down and talked about our priorities … and every bride (couple) is certainly EONS different from another!

For us, our biggest priority to spend money was on decorations and DIY stuff. Our venue is free (at my mom’s house/barn in the woods) and we have friends who do videography & photography (I am a professional photographer) and our friends offered us beyond amazing deals as part of our wedding gift. We didn’t care to have a formal sit down dinner – so we axed it. Yup – cut it clean out of the schedule and the budget. We are having food for people to eat while we get our pictures taken and then, entering the barn and partying the night away! There are quiet a few other things in our budget, but the decorations was the bulk of it to turn an outdoor ceremony site and a barn into a beautiful wedding venue.

Congratulations on your engagement and best of luck planning!! I look forward to blogging alongside you over the next several months (our wedding is end of August this year)!

By: Gracie Fri, 24 May 2013 03:12:25 +0000 Sadia,

I developed a spreadsheet as well, but yes writing down everything helps so much. And how lovely you made your own invitations!! i love DIY

By: Sadia Thu, 23 May 2013 17:09:22 +0000 Hi,

I have been planning my reception for months now and here are my tips:
1) Make an Excel spreadsheet and write down EVERY item you buy. Now, you can see what is left and stick to a budget. I made a very elaborate spreadsheet where I had to breakdown everything.
2) Before starting to book anything, make your guestlist. Therefore, you’ll know how much stuff you need to buy. This step can save you loads! For example, I had a max capacity of 250 ppl. So I estimated that that would be around 150 couple or families. I ended with about less than 100 couples or families. Now, I just realized that I bought too many invitations (thank God they are DIY) and too many favors.

Hope it helps.