I was really disappointed when I compared my budget to the wedding craziness but I have found ways to make my day exactly what I want for a reasonable price. Our budget is 10,000 which to me is an insane amount of money but once you start shaving off the cost of venues, photography, food, beverages, dresses, flowers yada yada yada the money goes fast.
A few things we are doing to have our dream but not take out loans for a four hour event:
-food is nixed (we went with an afternoon wedding from 3-7 so everyone can eat afterwards and are thinking of doing an at home family only dinner afterwards)
-cake is buttercream (fondant adds up to $1 per piece at some bakerys and buttercream taste better anyways! we havent picked the cake but this is something we are planning to do to keep costs down)
-dress is going to be under 1k (if that means used, inexpensive dress, or sale racks its important to me to be beautiful but in budget)
-venue is double event worthy (ceremony and reception are on the same location which drastically decreased our costs and we found a great non profit venue that our money will go to a good cause instead of the wedding industry)
-decorations – we chose a venue with a lot of character so the decorations will pretty much just be on tables and some string lights with paper flowers overhead. having a great base to start with as opposed to a gym (like another venue my future hubby wanted) keeps the set up and the cost in check!
-flowers – we are using a ton of babys breath because it is so budget friendly and fits our vintage rustic romance theme, i have a large bridal party (7) so 5 of them are carrying babysbreath or babysbreath with a few accented florals and only me and the two MOHs will have a traditional bouquet.
alcohol is nixed – parents who are footing the bill refused anything but a cash bar but the venue charges for bartenders and security officers that makes it not worth it to us we are having a really good punch and potentially old timey glass coke bottles for the toasts!
reuse decorations – our theme uses mason jars for all the florals so the pew decorations will be moved to the table to help decrease cost and the amount we have to make (if we go DIY havent decided yet). We will use several jars per table so it will be mostly set up before the event but the ceremony jars will be used for the display tables for the cake, guest book table, picture set ups etc.
invitations – oh lord the drama this one caused with my mother but we will be doing DIY invites and save the dates because the prices can get really crazy for unique wedding stationary i will update more on this as i can.
cant think of much else right now but good luck ladies its possible! and I even considered doing the wedding for less and keeping some as a nest egg and found ways to make that a possible idea but changed my mind in the end.