Our wedding cost us under 5000 and that included 1500 for plane tickets for us and our kids to travel there and back home after (we got married in ontario but live in nova scotia). So really on our actual wedding under $3500.
First of all, decide what is REALLY important to you and your FI. For us it was having a small intimate wedding which would not blow the bank. I know too many couples who are now divorced and still paying off their weddings. SAD. It was important for us to have a cash only wedding. Meaning, if we didn’t have the cash for it, we didn’t do it. No loans, no credit cards. We both agreed we didn’t want to go into debt for one day, albeit an extremely important day.
We are both sentimental people so getting married in my husband’s family backyard seemed perfect for us. His parents were tickled that we chose their property to get married at.
Breakdown for ceremony:
Pastor- paid for by inlaws
Arbor- loaned from family member for the day (Tulle was given to us by a family friend who had tons left over from her wedding).
Flowers- Sunflowers have always been my favourite flower so it wasn’t a hard choice to decide to use sunflowers as my wedding flower. They were also in season and very inexpensive. I went to a local grocery store floral department and ordered 45 sunflowers. They cost $5 a bundle (5) so $45 dollars for all of my flowers. I also didn’t do a traditional bouquet. I laid a sunflower on each guest chair and when I was walking down the aisle, each person passed me the flower, signifiying what they have brought to us as a couple and making a bouquet as I went.
Chair rental- $50
Sashes on chairs- loaned from a friend but they can be found on ebay for 10 for $10.
Sand ceremony- $3 for mason jar, $2 for cylanders found at michaels. Sand from michaels- $7
Table for signing and sand ceremony- patio set owned by inlaws that was covered with a white tablecloth.
Total spent on ceremony: $107
Dress: Gift from my parents
Dress alterations: $25 for straps to be shortened
Shoes: Ebay $25.00
Grooms attire: $100 for custom order military jacket. The pants and shoes provided by the military.
Flower girl dress and shoes: Old Navy $20, Ebay $20
Ring bearer outfit (plus tie and shoes): Old Navy $30, tie from ebay $10, shoes found at walmart for $5.
Total spent on our attire: $235
Hair and Make up for bride and hair for flower girl: $140
Brides jewlery and hair piece: pearl necklace, earrings and bracelet was a gift from inlaws, birdcage veil was made for me by my cousin.
Photographer: A friend of the family who is also a professional wedding photographer. We asked if we could hire her per hour rather that a whole day. We had her from 4 pm when ceremony began until 8 pm during our reception but after our first dance and cake cutting. She charged us $125 per hour. We received 400 pics back.
Total cost for professional photographer: $500
Neither of us wanted a big, traditional reception so we opted to go the restaurant route. We found a beautiful 19th century heritage house turned restaurant about 10 mins from our ceremony site.
Because it already had a lovely decor (exposed brick, fireplace, huge wood bar etc) we really didn’t need to decorate. We bought some antique mason jars at a yard sale for $10 and put a few sunflowers in each for our table centerpieces. We bought table runners from ebay. Got 10 of them for $30.
We didn’t have a DJ. We played our first dance on an ipod docking station. There was a piano player there for the whole reception. She was there every friday and saturday night regardless so we had free entertainment.
Our cake and cupcakes were made for us by my cousin.
We had a candy bar. Hit up bulk barn and spent about $40 on assorted candy. The candy dishes were found at the dollarstore for $5 total.
Food: We had 38 guests at our wedding reception. We had a cash bar. Total dinner bill was $1900 with taxes and tip.
We paid the restaurant for the food only. Did not have to pay for the space but did put a deposit down which was taken off of our food total.
Total spent on our reception: $1985
Hotel for wedding night: $185
Total spent on wedding day: $3,152