- Wedding: September 2014 - Lubeznik Center for the Arts
Venue: When looking for a venue, try to find a community center, nature center, ect. to save some money. We are using a smallish community art center that charged us only $900 for use of th entire facility. We did have to pay a $500 refundable security deposit and we had to get event insurance, so be sure to look into these expenses ahead of time.
Food: We chose a smaller, lesser known catering service and a slightly more casual menu: Whole roasted chickens, beef bourgignon, roasted root veg, asparagus with hollendaise, salads, and mini-apple pies. We gave the caterer a budget and she came up with a menu – $25 a head.
Bar: We went beer and wine only, as this was the only way to keep it within budget. We have a house red, house white, and 3 beers. This was a major compromise on my part, but that’s part of having a wedding on a budget, too. Total for bar was $1280
Dress: We have two brides (gay wedding) so we shopped samples/sales. My fiance got her dress for $280 (and this thing is stinking gorgeous, btw) and I got mine for $400. We each spent about $100 on alterations, and I made the jewelry for us to wear so that was pretty cheap.
Cake: We have a family friend making us a big gorgeous cake, and we are incredibly blessed. This brings me to a good point, however – enlist the help of talented friends!! You might know a florist, photographer, whatever, who you might get a nice discount from! You can also do cupcakes for a better price than a huge cake, or even buy sheet cake from a local bakery and a “dummy” cake for display. Don’t forget to make sure the top is a small real cake for the ceremony.
Photographer: $600. We are paying a friend of the family for photos, so it’s a reduced rate.
Flowers: We are DIYing them and although we have to make two bouquets ($$$) we will offset that cost by having just corsages for our bridesmaids. I think it’s sort of cute, and well, there are places where cuts must be made!
Officiant: $0 for our fun ceremony (not legally binding) – having a family friend do it. We will end up paying $60 in Chicago for our legal wedding though.
Hair and Makeup: $240 EACH (ouch, oh the pain) = $500 – not something we wanted to sacrifice on, because neither of us are exactly talented in this area.
Rings: We spent $100 each on our wedding rings, so they are not good quality, and will need to be replaced at some point, but they will do for now.
Gifts: Shopped Etsy for the few bridesman gifts we needed: an engraved pocketwatch ($26) an engraved pocket knife ($30) and an engraved beer growler. For the bridesmaids, I made them each necklaces and earrings ($80) and bought them each a robe ($47 – got a major steal off Kohl’s website). We bought toys for our flower girl and ringbearer, and I bought a headband for our flowergirl off of Etsy ($15) and a bow tie and suspenders set off Etsy ($13).
Favors: We are going to donate a “School in a Box” which is through Unicef, provides enough school materials for 40 students and one teacher to carry on classes in a disaster zone for 3 months.
Linens: We are using white tablecloths and chairs from the venue, but buying runners in our color for $4 a piece on ebay.
And…that’s all I got. Hopefully that doesn’t end up being more than 10K – that was our budget and we’re really trying to stay under it!!!!!