Our budget is right around $4,000.
Things we saved on:
FRIENDORS – huge $$$.
Photographer – free, I work for him as an assistant photographer. Extremely generous wedding gift to us. He’s giving us the CD with rights and we are making all albums at cost (I do this for him in his office!!)
Cake – free. Fiance sister owned a bakery which she just recently closed, but she has offered to do a cake for us. Nothing extravagant.
DJ – $200. Fiance college friend does this on the side. He’s a great guy and has his own equiptment.
Rentals – Free. I also work at a party rental store, and am getting flatware, stemware, dishes, tablecloths and chaircovers for free. Granted, I have to use things 1. they have in stock 2. that other brides haven’t reserved on the same day. I will be putting on the chaircovers and tying sashes. We’re setting everything up the day before.
Flowers – Fiance and I really wanted real flowers. We are getting a “wedding collection” from Sam’s club for just under $300, which includes bouquet, bridesmaids, bouts, corsages etc. From Costco we are buying these “European Mini Bouquets” that come in a pack of 18 for $120. Since they are kind of sparse and we would like fuller centerpieces, we are also getting 100 white roses from Sam’s at $80. I was originally going to do all the arranging the day before but Fiance convinced me that was too much stress. Plus, this way is basically the same, cost-wise. The downside is the “mini bouquets” are not color=coordinated, you just get whatever colors they give you. But, we figure with using the white roses and having neutral (gray) tablecloths, we should be fine.
Venue – $600 to rent a hall that seats about 175. It’s recently renovated and very nice. Like a banquet hall without the caterer. We get it the full day before to set up, but must have everything down the night of my wedding. (There is another event the next day).
Honeymoon – We are driving to the Outer Banks (about a 12 hour drive from where we live) for three nights to stay at a beach-side hotel, $200 roughly for hotel and another $250 for gas.
My dress – I got a sample for about $600 which fit like a glove. I also bought a sash (which I wish I wouldn’t have done now!!) for about another $100. I made my veil for about $3!
My accessories – I returned a few things at JCP I got for Christmas and used the $50 to buy a matching set of fake sapphire earrings and necklace.I also bought my wedding shoes at JCP for $30.
Groom’s Tux – Because we have a larger wedding party, and the Dad’s are getting tuxes, we are getting the groom’s tux for free!
Minimal/DIY Alcohol: We don’t have a ton of people who will be drinking at the wedding, so we plan on just buying a few cases of beer and a few bottles of wine.
Things we splurged on:
Caterer – This was technically not our splurge, since Fiance parents have generously agreed to pay for it. All said and done, $2500 for dinner buffet-style for 120 adults, 30 kids. We also are having app trays, and they are providing people to clear the tables after eating.
Hotel – $150 for the wedding night. This is a splurge for us because its the most I will have ever paid to stay at a hotel! It’s a Hampton Inn though, and I wanted it to be nice for the getting ready photos.
Things we DIY’ed:
Favors – my aunt will be doing chocolate covered cake pops!
Invites/Paper Goods – I also dabble in graphic design and have an etsy shop, so I designed and printed all of our paper goods! Total cost about $50.
Makeup – I am going to do my own makeup. I do not wear it on a regular basis much more than mascara, so I am going to practice like crazy and do something I feel comfortable with. I am having someone do my hair though because it gets a little crazy and if I have a bad hair day on my wedding day I might freak out!
So things I had to cut – we originally wanted to have the ceremony outside the venue in a tent, but I would’ve had to pay at least $600 for that, plus what if it rained? The wedding is in May. Plus I would have needed more chairs. I didn’t want to extra stress so we are just having it in a church.
Sorry if that was too much info!