- 8 years ago
- Wedding: June 2012
I have been truly blessed bees. So I just got around to adding up my wedding costs because I’m super lazy, and now I am pretty happy. I had budgeted 2,000 dollars, aimed for 1,500 and set a hard limit of 2,500. I thought we had come out around the thousand mark.
We came out below 800 dollars! That means I saved more than I even spent, and here’s how:
We had a very small service and reception of about 40 or more people, and we were depending some on family for help. (Which they so graciously offered and then some!) We had so many friends and family come out to donate their time, money, and effort for us, we were blown away.
- My cousin offered to cater the entire reception for free as a gift.
- Our close friend custom made our cake toppers- free.
- The venue I chose just happened to be free. I thought that since it was historic there would for sure be a cost, but no.
- My bouquet was done as a gift.
- Honemoon was gifted to us.
- Our cousin, a budding photographer, did our photos for free.
- A friend donated a box full of decor: 30+ jars and 2 bird cages.
- MOB gifted our cake.
- Hair and makeup was a gift.
There’s more I can’t even list. So there are most of the major costs right there, gifted to us by our lovely families. I guess i didn’t even realize how much money we were saving, cause I still DIY’ed and bought on sale items anyways.
- I bought a last season dress from DB that was on sale.
- I DIY’ed all the decor, centerpeices, the ring box, the flower basket, every bouquet, corsage, and boutonniere, the guest book, garter, programs, and more.
- Made important purchases like shoes and jewelry online and by searching outlet sites.
So in conculsion this is mainly a celebratory post for my bank account, and to encourage other small budget brides like myself. We can do it!