Hello everyone! I recently (like literally 2 weeks ago) got engaged to my bffl & partner of 2 years (well officially 2, 4 if you could the beforehand stuff!)
We have already started planning our wedding & booking things because we have a time frame on having kids so it's all go go go at the moment (if I don't fall pregnant within 2.5-3 years I'm basically going to be childless) so we're opting for a September 2014 wedding (the 6th to be exact)
Here's my first set of dilemmas................
We have pencilled in our date at our favourite venue. It's gorgeous and they're known as the "wedding kings" around here. I looked into a leagues club for the reception venue & it's $7,000 cheaper for their gold package, where as the package at the other venue is just mid-range. $7,000 is a lot out of a budget especially when we're about to organise building our 3rd home....... What do you all recommend? The first venue really is amazing but the leagues club could look just as good - food quality is my only real worry & we're doing a taste test next week so hopefully that helps...... Help
FH's family is MASSIVE. I mean huge. There are at least 45 people coming that we don't really speak to, only when at family gatherings. We worked it out & it's approximately $6,000 cheaper to not have those people there (food, decorations for their tables, gifts, the extra invitations etc) but FH's mum will be upset if we don't invite them. It's not even really the money issue - it's more that they don't really care what we do in life & don't make an effort to talk to us or even come to our homes so........ How do I approach this subject? Have them at the engagement party & not the wedding? (So far that's $13,000 we could be saving......)
How normal is it to have BM's pay for their dresses? Everyone is telling me that they can pay for their dresses but I pay for hair, makeup & shoes. Does this happen often? The dresses I have picked are all definitely re-wearable, for 21sts, other weddings etc & they're approximately $250ea (the one I found & loved so far anyways) is that too much?
Is hiring a suit better off? FH is NOT a suit wearer, he's a tradesman and I'm lucky to see him in a button up shirt twice a year so I was thinking maybe suit hire would be the way to go. But then I felt guilty as we're paying $1,500 for my wedding dress which is custom made. And with this - do groomsmen pay for the suit hire too? I've been told it's about $150-200 including alterations.
I'm sure I'll have many, many more questions haha !!!!