I love budgets! It’s good dh does too. We had 150 guests and spent the following for our wedding in a major US city:
Total $4315 with tips and taxes included, I rounded most places because I’m lazy about writing out exact expenses. Our budget was $5000, so I’m happy we came up under budget, but still able to fit in our fun. We didn’t end up with a caricaturist because i procrastinated booking and didn’t find one available. Lots of parties on cinco de mayo.
I thinknweddings can cost as much as you want to spend. I have no regrets. I did spend less money then expected, which is why we did professional hair and makeup. It wasn’t originally in the cards, but after I finalized the other vendors, I realized how under budget we were, so I found this duo on facebook and they did a great job!
This doesn’t include the approximately $350 my in laws spent hosting a dinner for our close family members.
We also budgeted for our honeymoon, even with the splurges, we are at $1700 for our week in Orlando. We used my parent’s timeshare which saved on eating out since it had a full kitchen.
Hair and makeup $450 after tips for 3 women and 1 kid and travel costs and tip
Marriage license: $88
Invites custom from Etsy with postage and printing $119
Photographer, $608 including engagement photos and she brought an assistant who manned the photo booth. My sisters husband is a photographer, so he supplied the background and lights and I used a mint and navy photobooth prop set that cost $8 from aliexpress. They were definitely a hit.
Guestbook: my mom made up a quilt and I absolutely love it! So free lol.
Dress and shoes and accessories $265- that’s with a custom Chinese dress $217, minor alterations and bustle supplies since I sew and diy d it with help from my sister (used supplies I had sitting around, belt $8, jewelry $20 crinoline$18, and hair barette $2 that we attached my mom’s veil to.
Rings $550 plain size 13, 8mm gold band for my husband which was $225 and a custom 5 stone moissanite band for me. The stones were $25 off eBay and it cost $300 to make with taxes included.
Food: $600 we did a buffet and used a caterer who supplied food, plates and cutlery, drink, table cloths, and served the food.
Dj: $300 and he was pretty great. Kept the mood hopping
Grooms attire: $10 for a mint green tie. He wrote his suit.
Flowers: $225 bouteniers and corsages $50, flowers for tables $125 fake bluebonnets and fresh baby’s breath. That’s my bouquet too and it cost $50
Cake/desserts: $310 donut cake, stand, and strawberries and flowers to decorate it $250. Costco cake $30, plates and napkins for the desserts $30. Dh made a keto cake for the top layer since we both eat keto.
Decor: this was the most variable expense. $460. Lights were $125, tulle and bunting cost $45, favors cost $75, crayons, butcher paper, vases and pitchers and crayon tins were $90. Other random decor and signs were $125
Bridal tea: a hotel offered us free use of a meeting room for booking our rooms through them, so the room was free, decor and food was $200.
Dh’s game night at the same time as the bridal tea:$150, he found an arcade with retro video gamea and the guys games and ate pizza all afternoon, it’s definitely a future date night idea.
Venue and officiant and set up and take down were free. What can I say I belong to a religion where there things are done for you with the expectation that you will pass it along and help in future. I’ve helped with them in the past.
We saved a lot with vases and pitchers from dollar dress and also got a lot from Amazon and aliexpress. I had a budget and was very determined not to exceed it for one day.
I’d post pics here, but it’s only been a couple of weeks and my photographs aren’t coming in until June. I suppose I could post a couple lol.
Dress and flowers