We did it for about $6000. We drove to Sanibel Island. I’m trying to think of our $$ breakdown.
*Stayed at Mitchell’s Sandcastles..private little cottages beachside..rounding up to $1500, with dog fees and taxes, etc. Most of our guests stayed there. Grills, kayaks, two pools,…the owners were super nice and accomodating.
*Had a dinner only buffet style reception with open bar up to $350 (we never hit 350…surprising for our group)..our food was excellent, we had a private room and bar.separate from the restaurant with music filtered in..about $2000. I miss that food….
*Cupcakes from a local lady, $200 but we had to rent stands last minute so $260
*officiant was $175
*Bridal clothes for husband, myself and daughter, total $300..I had my skirt custom made by an Etsy seller, he wore white linen pants and a blue shirt..and god awful white shoes…daughter had a tulle dress from TJ Maxx, clearance for $10, I added a blue sash with a brooch for her..flower girls dresses I made…white tutus with white tops
*Photographer drove down from KY, she gave us the pal discount, $2000…and that included her driving down and her own accomodations.
*Flowers…I snagged some fakes from Pier 1 the morning of (totally forgot, and not one florist was open on a Tuesday morning in Ft Myers)..tied tulle and ribbon, and twine around it, done less than $20
*All the decor at the site was DIY, I hung tiffany blue pic frames in trees lining the path to the sand…mason jars and dollar tree vases with sand and tea lights lit the path…table with old windows and pictures clothespinned to twine.. to greet guests and sign in..everything was beachy without being “beachy”, and still had a vintage feel. You can totally do it!