- 8 years ago
- Wedding: February 2011
At the advice of Miss Tattoo, I’m breaking down my 2,000$ wedding for you guys.
Dress: $750 (with alterations). This was the biggest part of my budget. My dress was originally 900$, but I got a 30% off sale forwarded. My tip is to ask when the sales are, and let them know you’ll buy on the spot if they forward you a good one. Usually they will.
Hair/makeup/nails: $12. I painted my own nails French tip (it just takes a steady hand and some patience). My sister is a hairdresser and did my hair for free. The flower I wore in my hair was given to me by the florist last minute free of charge, and my veil I got on sale at Hobby Lobby. I did my own makeup.
Shoes/jewelry: $45. I had been scrounging change for almost a year and ended up with 55$, so I used that as my shoe budget. They were blue, from JCPenney. My necklace was a gift from my mom’s friend whose been there all my life, and I borrowed my grandmother’s bracelet.
Tux: $0. Men’s Wearhouse usually has specials running where if four tuxes are rented, the fifth is free! Snatch up on that and your groom will be set.
Church/minister fees: $260. Our minister was $200, the church fee was $35 and the janitor was $25. Save here by going to your own church (usually they have discounts for members or even will offer it free). A lot of nice churches don’t need lots of decor too.
Reception hall: $70. Township halls are there for the town to use them. Our taxes pay for them, so they’re super cheap. Our hall was a decent size, with a kitchen and tables/chairs supplied by them!
Cake/60 cupcakes: $175. My sister’s friend is an amateur baker, and we’ve been going to her for years for birthday cakes and such. This was her first wedding cake but she did a great job. It was vanilla with strawberry filling and cream cheese frosting. You never would have known it wasn’t done by a pro! Try and find a recreational baker to make your cake/desserts, or even have a family member make a simple version (or pie!). There’s no reason to spend $400 on a cake if you don’t have it!
Rings: $220. We got ours 70% off! Kmart was having a 70% sale on wedding bands, so we got premium bands at a tiny price. Look out for sales like this, they’ll save you a bundle!
DJ: $0. His mom’s friend is a DJ, and offered his services for free! (These types of things are what you want to use connections for; even if you can’t get it free, a lot of friends will be willing to offer huge discounts and give you a service as a gift.) IF he hadn’t of been available, we were going to use my iTouch and some speakers.
Photography: $0. My husband’s aunt studied photography in college. She borrowed a church friend’s professional camera, and volunteered to be our photog for the day! These types of things are blessings you can find with a little digging. A lot of people are willing to help you if they know you need it or are struggling. Also, look for students who are trying to build their portfolio; they’ll usually do it for free (though you should tip them).
Bouquet/Boutonniere: $125. I splurged on my bouquet because it was important to me, but you can easily save by diying a faux flower bouquet, pearl bouquet, paper bouquet, or even growing your own flowers and using them!
BM/BM bouquets/boutonnieres: $25. I used pre-glittered silver pinecones, floral wire, floral tape, ribbon, ribbon glue, little crystal clusters, and little black flower clusters to make the boutonnieres. I used plain pinecones (the kind with little strings you hang on the tree) and glittered them with various shades of silver glitter and hairspray, then glued them together and created bouquets for my BMs. All pinecones and ribbon were obtained from 70% off after-Christmas sales.
Decor: $200. A lot of after-Christmas sales, (you can find so much great stuff there!) Goodwill shopping, Hobby Lobby 50% off sales, and diy. Do not spend $30+ on a unity candle… I made mine for eight dollars; also vases are super cheap at Goodwill, and ribbon goes a long way.
Food: $0. Family came together and gave this as a wedding present. We had a dessert table, a buffet (that a family member started putting together before the ceremony, and served) and everything was a hit. I think it cost them about $250 for everything. You can always have a ‘potluck’ wedding where you ask family members to each bring a meal. Usually they’ll be more than willing. We were originally going to have a dessert reception only, but family didn’t agree and this is what ended up happening.
Miscellaneous: $250. There’s stuff I’ve probably forgotten to mention, so I’ll sum it up as a couple hundred 🙂
That brings the grand total to $2,132. Yes, it can be done!! (I should also mention we had about 75-90 people).
You can check out my wedding photos if you want to see how good/bad it was 🙂
Good luck budget brides! I believe in you.