Thanks y’all! I can’t wait to see the pro pics….the wait is torture!
@ luvmyDwight….my daughter will be 12 in January.
@Kaliella here is a breakdown of my costs. I don’t have it down very exact but at least the big ticket items Cashould help you gauge things.
These costs were based on 79 guests….unfortunately only about 50 showed up
Rentals from venue: $374 (tables,chairs,table cloths,table cloth toppers,centerpieces,ceremony decor)
DJ: $600 from 3:00 pm-9:00 pm
Catering: $2,000…I cringe at this # but hear me out, we had a buffet of salad, pulled pork bbq, grean beans, cole slaw, southern style mac & cheese, sweet potato souffle, tea, lemonade, water, beer, wine, and cake cutting service. If I had known soooo many people weren’t going to show up I could have saved a lot here.
Photographer: $800 from 3:00 pm-9:00 pm
Cake: $240 (based off of 60 guests since the cake was served later in the night and we knew w/a Sunday wedding people would leave early) we still had a good bit left over
Officiant: $0 he was a friend of a friend & loves doing wedding & doesn’t ever charge.
Limo: $0 it was a gift from my dad, otherwise we wouldn’t have had one.
Attire: $1,000 Dress, undergarments, viel, tiara…my dress was $599 which was the max I was willing to spend & the rest was for the other items above. Those things cost way more than I expected!
Alterations: $345 OMG! 4 in hem, and I lost weight so I needed the bust taken in & the hip area too. This was an unexpected cost for me.
Tux rental: $158
Hair & Make-up: $130 from the salon at Ulta beauty store. They did a great job & I had airbrush make-up & it lasted the entire night.
Day of coordinators: $0 two of my college friends volunteered their services as their “gift” to us. It was a life saver!
Those are the big things… I also had a lot of DIY projects that I don’t have exact costs for. I can tell you that I never paid full price for anything w/my projects. I either bought items on sale or used coupons at Michaels or Hobby Lobby. Here are some projects just to give you an idea…
5 bouquets, 2 corsages, 5 boutonniers, homemade strawberry & blueberry jam favors, misc signage made from dollar store frames, invitations, programs, DIY blue mason jar candle holders, Kids table wooden “kids” sign, toy bucket, DIY activity books, mad libs, I-spy w/disposable cameras, wish bowl, wish bowl cards, bling cake topper, bathroom baskets, large basket for favors, card box, guest book/ring bearer pillow/garters/flower girl basket set, sparklers, emergency kit.
I’m sure that I’m forgetting stuff but that’s all I’ve got for right now 🙂
I sure hope it helps you!