Post # 1
I also posted this on my blog, but I’m posting it here so it will show up in the WB search for other brides looking for budget breakdowns.
This is just to give you an idea of where our budget ended up going. I’m quite pleased with the total.
ice cream: $55
- large bowls: $25 for 25
- ice cream cups: $36 for 500
- spoons: $21 for 100
- candy dishes: 3 @ $3.98 ea
- LOVE plates: $38
- ice cream scoops: 20 @ 1.18 ea (plus shipping)
- plates and forks for cake: $15
- napkins: $3
favors: 112 for 72 drinking jars (also used for serving at the wedding)
lawn games: 264 total
attire and accessories:
- dress: $300ish
- new shirt for him: $23
- lacy undies for me: $5
- everything else already owned
- pearl necklaces for the ladies: 5 @ 20 ea
- ties for men: 5 @ 10 ea
- engraved pocket knives: 5 @ 12 ea
- ”i like you” book for ceremony: $7
- four large vases: $48
- card cage: already owned
- cake server set: $10
- guest book and feather pen: $12
- make up: already owned (except new perfume, which was $48)
- marriage license: 99
Grand total: $2,984
Not included is the cost (about $50) for our original invitations. Because we were forced to replan the wedding 40 days out, we only had time to send evites to let the guests know that the venue and city had changed.
Post # 3
Wow, that’s fantastic! Our budget is $2K, but we’re getting married in Haiti and having a reception for 50 people. I don’t know how we could possibly get married in the States on that budget, but you’ve proven that a wedding doesn’t require huge sums of money.
Post # 4
Thanks for posting! Very detailed. It’s pretty awesome to see all of your beautiful recaps and then get the idea of the total cost. Helpful!
Post # 5
Fabulous! sounds like my kinda budget! I’m sorry but I’m relatively new here, why did you have to replan the wedding?
Post # 6
@Eva Peron: 44 days out, our church refused to marry us because we were living together, even though we were doing so chastely, and had been doing so for over a year. We lost venue and officiant.
Post # 7
How many guests did you have? I’m very impressed by how you did it even with such a huge monkey wrench thrown in so close to the date.
Post # 8
@MsBrooklynA: We had 50-75. I never counted.
Post # 9
I guess I should provide a more detailed answer. We invited 125 at first, but when our pastor closed the church to us, we struck the church members from the guest list. We expected 80, but on the day of several people couldn’t make it. For instance two of the families that were coming have an autistic child, and they both had really bad days, so they had to stay home, knocking 8-10 people out. Also at the last minute, two of my sisters decided not to come, and that knocked a few more out. There were at least 3 people there I didn’t know and probably more. We also invited the mexican construction crew that were working next door over and they had some ice cream… and so did a couple police officers (we were RIGHT beside the city police department– in fact, they kept the ice ream in their freezer for us until we were ready to serve it!)
Post # 10
Hey! This inspires me! Thank you 🙂
Post # 11
@helenberrycrunch: We also invited the mexican construction crew that were working next door over and they had some ice cream…
this made me giggle for some reason.
i am curious as to why the church closed the doors to you and your 2 sisters decided not to come last minute?? both these things sound terrible!
oh and you did fantastic. your wedding was beautiful and looked like a TON of fun!
Post # 12
@dynamic_duo: Oh, Those sisters are the two I’ve never gotten along with, and I explained about the church a couple posts up.
Post # 13
@helenberrycrunch: oh wow, that sux about the church! well i don’t know you or how religious you are, but i personally think it was for the best then that you did not get married in a venue that would pass such judgement on your (normal? common? not their business? ..i don’t know what the best word is here but you get the point) living arrangements.
Post # 14
@dynamic_duo: we found it very hard to deal with at first.
Post # 15
@helenberrycrunch: Thank you for sharing! Your budget breakdown is refreshing, especially to me, a fellow budget bride. I am sorry to hear about your church and sisters, but your day turned out beautifully anyway 🙂