I budgeted for 10k. At the moment it looks like i’ll be under budget =D
As pp’s have said, vendors usually require down payments, then the final payment just prior to the wedding. If you can’t swing that amount of cash, then it’s time to start thinking outside the box.I’m not sure how far along you are in your planning, but there are some things to help make it cheaper.
Flowers and linens are not neccessary, so if that’s the biggest chunk, scrap them! If you MUST have them, look into silk flowers, or make your own flowers. Linens can be rented, OR, look into venues that have them as part of a package deal. Honestly, nobody will care if there are no table linens.
In the way of venues, try looking for ones that allow outside catering. Seriously, there’s no way in hell i’m paying $200 per plate for someone’s food. Especially when I can go to a nice resteraunt and book out a room, pay $25 per head and have everyone just as happy or hire a caterer for $25-40 per head. Also look into wineries or vineyards, as often they don’t charge hiring fees as they make their money from the alcohol. Local halls are usually very well priced and have tables, chairs and a kitchen on site. We hired a nice room for our e-party for $100
Caterers are usually expensive. We looked into a few different styles, but are going with a buffet spit roast, because it is $25 per head and has SO much food! Plus it goes with our laid back atmosphere. When you look at venues ask who they usually use. Don’t be afraid to be different, there was a gourmet pizza place we looked at, very cheap but we liked the spit roast better.. Consider having a brunch, afternoon tea or dessert reception, the cost will be much less (you could even DIY your own dessert reception, and it would cost a TINY amount).
Decor will be very much DIY, as will music.
Photography is something I don’t want to compromise on, but if you’re ok with it look at some local colleges. Students will usually do it much cheaper. Same can be said for hair and make up, and caterers too!
Jasmines bridal is a great option for wedding dresses.from what i’ve read.
I believe mayors marry people for free, but check that out as it may be different in your area.
Do heaps of research! There are some things we won’t compromise on, but everything has a price and I refuse to put myself in debt for a wedding (especially when it seems we’ll be able to have our perfect wedding for under 10k).