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Only engaged 2 weeks and i'm about to have a panic attack!!!

Discussion in 'Bride World Wide & Grooms Grooves' started by jitterymo, Nov 10, 2016.

  1. jitterymo
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    by jitterymo » Nov 10, 2016
    So it's been a very very long time since I've been on PS. But I'm recently engaged and I am completely overwhelmed by the price of everything! I called the bridal shop to make an appointment, they asked me for my budget, I said $900 (hoping to spend less). They informed me that the average price of a wedding dress is $1700!!!! Holy cheeses!! I started looking at photographers... a good photographer starting price is $3000! where as the not so good photographers are still $1500-1700 starting price. And caterers.... if I had time I'd do my own food, but starting at $21/plate... geeze... I'm looking at at least $6K for just food (we are looking at 300 people, large, LARGE families)!!!

    I need help! I'm in the process of hiring a wedding coordinator (present from my parents). My wedding date is 7/15/17, I have my Reception Venue (my Fiancé is a firefighter, so we are using their pavilion)

    Any suggestions will help me... I
     
  2. foxinsox
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    by foxinsox » Nov 11, 2016
    Re: Only engaged 2 weeks and i'm about to have a panic attac

    Look at secondhand dress websites - I got a dress that retailed for USD$2400 for USD$500 and it was unworn with tags. I used stillwhite.co.nz since I'm in NZ but the dress was in the US. There are quite a few sites like that too. Also look to alternative times for your wedding like a lunchtime or cocktail hour instead of having to do a full dinner if that's an option
     
  3. boerumbiddy
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    by boerumbiddy » Nov 11, 2016
    Re: Only engaged 2 weeks and i'm about to have a panic attac

    One of the nicest small-town weddings I ever went to had a cash bar because that was the local custom. One of my friends lost a $10,000 deposit when her caterer went broke and absconded with their $$$ and that of many other couples. They put together a really nice wedding dinner with pretty paper plates and bamboo cutlery, delicious and copious buffet food, wine and a signature cocktail. I gave my aunt a wedding for 100 people using a friend's big apartment, borrowed silverware, gallons of Cava and an "open bar" that was really hard to find just for the hard-core drinkers. It just depends on what is important to you. My theory is that family and friends love you and don't need to be impressed, as long as there is plenty to eat and drink. Don't shortchange your future for a few hours of partying!
     
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    by boerumbiddy » Nov 11, 2016
    Re: Only engaged 2 weeks and i'm about to have a panic attac

    And at my niece's wedding, she had three friends who were good photographers and gave her the pictures as a wedding gift. Just a thought.
     
  5. jitterymo
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    by jitterymo » Nov 28, 2016
    Re: Only engaged 2 weeks and i'm about to have a panic attac

    Thanks ladies!!!! I found my dress. And it didn't break the bank (out the door for $731, I already paid for half by doing a craft fair and selling some of my crafting projects I've done the last few months... and plan to pay the other half after my next craft fair in two weeks).

    We have asked 2 friends to take photos. Asked his sister to do the ceremony (she is also doubling as a bridesmaid).

    I have just a little over 7 months to do all the center pieces and what not (basically all the DIY stuff).

    I'm definitely feeling a lot less stressed!!!
     
  6. violet3
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    by violet3 » Jan 4, 2017
    Re: Only engaged 2 weeks and i'm about to have a panic attac

    I had a very small budget when I got married - in looking for a dress, go to as many stores around you that you can find. Discontinued floor samples are often on a very good sale if they fit you - I got mine for $179 and I loved it. If that route doesn't work, go try on dresses you like, and then go to www.preownedweddingdresses.com and see if you can find the dresses you liked there for a cheaper price.

    Best wishes and good luck - try to let the process be somewhat fun if you can. It's really stressful, but it's also such an exciting time. :waves:

    EDIT: sorry, I didn't realize you found a dress - congratulations!!!
     

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