Our total budget is about $8500, but we want at least 1K of that to be “wiggle room”–i.e., just waiting for the kind of emergencies or extra charges that tend to crop up.
–Premarital sessions (required by church): $250
–Venue: Church, reception held in the hall: $200
–Stipend and gifts to altar boys: $200
–Photography: free. Yes, you read that correctly. My fiance’s grandfather is a wonderful photographer, and he’ll do photos and video for us for free.
–Cake: I’m making the wedding cake and the groom’s cake myself. I’ll also be making some cookies and a few pies for those who don’t like cake. Supplies, including decorative supplies and groceries: $75
–My outfit: Dress: $300 online. That includes tailoring to my size and shipping. I LOVE DressilyMe! I’ll also be getting a jacket and petticoat from them, and may buy a veil if a friend’s doesn’t work out. Shoes. Total budgeted amound: $500
–Flowers: DIY, ordering from GrowersBox. $400
–Stationary: We’re not doing STDs. Everyone really important to us will know already, and we’re sending the invitations out very early because of getting married during the holidays. We’ll get them done through VistaPrint. Including postage: $130
–Reception decor: I’m budgeted for $150, but I’m trying to keep it lower than that.
–Food and tablecloths/dishes/etc: $4500. We’ll use Blue Mesa, and we’re not doing an open bar. We will have 2-3 bottles of wine on each table, but the caterer won’t be providing those. Instead, I’ll go to a local grocery store with a good wine selection and purchase the wine, and just have it put on the tables before people walk in.
–Rings: somewhere between free and $500. His parents have offered us the set they wore when they got married. I haven’t seen them, but for sentiment I would LOVE to use their rings if at all possible, as we both love his parents and hope for a marriage as wonderful as theirs is. I’m not making a decision on using the rings until I see them, though. 🙂
–Hair: I’ll get mine done, as it’s very wirey and curly and generally unpredictable, and I want it to look great on that day. I’ll do my own makeup, though, and probably do hair and makeup for most of my bridesmaids.
–Maid of honor’s dress: $200. She and her husband have two small kids, and are on a very fixed income. I’d feel horrible asking her to pay that much for a one-time outfit, so I’m buying it. It’s the least I can do, considering all that she helps me with.
–Programs: I can use the work printer for my programs, so my costs are paper and ribbon. $30
–Bridesmaid and groomsmen gifts: Our budget is $20 each. Neither of us have figured out what to get our respective parties. Right now, I’m kind of leaning towards gift cards to favorite restaurants or stores for my girls, but I’m not sure.
All of these prices have extra funds built in. For example, I anticipate my programs actually being about $20, and my outfit being about $430. I did this deliberately. If we end up with extra funds in some areas, well, great! If we don’t, then at least we won’t go over budget. In addition to the “extra funds” method, each of us has about $500 left from our budget that isn’t allocated; it can to go an expense that runs a lot higher than we anticipated, or towards having an even more wonderful time on the honeymoon.