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Gina Loves Disney
02-07-2007, 08:15 PM
I know some poeple won't be comfortable discussing this and that's okay with me, but it'd be helpful to see where everyone is coming from on this issue. How are you paying for your wedding? Or, how did you pay for your wedding? How much was it?

Here's some background on my situation. DF and I will be paying for our own wedding. His parents are not in the financial situation to contribute and my parents have done more than enough for me by financing my education (provate high school, college and now law school) so I understand totally that they should not have to pay for my wedding... so here we are, needing to pay on our own.

We are looking into the Escape/Intimate package because we are from Connecticut and do no thave that many people who will be able to travel to FL for our wedding, to anyone who has had an intimate wedding how much was it, total? How did you pay for it.

DF works and has a great job but we (well he) owns our home and has a mortage and other costs, meanwhile I am just a student with ZERO income... so I am trying to decide how to pay for all this... I need good estimates!!

Tiggerific04
02-07-2007, 09:59 PM
DF and I are also paying for our wedding ourselves. Part of the reason we decided on a Disney wedding is because it's actually costing us less than it would to have one here in Jersey.

Anyway, I think the cost depends so much on what you want. We're having our ceremony at the Wedding Pavilion, we're doing the MK photo shoot, we hired an outside photographer, we're paying for our guests' rooms (2 nights at Pop, 15 guests total), and we're taking everyone out for 2 dinners. We're also paying for our flower girl's dress and our ring bearer's outfit, plus hair and makeup for our moms. My MOH is a quadriplegic, so we're paying for her transportation to/from the airport, and we've hired a nurse for her while she's there.

All of that (plus the usual wedding stuff), plus 2 weeks at Disney... we budgeted $14,000, but so far we're coming out way under our budget. We opened a joint account in July and we're each contributing a set amount each month that is just for wedding and moving-out stuff.

Hope that helps a little. If you want more details, feel free to PM me :)

Gina Loves Disney
02-07-2007, 10:26 PM
Thanks so much, that helps A LOT! It seems many of the elements you're incorporating are exactly what I am looking for in my WDW wedding, and your budget is about where I want to be as well. What a relief.

Funny you mentioned it would be cheaper for you to get married in Disney than at home in NJ, it's the same for me as well in CT. This general area NY/NJ/CT is INSANE for weddings... some of the places around here want $175 per person with a 175 person min., and that's just for FOOD!

Thanks so much for the response, it really is super helpful, and I might be PMing you soon too! Thanks :-)

beckyb29
02-07-2007, 10:33 PM
Congrats on planning your wedding!! Disney or no Disney, it will be a fairy-tale day!

We payed for our wedding ourselves, other than a few things.
We had the intimate at the Wedding Pavillion, which included the cake/champagne reception, and we had 8 guests total, plus me and Joe. We hired Randy Chapman for Photography (intimate package about $500, worth every penny!), and Stan from STVS for video (intimate package around $650 or so, well worth it also!). Our total budget included my dress, veil, accessories, etc, Joe's tux rental, the wedding itself, transportation to Fl, park tickets, 5 nights in a Magic Kingdom view room at the Poly (we could have saved about $2000 here, but it was worth it to us), 8 nights at Pop Century, rings, souvenears, marriage license, food for the entire trip, and probably a few other things. We probably spent about $10,000, give or take a few dollars.
Our families payed for their own trips, and also gave us a rehersal dinner and a really nice dinner the night of the wedding.

Bascially we saved. And saved. And saved some more. We had a long engagement (about 2 and a half years) which gave us some extra time. It took some determination, but it was worth every penny. A wedding and a honeymoon for that price is a bargain in most areas...even in boring NC, most weddings cost unbelievable amounts.

Good luck with your planning, and if you have any more questions, don't hesitate to ask! :)

Gina Loves Disney
02-07-2007, 10:47 PM
Thanks so much! You girls are helping so much, I expected the 10k - 15k range but I didn't expect I would get it ALL! yay!!

alauniira
02-07-2007, 10:48 PM
Cost is a big factor for me too. That is one of the main reasons I decided not to book through Disney. We are having our wedding at Hyatt Grand Cypress, here is a link to their packages:

http://www.hyatt.com/hyatt/images/hotels/vista/2007%20Intimate%20Weddings.pdf

We are doing the simply intimate without the honeymoon suite (they are taking off $250)

We looked into a few other places too: Leu gardens, Cypress Pointe Estate, and Lake Buena Vista Palace, but I fell in love with the Hyatt. Here is a pic of my ceremony site:
http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u201/alauniira/gazebo2.jpg


I went to justmarry.com and they sent me a lot of info and I can add on or take away from their packages. I booked Randy Chapman separately because his packages are so reasonable and everyone loves him.

I hope this helps you!

NeverlandClub23
02-07-2007, 11:17 PM
My DH2B and I are paying for everything as well. I estimate about $15,000 for everything including our Disney honeymoon, rings, attire, welcome bags, etc. BUT I have a feeling it will be more like $18-19k. We're not planning on getting married until 10/08 but I have started to save $100 per week, my tax returns for the next two years, and $1,000 I inherited when my grandmother passed away last summer. I also save all money I get from birthdays and Christmas'. It's a lot of work to save that much money but it will be worth it and every time I think about doing it at home for cheaper (like at a picnic shelter) my heart sinks so it's worth it for me to save the money and wait longer to get married. My DH2B is a HUGE procrastinator so I'm trying to get him to start saving now as well as he'll put it off and put it off and next thing you know it'll be 2008!

A big reason I want to get married in Disney is that if we had a wedding in VA/NC all 150+ family members would come and expect us to have a nice wedding ($$$) where as if we get married in WDW, invite those same 150+ people, only about 50 of them will actually come and I still get to get married in a beautiful place, have the people I'm closest to there, not have anyone left out as far as inviting them, and not break my little piggy bank.

I'm not planning on having any floral besides my bouqet (as the reception locations and Wedding Pavilion are pretty enough on their own I feel) and my wedding dress will not cost more than $150 (as I have found very pretty ones for that much).

I will not put any of our wedding/honeymoon on credit as I have had enough of paying credit card companies. I would rather just wait longer to get married than give them money every month.

Good luck and I hope everything works out for you!! :goodvibes

Gina Loves Disney
02-07-2007, 11:28 PM
Ohhhh the dress is another thing.... I don't want to overspend because I won't be in it too long, but I have a feeling I might go overboard!

IrishCinderella
02-07-2007, 11:30 PM
I was not a budget bride, seeing as how I had to contend with Groomzilla ("Budget? What? I must have it all!!!").

But I wish you lots of pixie dust that you can work it all out for yourselves! pixiedust:

NeverlandClub23
02-08-2007, 12:15 AM
I was not a budget bride, seeing as how I had to contend with Groomzilla ("Budget? What? I must have it all!!!").


:rotfl2: I have one of those too!! He's more into having the "wedding of our dreams" than I am. :rolleyes:

Gina Loves Disney
02-08-2007, 12:20 AM
So as far as photos are concerned, besides the MK port. session I know I want, should I not go with Disney's packages and instead contact this Randy Chapman? His packages are reasonably priced, and his pictures good?

IrishCinderella
02-08-2007, 12:44 AM
:rotfl2: I have one of those too!! He's more into having the "wedding of our dreams" than I am. :rolleyes:

Oh dear. May the force be with you.

You'll need it.

:lmao:

Summer-Caitlin
02-08-2007, 05:27 AM
My DF and I are also paying for the Wedding ourselves. I too am a Law student so I know exactly where you're coming from. I have the Intimate package, Randy Chapman, for outside photgraphy, STVS for outside videography, BeauteSpeciale for outside make up and hair and the MK Bridal Shoot. We are only having my mom come to the Wedding, she is staying for a week and we are staying for 3. We are paying for our Wedding meals, lunch at The Grand Floridian and Dinner at Victoria and Alberts (Chefs Menu) We have also paid about $400 towards my mom's trip.
We have budgeted $15,500 and unfortunately I have just went over it with the purchase of my dress ($1200), however it is possible to stick to the budget.
I work part time so all my wage goes towards the Wedding. We haven't scrimped much on our vacation because we decided it was our honeymoon and it's been years since we've been away. We are spending a week at CBR a week at AKL, 3 nights on the DCL and 4 nights at The Crowne Plaza Universal. We are on the DDP so that has saved us a lot of money as we got it for free:goodvibes It really all depends where you want to stay? We've never been to Disneyworld before I was always a Disneyland girl, but I always knew I wanted a Disney Wedding. I spent days researching locations, accommodations, restaurants....I'm an obsessive planner, might be the Law student coming out in me:lmao:
As for your question about photography, Randy is thought very highly of and I'm sure his marketing guru, Maggimus;) will be on here shortly to tell you just how great he is! His packages are very reasonable and you get full copyright to your photos on disc.
You can PM me if you have any questions, and I'll do my best to help you out:) These boards and these girls and guys are a godsend and I would have been lost without them.

dmslush
02-08-2007, 07:23 AM
We are also on a tight budget. The budget is one reason why we decided to go to wdw for the wedding. Like someone else mentioned, if we had it here, everyone we know would expect to be invited and expect a lavish catering. So, just DF, our dd, and I are going to wdw for an intimate wedding at Sunset Pointe. We have booked Randy Chapman, Stvs videos, and are planning a magic kingdom photo shoot. We are saving ever penny that we can get out hands on at the moment.

We have also decided to stay at the All Star Movies Suites. I like that because it will give me a room to get dressed in without him seeing me.

When we get home, my mom is throwing us a small reception. She and I are making a Mad Hatter's cake (I used to decorate wedding cakes in one of my former careers LOL). And we are going to have our pictures and things set up, and just serve finger foods that we can do ourselves.

myprincessgirlisa
02-08-2007, 09:28 AM
When we got married I worked full time & got a part time job @ TDS. Back in those days I was able to get discounts, but now I think since Childrens Place owns them you dont get the same benefits.
Anyway, I took all the $$ I made from TDS & put it away for the wedding.
Neither of our families paid any $$ towards our DFTW.
Only my mom & her hubby was able to come

Back in 97 Intimate DFTW included more & cost less, so it hard to compare to todays prices, but we did it.

We didnt take out a loan for the wedding, because we bought a house 6mths after we were married & that was exciting.

My recommendation is to set guesstimate the cost & figure how much you would need to save a week to reach your goal & if you get extra$$ to put it aside as well for a JIC situation!!

Good luck :cool1:

Maggimus
02-08-2007, 09:43 AM
So as far as photos are concerned, besides the MK port. session I know I want, should I not go with Disney's packages and instead contact this Randy Chapman? His packages are reasonably priced, and his pictures good?

Yes his photos are FANTASTIC!!
I posted some of the photos he took of me and my DH in this thread..
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1350055
If you want to see more check out my TR or the link to my professional photos (in my signature)... seriously-- his work cannot be beat. He is very professional and Im seriously his biggest fan. I could not have imagined choosing anyone else for photography!

ChocolateMouse
02-08-2007, 10:07 AM
We're paying everything ourselves. I thought destination weddings are supposed to save money, but that's not the case. We're Canadians doing an intimate wedding so we're paying an extra 20-21% due to the dropping exchange rate. We also pay higher income tax, so we have to work longer to earn after-tax spending dollars.

When we started, we were hoping to do the ceremony for $8000 USD, but that's not a reasonable expectation anymore. It's looking like it'll cost $14000 for the wedding package (includes airfare, but excludes accommodations and tickets since those are more Disneymoon than wedding), plus another $6000 USD for a reception for around 100 people when we return home. The reception isn't as serious because we're hoping to offset some costs with some gifts of cash/gift cards.

Most of my original budget items will be exceeded. Just yesterday, I was in shock to find out how much it costs for bridal salon services in Orlando. While it's possible to do things cheap, I think this is how much it'll cost us to do it "right". I also forgot to budget for expenses such as name changing fees, postage (not just for invitations, but also thank you cards and bridal shower) and gifts for wedding party.

My wise friend said it best. You have to decide whether to splurge because it's your one big day or whether to show restraint because it's just one day. At the end of the day, you're married either way! :goodvibes

Gina Loves Disney
02-08-2007, 10:19 AM
That post reminds me.... where did you ladies get your hair and makeup done!?

orangetiggs
02-08-2007, 10:19 AM
We are paying for most of the wedding as well apart from my dress and cinderellas carriage which my parents are paying for. We are budgeting around 10000 for everything including a honeymoon and spending money, thats about $20000. We get such a good exchange rate at the moment, I work in the travel industry and at the moment I can get around$1.94 to every 1 which is so good

balatonbabe
02-08-2007, 10:29 AM
We're from Canada also, and will be doing the custom wedding. Our original budget was about $15,000US, but with the exchange rate & 26.5% Disney charges for gratuity & taxes, as well as non-negotiable elements we want for our wedding, that guestimate was totally underestimated. My parents will be contributing a small amount (better than nothing), but we are mostly on our own to pay. Before setting our date with Disney, DF & I sat down and hammered out details, costs & comparisons of a DFTW vs. at home. Even though this will cost us more, our hearts are leading us to WDW. We can't wait!

happylalagirl
02-08-2007, 10:50 AM
That post reminds me.... where did you ladies get your hair and makeup done!?

Hi Gina - first, congratulations on your pending Disney wedding!!! You won't regret it! Also, as far as Randy Chapman is concerned, there is no other photographer that equals his work or prices. We used him for our custom wedding and I cannot say enough wonderful things about him!!! We had over 1000 pics sent to us in albums and a pile of loose ones... we haven't received our CD yet, but I can't wait for it. Plus, we still have to choose the pics for our professional album. He was a pleasure to work with. Definitely choose him!!!! :thumbsup2 :thumbsup2

Stan from STVS is wonderful also. I have a link to our video in my TR. His work is magnificent!!! We are so grateful we chose to go with him. :goodvibes

Since we had a custom wedding and you are going to have an intimate, I won't waste your time with my budget, just know that we came in under budget. I took out extra student loans to help offset the cost. But most of it, we paid for from our savings. We saved every penny - literally. We had a wedding change jar. Every day we emptied our change into it and at the end of the week, we cashed it in (Commerce change machine) and deposited it into our Orange Savings account. By the way, I would highly recommend getting one of these!! It's only online, but it's connected to your checking or savings account in your local bank. The APR is unbelievable. It certainly helped to pay for our wedding. I can't believe the interest we collected in just one year. :)

As far as hair and make-up, you have several options. I used Lisa Pena, from Lisa's Magical Weddings. She was wonderful. You can see in my TR what a beautiful job she did on my hair and make-up as well as my mom and MOH. There is also Beute Speciale (sp?) - some of the girls have used them... there are others too. But those are the two most popular. It's not cheap, but I certainly couldn't have done anything with my hair so it was worth it to me.

Good luck planning and keep the questions coming!! :) :thumbsup2

dznystar
02-08-2007, 11:22 AM
I'm getting married in 4 months, and have a HUGE problem. My parents are paying $5000 towards the wedding and DF's parents are paying $3000. We have an estimated budget of $15K. DF and I will have to come up with the rest in 3 months. How in the world is this going to happen? DF's parents cannot put anymore towards this, and I don't think my parents can or want to (i'm not sure which). We've cut this back to basics. The only thing that I can't budge on the is MK photo session. Any suggestions? We were thinking about getting the Disney visa and paying for it, because we'd have 12 months to pay it off. I'm so stressed out. Please help!

Gina Loves Disney
02-08-2007, 11:33 AM
I'm getting married in 4 months, and have a HUGE problem. My parents are paying $5000 towards the wedding and DF's parents are paying $3000. We have an estimated budget of $15K. DF and I will have to come up with the rest in 3 months. How in the world is this going to happen? DF's parents cannot put anymore towards this, and I don't think my parents can or want to (i'm not sure which). We've cut this back to basics. The only thing that I can't budge on the is MK photo session. Any suggestions? We were thinking about getting the Disney visa and paying for it, because we'd have 12 months to pay it off. I'm so stressed out. Please help!


Well if you can get 0% financing on the Disney Visa I say it's not a bad idea. Financing ALWAYS scares me, but the reality is it's a necessity. Do you have ANY of the money for the remaining 7K? If you charge say 5K I bet you will have no problem paying it off in one year.

The way things are looking for me is that we'll be in the same boat. As long as you have no other outstanding debt it should be okay but only you know your financial situation.

Good luck!

balatonbabe
02-08-2007, 11:38 AM
If there is no possible way for your to save the rest in the next 3 months, and qualify for a Disney Visa, you would likely qualify for a line of credit from your bank. Interest rates on a line of credit are 1/3 of VISA (with a good credit rating) and you only pay interest on the balance. I would talk to your bank ASAP.

Belle1981
02-08-2007, 12:02 PM
Our wedding is a combined effort. We are trying to save some money so that our parents do not pay for everything. My parents are paying the majority and DF parents are going to contribute a small amount. We luckily have 14 months to save and we are not too concerned with the budget but we are trying to be realistic between things we need and things that are just a waste. Since now we are going to have our honeymoon in Tahiti we don't want to go too crazy with the Disney wedding. I hear you Canadians out there I can't believe what is happening to our dollar! I have seen too many people spend over 150 thousand on a wedding and are paying for it years later...To me I want it to be elegant but when its all said and done it's the person stand next to you that is the most important thing that day!

Gina Loves Disney
02-08-2007, 12:10 PM
Our wedding is a combined effort. We are trying to save some money so that our parents do not pay for everything. My parents are paying the majority and DF parents are going to contribute a small amount. We luckily have 14 months to save and we are not too concerned with the budget but we are trying to be realistic between things we need and things that are just a waste. Since now we are going to have our honeymoon in Tahiti we don't want to go too crazy with the Disney wedding. I hear you Canadians out there I can't believe what is happening to our dollar! I have seen too many people spend over 150 thousand on a wedding and are paying for it years later...To me I want it to be elegant but when its all said and done it's the person stand next to you that is the most important thing that day!

Ohhh Tahiti sounds amazing!!! I always dreamed of honeymooning in Bora Bora but since we're doing the Disney Wedding Bora Bora will have to wait ;)

ChocolateMouse
02-08-2007, 01:02 PM
I'm getting married in 4 months, and have a HUGE problem. My parents are paying $5000 towards the wedding and DF's parents are paying $3000. We have an estimated budget of $15K. DF and I will have to come up with the rest in 3 months. How in the world is this going to happen?

If you must finance, then you do what you have to do to make your magical day happen. If you plan to pay it off within 12 months, then you also need to think about expenses within the next year as well. Newly married couples usually have a lot of expenses in their near future, especially if they're moving in together and literally need everything.

I'm told it's fun being a newlywed, so the number of activities increase and therefore expenses go up. My dad told me it's worth buying new suitcases because newlyweds like to travel a lot too. So while the wedding day costs a lot of money, I can also foresee (or dream) a lot of expenses in the near future - in an ideal world. :goodvibes

Since now we are going to have our honeymoon in Tahiti we don't want to go too crazy with the Disney wedding. I hear you Canadians out there I can't believe what is happening to our dollar!

Tahiti! Wow, that's great! We're planning a cruise after the wedding since we're down there anyway. I've seen our dollar drop a few percent in just the past couple of weeks and about 5% in the last couple of months. I don't remember how much of our wedding is paid in US dollars. If it's $15000, then each 1% drop is an extra $150. Our wedding costs haven risen an extra $450 in the past two weeks without doing anything!

balatonbabe
02-08-2007, 01:14 PM
I have seen too many people spend over 150 thousand on a wedding and are paying for it years later...

WOW, I hope that's a typo, 'cause if it's not, OMG!:scared1:

Gina Loves Disney
02-08-2007, 10:38 PM
I wish it was easier to save money guys!!! :( I want to do this NOW!!

ChocolateMouse
02-09-2007, 12:09 AM
Here's my rough budget for an intimate wedding of 20 if you wish to compare. The numbers include taxes and gratuities. There'll be more expenses, but I haven't thought of them yet.
Disney Wedding: 6500.00
Reception dinner: 1800.00
Photography: 900.00
Wishes cruise: 700.00
Marriage licence: 100.00
Car rental: 60.00
Officiant: 150.00
Airfare: 900.00
Wedding gown, alterations, shoes: 1200.00
Garment bag: 50.00
Tuxedo rental: 150.00
Hair, make-up, manicure including bridesmaids: 300.00
Bridesmaid dresses: 320.00
Flower girl dress: 100.00
Wedding bands: 1500.00
Wedding party gifts: 100.00
Total above is around $15000

Disney accommodation: 1300.00
Disney park passes: 400.00
Meals: 400.00
Souvenirs: 400.00
Total above is around $2500

JandJ
02-09-2007, 10:16 AM
We paid for our wedding ourselves, except for a few things that our parents graciously paid for. We're over 30 and have been on our own for a long time, it wouldn't have felt right for our parents to pay for our wedding.

Ours was over a year ago and Intimates used to include the officiant, but Disney was about $4500. This included:
4 nights at WL Resort
location
custom cake upgrade
bottle of cider
chocolate favors (10 total)
extra floral (3-rose wand for MOH; bouts for Daddy, FIL, BM; coursage for MIL; remembrance rose for my mom)

Add in:
1/2 of my wedding gown (my parents paid for 1/2)
my tiara/headband ($$$ but worth it!)
my shoes
MOH's dress, shoes, jewelry (she was 17 and my niece so I got everything for her)
DH's suit, shirt, tie, shoes, etc.
brunch the day after the wedding, which we hosted
honeymoon cruise
meals and souveniers on Disneymoon and cruise
extra decorations for the Terrace (bows, tablecloths, vase for mom's rose, silk bouquets we made for the cake cutting table, etc.)
nearly 80 announcements (we made them but the materials and postage cost)
Misc costs (license, tips, my nails and waxing, etc.)
Total about $3500. Grand Total for Everything was around $8,000. We had a budget of $10k and did the dance of joy that I stayed under :dance3:

We have APs already, so no ticket cost. I got my invitations for free through work. MIL & FIL paid for rehearsal dinner. MIL paid for her's, mine, and MOH's hair for the wedding day (I did my own make-up).

Could we have done it cheaper? Yes and no. If we'd had the same size wedding locally, yes, absolutely! But if we'd had it locally everyone would have expected to have been invited and would have been offended if they weren't, so no we couldn't have done it cheaper locally. Having an Intimate at Disney solved the "who do we invite" issue because we were cut-off at 8 guests!

Disney: $4500
Grand Total for wedding and honeymoon: $8,000
Having a completely perfect wedding: PRICELESS :cloud9:

Maggimus
02-09-2007, 11:03 AM
We paid for our wedding ourselves, with the exception of Mickey & Minnie (which my parents graciously paid for). We were all on the dining plan which helped too.

We also paid for our at-home reception ourselves.

DH and I were/are in the position that we could do so and we had been living together for years so I saw it very fitting to do that

Intimate: $2500
Characters: $1070 (parents paid)
Our 6 night stay at WL, MYW Park hopper tickets and DDP including airline: roughly $3000

TOTAL: $6570... Not too shabby for a Disney wedding and Honeymoon :woohoo:

EDIT: I left out the most important part... We hired Randy for an additional 612. 36. How could I forget that part?

ForKeeps
02-09-2007, 11:59 AM
DH and I budgeted to pay for the whole thing ourselves. I managed to snag a Teaching Assistant position at my university that pays well. I had planned to put all my earnings towards the wedding. However, the position pays monthly, so until the monthly cheques rolled in I planned to borrow from my student line of credit, which has a really low interest rate and then put it all back.

We budgeted $15000 Canadian for everything: the wedding, his tux rental, the rings, the liscence through "Say I do weddings", steaming, airfare, hotel stay, dining plan, tickets, wishes cruise, dinner, Randy for photos, and a Magic Moment for video. Essentially everything but my dress, which my mom got for me. (Awww...:goodvibes )

Then my parents surprised me with a cheque for $5000 and said "you don't have to just put it towards your costs -- if you want to add more stuff on, like the carriage, then that's what you should do". In the end we actually cut things (namely Mickey and Minnie) and the only extra floral we had was corsages/ and boutineers for our parents. Then at Christmas DH's parents presented us with a gift as well.

So while we had budgeted to pay for everything ourselves most of the costs were covered by our parents.

One of the big ways I kept costs down was to go with a moderate hotel. Because we stayed 9 nights the room cost made a big difference.

The wedding night dinner was a splurge. It cost about $1000 CAD for all 11 of us. I'm glad we splurged on both this and the Grand 1 because they were both amazing. But costs definately could have been lower.

We also splurged on videography. It was a last minute addition.

The numbers don't include my nails, hair, make-up lessons, (bride-y stuff) that I paid for myself as a treat.

We'll also pay about $1500 for our wedding tour, which is 4 separate backyard parties. So in total we're looking at $16,500.

Not bad for the wedding and honeymoon of your dreams. :bride:

TinkBride
02-09-2007, 12:24 PM
Well......DF and I are paying for our honeymoon ourselves:

4 nights @ POFQ + 5 nights at SOG = approx. 1300.00
2-7 day park hoppers = 500.00
Food and Shopping = budgeted about 1000.00 (haha the shopping did DF in)
Airfare from Indy to orlando = 600.00

Total = 3400.00

Our parents are splitting the cost of the wedding:

Intimate at SBP = 2650.00
MK Photo Shoot = 800.00
Randy Chapman = approx. 700.00
Hair by Makeover Majic for me, MOH, and FG = 220.00
Wedding Liscense = 93.50 (by mail through Brevard Co. Fl.)
Rev. Day = 150.00
Dress and accessories = 500.00
Upgrades on Floral = 200.00

Total = 5313.50

Total all together : 8713.50 (approx.)

Fortunately because DF is a saver, we did not have to finance anything or put anything on a credit card, same goes for our parents, but if we had to we would have, because all of the things we are spending money on is worth it to me and DF.

Side Note: GO WITH RANDY!!!!!! It may be extra up front, but if you want a lot of pics, it pays off in the end. You get copyrights to all your photos and can make your own prints at wal-mart, one look at DPS prices for prints, and you will see my point! :wizard:

hulagirl87
02-09-2007, 01:12 PM
My parents are divorced and my mom is the one who raised me. She is the absolute best :hug: and she has been a great help in paying for our wedding. She bought me my dress, veil and headpiece and she paid for our honeymoon. (11 nights at the Grand Floridian and 3 night cruise on the Wonder). She and I both have the Disney visa and have been racking up the points for the past couple years. She is using her points for payment, I'm using mine for fun souvies and stuff. We are using frequent flier miles for our flights. My DF and I are paying for the Intimate wedding, Randy Chapman, and I'm paying for my hair. I'm lucky since I work in a salon, I'm having a makeup lesson done with one of the makeup artists there before I leave and then doing my own makeup when I get down there, that will help save some money... anywhere we can save we are trying. It's really hard! we just bought our house and it seems like anywhere something can go wrong it will.... :scared: but in the end it's all ok cause i'm going to disney and i'm gettin' married!!!! :bride: :cloud9:

ChocolateMouse
02-09-2007, 01:16 PM
Oh yeah, I forgot to add gown steaming into my budget. I had booked Carolyn Allen (I think she said $65, plus I'm guessing there's a tip involved).

One of the important points of this thread should be that you need to prepare yourself for all of your costs, not just the obvious ones. A bunch of smaller items like gown steaming, new shoes, extra floral, photofinishing, dress alterations, taxes, gratuities, etc., can add up to a lot of money. In my case, I probably missed a few *thousand* dollars from my original planning! I definitely started a lot lower than $15000 for an intimate wedding.

Even afterwards when you're photofinishing, buying picture frames, gown cleaning and preserving, etc., you're spending money that are part of wedding costs. I've just added $300 in forgotten items to my budget in just the last hour! :eek:

I think the other point is many of these wedding budgets can be trimmed 20% fairly easily and not make a significant impact to your day. I don't necessarily have to spend $700 on a Wishes cruise (I need two boats); I just really want to finish off my evening that way. If money becomes too tight, I can drop that from my budget.

JonetteA
02-09-2007, 11:33 PM
We paid for ours mostly ourselves. I set up an ING account and had money deducted every pay period. That really really helped. Is there any tutoring or something that you could do to bring in extra income? We also scaled back all of our "wedding wants", ok my wedding wants! =) Disney is doable you just have to budget yourself and be willing to do somethings yourself. The intimate or escape package now is a wonderful package that if we could go back and invite less people, we would have gone that route!

Gina Loves Disney
02-09-2007, 11:36 PM
We paid for ours mostly ourselves. I set up an ING account and had money deducted every pay period. That really really helped. Is there any tutoring or something that you could do to bring in extra income? We also scaled back all of our "wedding wants", ok my wedding wants! =) Disney is doable you just have to budget yourself and be willing to do somethings yourself. The intimate or escape package now is a wonderful package that if we could go back and invite less people, we would have gone that route!

I was trying to think of things I can do for extra money as well. I am going to *attempt to get a paid internship for the summer (I take classes in the summer too) but if I don't get that I need something!

I am in the process of talking DF into the ING account!