- 7 years ago
- Wedding: November 2011
Hey guys, so a lot of you were asking for a budget breakdown. Let me just preface this with we could NOT have done this without our whole families jumping in and donating their time and talents…it would have been much more expensive otherwise I’m sure!! DON’T be afraid to ask your friends and family to help out. If you have a DJ in the family, a baker, a decorater, someone who works well with wood, ANYTHING. it all helps. And everyone has their talents.
Also, don’t be afraid to haggle. Did you know you can haggle at Goodwill? I didn’t know that…but we did. And don’t be afraid to dig! That chandelier you see in my pics? It cost $2. It was an ugly brass color and was at the bottom of a junk pile at Faith Farm. I bought it, and spray painted it white. The candlesticks were all dirt cheap too, and I washed them and spray painted them all robins egg blue. They turned out beautiful.
I know that what we had is not posisble for EVERYONE, and we do feel extremely blessed for all the talents that were donated. But if you use some of my tips, I know you can still have an incredibly cheap wedding!!
EDIT: Also, we had our reception in the driveway of our farm. People thought that sounded crazy, but it turned out soo beautiful.
We also used all of our own christmas lights for the tree trunks (and borrowed some from grandmas). We didn’t buy any uplighting.
Read my “I got two dresses for $83” post to hear the story on that. That was my greatest money saver!! Without further ado:
2 Dresses= $83
Make up= Did it myself, so free
Hair= Did it myself, so free
DH’s wedding band= $13 off Ebay
My wedding band= roughly $100, caught an AMAZING sale on no tax day
ALL of the vases and candlesticks for centerpieces and everywhere else= $80. I refused to pay over .50 cents for each vase/candlestick at thrift stores!
Mason jars= Free. The ones that I didn’t buy at thrift stores for .25 cents, came from family member’s cabinets. My grandmother and DH’s aunt used birdseed (to fill) and peach ribbon that they had to tie bows around each one.
Flowers= (4 bouquets, 4 boutonnieres, all centerpieces) = $200. I wasn’t afraid to use the cheapest flowers they had. Also, I loved the colorful aspect of wildflowers. So we went with that.
Tables and chairs= Free. Borrowed them from 2 different churches.
Hair flower= $20. Etsy!
Jewelry= Free. used jewelry I already owned! And borrowed my mother’s necklace
Venue= Free. Used my parent’s farm.
Wedding cake, groom’s cake and cupcakes= Free. My little sister made them all. She loves baking!
Music= He was free for us. We were going to do an Ipod wedding, but at the last minute my Godparent’s offered to pay for their friend to DJ the wedding. So it didn’t actually cost us anything, because it was a gift. Either way we were determined to not pay for music!
Guest bench (which was our version of a guest book) = Free. It was a complete surprise. My godfather built it for me! He knew how badly I wanted one.
Photographer= $250. We used a photographer who was just starting out, and she had only done a few weddings. She was really, really great though!
Our engagement pictures were DIY by my mother in law.
Marriage License= $60. We did the premarital counseling, so it came down from $93.
Plates/napkins/silverware/tablecloths= $100. They were really nice looking plastic plates! Paper napkins with a pretty design, and plastic silverware. We used plastic lace tablecloths. All of this came from a local rental place that had amazing prices.
Food=$500. My dad started buying meat early and used family member’s freezers. We had BBQ chicken and beef brisket, with cornbread, collard greens, baked beans and cheddar broccoli rice. Everything was DIY. We fed roughly 100 people!
Drinks= $40. DH’s aunt made the lemonade. We had a drink fountain that my aunt already owned, and DH’s aunt just cut up a lot of fruit (strawberries, oranges, lemons) to place into the fountain. Everyone LOVED the lemonade, they couldn’t get enough of it. We also bought a few cases of soda and water.
Favors= we skipped that….no one seemed to notice!
Candles for candleholders and mason jars= $10 at the dollar tree!
Petals for the whole Aisle= $8. Dollar tree sells packages of 500 for $1!
Arch= free. DH’s aunt and uncle built is from spare wood they had, and decorated it with palm fronds and moss from the oak trees. As well as dollar tree flowers.
Officiants= free. We grew up with them.
DH’s suit= $200/Free. His mother bought this for a gift, so it was free for us. The boys all got their own suits- they all wanted to. They actually bought it, because it wasn’t that much more than renting, and now they can use it again! For everyone that wanted to know: The suits were from Men’s Warehouse. They were Ralph Lauren.
DH’s tie= $20. Etsy!
Bridesmaid dresses= the girls bought their own dresses, so it wasn’t in our budget. But for those that wanted to know, they were from JCPenny. They were $40, and the boleros were $12 from Nordstrom’s. They used boots and jewelry they already had, and did their own hair and makeup.
The amazing car= FREE! My father knew someone who knew someone, and it was a total surprise and great gift from my father. The guy did it as a favor for us (he was also an FSU alumn, so he took a special liking to me haha). It was a ’59 Chevy Impala that the man bought BRAND NEW in 1959. It was the car he took his wife on their first date in J
Total cost for us= $1,484.
If you want to include DH’s suit (even though we didn’t pay it out of pocket)= $1,662.
So, most people with a small budget have under $2000 or $3000, even if you include DH’s suit, it comes to way under that! It was the PERFECT day, and the wedding of my dreams. I wouln’t change a thing about it, even if I had a $10,000 budget!