Early planning stages...
Posted 04 April 2008 - 11:27 PM
My main concern is financial. My boyfriend (soon to be fiance) and I are young (both 24). We have a 1 yr old. We both have pretty good jobs for our age, but after it is all said and done, there is not that much money left. We would be paying for our wedding by ourselves, with no assistance from anyone. Since I am so obsessed with planning the perfect (but more importantly economical) DW, can anyone offer any advice. I am familiar with Dreams' different packages. I'm not very into all of the extra add ons or certain details. For example, I'm not into all of the flowers and decor. I basically want an intimate wedding with probably 20-25 people, max. I want to start budgeting, and I would like a realistic idea of what to expect.
If anyone could provide any reputable travel agents, that would be great. I must also mention that I want to keep the costs as low as possible for my guests. Does anyone know if there are modest payment plans available? The wedding would be in 2009, in May at the earliest.
Posted 05 April 2008 - 12:19 AM
Check out the DR section! There are BDW TA's on here, PM one of them to help you out.
Posted 05 April 2008 - 12:24 AM
I'm basically in the same situation as you are (no ring, same ages, & cost expectation for the DW!) I haven't really started planning yet, but I'm definately here for moral support for you!
Posted 05 April 2008 - 12:33 AM
Posted 05 April 2008 - 06:12 AM
Posted 05 April 2008 - 09:38 AM
You can defitenly plan an intimate DW on a budget. But depending on your budget, you may have to sacrifice a few things.
From your post, it sounds like you are willing to do that. We too are paying for our wedding ourselves, and I had the same inital reservations as you. But this is something we both wanted so we made it work.
With all the help I have received on this forum, especially from the DIYselfers, it has helped saved $. And remember, it never hurts to try and negotiate!
Posted 05 April 2008 - 09:58 AM
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Posted 06 April 2008 - 11:56 AM
To keep costs down, the best advice or suggestion I can make is to not do any private functions at the resort. But that all depends on how set you are on a true reception. You can have a dinner for all the guests after the ceremony and as long as it's not 'private' (i.e. the restaurant can still seat other guests) you should incur no additional costs. Then, you could just have everyone meet at one of the bars for an informal reception. Of course, other guests would be able to have drinks there as well, but it's really the only way to keep costs down. Our reception is costing us over $3000 b/c it's private -- and that is for a 3-hour beach/buffet reception ... so it's easy for costs to add up fast.
I would also receommend doing the legal marriage paperwork before you leave b/c our 'symbolic' ceremony is costing us $400 as opposed to the $1000+ cost if we did the legal ceremony. No one will know the difference and we are going to celebrate our DW as our anniversary date.
Hope that helps...
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