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Trimming the Wedding Budget

September 22nd, 2008 at 09:11 am

With the layoff last week still a fresh wound, it was time to revisit the wedding budget and see if there was anything to trim.

W-Day is less than two weeks away and most things are already paid for, but I was able to trim down a few things this weekend:

* moved the hair trial and appt to a cheaper salon ($120)
* Doing my own makeup now ($75)
* Honeymoon is downgraded to three days and to a closer location ($300)
* photographers are down to three hours, ($100). I'm bringing my SLR, and asking guests to take pictures as well.
* I have the option to take back my favors which would save about $60, but I'm not sold on this yet...

Last day of work is the 1st of the month and they are keeping me as busy as ever. I'm not plunging myself into the jobsearch as much as I should because the wedding is taking all my free time and energy. Just trying to take it one thing at a time.

11 Responses to “Trimming the Wedding Budget”

  1. homebody Says:

    Every little bit helps. Some of the best photos are the candid ones taken by friends!

  2. gamecock43 Says:

    oh you poor poor girl! I am wedding planning too- and it just sucks how sacrificing something you want does not save much money at all!

    you are doing good though...saved yourself nearly $600. I would say yes to returning favors. Guests really never remember the favor, and never look for the favor. I really doubt anyone will notice them missing.

    Hmmmm...other ideas...getting cheaper bridal party gifts too...if you are unemployed- your closest friends dont want you starting marriage in debt- especially at their expense.

  3. debtfreeme Says:

    Don't forget those cute disposable cameras on the tables for guests to take pictures. you will get picutres you may not expect and more fun ones too!

    Some people say it is cheap looking but i think it is fun, how can you see things happening in all parts of the wedding or reception? Just put a little note with the cameras asking for extra pictures. Those that are not used up, take on your honey moon.

  4. gamecock43 Says:

    i like the disposable camera thing...but those are expensive! then developing them too! Maybe pass around a camera and assign a friend to be responcible for it.

  5. MileHighGal Says:

    gamecock43 - I agree, those disposables are so expensive! The videographer is def out, so I'm asking close friends to pass around the video and photo cameras around all night to take some extra shots.

  6. debtfreeme Says:

    with the disposable, you could take several months to get them developed. would not to be at the same time.

    I bought some at walmart three weeks ago for my nieces and nephews (science project when they came to visit.) for 5.49 for 24 pictures. It was about $8 to develop each them.

  7. greengirl Says:

    i recently went to a wedding of some close friends who had a tin with our names engraved on it filled with chocolate as the take-home gift, and in the tin was a piece of paper that read: please help us record our wedding memories by uploading and sharing them on www.flickr.com
    so there is an idea for you. everyone thought it was a great idea and by the next day there were so many photos up there.

  8. sillyoleme Says:

    My aunt had the disposable cameras at her reception, and everyone loved them. Plus, you got pictures of everyone... some people that might have felt left out before. I was with her when she was going through the pics for the first time, and we laughed our butts off at some of them. Stuff she never even knew went on!

    Not sure if you have time to order them, but I think she got hers from some sort of knick-knacks catalog, where you could buy for a discount... and they were in white/black for the wedding. Just an idea!

  9. disneysteve Says:

    I think the disposable cameras are a huge waste of money in this day and age where nearly everyone has a digital camera. Ask friends and family to bring their cameras, take lots of pictures, and burn you a CD of the pictures they take. Total cost - a few cents for each blank CD (which I'm sure none of them would expect you to pay).

    Buying the disposables and processing all of them in hopes of getting a few decent shots (they usually take lousy pictures) would cost you a small fortune.

  10. MileHighGal Says:

    disneysteve - I'd have to agree with you. Most of my friends have digital cameras they will be bringing and processing a roll of unknown quality photos is not budget friendly.

    greengirl - great idea. I might still be returning my favors (trying to save every dollar I can) but I will make sure to include something like "please upload and share your photos" with a link to flickr/google photos/etc on the place cards.

  11. Broken Arrow Says:

    Off topic, but did you draw that picture, or was it something you found on the internet?

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