Post # 1
Let’s make this post short and sweet, how did other brides with a $15,000 budget use it for their wedding? We have a confirmed guest list of 150 people, we invited around 200 even though originally we were thinking 250…we cut ALOT of people for various reasons. We got lucky and FI parents gave us $5,000 toward our honeymoon and that completly covered it plus some to put on our cruise account for on board spending.
So here’s our rundown…by dad/stepmom are contributing $8,000 toward our total budget. We were responsible for $7,000 of it. My grandparents are taking care of the Church donation so there is no cost to us.
- $3,000 for my dress ( see my post about the fire at the dress shop…I will not be wearing this beauty on my wedding day)
- $4,000 for our reception venue
- $2,000 for alcohol at reception
- $500 for DJ
- $1,400 (roughly) for our florist, great family friend and gave us an amazing price.
- $500 on accessories for me/his tux
- FREE wedding photography, my aunt is a wedding photographer and is taking them
- FREE wedding cake, my other aunt bakes cakes for a living and is making our cake
- $1,000 on bridal party gifts
- $500 on gifts for our guests
- $300 for invitations ( I made them myself, and postage is included in this)
- FREE vintage cars to use for the wedding party (one of my uncles collects and restores old cars and does car shows with them…fits perfect with our vintage wedding theme)
- $800 on wedding linen and decor, I went pinterest crazy and made alot of it myself
Somehow we ended up with roughly $1,000 left over and we don’t know how. Originally when we worked everything out we were pushing our budget. Plus, when the insurance settles we will have the $3,000 back for my dress. Ultimately, is will be around $4,000 UNDER budget.
Is there anything I am missing at this point? I feel like there should be but I just don’t know what it is! We are not counting on the extra $3,000 at this point, although they have promised to have everything settled with the insurance by mid April…I am keeping my fingers crossed!
Post # 2
That’s awesome you are getting so much for free!! Makes it nice that you are able to spend so much on your bridal party gifts. They will really appreciate that. I love the vintage car idea!!
Our is sorta similar…about 150 people. (Fi’s gparents are paying for our honeymoon cruise too!) We didnt have a set budget but this is just what prices came out to be, about…
$1500 Wedding Dress/alterations
$500 church venue
$1500 reception venue
$6000 for catering/linens/servers at reception..and wedding coordinator
$1100 for DJ at reception
$1200 for photographer (includes engagment shoot, rehearsal dinner, 2 photographers plus a 3rd for photobooth)
$300 for reception music
$500 for invitations
$100 for officiant
$500 for a lot of DIY reception decor
$500 for cake
$1000 for flowers
$1000 for cabin to stay at the nights leading up to the wedding
I think that adds up to about 15k….?
(not including any makeup, bridal party gifts, transportation, tuxes, honeymoon or rings)
Make sure you remember the little things like the officiant, wedding license, thank you notes (Stamps!), pre-wedding nails, waxes, tans, makeup, hair…im trying to think of other things you’ll have to get….umm….
Post # 3
MrsEmployed: I don’t know if you included this but TIPS for the vendors- DJ, waiters, catering..ect. That 1000 easily could be spent on tips( and you dont even have that many ppl to tip considering your getting so much for free!)
Also are you staying at a hotel..ect, and how is everyone (bridal party, ect) getting to/from reception? limos..ect?
Post # 4
You missed the part about using the vintage cars for transportation 🙂 Tips are already included in the prices I listed except for the florist, shes refuses to except one.
Post # 5
That is roughly out budget as well… I didn’t ntoice, but is your food included in your venue price? Or are you doing a cake and punch theme?
Post # 6
Food and non alcholic drinks are included in the venue price. We got it for a steal because FI is a member of the country club.