- 4 years ago
- Wedding: January 2014
I’ve seen a lot of posts about staying on budget and saving money, so I thought I’d make a post about what we’ve been doing.
We are trying to stay under $10,000. We could probably spend a little more, but we just can’t justify spending that much on one day. My sister spent over $30,000 on her wedding and I knew right away that I didn’t want that.
Venue: ($1575) We are getting holding the ceremony and reception in the same place – a gorgeous ballroom. We purposely chose a place that would allow us to bring in our own food and alcohol and not use an actual caterer (see food/drink section). We’re actually paying a little extra for early set-up. We are getting married on a Saturday, and I will be able to go in the day before and set things up.
Food/Drink: (cost of be determined) We chose to get restaraunt food with a theme of St. Louis style food and we are also buying our own liquor. We’ve hired someone to handle taking care of the food and bartending. The total for the servers is $100 for the whole night (thought we will tip them well). We’re estimating $500 for the food and a couple hundred for the drinks.
Attire: My dress cost $445 and it fits almost perfectly so I won’t need much alterations. I lucked out and found a dress at David’s Bridal that had been discontinued, and the only one left was in my size. I got a headpiece for $90, though I still need a slip, shoes, garter, jewelery, etc. Due to the style of my dress, they told me its better to get a bra sewn in. FI chose a Calvin Klein tux are David’s that costs $170 but all the boys get $40 off since I bought my dress at David’s. They are also giving him a free suit after all groomsman have paid.
Hair/Makeup: A friend of my sister’s teaches beauty school and offered to do everyone’s hair and makeup for $25 a person. She normally charges $50 for the bride and $35 for each bridesmaid.
Officiant: ($150) He charges $150 for the ceremony, and we get three meetings with him.
Flowers/Decor: No price estimate on flowers yet. We aren’t hiring a florist, but making everything ourselves. Two of my bridesmaids have made flower arrangements before and they are going to help me.
DJ: ($605) $605 for 6 hours
Photographer: This is the category we’re struggling with. Everything is so expensive, but we have found a couple possibilities.
Invitations: ($350) Invitations with inner and outer envelope, rsvp card with envelope, invitation and hotel insert were $290. Stamps were $60
Things we still need to consider: we haven’t looked at transportation yet, wedding bands, or attendant gifts. The venue only supplies tables/chairs, so we will still need to look into table cloths, chafing dishes, serving dishes, etc.