- 6 years ago
- Wedding: October 2012
I’ve seen other boards about wedding budget and I figure this can be helpful to us.
Type of budget: We are on a tight budget, we are having a small wedding with only 70 guest. Our budget is around $10k. $8,000 for the wedding and $2k for the honeymoon. I have to thank ebay, CL, VistaPrint and pre own wedding stuff to help keep us in and under our budget.
Dress Budget: it was pre own a Reem Arca cost $4,000 but I found on ebay for only $175
Shoes/Accessories budget: I had a pair of black satin shoes that I never worn and I treated myself to a $250 sash but on ebay I won it for only $90
Ceremony/Reception budget and breakdown:
Food: $3000 ($50 a plate but it came with a lot of extras). Plus we put $1200 towards 3 signature cocktails. I managed to talk to venue into suppling water, ice tea, champagne toast, breakfast for me and the girls the morning of the wedding, a free open bar cocktail hour and we are allowed to bring in our own candy station and outside cake.
Room Fee: free (we are having ceremony and reception in the same space) just will convert them once ceremony is done.
Entertainment: we are hiring a Harpist which is only $100 for 1.5-2 hours. And my brother is a DJ back home so all we had to do was rent his equipment because we will be traveling in for the wedding. Equpiment rental was only $250 (speakers, mixer, mico and set up)
Photographer: Found a great deal of only $700 for 4 hours of photo and 2.5 hours of video. We will get the semi raw footage after the wedding and a blue ray dvd of all pics as well.
Tuxedo: My Fiance won a free tux from NM Dream Wedding (we also won a free 2 hour limo ride which I may use for the bacholerette party and we also won lunch/dinner for 6 at a local sports bar (I think my Fiance may take the guys there the afternoon before our wedding as a last meal, lol)).
Flowers: We found an amazing florist, we are only getting the basics. Wedding party flowers and 6 tall vases filled with water, lights and flowers to put at each entry door. Our venue has 3 steps of doors. Our flower total was only $350 (this included step up and a free tossing flowers)
Cake: $200 for a cupcake cake to feed 70 guest. The vendor is across the street from the hotel so she is setting up and delivering for free.
Favors: the candy station which in the end may cost $100 for everything. I already found the vases from Michaels, TJ Maxx and the Dollar store. We also got his and her cock screw sets which was from a leftover bride on ebay- I got 32 sets for only $25. I may need to buy 8 more but that shouln’t cost no more then $15 extra dollars. Then we got about 30 flip flops for the ladies during the reception. $1 each at Old Navy and I had a $10 off coupon so 10 of those 30 flip flops was free.
Invites: DIY costed about $35 to make 100.
Decoration: Costing close to $250 in all (i bought the chair sashes off another bee (100 for $40) and I found the chair covers from CL for $25 for 100 (yup, $25 for 100 cotton white chair covers). We will be figuring out how to drape curtains and added a few lights around the room. (cost is around $150 to rent them all)
Honeymoon: 6 days all inclusive to Mexico. We used our timeshare so it was super cheap. Then our airfare went on sale so round trip for 2 was only $925. So in all our Honeymoon is costing us $1600 we budgeted $2k so I am happy to use that $400 saving towards the wedding budget.
DIY: I am making a great deal of stuff. STD, invites, non flower centerpieces, petal aisle runner, card box and even draping my venues windows.
Are you on budget: At this point our wedding is on track and everytime we go over on one area we cut back on another.