- 4 years ago
- Wedding: November 2015
I’m starting to get serious with planning and I have set a budget of $10,000 for our wedding. To me and based off the area we are having the wedding, this is reasonable and affordable for us and while I will have to cut some corners, this will allow us to have the wedding we want. FI and I have talked about what is most important to us and where we can make sacrifices, and we both agree that the ceremony, the reception (location and food), and photography are the absolute most important!
My mom is covering my attire and my future in-laws are paying for the rehearsal dinner.
Here is my not-so-detailed-yet breakdown:
$5,000 – Reception, including location, food (including cake), and alcohol. This may actually end up costing less than $5,000.
$2,000 – Photography (there is a phenomenal photographer in this area that will provide full-day, two photographer coverage with copyright and print release for this price).
$1,000 – Ceremony (all-inclusive at our church for planning, minister, and music)
That leaves $2,000 for everything else, including transportation for out of town guests to the ceremony and back (the reception is in walking distance of the hotel), flowers (which I plan to DIY or even find an alternative to fresh flowers), DJ, invitations (also DIY), favors, welcome bags, accomodations for us and potentially the wedding party if we can afford it, and my FI’s attire. I really want videography but I don’t think we’ll be able to afford it. Perhaps just for the ceremony.
Is this doable?!?! After writing it all out, I feel like $2,000 is not enough for the rest of that stuff… but I am more than willing to get creative and do as many things on my own as I can. Any advice from other brides with a similar budget? Thanks 🙂