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Re: HELP!! Need to severely cut down our budget!!

Thu Nov 29, 2012 4:15 pm

Ok. You all ready for this... na na nah na na... LOL sorry. Anyway:

Invites: $200
Groom: $300
Bride: $550
MOH & BM: $100 (together)
Transport: $40
Celebrant: $250
Flowers: $353??? MIL might pay
Music: $200
Winery+coolroom+staffing: $785
Food, alcohol, desserts, non-alcohol + bev. dispensers: $1910
Games + props: $200
Decorations: $75
Chair hire: $280
Photographer: $0

Total: $5243
 
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Thu Nov 29, 2012 4:22 pm

There is always a way! Well done!
 
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Fri Nov 30, 2012 12:09 am

Awesome! Well done!
What music are you having for $200? Can you use an iPod instead?
 
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Fri Nov 30, 2012 10:53 am

Lanta Bride wrote:
Awesome! Well done!
What music are you having for $200? Can you use an iPod instead?


We were going to have a generator to attach a CD player to, but I just found at Target a battery powered ipod dock come cd player for $60. Will have to buy batteries as well, enough for 6 hours-ish, and backup batteries just in case :) So it might come up to $100. Will wait til its on special though...
 
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Sat Dec 01, 2012 12:31 am

That is great 2bwed that you have worked within your budget, you've done so well! Not sure how you are managing it all for just over $5k, but you should be so proud of yourself! :)
 
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Sat Dec 01, 2012 2:43 am

Well done! Budget looks great! The only thing I was going to add was that your FH might want to invest in removable orthotics for his shoes, you can get a good set for less than $40 and then not only are they reusable after the wedding but can go in dress shoes without having to search high and low for suitable/expensive ones.
 
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Sat Dec 01, 2012 11:45 am

claire_bear000 wrote:
Well done! Budget looks great! The only thing I was going to add was that your FH might want to invest in removable orthotics for his shoes, you can get a good set for less than $40 and then not only are they reusable after the wedding but can go in dress shoes without having to search high and low for suitable/expensive ones.


Are the orthotics made for flat feeted peoples? The only ones I've ever seen have the arches in them and help people's arches not to roll (so that they're ankles don't roll IYKWIM).
 
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Sat Dec 01, 2012 5:01 pm

OK!!! Fine... here is the 'back-up' budget LOL for the smaller guest list and no winery as per my S&T...

Invites: $200
Groom: $300
Bride: $550
MOH & BM: $100 (together)
Transport: $40
Celebrant: $250
Flowers: $353??? MIL might pay
Music: $100
Food, alcohol, desserts, non-alcohol + bev. dispensers: $1020
Games + props: $200
Decorations: $75
Chair/Table hire: $0
Glasses/Cutlery/Plate hire: $100
Photographer: $0

Total: $3288

That should satisfy the bl00dy inlaws!!!
 
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Sun Dec 02, 2012 1:57 am

Hi 2bwed, I work in healthcare but certainly don't specialise in feet, but anyway as far as I am aware there is true flat-footedness and then there are people who just over-pronate (ankle rolls in), and that second one is helped with arch support. I think true flat feet are harder to help but I have heard of insoles that are for 'posture control', as it's all about helping the muscles in the calf as well. I think they have quite a low arch and are more expensive. TBH a podiatrist can help a lot more than me, sorry if you know all this already!
 
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Mon Dec 10, 2012 1:23 pm

2bwed wrote:
claire_bear000 wrote:
Well done! Budget looks great! The only thing I was going to add was that your FH might want to invest in removable orthotics for his shoes, you can get a good set for less than $40 and then not only are they reusable after the wedding but can go in dress shoes without having to search high and low for suitable/expensive ones.


Are the orthotics made for flat feeted peoples? The only ones I've ever seen have the arches in them and help people's arches not to roll (so that they're ankles don't roll IYKWIM).


I have flat feet, and I roll inwards (over pronating) and I got custom orthotics. They were crazy expensive, but they were made just for me. I can tell you now, that the outset cost (approx $500) is worth far more in the long run. I no longer get arch pain, I no longer get knee pain and I no longer get back pain. I was getting treatments for those, and now I don't have to because my feet/ankles are all sorted. So a great investment if it something you could consider.

I also did buy a $40 pair from The Athletes Foot (as they do look at feet in detail for shoe fittings) before I got my orthotics and they were also very good. Flat feet need more support than you might think.
 
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Mon Dec 10, 2012 1:45 pm

Thanks missalice :) I will definitely get FH to a podiatrist soon then! He's always complaining he can't find shoes and that his back/legs/arches hurt, so it would be good for him in general!
 
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Sun Jan 13, 2013 5:20 pm

*sigh*

The budget seems to have gone through the roof again I feel. FH has decided he would like an evening wedding... I feel the same way - I would prefer an evening wedding over a day wedding, but that's just me.

Costs for the winery have exploded:

Winery staff (10 hours): $300

Coolroom: $135

Winery itself: $550

Chair Hire: $280

Cutlery/Plates/Glasses: $240

Bus hire: $300

Total just for the winery: $1805

Food+drinks+non-alcoholicdrinks+beveragedispensers: $1910

Invites: $200

Groom: $200

Bride: $800

Flowers: $470

Lighting: (estimation) $300 (candles, solar fairy lights, solar path lighting, LED Lanterns etc)

Music: (hire for an amp, a generator, and some speakers - now having my bro as the dj) $200ish

Games/Props/Cameras for tables (he still wants yard games, and it's such a minor expense I will give it to him): $250

Cars: I would like to surprise him with a special car... want my max budget to be $300, so just hoping I can find a local with a cool car.

Decorations (sashes, chair covers, table cloths, vases): Guesstimating $200 (Assuming I buy my own chair sashes)

Photographer (if we can't get a family friend to do it): $700

Celebrant: $250

Hair and Make-up: $100 budget

Cake + cake topper: $200 ($150 for the cake now :evil:)

Bits and bobs/5% leeway: $250


Grand Total: $6485 + $250 leeway

IF WE DON'T HAVE IT AT THE WINERY:

Ceremony Venue: $17
Reception Venue: $0
Chair/table/cutlery/plates/glasses hire: $840
Coolroom: $200
Extra for wine because of no discounts: $120
Total: $1057

Grand Total therefore would be: $5857 + $250 leeway


At the end of the day, we're saving on staff and a bus really, and it adds up to $600ish... which I guess is a significant amount - close to a grand, which is an extra month of saving for us....

We both love the winery though... but if it's at night, it's not really going to matter which outdoor venue it is, and it'd probably be easier to have a venue that's in town as opposed to half an hour out of it...

Thoughts?

Oh also, we were originally only going to supply wine because we're not drinkers, and we thought wine for toasts would be enough and we were just going to ask guests to BYO their own beer and/or spirits if they wish. Now my mother is INSISTING that we supply beer - so add an extra $300 to each budget.
 
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Sun Jan 13, 2013 7:44 pm

its a hard one to answer as it really is up to you guys about what exactly you want.

we have changed our plans four times since initially discussing the wedding, mainly due to other people input of what they thought we should have, then budget, then the move and now we finally are happy with our plans.

Its not the fancy wedding everyone thought we should have (neither of our first wedding was a big affair) but that just not our personalities, we like to keep things simple but still have what is important to us.

thats where you both need to work out the important stuff, not what others feel you should have, or what the expectations of weddings should be.

Another thing we were both honest about was what impact the wedding budget was going to have on us leading up to the wedding and afterwards, I didnt want to be sitting at home after everyone has left and going ohhhh ok we cant really do anything for us now for at least another three or four weeks because we need to catch up on this and that with our money.

as for supplying the beer, I would be saying no, mainly because we arent drinking people either and while we are paying for everyones lunch, we have let everyone know that we wont be supply the drinks. All the guests are ok with that and have said at least then they can pick the drinks they want.

good luck and hope you work it all out, maybe take some quiet time just you and H2B and really discuss what you want thats important and how its going to affect you in the long run money wise
 
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Sun Jan 13, 2013 9:20 pm

Lawwa - oh but that's the catch... she *MIGHT* be contributing. But she doesn't know yet... and probably wont know until a few weeks before the wedding when she gets off her a$$ and figures out if she's even COMING to the bloody thing.

At this point I'm ready to throw in the towel and just bloody elope to the Gold Coast - fly up his parents, his sister and BIL and then have my parents and my brother and SIL and his other sister and BIL (the last 3 live on the Coast). No dress, no suits, just buy them bloody dinner afterwards. They can have their f*ckin' beer and drink it too!
 
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Sun Jan 13, 2013 10:14 pm

Winery staff (10 hours): $300 Is this right? Thats 2 junior staff for entire day. Does not seem right

Coolroom: $135

Winery itself: $550

Chair Hire: $280 - do u need tables as well?

Cutlery/Plates/Glasses: $240 - could you use plastic stuff? then you dont have to deal with clean up

Bus hire: $300 - What is this for? Could guests make their own arrangements there?

Total just for the winery: $1805

Food+drinks+non-alcoholicdrinks+beveragedispensers: $1910 - Do you need beverage dispensers? Can you borrow coolers from friends

Invites: $200 - Could you email some of these to save on printing/postage costs

Groom: $200

Bride: $800

Flowers: $470 - What flowers are you having. Could you have a bridal bouquet only?

Lighting: (estimation) $300 (candles, solar fairy lights, solar path lighting, LED Lanterns etc)

Music: (hire for an amp, a generator, and some speakers - now having my bro as the dj) $200ish

Games/Props/Cameras for tables (he still wants yard games, and it's such a minor expense I will give it to him): $250

Cars: I would like to surprise him with a special car... want my max budget to be $300, so just hoping I can find a local with a cool car. He's already getting the games, cut this out or borrow from a friend for a carton

Decorations (sashes, chair covers, table cloths, vases): Guesstimating $200 (Assuming I buy my own chair sashes) If your buying them all this seems too low. But in reality do you even need sashes and covers for the chairs

Photographer (if we can't get a family friend to do it): $700

Celebrant: $250 - Have you spoken to celebrants yet? The cheapest I found in my travels was 350

Hair and Make-up: $100 budget - again seems too low.

Cake + cake topper: $200 ($150 for the cake now :evil:) Do you need a topper? A simple cake with a matching ribbon and even a cheap brooch is very effective

Bits and bobs/5% leeway: $250


Grand Total: $6485 + $250 leeway
 
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Sun Jan 13, 2013 10:43 pm

StephMT wrote:
Winery staff (10 hours): $300 Is this right? Thats 2 junior staff for entire day. Does not seem right


This price is actually for only 1 staff member - 3 hours the day before to set up, 7 hours from 3pm - 10pm (from the time of just before the ceremony to the end of the reception). The Winery wants us to hire 1 staff member per 20 - 30 guests. Note: THE STAFF MEMBERS ARE NOT THERE TO SERVE DRINKS OR FOOD. They are simply there to 'keep an eye on the wedding' - total f*ing rip off if you ask me - I don't know any hospitality worker that earns $30 an hour to do absolutely nothing. Fortunately the day after the pack up we're allowed to do it unsupervised because noone wants to work Easter Sunday.

StephMT wrote:
Chair Hire: $280 - do u need tables as well?
The winery supplies tables in their fee. That is all apart from the grounds and a BBQ.

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Cutlery/Plates/Glasses: $240 - could you use plastic stuff? then you dont have to deal with clean up
Have thought about plastic/paper, but the winery does not supply bins, so we'd have to organise bins if we did have disposable. With the plates/cutlery/glasses hire - the winery supplies wine glasses, but that's it, but the hire joint cleans the plates and stuff even if we return it clean. They've said that we really only have to rinse it and they will do the rest.

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Bus hire: $300 - What is this for? Could guests make their own arrangements there?
This is to hire a bus for a day. We know a bus driver who will drive for free for us, but he can't supply the bus. Guests could make their own way to the winery, but it's about half an hour out of town, in the middle of nowhere with no real signs to indicate that the winery is even there, and most guests are from out of town - I'm afraid of people getting lost.

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Food+drinks+non-alcoholicdrinks+beveragedispensers: $1910 - Do you need beverage dispensers? Can you borrow coolers from friends. The Beverage Dispensers are 2 x 8L jugs that cost $20 each from the reject shop.


StephMT wrote:
Invites: $200 - Could you email some of these to save on printing/postage costs
yeah I could... always a possibility.

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Flowers: $470 - What flowers are you having. Could you have a bridal bouquet only?
- having real touch silk flowers bought from the local florist in stems and DIYing them. The flowers are important to me - my last wedding it was one of the things I wished I could've had.

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Cars: I would like to surprise him with a special car... want my max budget to be $300, so just hoping I can find a local with a cool car. He's already getting the games, cut this out or borrow from a friend for a carton
- I'd rather he get the cars LOL :p I'm hoping to find someone local with a car, we've spotted a really cool blue old fashioned ute thing that I'm hoping to spot again and follow around so I can ask him :p

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Decorations (sashes, chair covers, table cloths, vases): Guesstimating $200 (Assuming I buy my own chair sashes) If your buying them all this seems too low. But in reality do you even need sashes and covers for the chairs
- Hiring the chair sashes is $2.50 each, so $200 for just the chair sashes for 80 chairs. Buying 100 chair sashes from eBay costs about $50. I will be hiring the chair covers though because they're expensive from everywhere else to buy (like in the $500 region), table cloths I intend on making myself or hiring, and vases will be tin cans painted a coppery-gold to put the flowers in.


StephMT wrote:
Celebrant: $250 - Have you spoken to celebrants yet? The cheapest I found in my travels was 350
My SIL is going to be our celebrant at cost price.

StephMT wrote:
Hair and Make-up: $100 budget - again seems too low
Small country town with a student beauty salon in it. I am happy to do my own make-up and just pay to get my hair done at the student place.

StephMT wrote:
Cake + cake topper: $200 ($150 for the cake now :evil:) Do you need a topper? A simple cake with a matching ribbon and even a cheap brooch is very effective
We're having a mad hatter cake, so maybe a topper could be passed on true...

FH and I just had a big talk, and I had a big cry. We're seriously considering putting off the wedding until 2016... either that or we're just going to fly to the Gold Coast, or drive to Melbourne and go to the registry office. FH even said we can just have the ceremony and no reception... I would just rather focus on having a baby and get married when we can really afford it and really start living our lives together... as opposed to just focusing on this stupid wedding that doesn't seem to satisfy ANYONE. :cry:
 
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Mon Jan 14, 2013 12:32 am

Chair sashes for $2.50 each?? We hire them for $1 each for DIY! I'm assuming you are DIY? Would it work out cheaper to hire nicer chairs and not worry about covers or sashes? How much are Americana chairs? They don't need covers, so even if the chairs cost a little more to hire in total, you would save by not dressing them up.
Your flower budget seems very expensive too. Who is having flowers and what are you having? Can you buy the flowers online rather than a florist with a markup?
 
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Mon Jan 14, 2013 1:18 am

Yeah Ashling, that was me with his bl00dy war game LOL.

We've just had a really really really long talk about it, and it looks like at the very least we're going to continue trying for a baby, if I get pregnant put the wedding off for a while and in general just put the wedding off to save money. Basically we're just going to wing it... save and when we feel like it after the divorce goes through we'll go get married and organise it in a couple of months.
 
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Mon Jan 14, 2013 10:05 am

If you really didn't want to put the 'wedding' off, have you considered an afternoon tea? Cocktail style, champagne, tea, coffee and softies, less plates and cutlery, no music, much shorter. You could even do it pot luck style and ask your local guests to bring a dessert to share.

Save and have a vow renewal and reception later down teh track.
 
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Mon Jan 14, 2013 2:52 pm

Ashling wrote:
I had an appointment at my reception venue on the weekend at 10am, and they had a breakfast wedding going on, with pastries, croissants, eggs, juices etc.

This would be significantly chaper to DIY I would have thought, particularly as then there is no expectation of any alcohol, maybe just a couple of bottles of champagne for toasting.

I have to say, if I was having a more low-key wedding than I am, that's what I would do.

Then you have the whole day after to spend with your FH or to go and take photos.


Oooh that sounds awesome!
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