- 1 year ago
- Wedding: April 2018
Hey everyone! I got married 5 months go and because I had posted a few things about how to keep our wedding costs low, I wanted to write a post summarizing it for anyone else in the same boat. We had a$10k budget and wanted to still have a traditional ceremony with our family but spend most of our budget on a great honeymoon. We ended up at around $2,300 for our wedding and a bit over 7k for our honeymoon.
Our wedding was at 2pm on a Saturday at a church. We each had 4 people in our wedding party. We invited 50 guests and had about 40 attend. This was only our very close family and very VERY close friends. We didn’t do ANYTHING other than eat cake and talk to guests at the reception. The setup of our wedding was that the ceremony and reception were in the same spot, when people came in to sit down for the reception, they sat down at the tables which they would eat at also.
Someone generously donated the backdrop for us to borrow. Otherwise, we wouldn’t have had it.
Cake. Bought from a small local baker. $85.
I found my wedding dress second hand on Facebook marketplace and it was seriously my dream dress. $250
Hubby bought his suit from a sale at Express. $200
Table decorations and vases were from the dollar store online (except candles from Walmart).The idea was from Pinterest.
Other than the table centerpieces, my only decorations were flowers (again, vases from dollar store). I bought these in bulk online from Sam’s club. This is an AMAZING deal. The flowers came right to my doorstep 2 days before, were so gorgeous, and I had so many I didn’t know what to do with them all. And my family got to go home from the wedding with loads of pretty flowers and they were still going strong almost 2 weeks later! $150
Our photographer was a friend of mine from high school who hadn’t had much experience photographing weddings but I think she’s very talented. $550.
A different photographer did our engagement photos. The cost was low because it was only a 30 minute session, but we got hundreds of photos and lots of different poses crammed into that time. $200
I did lots and lots of little things to save money… my shoes were $10 at Old Navy. My bouquet was 2 Hobby Lobby bouquets combined for $40 total. I used forks, plates, and cups that were leftover from my friend’s bridal shower I threw several months earlier. I borrowed the tablecloths and punch bowls from the church.
We didn’t do save the dates since we’re so close to everyone attending, it was just word of mouth. Programs and invitations made on Vistaprint. $25
I think one of the ONLY things I didn’t do something to save money was my hair and makeup. It was so important for me not to have to worry about this so I paid regular price to have it done. However, I didn’t pay extra for any practice runs or anything like that. $140.
That’s all I can think of for right now, but if you have any questions about other ways I saved money, I’m happy to answer!
Overall, it was a no frills wedding but I don’t feel like we missed out on anything and I don’t think it looked or felt cheap. The day went by in the blink of any eye and then we got to spend 10 AMAZING INCREDIBLE days at a Sandals resort in the Bahamas. I would recommend this approach to anyone!