Our budget was around 10k, not sure exactly the numbers since it has been a little while, but here is the general breakdown that I had saved on my computer from the week before :
Venue: $1,437.62 ( this was for the ceremony + reception)
Catering- $1,500.71 ( included BBQ with 2 meats, 3 or 4 different vegetables, bread, tea, water, salad… I think that’s all)
Photographer- paid $2,000 ( included engagement pics, 2 shooters the day of for 8 hours and also a disc)
Wedding Cake- Paid $428
Invitations, save-the-dates and thank you cards- $170.00
Décor( shepherds hooks, mason jars, burlap runners, string lights, tulle, candles, chalkboard, this included linens since we purchased our own off of a cheap onlne site) $400
Dress/accessories (including hair, make up tans, tans, trials of for the make up and tans, mani/pedi, shoes, jewelry): $2,400
Rental Company: $796.78 (tables, chairs, a tent for 140 people for the ceremony + reception)
Florist: $565.12 + tax
Alcohol/soft drinks– $672
So, that came out to $10,967 and if I remember correctly, a few of those prices dropped at the last minute with the catering, so probably right around 10,500 or so. Some things we did to cut corners:
– chose a venue at a city landmark instead of an actual wedding or event venue, it was way cheaper and they had a lot of wedding stuff on hand ( like a tent) that we were able to rent for MUCH cheaper than through a rental company
– we cheaped out on the invitations. We ordered them from vistaprint when they were running a special and did all of our save the dates, invitations and thank you cards from them.
– we did BBQ catering instead of something more traditional. It was GREAT and everyone loved the food so much they still talk about it. They also were able to make adjustments to the menu last minute, so it was stress free trying to get RSVP’s in
– for alcohol we brought our own in and struck a deal with a local liquor store. They gave us a 25% discount if we used them, so that helped! We also bought all of the beer in bulk the day before ( I think from Sam’s) and the caterer took over icing it all down and setting the bar up.
-cutting the cake. Doing it all yourself means that someone has to cut the cake and even though the caterer insisted they had someone who knew how ( I mean.. this is a BBQ place, so that should’ve been my first clue), they didn’t. My mother actually cut it and people were appalled ( apparently) that the mother of the bride was cutting the cake. She loved it, and I didn’t even find out until a year after the fact that she did that! Ooops.
– getting people to set up/ tear down. There is a convenience factor if you find a venue that does this for you. If you do it yourself or have a “crew”, just make sure they sign in blood that they will be there 🙂 We had a few back out the day of, and luckily, I have awesome friends who chipped in last minute to hang a few shepherds hooks and flowers.
Sorry this was so long! But it IS possible and we had a very nice wedding ( if I do say so myself!) for about 110 people!