Our budget is $5000. We are invitiing 18 guests, MOH, Best Man and officiant are included in that. We are renting a vacation house for all to stay, in lieu of a hotel. We are having ceremony, and reception at the house. This took out transportation cost, a huge amount of decorating costs as their is no tables for linens, no chairs to cover, no centerpieces to make, etc. We won’t be doing favors, or welcome bags, all that frivolous stuff got cut out basically.
My MOH is reusing a dress from a wedding she is in this weekend actually. My dress is a discontinued sample I got for $500. I decided early on to buy fake flowers instead of real ones, due to expense. I’ll be making the bouquets, bouutainaires and any other decorations myself. I’ll by doing my own hair and make up. We will borrow a camcorder and set it up on a tripod for a video of the ceremony and reception moments.
Our wedding bands will be simple bands, no stones. Our wedding dinner will be breakfast foods, either delivered or picked up from a local restuarant. We will get some platters of fruit, baked goods, and cheese from the local grocery store. We are getting gourmet cookies instead of a cake, also from local grocery store.
The photographer is the next biggest expense ususally that we have a fraction of most peoples budget for. I found a website, Thumbtack, that allows you to put in what you are searching for, the date & time, price point, and a few other details, and submits what you need to a network of people signed up with them. I got 4 photographers that emailed me back through this site, all in our price range. I am confident I will find someone with wedding experience to shoot our day to my satisfaction.
It’s truly all about budgeting for what you want. Talk about this early with your FI. Decide the things that can be cut and move on. I always wanted a string quartet playing while I walk down the aisle, but that is not going to happen. And I am so okay with it. Because all that matters is I am committing myself and my love for my FI in front of the people care about. Nothing else matters!!!
Our wedding is scheduled for May 2015 so I don’t have any pictures of anything at the moment. I would also say that keeping the guest list down is a sure fire way to help your budget. Food is next. We also decided to cut alcohol straight off the bat. Neither of our families drinks that much so its just not necessary. Weddings have gotten so out of hand, people expect so many things that are simply not necessary. Decide what is important to the two of you and make it YOUR day.
I have found lots of help on the wedding bee for specific aspects I was stuck on. Breakfast for dinner came from a poster on here!! My FI and I love it! I was trying to figure out how to have steak and it wasn’t working in our budget so this is a great idea!
Don’t get too overwhelmed. You can always pm me for suggestions or anything. Good luck! IT CAN BE DONE!!!! Dont let people say you need more money!!!! There is always a way!!!