Category archives: Budget Talk
Winter, Spring, Summer or maybe Fall?
Friday, Saturday or perhaps Sunday? So many decisions!
Here at DIY Bride we're always happy to help when it comes to making budget friendly decisions. When it comes to choosing a wedding date, some considerations should be made, and this is especially true if you're worryin[...]
For all of you sending out save-the-dates and invitations this year: heads up! The US Postal Service has raised rates for most mail classes as of January 27.
Here's what to expect for First Class Mail:
Letters (1oz.) — 1-cent increase to 46 cents
Letters additional ounces — unchanged at 20 cents
Letters to a[...]
- When I first breathed word of my engagement, my piggy bank cowered behind a pair of shoes I had never worn and shook with terror. It knew very well that budgeting for a wedding is no easy task. There are hundreds of details to think of – the venue, food, drinks, place card holders, and so on.
More alarmingly, newly [...]
- As we all know wedding costs can add up very quickly! Have the wedding of your dreams while staying within your budget with these 25 tips. Would you consider doing any of these for your wedding?
Buy, don't rent
Instead of paying hefty rental fees from vendors, try looking on eBay or Craigslist to find the supp[...]
- If you are trying to save a little money to stay on track for your budget consider having decorations and items for the wedding do double duty. Instead of purchasing additional centerpieces for the reception, utilize the bridesmaid’s bouquets. They can carry them during the ceremony and then showcase the beautiful arra[...]
- As you read through the site, you'll know how evangelical I am about not getting into debt for your wedding. Budgets are something we'll be talking a lot more about in the coming weeks because (a) it's a crucial part of the whole wedding experience (and beyond) and (b) the wedding industry as a whole doesn't do a very [...]
According to TheKnot.com, the average wedding cost was over $26,000 in 2010. Now that you've recovered from the sticker shock, it's time to get serious about your wedding finances. Most of you will be taking out loans and/or using credit cards to help pay for your big day and I wish I could take you each by the hand,[...]
Dear DIY Bride: My dad and step-mom had offered to pay for our March 2011 reception expenses. Long story short - because Dad is getting divorced the amount of funds available to us is significantly (like less than half!) less than it was 6 months ago. We've signed contracts for all of our reception vendors. What do w[...]
- I'm thrilled to have contributed my Top 10 Tips for a One-of-a-Kind Weddingover at AOL's excellent Aisle Dash site.
1. DO be decisive. Nothing will sabotage your DIY experience more than being wishy-washy about your projects. Once you get a solid theme or project idea down, stick with it, or you'll waste precious time[...]
DIYer Elizabeth writes in:
I'm a full-time student and my FI just got back to work after being unemployed for 4 1/2 months. We have a big (for us) payment coming up for our reception venue. We won't have the money for it on the due date but will have it when FI gets his paycheck about a week later. We've seen ads for [...]
- The uber-fabulous Darcy Miller, editorial director of Martha Stewart Weddings, offers 10 Ways to Trim Your Wedding Budget.
When you prioritize, plan, and adopt some of the money-saving steps below, it will be the beauty and joy of your wedding day you hold onto forever, not the bills.
Food and Drinks
1. Serve a [...]
- [Part 1 of the Negotiating Series]
In the first part of the series, I talked about how attitude will affect your negotiation process. For both sides of the negotiation table a positive attitude and willingness to listen to each other will go a long way in coming up with a mutually satisfying agreement.