Well I can come back and post actual photos in about 7 months (eeK!) but we’re only spending $3,000 (Hopefully less!)Here’s a breakdown. I should note we’ve been VERY blessed with amazing friends which has helped us save a huge amount of money.
We are getting married on a city-owned beach and will be having the reception in the picnic shelter that overlooks the water. 4 hours of rental=$100*
Two of my close friends are professional photographers (one of them is going to be my bridesmaid, too!) and the one who is in the wedding will be playing “bridesmaid” during all of the important parts of the wedding and will be in a dress like the other girls, but will be helping take pictures whenever she wants. I left that at her discretion.
My other friend is a former client of mine and she is traveling from Idaho to come and shoot our wedding on the Oregon coast. I am giving her $350 for travel/lodging expenses, but besides that she is not charging me a dime.
I was originally dead-set on DIYing the flower portion of the wedding, but after consideration and discussion with FI I decided that it would be just one more stress that I didn’t want to deal with. I looked around and was having a hard time finding a florist in the city, so I looked closer to our venue (which is 3 hours away) and I came across a photographer’s blog who had a florists name listed from a wedding that was posted.
Just a little small town lady who does flowers out of sheer passion and has a home-office. I am getting 5 bridesmaids bouquets, my bouquet, FI’s bout, FMIL’s corsage, all ceremony decor and all reception decor (whatever I want, to my heart’s content) for $450.
My hair and makeup was one thing that I really splurged on. I was having a hard time finding someone (well, ANY vendor for that matter) near our venue on the coast that had a hair and makeup artist that I really could put my trust into. I wound up finding a very sweet gal up here in the Portland area that was willing to travel (for a fee, of course) and whose work I LOVED! When another MUA screwed me over on my trial day, I called Bri in tears and she quickly said she would take me that night and give me exactly what I wanted. She definitely did.
I’m paying her $675 including travel for my hair and makeup, as well as one of my MOH’s hair and makeup (who is paying for it herself). That was a good chunk of my budget, but she’s TOTALLY worth it.
Dress- $1150 (paid $200)
My dress was actually a sample and was discounted 68% down to $1150, but FI’s aunt offered to pay up to $1k of it, so I only wound up paying $200 for her!
We are getting 8 tables, 16 linens, and 45 chairs including travel with pick-up and drop off for $200
Miscellanious other stuff
I’m paying for 3 of my 5 bridesmaids’ dresses (the only way they were going to be able to attend the wedding), and I still have to buy some decor. But I’m guessing I’ll only spend about $500 or so on all of that.
GRAND TOTAL (With the “Miscellanious) $2350