- 7 years ago
- Wedding: July 2011
I am looking at my wedding budget, holy moly.
We’re not going into debt over this wedding, I’ll say that straight up.
I thought when we got engaged in July and then in August started “seriously” wedding planning, we could do the day for $10K easy. After looking at just basic expenses, and figuring what we could save, up to $15K we went.
With some help from family and including their spending and ours, my budget is currently sitting at $23 800 and I am just sick thinking about it! I thought I was doing ok, got some good deals, but added together it doesn’t seem that way.
We haven’t done anything outrageous (or *too* outrageous), things just cost a lot! I’ve tried to skimp and cut corners and thankfully we can afford it, but it’s still a lot of dang money for one day. I know it will be worth it, but I have never experienced anything like this in my life and it’s just a weird feeling to be “okay” with it.
Here’s a mini breakdown. 180 guests
Dinner (buffet with two meat choices, incl dessert) $4905
Washroom trailer $1400
Cocktail Hour food (done by friends) $600
Dress Alterations/Hairpiece/Shoes $300
Me Hair & Make up $100
FI’s Attire (free rental becuase of 5 groomsmen rentals) $0!!!
Week-of/Day-of Coordinator/Decorator (her and 2 staff) $1500
Week-of/Day-of Coordinator “Needs” (Tables, chairs, dishes, linens, etc rentals) $1500
Guestbook (Photobook Groupon!) $35
Place Cards/Thank-you’s $200
Dessert Bar/Candy Bar $400
Bartenders (2 + extra friend to help hold my dog (and drive him home)/serve cocktail hour) $375
Bar (lic license, insurance, bar supplies) $500
Alcohol Cost (open bar and this and wine should cover rehearsal too) $2500
Homemade Wine $572
Wedding Party/Family Gifts $1000
Marriage License $130
Rehearsal Party $700
This is not including my DIY projects, since I’ve decided to take them on, that is coming out of my fun money for now!
Some numbers are very round/still guestimates at this point, some are hopefully over estimates! I realize some things are unnecessary and I’m not complaining at all, just kind of shocked I’m having a wedding that costs this much!