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#11 cheese_diva

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    Posted 09 May 2007 - 05:26 PM

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    Angela - Would you mind to post more about your budget?? Now I feel like I'm forgetting something!! We'll be spending about $20,000 CAD including accomodations and travel for at least 3! That includes my photographer too. Ahhh *panic mode*!!!
    I'm sure you aren't forgetting anything. Here's my working budget. Sometimes I able to save on some things and move the money to another area. I have not sourced my flowers yet but don't plan on overspending.

    A few brides have posted their budgets under another thread. I think I borrowed Rebecca's template to get me started.

     

     

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    #12 TATrisha

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    Posted 09 May 2007 - 05:51 PM

    Wow Angela, it looks like your wedding will be wonderful! Fire dancers and all! I think that someone on a tighter budget could cut a lot of costs though. Such as the DJ... some are doing IPODS. Then your OOT bags sound awesome too... which could get cut for those looking to spend less. Plus the transfers from the airport. You wouldn't necessarily have to pay for that either. I think cutting those three things alone brings you to $13K

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    #13 cheese_diva

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      Posted 09 May 2007 - 07:12 PM

      Oh yeah.. we put the transfers in our budget, but we may be cutting that out. We have a large group arriving at the same time, but Matt's afraid people will freak out if we pay for some and not others. We're also not paying for our bridesmaid dresses.

      I still don't understand how someone can do it for under 10K with 50+ people. I'm a really frugal person so I'll be curious to see my numbers when all is said and done.
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      #14 TammyWright

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      Posted 09 May 2007 - 07:26 PM

      i had 50+ people and did it for about $14k including travel but not including wedding/engagement rings and my dress but that also included a welcome dinner

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      #15 Bradley Fraser

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        Posted 10 May 2007 - 11:10 PM

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        We think we may have about 50-75 people. We like the idea of a small wedding because neither one of us like to be on stage. We are thinking about having somewhere on the beach or at least with the ocean in the background. Because it will be close family and friends it doesn't need to be too showy if you know what I mean.
        Dreams is an excellent choice IMO. I photograph weddings at Dreams and they tend to go very smoothly. For ceremony locations there are really only two; the gazebo and the beach. The Gazebo is right on the margin between the hotel and the beach with full Sea of Cortez views. It has one benefit of providing a little bit of shade, depending on the time of day. The Beach is well... the beach. It feels better to me, you hear the waves, feet in the sand and it is more dramatic. If you do choose the beach I would highly recommend an arch (to get married under) of some description to tie everything together visually. Hope this helps.

        #16 dragonfly

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          Posted 11 May 2007 - 06:12 AM

          Bradley, what beautiful photos.
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          #17 TammyB

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            Posted 11 May 2007 - 08:09 AM

            Gosh I wish I didn't see Bradley's comment about the arch, now I feel like I'll need one...

            #18 Clussy75

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              Posted 11 May 2007 - 12:21 PM

              We're having our wedding at Dreams in November of this year and the budget (including our travel) is supposed to be 10K or under so we have to see where we can shave some costs. Luckily my Mom's paying for half of the photographer's cost and the wedding dress so that's less for us to worry about on bottom line. Most of this spreadsheet is based on approximations so it's still a bit loose on the tuning. It really really does add up and I'm starting to worry myself a bit. Time to see where I can simplify.

               

               

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              #19 TATrisha

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              Posted 11 May 2007 - 01:44 PM

              Dang! It sure does add up fast.

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              #20 cheese_diva

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                Posted 11 May 2007 - 03:36 PM

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                We're having our wedding at Dreams in November of this year and the budget (including our travel) is supposed to be 10K or under so we have to see where we can shave some costs. Luckily my Mom's paying for half of the photographer's cost and the wedding dress so that's less for us to worry about on bottom line. Most of this spreadsheet is based on approximations so it's still a bit loose on the tuning. It really really does add up and I'm starting to worry myself a bit. Time to see where I can simplify.

                I see for your excel sheet you don't have money for flowers and a bunch of items yet. Just a few notes.
                The wiring at Dreams for the lanterns is $180.
                The ceremony setup is separate from the reception (unless they are at the same location).
                I paid $44 just in immodium/tylenol for the small packets.
                I think the Mariachi has a 2 hr minium.
                If you have koozies printed, there's usually a screen setup charge.

                What's the water cooler bottle for bar that you have listed? The water at Dreams is included. That's one thing we loved when visiting.. we had a drink and a water every time so we weren't dehydrated.

                You can totally do this.. I worked with other girls budget numbers to come up with my budget, then decided what I had to have and what I could live without.

                It's easy to go crazy here. We didn't count our stay so that made the budgeting that much easier. :)
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