Post # 1
Our budget we are trying to stay under is $5,000, we have a couple more hundred dollars we can throw in if need be. We live in SC. Is it possible to stay under that? Our venue was going to be free much now my FH is changing his mind of location. Which I was fine with, but now thinking about money, free is better! Our caterer, DJ, and bartender just a bartender we will be providing drinks is about $1,200 all together. I have a photographer for $600. Still deciding on the cake but that will be under $250 no matter which way we go. Our reception would be under $100. The venue we are now looking at would be $225, but then you have $250 refundable damage fee. Which is at $2,375 now (I am not including the refundable damage fee seeing as we will most likely get that back). That is not including my dress (which I’m not looking to spend a whole lot of money on), my FH tux ( we are renting and it’s under $100), flowers (which I’m doing my own because quotes are expensive) and bands (once again not looking to spend much on that either, if the money isn’t there I can wait on mine. I’m not sure if FH wants one because he has already said he wouldn’t be wearing it because it works outside all the time and said he would get a tattoo) so if the money isn’t there we may just wait for that. I don’t believe I’m missing anything… If so please just let me know but I do believe I got everything.
Post # 2
I have to ask…how is your reception going to cost under $100?
Post # 3
How many guests are you planning? Does your venue provide chairs, tables, linens?
Will you have centerpieces?
Are you having a wedding party? Will they have bouquets or boutonnieres? Have you budgeted for gifts for the wedding party?
Post # 4
How on earth is food, liquor and a bartender and DJ only $1200? That’s amazing.
Things you seem to be missing are small but it’s honestly shocking how much they end up being. Not all of these are necessary, but I’m putting everything I can think of so you can figure out what you still need.
Decorations (other than flowers though you don’t have a cost estimate for that)
Table/chair rentals (for both ceremony & reception locations)
Shoes & accessories
wedding night housing
gifts for party/parents
thank you notes
non-alcoholic drinks (if not provided by caterer/bartender)
Post # 5
Here are other things I paid for: Invitations, tables & chairs, linens, Plates for food and cake, plastic ware, cups, ice, water bottles, Printed place cards, Vases for flowers or other center piece costs, cost of flowers, cake, postage, thank you cards, shoes for me, wedding party gifts, parent gifts, hair & makeup, wedding night motel, wedding day snacks and drinks while getting ready.
adding – transportation, save the dates, thank you gifts for people who threw my shower, liability event insurance, marriage license, gift for officiant.
Post # 6
How is your photographer 600$??
Post # 7
Serious not sure how you are getting these things for such inexpensive fees. Our DJ was $1600 and photographer was $8000!
Post # 8
I thought I was getting a good deal with $2000 for my photographer, 600 is a great deal.
I agree with this list, the little things are what add up in the end, it’ll surprise you.
Post # 9
Just wanted to say ‘Good on you.’ If you put your mind to it and are not fussy about things you can achieve your goal. Totally get advice but also remember that it is YOUR day and if you don’t want to spend money on something, or loads of money on something, then don’t. I didn’t want a wedding cake so I didn’t have one. I collected stones from the beach and wrote guests names on them for place settings. We printed our invitations ourselves – there are sooooo many ways to keep costs down – you don’t need to buy into all the wedding spending hype. All the best with the planning.
Post # 10
Our reception is going to cost under $100, it’s just a building has a kitchen in it, has chairs and tables with it. We are planning around 75 people. Yes we will have center pieces but I’m doing it mostly DIY with things we already have. We will have bouquets and boutinnieres. Rehearsal dinner my Mother-In-Law is taking care of. Our invitation and STD’s are $55. I knew I was forgetting the little things but some of them we are DYIng. Some of the little things range from $20-50.
Post # 11
You still are not explaining clearly how a reception is going to be under $100? What about the cost of groceries that will need to cooked, who is cooking? Are they charging you? Do you have a caterer for the meal or is a family member cooking for you in the kitchen.
I understand you have a “building has a kitchen in it and it has chairs and tables,” but are you having tablecloths, plates, cutlery, etc. What about the serving dishes for the food?
Can you more clearly explain what you are doing for the reception which usually includes a meal? Are you just doing cake and punch something like that?
Post # 12
she means the venue, not the event
Post # 13
Our wedding fit that budget easily, aside from some things we really didn’t need (ATV rental, covering rooms for some guests). I would actually be leery about all you are getting for under 2000 … is the food going to be decent or crap? We self catered, so ours didn’t cost a lot either, but I would be worried they’re going to do stereotypical wedding food instead of something you actually want to eat. You don’t really need a dj, though they can be helpful – an iPod and speakers works well, too.
Our whole setup was more backyard bbq than fancy wedding. Plastic tablecloths, heavy duty paper plates, silverware only b/c the venue had it already. I did buy 3 bouquets and 2 corsages but all the rest of the flowers I purchased at the grocery store the day before and we did our own centerpieces. We made sure our venue was pretty enough not to need additional decor. My dress was under 100, my shoes cost 13 on Amazon – I don’t think there’s a real problem with cheaper dresses at all. Not needing alterations is a very good thing, though. Beer covers liquor just fine unless your guests are jerks. Find a local brewery to make it a little more special (and with any luck they brew root beer, too!). Then the basics – tea, water, coffee….
and a guest just came over, so that’s it from me for now!
Post # 14
I’m doing a NorCal wedding for under 8k. I could totally budget you a SC wedding for 5k (I’m from Arkansas and lived most of my life there so I know the cost of living difference p well by now haha)! What do you need help with, lady?
Post # 15
In the original post I had put our caterer, DJ, and bartender would be about $1,200. The caterer will be getting plates, napkins, and cups. We will be getting the linen so I can decorate the tables, I might spend $20 on the linen.