- 5 years ago
- Wedding: April 2013
So, since our wedding day is now over I thought it might be helpful to other Bees if I posted our detailed budget. Let me just say that this includes everything – rings, dresses, honeymoon, etc. Anything and everything wedding related, whether a big amount or a small amount, was added to my Excel spreadsheet throughout our wedding planning process!
As you can see, we definitely went well over our original budget – however, a few indecisions caused quite a bit of that happening.
CEREMONY – TOTAL: $1118.50
Hall Rental – $508.50 – This includes the rental for the reception as well, as our ceremony/reception were in the same location. The ceremony was supposed to be outside, but that didn’t happen due to the weather.
Officiant – $360.00
Wedding Rings – $125.00 for BOTH! – They were handmade by an artist on Etsy and are sterling silver.
Marriage License – $125.00
RECEPTION – TOTAL: $5732.01
Food – $3960.00 – Our venue was all inclusive, so this total actually includes all linens, rentals, glassware, setup and cleanup, etc. And for 73 meals (4 vendor meals, us, and 67 guests) which was buffet style with 2 entree options, 2 salads, 3 sides. This also included cocktail hour served hors d’oeuvres and a late night buffet.
House Wine – $400.00 – 2 bottles on each guest table
Gratuity – $654.00
Tax – $718.01
Taxes and Gratuities are included everywhere else except here – I wanted to make a note of it separately. Yes, we had a cash bar – it is the norm where we are located and neither one of us drink, so we didn’t want to provide too much alcohol but we wanted our guests to have options – which is why we went with 2 bottles of wine on each table (1 red, 1 white).
BRIDAL ATTIRE – TOTAL: $1327.89
Wedding Dress – $1013.00
Dress Sash – $75.90
Garter – $33.99
Shoes – $125.00
Veil – $50.00
Bridal Shawl – $30.00
BEAUTY – TOTAL: $275.00
Hair Trial – $70.00
Makeup Trial – $55.00
Hair and Makeup on the Day of – $150.00
CAKE & ACCESSORIES – TOTAL: $185.64
Wedding Cake – $164.25 – We went with a basic cake design that was 2 tiers and would feed 80 people. It tasted delicious!
Cake Topper – $21.39
MUSIC – TOTAL: $1327.75
DJ for Ceremony/Cocktail Hour/Dinner/Reception – $1327.75 – They also supplied uplighting and were the MC’s for the evening!
PHOTOGRAPHY – TOTAL: $5285.00
Original Photographer Deposit – $300 – We lost our original deposit as it wasn’t until months later that I realized how important photography was to me. I don’t regret this at all and our new photographer was amazing!
Photographer – $4985.00 – This included an engagement session, 8hrs with 2 photographers, all images edited on cd within 4 weeks, 20pg album
STATIONERY – TOTAL: $294.99
Invitations – $200.00
Postage – $55.00
Thank You Cards – $39.99
GROOM ATTIRE – TOTAL: $503.39
‘In Case You Have Cold Feet’ Socks – $35.61
Tuxedo Rental for Groom + Best Man – $467.78
DECOR – TOTAL: $898.29
Chalkboard Seating Chart – $111.29
Painted Mason Jars – $94.00
Guestbook and Pens – $76.00
Chalkboard Table Numbers – $76.00
Chalkboard Place Cards – $76.00
LED Lights – $122.50
Vase Filler – $82.50
72 Votive Candles and Candleholders – $100.00
Chalkboard Easel and Chalkboard Pens – $160.00
GIFTS – TOTAL: $547.34
3 Bridal Robes – $112.93
Favours – $125.90
2 Bridesmaid Dresses – $191.00
Bridesmaid Dress Bandeau – $47.51
Bridesmaid Shawl – $30.00
Makeup for 1 Bridesmaid – $40.00
FLOWERS – TOTAL: $700.00
Wholesale Flowers – $400.00 – included more then enough Roses, Carnations and Baby’s breath to DIY the centrepieces
Wedding Party Flowers – $300.00 – included Bridal Bouquet, 2 Bridesmaid Bouquets, Groom’s Boutonniere, 1 Groomsman Boutonniere, 2 Wrist Corsages and 3 Attendant/Father Boutonnieres
HONEYMOON – TOTAL: $2000.00
$2000 – Included gas, fabulous hotel and 4 nights in Old Quebec City. I believe we actually ended up spending less than this, but this was my budget and I honestly didn’t keep too close of track of this during our honeymoon last week!
OVERALL TOTAL: $20,195.80
Our original budget was 10k – now, this was our budget before I had received any quotes or really knew what anything cost in our area. Once I started to price things out, I realized that it wasn’t going to happen… That’s when we raised the budget to 12k, then 15k, then 20k. I’m actually happy with how things turned out and we still have a sizable savings account, so we don’t regret a thing, except of course, all of the indecision that cost money in the beginning like:
– I originally was going with silk flowers. Realized afterwards that I really wanted real flowers – that decision made our budget increase an extra $600.
– Changing our photographer. I don’t regret this, as our photographer is amazing but what I regret is not realizing earlier how important photography really was. This cost us an extra $300 in a non-refundable deposit from our original photographer.
– Guestlist! Originally, we were planning on around 40-50 people max for the wedding. We ended up with 73, which wasn’t too bad, and we still had some hurt feelings with people being left out — I don’t regret this at all, everyone we loved was there – but it didn’t help with keeping our budget in check, that’s for sure!
Phew – that’s a lot to go over.. Hopefully this will help someone, and feel free to post your own detailed final budgets, as well. They will definitely vary by location, guestlist, etc so any and all would probably be helpful (I know I went over every single bride’s budget breakdown I could find!)