@LeeBee88: Your budget is totally doable, and your priorities look to be in the right places!
My budget is around $20k, however, 6k of that alone is the honeymoon. I’m also having alot of “extras” that are completely optional.
As of right now, we have saved in quite a few areas so I’m pretty sure we’ll come land right around the 10k mark for the ceremony/reception.
We are inviting 123 guests [as of right now], although we only expect 60 to show [many from VERY far away]. However, we are planning as if we are expecting 100 [to make sure we have enough of everything].
This is what my budget looks like.. also these estimates are rounded to the HIGHEST POSSIBLE amount I was willing to pay for the items I wanted :
Brides Attire [including dress, rings, jewely, undergarments, hair/makeup ect] – $1200
Bridesmaid Attire [including 2 bms, jewelry, hair/makeup ect] $700
Groomsmen Attire [for 2 gms] $500
Grooms Attire [attire & ring] – $400
DIY Bar – $100 [alcohol was gifted by my mother]
Buffet [including main dishes, sides, salad, breadsticks, soup & warmers, and all serving supplies – $1200
Cake Table [includes 8 tier cake display, cake, 2 punch fountains, 1 chocolate fountain, cutter/server, punch cups & personalized napkins] – $550
Candy Buffet [all containers, candy, scoops, trays, tongs, decorations & take-home bags] – $600
Ceiling Decor [uplighting, organza swag, 3 chandeliers, twinkle lights & extension cords] – $600
Ceremony [decor, chair sashes, flower girl basket, love letter ceremony, marriage license, music, shepards hooks, pomanders] – $225
Cigar Bar [containers, matches, lighters, small side table] – $250
DIY Cocktail Hour [all single-serve containers, cocktail spoons, drinks, food, platters, serveware] – $300
Outside Lounge Area [hale bale seating, fabric to cover seating] – $140
Flowers [all bouquets, bouts, corsages, flowers for DIY centerpieces] – $600
Gift Table [card holder, swag, candles] – $50
Guest Books [standard sign-in for the ceremony, sign-in decorative mirror for reception – $100
DIY Late Night Snack [nacho bar] – $250
Linens – [all table covers for guest, head & other tables, napkins, rosette table runners, chair covers, head table swag] $560
Outside Smoking Area [draping for doorway, patio set, tabletop heater] – $460
Photobooth [props, film, cameras, backdrops] – $330
Rentals [Dj, ceremony & reception space, hotel day before & of, officiant] – $1400
Stationary [diy save the dates, invites, programs, menus] – $300
Table Decor [includes all candleholders, vases, water pitchers, table signs, candles, led lights, butter bowls, salt & pepper shakers, bowls, plates, forks, spoons, knives, salad plates, drink & wine flutes, toasting glasses, framed seating cards] – $700
Welcome Party [food, drinks] – $500
For a total of $12,015.
We are about $4,000 in right now, but I’m pretty sure this will be down to around 10k when all is said and done.
I hope this helps! It CAN be done if you are willing to put some work in yourself! I just don’t know how much of this will be possible for you if you are having your wedding in a differant place than where you are from!