2/27 RealBride Elizabeth: SOS! My Budget Ship is Sinking!

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In the short time I’ve been engaged, I feel like I’ve got a lot of the big stuff done. I’ve booked my venue (an awesome 1920’s theatre in downtown Greensboro), secured my photographer, found a DJ, my dress is hanging safely in my parent’s spare bedroom, and I’ve sent out my save-the-dates. My mom recommended I assemble a spreadsheet as to track my expenses. Now, to be honest with you, math and financial responsibility have never been my strong suits, so I was a little apprehensive.

She walked me through all the columns and rows, and everything looked good. I was well under budget and feeling pretty good about it. Then, today, I remembered the caterers (Apparently its in good taste to feed people when they’re coming 1,000 miles for your wedding). We’re having Carolina barbecue for our meal, which is damn tasty (and cheap). Since I don’t have to give them the final head count until 3 days before the wedding, I calculated as if every single one of our guests RSVP’d yes.

YIKES. If everyone shows up, I will officially have approximately $250 left for the following:

  • Flowers (bouquets,  boutonnieres, etc)
  • Any decorations
  • Bridesmaid gifts
  • Hair/make-up for myself
  • Alcohol

Now, I know every single person we invite will likely not show up, but it’s still enough to skyrocket my anxiety through the roof, and start freaking out a little about my budget. Before today, I was fairly confident that I wasn’t going to have too many problems staying in the lines.

It looks like it’s time to get creative, and I would love to enlist my fellow broke-ass brides in any tips, tricks, or things I can do to get my life together. Please help me!

Elizabeth is a globe-trotting Midwestern girl who currently resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She's a freelance writer, an avid reader, and the proud puppy-parent to a sassy Westie named Nessie. You can follow her on Twitter (@amidwesternlife) or Instagram (@pittel).