(sorry for the long post, but you asked for it all)
Total budgeted cost: $28K (based on amount able to save per month multiplied by number of months in engagement)
Note: Having a “wedding weekend” – Catholic ceremony & reception on Friday; outdoor ceremony & reception Sunday. Wedding is local for couple & about 20% of guests; it’s “destination” for 80% of guests. Wedding is in LA = expensive.
No. of guests: approx. 60 (68 invited)
Save-The-Date Cards: DIY; approx. $1.43 each x 30
Invites: DIY; approx. $4 each x30
Bridal Party gifts: approx $150 for Maid/Matron of Honor, $150 total for FI’s Bridesmaid or Best Man, officiant (childhood friend) & reader (other childhood friend), $50 for Flower Girl & reader (nephew)
Fri ceremony: approx. $1000 (church, musician, decor)
Fri reception: approx. $2500 (3-4 apps per guest + 2 hours open bar) – it’s just a “champagne & cake” reception in late afternoon (4-6pm)
Fri attire: gown = $200; suit = $0 (already owned); personal flowers = $150 (leis)
Sun ceremony & reception: approx. $20K (@ Disneyland hotel)
- $100/guest F&B + tax & gratuity
- $8K for personal flowers, decor, & entertainment extras
- $500 for AV set up (iPod reception & ceremony)
- $3K for favors (tix to Disneyland for each guest)
- $1K for photographer (no hire for Fri – will be friendors)
Sun attire: gown = $800 + $200 for alterations; shoes = $100; groom = $0-100 (already owns aloha shirt, slacks, & shoes, but may need to buy another shirt, if doesn’t match gown); flowers = included with reception venue decor price
Parents are paying for RDs (one for each rehearsal); each set is paying for one. Cost of honeymoon (if we have one) has been kindly offered by FI’s parents.
HTH! I’m pretty proud to say that we’re really close to our budget – about $200 over…which I think we can pinch some pennies & save up, so as not to cut anything out. Also pretty proud that we could have a wedding for aroun $5K, in LA, if we just stuck with the Friday shebang…but Fiance & I both wanted an outdoor wedding, so we stretched it & chose to really put all the stops for our Disney dream wedding (FI’s idea!) that is actually happening. Four months to go!
Edit: didn’t include rings…haven’t decided if we’re having them or not. since they’re “a symbol of your love & commitment,” we’re discussing if we want a different symbol. Also didn’t include wedding day accessories – already bought: wearing engagement pendant & matching earrings (FI didn’t buy a ring b/c he listened to me when I said I don’t want a ring, but wanted me to wear something that showed we’re engaged anyway)