Post # 1
- Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA
We never really set a specific number on what we wanted to spend, just that we had a vision of what we wanted the wedding to be, and we were comfortable spending what it took to get there. Below is the final budget (rounded) based on what we spent. Some things we boosted at the last minute, like the flowers–adding $300 for a dozen more arrangements a week before the wedding… and some things we over shopped, like the alcohol which we had about 1/3 of the wine and about 1/5th of the beer left over. We were also very generous with our gifts, spending about $100 each for the attendants and a few of the close friends who helped out with some parts. Overall, we were very happy with the outcome and 100% satisfied with all of the money we spent. We could have done it for less, and we definitely could have spent more; but the wedding was a perfect day for 100 guests in the Sonoma wine country of California.
Just figured I would share my numbers for those planning bee’s who are looking for a rough idea of what they might expect for certain items.
Hair & Makeup
Total Cost of Wedding
Post # 3
nice! thank u for showing ur breakdown, its helpful to the ladies who r making choices still! by the way, congrats!
Post # 4
I like your final number! Yay!
Post # 5
How many guests did you have and how much alcohol? I want to see how much we should buy for our 150 guests (about 50 of whom can’t drink and who don’t).
Post # 6
This is super helpful! How did you get the food cost to $7.40pp? That seems super affordable to me (I’m trying to get mine down to below $40pp), was it a cocktail style reception?
Post # 7
My partner and I used google docs to share our to-do timeline and budget, and kept track of everything we spent for the wedding over the 10 months of planning. Our final breakdown was approx this (I rounded figures to make it easier):
Ceremony and reception venue rental: $1200
Catering for 100 guests: $4200
Stationery, STD magnets, postage: $350
Our wedding attire: $800
DJ and PA rental: $500
Photography (included e-shoot): $1800
Decor and flowers: $1200
Thank you and welcome gifts: $400
Officiant and marriage licence: $400
My hair and make up trials: $100
Wedding day make up for Mom and myself: $100
(Mom paid for my hair)
Grand total: $13,000
We were trying really hard to stay under 10K, but it didn’t quite work out. Luckily, we saved money by using weddingful.com (saved on flowers big time), my partner’s discount at Whole Foods, not having a sit-down dinner and just having appys and desserts and only one hour open bar, and lots of other werid and wonderful ways that people helped us save money.
in the end, with our parents contributions, our successful fundraiser party back in March, our tax refunds, and the generosity of our guests — the wedding is all paid for!! and that’s the best wedding gift you can give to yourselves, not being in debt after it’s all over.