(Closed) Please tell me about your $10,000 wedding!!! :)

posted 5 years ago in Money
Post # 4
982 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

Our budget is 10K as well so I’m posting to follow!

Post # 7
8453 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

My wedding was $12k, but this included the welcome dinner the night before (all guests invited) as well as our thank you brunch, with alcohol served at both events.  Here is the breakdown for our actual wedding day:

Ceremony venue $500 (included set up, tear down, seats, etc)

Officiant $100

Invites $110

DJ $600

Photography $2100

Attire $1250

Hair $60

Inclusive reception $5791 (cocktail hour, full open bar, 2 entrees and sides, wedding cake, linens, chairs, servers, set up/tear down, gratuity, tax, etc)

Flowers $320 (DIY)

Favors $40 (DIY sweet n salty snack buffet)

Centerpieces, table numbers, guest book, ribbons, etc. $80

Gifts $400

Make-up $FREE (DIY)

Programs, menus, escort cards, etc. $FREE (left over materials from other DIY)


Total $11351 (includes tax/gratuity for vendors)

Since we had 90% of our guest list traveling from out of town, including elderly and handicapped guests, we needed something that was going to be convenient for everyone.  We decided to host everything at 1 hotel located on a small boardwalk so our guests could shop/dine within walking distance.  Although the hotel was probably more expensive than other venues, the comfort of my guests was worth the extra $1000-$2000.

Post # 9
213 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

our budget is 8k and so far so good. 

It takes lots and lots of DIY and lots of reaserch and budget shopping. Our guest list is not big, only 50 so that helped.

The breakdown:

$3000 catering (no dinnerware or linens)

$1500 venue ( Friday-Sunday, includes cabins for our guests)

$450 photographer (MOH’s sister in law)


DJ is paid for by my Maid/Matron of Honor so I don’t know how much that is (thank goodness)

Here comes the fun stuff πŸ˜€

$100 my dress + $15 for petticoat + $40 for strapless bra

$95 my shoes

$ 240 FI’s outfit – cowboy hat and boots, belt buckle, jeans, blazer, lawman badge (lol)

$150 Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses, we paid for them

$120 flower girls: boots and dresses (we have 2) 

$100 ring bearer outfit

$110 belt buckles and badges for the groomsmen

$100 blazer for one of groomsman

$90 table cloth and napkins

$200 for all the plates, bowls, wine glasses and silverware

$15 party favors

$30 centerpieces

$20 4 bouquets 

$70 sand ceremony set

$250 officiant 

$80 invitations including stamps

$30 save the dates including stamps


$ 6805 total so far. I still need to buy wine and beer, budgetting about 250 for that.

And I need a cake to cut but I will bake that myself.

I am not going to lie, I am stressed and exhausted and kinda wish we just eloped.


Post # 10
8453 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@FutureMrsT1221:  Oops totall forgot to include that lol.  I had 50 guests and I wanted to say that keeping your guest list down will definitely help keep your costs down.  Here’s a few pics

Post # 11
5221 posts
Bee Keeper

Our budget was around 10k, not sure exactly the numbers since it has been a little while, but here is the general breakdown that I had saved on my computer from the week before :

Venue: $1,437.62 ( this was for the ceremony + reception)

Catering- $1,500.71 ( included BBQ with 2 meats, 3 or 4 different vegetables, bread, tea, water, salad… I think that’s all)

Photographer- paid $2,000 ( included engagement pics, 2 shooters the day of for 8 hours and also a disc)

Wedding Cake- Paid $428

Invitations, save-the-dates and thank you cards- $170.00

 Décor( shepherds hooks, mason jars, burlap runners, string lights, tulle, candles, chalkboard, this included linens since we purchased our own off of a cheap onlne site)  $400 

 Dress/accessories (including hair, make up tans, tans, trials of for the make up and tans, mani/pedi, shoes, jewelry): $2,400

 Tux: free

 Pastor: free

 Rental Company: $796.78 (tables, chairs, a tent for 140 people for the ceremony + reception)

 Florist:  $565.12 + tax

 DJ: $597 

 Alcohol/soft drinks– $672 

So, that came out to $10,967 and if I remember correctly, a few of those prices dropped at the last minute with the catering, so probably right around 10,500 or so. Some things we did to cut corners:

– chose a venue at a city landmark instead of an actual wedding or event venue, it was way cheaper and they had a lot of wedding stuff on hand ( like a tent) that we were able to rent for MUCH cheaper than through a rental company

– we cheaped out on the invitations. We ordered them from vistaprint when they were running a special and did all of our save the dates, invitations and thank you cards from them. 

– we did BBQ catering instead of something more traditional. It was GREAT and everyone loved the food so much they still talk about it.  They also were able to make adjustments to the menu last minute, so it was stress free trying to get RSVP’s in

– for alcohol we brought our own in and struck a deal with a local liquor store. They gave us a 25% discount if we used them, so that helped! We also bought all of the beer in bulk the day before ( I think from Sam’s) and the caterer took over icing it all down and setting the bar up.


-cutting the cake. Doing it all yourself means that someone has to cut the cake and even though the caterer insisted they had someone who knew how ( I mean.. this is a BBQ place, so that should’ve been my first clue), they didn’t. My mother actually cut it and people were appalled ( apparently) that the mother of the bride was cutting the cake. She loved it, and I didn’t even find out until a year after the fact that she did that! Ooops.

– getting people to set up/ tear down. There is a convenience factor if you find a venue that does this for you. If you do it yourself or have a “crew”, just make sure they sign in blood that they will be there πŸ™‚ We had a few back out the day of, and luckily, I have awesome friends who chipped in last minute to hang a few shepherds hooks and flowers.  


Sorry this was so long! But it IS possible and we had a very nice wedding ( if I do say so myself!) for about 110 people! 

Post # 12
2625 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Commenting to follow!

Post # 16
2363 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - B&B

Well we’re two weeks out and I might still see some final numbers, but I think we’re coming in around 12.5k….

I did get a bit of sticker shock the other day seeing that my rentals are about $700 more than I expected, sooooo that bumped me up from the 12 or so that I thought!

I don’t have photos yet, but here are some of the biggest ways we are saving money!

1)My dress. Ok I got lucky on this one. A local designer is reallly good friends with my best friends family, and he moved to Florida. My BFF’s (and Maid/Matron of Honor now!) mom was helping him move and asked him “oh where do you want these 20 or so dresses put” nad he said “oh they are samples and I don’t have room for them so I am going to throw them out. UM NO!!!!!!! She ended up taking them, and I got one of them! It was a very basic dress but it fit me perfectly and we took it to a dress maker to get it glittered and gussied up. I got the fabric from JoAnne’s at 3$ a yard (bought 5 yards of it) so that’s my veil and fabric for the top, and we bought appliques on ebay at $15 and $25 dollars. So total cost of the dress is like $400.

2)Food. Our guest list is 150 ATTENDING, but we are DIYing much of the food! It’s going to be a heavy hors d’oeuvres cocktail party. We are having more than enough food for people to fill up on like its a regular meal, but we can prep many of the ingredients and buy it oursevles before hand! We do then have to hire a chef and four servers/assistants, but overall I think our cost is going to be lower than the average cost of a buffet or sit down per head!

3)Decorations! Ebay, dollar store (surprisingly they have some cool stuff in there sometimes! I mean, they have glass vases and candles and all kinds of things that aren’t too cheap looking) and friends! If you have had any friends get married recently that helps alot… you would be surprised what you can reuse and recycle for centerpieces and decorations! And again, Ebay, classifieds, dollar store, yard sale… it takes time and some shopping around, so you need to really be constantly on the lookout. Our engagement was just over a year and a half so we had a lot of time to buy and shop around.

My venue is a bit pricier than I was originally thinking, so I think that is the bulk of where I am coming up this much over 10k! Also, as a PP mentioned, one of the easiest ways to cut down on cost is to make sure your guest list is cut back. It can be hard if you have big families,  but if you can get away with it cut back! Think of this way: 100 people at $50 a head, = 5,000, and 125 (its just 25 more people…..) is suddenly $6,250…. I mean, I’m sure you can do math but I just wanted to throw a visual out there of how easily it can add up when you add people! And I was thinking $50 as perhaps an average per head between food and drink, (depending on where you are) but don’t forget more rentals, more tables means more decorations, etc etc.

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