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Holy moly, we made our decision on time and date and we haven't even talked budget yet with FI, but I think I better sit down PDQ and figure this stuff out!!

 

I was thinking $8K tops but most of your budgets blow this out of the water eek.gif

 

Looks like I got some figuring out to do dizzy.gif

 

 

 

One Question though, do you couples have the cash for this stuff? Or is this going mostly on credit? My FI and I have some debt, but certainly don't have any savings to speak of that we can pay for this thing cash. It's stressing me a bit confused.gif

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IMHO I'd avoid going into debt to pay for your wedding - but that's just me! we're lucky enough to be able to save enough to pay for the wedding w/o going into debt. there are a lot of great saving and budget tips on this forum too!

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Debs - you have 14 months till you get married! This is enough time to save the $$ you need for your wedding. Be realistic about what you can save & make that be your budget. Between now & your wedding date you will have the opportunity to get -2 tax refunds (hopefully!), 1-bonus from work, and you will have time to save something every month.

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Originally Posted by Nrvsbride View Post
Oh now I understand!! Do you like Baja Weddings by the way?

-Glenda
I really like Baja Weddings so far, they get back to me in one day most of the time. This has worked out great, since the PB resorts only has ONE WC for all of their resorts.

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Originally Posted by A10CALGAL View Post
Debs - you have 14 months till you get married! This is enough time to save the $$ you need for your wedding. Be realistic about what you can save & make that be your budget. Between now & your wedding date you will have the opportunity to get -2 tax refunds (hopefully!), 1-bonus from work, and you will have time to save something every month.
Oh, ya for sure, we are saving $100 a month, plus we'll get about $2,000 back from taxes (YAY!). We are then not using our holidays this year so our V-pay will be another $1200 for me and $1800 for him. Then we'll have a buck & doe, which we'll make at least another $2k. So we should be ok. It's just the beginning stuff (deposits etc) that's we'll have to fork out because we don't have anything saved yet. So that's about what, $8500?

Thanks for the advice though. I'm going to sit down Sunday and actually work some figures out.

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Oh wow.. I was hoping to stay under $5,000, but it seems like that's not a possibility after looking at everyone else's budgets. We're both students living off of student loans, so saving up isn't an option, and we'd rather not make our parents pay for much. We're expecting around 30 guests, and would be more than happy with a simple (but still special) wedding. Here's my rough budget so far:

 

Dress and accessories - $300

Tux/Suit - $200

Videography - $0 (recruiting a friend in film school)

Music - $200 (just for ceremony; hopefully bringing ipod and own speakers for reception)

Invitations - $80 (doing them ourselves)

Save the Date cards - $50 (ourselves)

Rings - ?

Photographer - $0 (recruiting a friend in art school)

Ceremony + Reception - $2,000 (hopefully free basic package + add-ons for additional guests)

Total so far: $2,830

 

 

I'm considering my fiance and my travel expenses as separate from the cost of the wedding (because the wedding budget looks much more tolerable that way) wink.gif We're hoping the cost of our flights plus the hotel room will total less than $3,000.

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Sophie, just something to think about, but make sure you include postage costs into your invite and save the date costs. Those stamps can definately add up quickly.

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Saw this on-going thread and thought I'd put this here:

 

For those of you who still have the password to the DIY page of our website still, I just uploaded an excel document that will budget/track/calculate all the purchases for wedding for anyone to download who wants it.

 

For example: the main sheet of the document is a categorized overview (like under attire it will show expenses for the bride and groom). But if you click on the "Attire" sheet of the document, you can enter the description of the item (and location where you purchased it), the quantity and unit price. It will then keep track of all your attire expenses and categorize them on the main overview sheet.

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OK,I saw this pop up again & I thougth I would show you my final ACTUAL numbers...all paid for thank you very much! Oh, and I had 20 ppl total

 

 

Total w/Tax & Gratuity

Rehearsal Dinner 3/15/07 977.50

 

Transportation to RD 130.00

 

Reception Food & Beverage 3,196.75

 

Photographer 1,100.00

 

Flowers 312.50

 

Coordinator - Maye Cortinas 2,211.00

(includes:vases, votives, sparklers, chuppah, chinese lanterns & setup, mariachi trio for 2 hours, and rose petals for the aisle)

 

Chair Ties - eBay vendor p-linens 43.75

 

Travel Expense (R&C) 839.06

 

Accomodations R&C (3/14-3/17) 1,387.64

Accomodations Kids (3/15-3/17) 868.50

 

Attire (R&C) 3,040.00

 

Rings 900.00

 

Invitations 150.00

 

Hair & Makeup Trial on 3/15/07 193.75

10 Pedi's on 3/16/07 637.50

Mani on 3/16/07 50.00

Wedding Day - Mom Makeup 118.75

Wedding day - MOH Hair/Makeup 225.00

Wedding day Bride Hair/Makeup 225.00

 

Grand Total $ 16,539.20

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