anyone having a wedding under 10,000

posted 3 years ago in DIY
Post # 16
275 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

We spent about $8500 on our 30 person wedding. It was everything I ever wanted and I don’t regret what we spent even though at first I didn’t want to spend more than 6k, everything was twice as expensive as I thought it was going to be and a lot of expenses didn’t depend on the # of guests like the photography and flowers. But it’s a day I’ll never forget and it was fabulous! I read somewhere that most Americans spend under 10k on the wedding, the figures reported in the media are way overblown to encourage people to spend more.  

Post # 17
2867 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2018


We are working on a $5K wedding for 70 guests! 

It helps that we are located in a very low cost of living area. Our reception venue is a local community building that is plain, but very new and updated. It’s essentially a blank canvas that we plan to decorate with fun vintage teapots, oil lamps, and lots and lots of string lights. It is only $320 to rent for three days (set up, day of, tear down) and comes with all tables and chairs.  

Our community is very rural and mostly woods so we are DIYing tree stump benches for the ceremony seating. Since we will be getting married in October, we plan to use lots of mums and white pumpkins to decorate the aisle (huge potted mums are only $4-5 a pop here). 

The dress isn’t really important to me  I’m ordering my dress from Azazie. It is technically a bridesmaids dress but it’s beautiful and comes in ivory. I’m going to buy a lace topper and a bridal sash from an Etsy store in Israel to make it a little more bridal. All together my attire will be less than $250. 

We sre considering rent the runway for bridesmaids dresses. Most of the dresses that we like are only $75 to rent for four days. The groom and groomsmen are all country raised boys so they will be in darkwash jeans and boots with dress shirts, vests, and ties (classy country chic? Lol they will be comfortable but still look nice). 

The majority of our budget is being saved for catering, the DJ, and photography! 

Post # 18
6394 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

morgandrewtaylor :  Our wedding came out to be about $10,000. We had a small domestic destination wedding – 20ish people in Bar Harbor, Maine. We had a steak and lobster dinner and open bar, but I skimped on a lot of things. We had an apps only “rehearsal dinner” (more like a “welcome to town” get together), I did my own makeup, minimal flowers (bouquets and boutennieres only), music was on Spotify and we rented a PA system, and our photographer we found on a deal (he wasn’t that good). However, we got married in a magical place with the most important people in our lives, and it was perfect!

Post # 19
134 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

My wedding is just shy of $10,000 for 45. The key is that it is short.

Photographer was amazing. He charged me half price ($1000) because I only wanted 4 hours of wedding coverage.

Ceremony is in a greenhouse flower garden – $1000

Harpist for the ceremony – $300

Officiant $200

Dinner is where the expense comes in. We factored in $75 pp per plate and about $2000 worth of booze at the best restaurant in town. They just happened to have a semi-private space available that Saturday evening they wanted to fill up. After taxes and gratuity (another 30%) it came out to be about $6500

The whole thing is done by 11, so I can escort my parents to their hotel and then go to bed with Fiance while we’re still fairly awake and energetic 


Post # 20
48 posts
  • Wedding: August 2017

Being the frugal person that I am I couldn’t even imagine spending 10k on a wedding. That’s insane to me! Arranging my Costco/Kroger greenery centerpieces myself, getting all my wine glasses from dollar tree (glass not plastic that’s where I draw the line lol) having the wedding during off season, non traditional wedding dress (tulle skirt lace top) getting a venue that allows outside catering and getting delicious boxed wine and putting it in carafes and getting 2 kegs and having one signature drink. No favors (the favor is your meal and drinks lol), place cards, iPad playing music as opposed to a d.j or live band and not inviting unnecessary people…sounds cruel but if I weren’t invited to their wedding they aren’t invited to mine. With all this , I’m spending 5,500 dollars and not a penny more. Woo hoo!

Post # 21
533 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

morgandrewtaylor :  I went through Kym Maree for my flower! Here is a picture of my cascade bouquet that she made custome for me with Lilly’s. For $40! It’s more beautiful than I could even imagine! 

Post # 22
3891 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

We spent $5,000 for ours with 60 people. The ceremony location was free, photography was free (pro photogs in family), officiant was free (DH’s best friend) we went with a beautiful backdrop instead of decor, so saved there as well. I bought my dress used for $250, Darling Husband rented his suit. Our big splurge was dinner and drinks at our favorite restaurant for everyone. We still had an amazing day! 

Post # 23
3294 posts
Sugar bee

We spent around 10k and I honestly feel like we spent too much!! I wish we had of gone even smaller, and we only had 62 people in total. I had a hard time justifying spending the money because I’m an extremely practical and rational person and normally won’t even purchase an article of clothing without thinking about it for days lol…

The DIY was a killer too… I can’t even imagine just how many hours I spent doing crafty crap!! It all looked great on the day, but again I just thought “that was all for 8hrs and 8hrs only”. I felt better when we recouped some money when we sold decor though 🙂 the perks of having fake flowers!

Post # 24
97 posts
Worker bee

Our wedding was about $10,000. We got married at a public park with am amazing view and then had an afternoon backyard reception at a friend’s home, with a taco food truck, for about 60 people. This included flying our older children in (2nd marriage for both), clothing for the entire bridal party (all of our kids), rings, etc., as well as the rehearsal dinner the night before. We spent the least on decor, but did have glasses, tablecloths, chalkboard signage and centerpiece elements all purchased from other people’s weddings off of Craigslist. We then resold many of those items to other people getting married. Honestly, at least in our case, at the end of the day what most people remember (at least the ones you should care about, IMO) is your happiness, your ceremony, sharing that with you. Our wedding was perfect for us, and I still love looking at our album. Wishing you a wonderful day!

Post # 25
4098 posts
Honey bee

morgandrewtaylor :  When you say $10,000 does that include everything-including the stuff you will use personally (dress, etc) or just stuff involving the guests? 


Post # 26
134 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

Keep in mind, the average wedding expense for my zip code was 26-45k. I feel like I cheated death with a $10k event.

Post # 27
9854 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

Our wedding was on the smaller, more casual side. Not sure what the final budget was as my dad kindly took care of that for us but I know for example: My dress was $500 (with another $250 inalterations), venue was $600, food was around $1500, Photographer was $500 (gifted by a friend), DJ was $300, cake was $500. My grandma handmade all the bouquets and centerpieces, my dad hand built our ceremony arch, I had girlfriends from Costmeology school do my hair and makeup. 

Here are some pictures:


Post # 28
32 posts

smalltownbigworld :  Can you send a link to the etsy store of the lace topper you are using?  I’m looking for an affordable one but etsy has so many options I get so lost!

Post # 29
58 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

You are definitely not alone I am planning a 10k wedding. I live in Texas (DFW area) and here weddings can get VERY expensive and over the top. my Fiance and I are paying for the wedding ourselves we have decided on 130/140 guest and we found our venue out in the more rural area & that saved us a TON. for photography we are booking this month which will save us a good chunk of cash as well since we are book it early (we are getting married June 2018). For me personally I am very cautious with money & am trying to make sure it is nice & most importantly special for us and not trying to worry so much about what others think.

Doing a TON of research and booking early I think will be the bonus 

Post # 30
2477 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

morgandrewtaylor :  mine is also a backyard reception but the wedding is on a different day and it’s just a small ceremony with Fiance and I and 5 other people to witness.  Ours has ended up being around 3000 and my mom has paid for most of the reception stuff and we are paying for the ceremony stuff ie: my dress, hair, makeu up, his clothes, and the officiant. Our is May 10th so we aren’t far off! We are doing fale flowers and luckily I have awesome friends who have also chipped in. My partner at work is help paying for the cake and my best friend is paying for the photographer  a whopping 270 for  an hr during and after the ceremony.  No photographer at the reception.  I can post pics of what my mom has done so far. Im also really simple and didn’t even want a reception.  My mom talked me into it which is why I told her I want to go simple. My dress is quite lovely thom the most expensive part of it all.

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