Our budget is $5,000 and I think we’re going to be very close to it. We’re having a semi-formal evening wedding for 120-150 people. Our church is tiny, so it keeps that guest list small
Ceremony: not sure on how much to donate, at our church
Reception: free, at the firestation (FH is a firefighter) and that comes with tables and chairs
Dress: $250 (which my mom paid for) There’s a local shop out here that gets designer dresses from places like Kleinfeld and sells them cheaply to benefit the battered woman’s shelter. I definitely found a Pnina Tornai at this store.
Food: $1000 or so…we’re doing BBQ (a guy on the fire department does an amazing job) and our cake person is doing the side dishes
Cake: $500, our cake person is helping us cut costs by doing a smaller display cake and sheet cakes for us to use to give everyone a serving
Alcohol: not quite sure what to expect…we’re planning on doing 2-3 kegs and a couple cases of wine. 1/3 of our guests are under the age of 21, so we shouldn’t need too much alcohol. My brother is bartending for us so I might just have him put out a tip jar if he wants. (The beer and wine are free to guests)
Flowers: $650, I found an up and coming florist who does an amazing job and is able to give me all roses at this price
Photography: $800, this includes our e-pics, rehearsal, ceremony, and reception. He isn’t giving us any prints, but we get all the pics from everything in high resolution with the right to print.
DJ: $600, this is the only area where I haven’t found a deal or used a connection. I actually asked my fh to take care of this for me because I knew he’d find a decent deal and then couldn’t fuss at me for spending too much on music.
Decor: $500, I’ve shopped around at discount stores and the clearance rack. My fmil is very thrifty and knew the design I was going for. She found a lot of things for me and paid for a lot of it too. I did splurge on a cake topper, knife and server set, and toasting glasses for us on ebay ($111) because they were a really pretty firefighter design.
Tux: $50-60, depending on when he gets it
Paper products: not too sure, don’t see more than $100
Transporation: free, we’re driving from the church to the reception in a firetruck
Favors: $100, we found favor boxes on the clearance rack at Walmart and we’re going to do the colored m&m’s to match our design
I just totalled everything up and I’m sitting at $4550. I’m not sure how much alcohol or the church donation are going to be, but I budgeted high for the things we haven’t bought yet…hopefully we’ll be spot on