It depends on what kind of wedding you want.
I read posts here of people pulling it off for $1000
If being married is the most important thing, you can probably do it with all the paperwork for $100. If you want photographers, that will add $ unless you have friends that love taking photos and you can recruit them and then process the files yourselves (we actually are requesting the RAW files as it will save serious $$$ and time to process the photos ourselves). Maybe a friend that plays music, don’t ask for gifts but rather see what you pull off with a help from friends. Or plan it over the 4th of July, people are probably already barbecuing so maybe you don’t have to feed them, just bring a cake, and maybe you splurge on this.
I think there are a lot of places in a wedding to save $ if you really want to have a more DIY affair.
And how much do you want to spend on a ring? if this is a major concern, I would say, a little band is better than none at all. And someday, if you really want and can afford a crazy ring, well then, good, but saving $15,000 just for an engagement ring and putting the whole wedding on hold is only going to be frustrating.
I will share that I think the FH and I did a pretty sly job of planning our wedding and I think we also got off fairly easily. I have no idea what our wedding band cost is about to be, but I think I get the mold and the cost from the jeweler next week.
We didn’t really have a choice where we got married. We aren’t together in any one place except Kuwait for very long and finding a Christian Celebrant that could marry us there was probably entirely unrealistic. So, we are in Australia in June, so we planned a wedding for Australia. Tickets were purchased last year without the wedding even being a plan.
So, I am just sharing our costs and it is all in AU, which is about $.75 to the USD
Celebrant – $400
Bagpiper – $200
Photographers – $500
Dress – um, this is a gift to myself and it cost more than anything else on the list.
But let’s just say for good measure, all this for $1,800
I had girlfriends willing to sale me their dresses and some girlfriends just wanting me to wear their dresses. So, don’t think that you need more money.
It’s always best to do what you have with what you’ve got.
I don’t feel like we had to scrimp anywhere. I got everything, and I mean everything I wanted…I am marrying the most perfect man for me, all the other stuff is really just stuff.