My wedding is 10 days away from today. Since it is kind of a destination wedding, I will be having only 103 guests out of the 170 invited. These are the final numbers:
Venue: $9,800 (Historic museum, outdoors, ceremony, cocktail hour and reception for a total of 6 hours)
Tent: $1,600 ( Clear tent to protect the entire reception area from bipolar Florida weather, including lights)
Food and Beverage: $10,500 ( open bar with complimentary fresh mojito bar, 4 options hor dourves for 1 hour unlimited passed around, reception is buffet style meats are chicken and filet mignon) This includes service charge.
Music: $4,800 ( Violin for cermeony, piano for cocktail hour, DJ and musicians for reception and special hora loca show, and all special lighting for the entire event and decoration)
Decoration: $5,100 ( rentals, flowers, dessert table decoration)
Officiant : $600 ( catholic father)
Desserts : $1,200 ( 2 dessert shots and 1 key lime pie per guest, plus chips, chocolates and almonds)
Cake : $600
Photography/Videography: $3,898 ( Cinematic feel video, 8 hours of event coverage)
Dress and Shes : $2,800
Hair and Make up : $1,300 ( for me and my entire family- bridal party included, total of 12 women)
Day – of – Coordinator: $600 ( the best investment during the planning)
Favors: $400 ( including guests favors at exit and favors to party on “la hora loca”)
Spaciality food : $400
Extra alcohol : $500 ( certain alcohol such as Jameson or Buchannan is not included in the open bar)
Sibblings attire for bridal party : $700
Hotel and Flight tickets for family : $1,900
Toast champagne glasses and cake cutting set: $160 ( I wanted the Vera Wang gold set, I love it)
Other expenses such as rings, honeymoon, rehearsal dinner, lunch the day after the wedding , etc are not included in my budget and wedding expenses. We got the wedding bands inmediatly when we got engaged, I bought them in my country for better quality and price. Honeymoon was given to us by family and it is a Cruise on the Caribbean for 6 nights if you need prices, it costs $1,200 for both.
I hope this helps other future brides and I wish you all the best and blessings!