(Closed) Show me your budget break downs under $10,000!

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Post # 17
3281 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

20 guests at an intimate wedding ceremony followed by dinner in a private room at a nice restaurant:

Venue: $500
Food/drink: $1500
Photography: $3000 (!)
Dress + alterations + accessories: $850
Suit + accessories: $650
Hair + makeup: $200
Flowers: $700
Rentals: $200
Invitations: $100
Marriage license: $100 

Total: $7800

Total does NOT include gifts for our families ($500), honeymoon ($2500), or the two casual family receptions we will be having with our large families after the wedding itself (around $2000 each).

Post # 18
2651 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Catholic Church

We saved our money by doing as much DIY as we could and accepting talent gifts from friends and family. We also had a buffet style BBQ dinner where we supplied the meat, buns, condiments, and beverages while we asked guests to each bring a salad, dessert, cheese&cracker tray or a veggie tray. This meant that we also had a dessert buffet which everyone always loves. This style of reception is common in our area/group so everyone understood how things worked.
Wedding Day Costs
Ceremony Site Fees/Type of Venue: Free (gifted by our priest because I used to teach Sunday school there, normally $100)
Reception Site Fees/Type of Venue: $200
Caterer/Food/Drink (per person if available): $500, $1000 for beverages including all of the alcohol
Service Charge/Gratuities: N/A
Bridal Gown & Alterations: $925
Bridal Accessories (Veil, Undergarments, Shoes, Jewelry): $70
Groom’s Attire: $800 on new items, he already had the kilt which cost him $1500 at the time
Stationery/Postage: $100 (DIY)
Photography: Free (gifted by amateur friends and relatives)
Videography: $300 (Wedit)
Ceremony Music: Free (gifted by friends with wonderful talents)
Reception Music: $180
Flowers: $150
Favors: $75 (DIY)
Cake: $100 (DIY)
Officiant: Free (again, a gift)
Coordinator: N/A
Hair: Free (gifted by my fabulously talented aunt)
Makeup: $25 (DIY)
Wedding Party Gifts: $50 (DIY)
Transportation: N/A
Hotels: N/A
Misc: $400 for tablecloths, $97 for DIY centrepieces, $30 for flipflops for guests with uncomfortable feet, $20 for bathroom baskets
(divide wedding day total by # of guests)
All Inclusive Costs:
Wedding Bands: $395 ($300 for mine and $95 for his)
Rehearsal Dinner/Day After Brunch: Free (gifted by his parents)
Honeymoon: N/A (we didn’t have one)
(wedding day total + all inclusive total)

ETA: We had about 120 guests.

Post # 19
823 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013


invites/STDs/thank you cards: $500

venue: $1,000

catering: $2,000

Dress and alterations: $1,400

Photography: $1,300

DJ: $600

Makeup: DIY with $200 in products

Hair: free from guest/friend

Linens/decor: $450

Cupcakes: $300

Table/chair rental: $200

Bouquets: $140

Shoes/veil/accessories: $100

honeymoon: $1,500

These estimates are rounded up. We did not have a limo or real flowers. We had a guest list of 85 people. 


Post # 20
54 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

We haven’t finalized everything yet (we have till January!) but here’s what we have or are planning on so far.

Venue: $2,550
Food: $3,500 (includes beer, wine, and signature cocktail)
Dress & Accessories: $680
Suit: $110 (sale from Jos. A. Bank!!)
DJ: $700
Photographer: $1,100
Flowers: $300
Invitations: $100
Decorations (uplighting, vases, mirrors, etc.): $500

I’m sure I left something out, but our $10,000 doesn’t include our rings, honeymoon, or bridal party gifts.

Post # 21
182 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

This made me break down everything that I could remember spending money on, and some things left that we still have to pay, plus anticiapated expenses as well. 

 wedding budget break down

tuxes 378.

Dress 529.99 -179.99 350.00

under dress garment 24.38
Dress alterations 78.00
wedding shoes 59.61
wedding hair decorations 73.18
dresses for all kids 224.13
shoes for kids 45.00

Boutineres, wedding flowers, cake topper, 

cake cutting set, guest book,
flower basket, ring pillow,
garter, gift box, other misc items 216.48

Dollar store items 89.00

Name cards for seats 12.00
wedding veil 15.00
strawberry perserve mini jars 39.85
pop, water, ice for drinks 20.00
suppies for punch 20.00
server 115.00 plus 35 tip
Photographer 900.00
Food from caterer plus linens 970.00

invitations 149.00

hair for me, 3 older kids, plus my makeup, nails and pedicure 225.00

cake                                        240.00

Victoria wedding chapel, unity candle
note for dad, other minor misc items estimated 795.00

 Reception venue 280.00

 gifts Maid of honor 40.00 

rings 1090- wedding bands only 

hotel rooms 400
food and fun for honeymoon 250.00


Grand total—-



this does not include my engagment ring in the above total 

I find this to actually tick me off. I did not want to spend this kind of money and wanted to elope. SIGH….

Edited to add that this is for approximently 50 guests including bride and groom 


Post # 22
9129 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@jaijaig88:  I have a $5K budget.

Here’s the breakdown of what we have spent so far:

$2800 – venue for ceremony and reception (rented beach house for a week)

$500 – Photographer (4 hours, disc of images & full rights)

$194 – rentals (tables and chairs only for 50 people)

$161 – custom wedding gown (Dressilyme)

$150 – custom white linen suit (Studio Suits)

$36 – suit for Best Man (had two gift cards for Macy’s to reduce the price and there was a sale!)

$224 – wedding bands (Marc Bello for him, Berricle for me)

$250 – Decor & Paper Products (Ikea for tealight candles/holders & buckets for centerpieces, Seashell Co for seashells, Luna Bazaar for lanterns, My Paper Shop for tablecloths & napkins, Party City for cups, plates, and serving trays, Dollar Store for utensils and misc serving dishes for nacho bar)

$27 – STDs & Invitations (Vistaprint with Groupon deal; add another $50 for stamps because some were inernational)

$50 – Microphone & Speakers for Laptop

$28 – Vinyl album & China markers for guest signatures

$18 – 1 oz pour stoppers for liquor bottles (slow down alcohol consumption at reception)

$300 – budgeted for Alcohol and drinks (used an online estimator)

$600 – budgeted for Food (already got the quote from the BBQ restaurant)

$80 – budgetted for Cake (local grocery store makes great cupcakes)

$100 – Day of Coordinator (friend doing for us)

$100 – budgetted for Flowers (125 stems of orange roses from Sam’s club plus ribbon and floral tape and pearl pins; making bridal buquet, 3 Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets, and 10 centerpieces)

(My mom paid for my undergarments and flower for my hair. I am wearing jewelry and shoes I already have with my dress. My mom is also tkaing care of my hair and nails and helping me DIY bouquets and centerpieces)

So right now we are at $5618 which is somewhat over but not that bad and I can still find more ways to save or cut down on things that are budgeted but not yet contracted like food and booze.

Post # 23
9129 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

We’re using Spotify for the ceremony and reception music so that’s FREE.  hence the addition of speakers and a microphone for our laptop.

Our officiant is a friend who is a notary public (it’s actually one of two people who were instrumental in introducing me and my Fiance.)

I haven’t included our honeymoon (we’re delaying it by a few months due to work), bridal party gifts (not sure what we’re doing yet), rehearsal dinner (I plan on cooking dinner for everyone as I make a mean lasagna) or the marriage license ($96).

Post # 24
2776 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@jaijaig88:  Here’s my run down.  Our budget was about 3K so we went over a bit but it wasn’t paid for all at once, it was more piece meal, and we didn’t have any debt afterward.  I hope its helpful still but we did have a lot of things gifted as my grandmother is a reverend, we have a party planner, a pastry chef, caterers, and an liquor distributor in my super large family. 

Other than that we saved by reusing things, buying fabric to DIY, getting online deals and shopping at Joanne’s, Micheals, Dollar Tree, CVS, and Wal-Mart.

Cost of paper

Save the dates

Cost of postage $66 other materials and printing free

Total: $66


Card stock – $13

Postage – $35 , RSVPs were postcards so used left over postage from Save the dates,

Printing was free with the exception of a sample $2

Envelopes – $22

Pens in blue wedding color – $8

Total: $80


Rehersal Dinner

Paid for by brides’ father (but was less than 300 at a pizza place)

Total: $0

Overall costs

Flight to MA for both bride and groom – $674

Car rental for week – $336

Cost of parking for our car at airport while away – $54

Dog sitter while we were away – $150

Transportation to and from wedding– gifted

Wedding Night accommodations – $350 (ended up staying two nights)

Rest of the week stayed at mother of the bride’s house for free

Photographer: $530

Total: $2094



Venue for ceremony and reception – free

Officiate – free

Church décor – $68

Flowers – Father of the bride paid for most of them and I paid $82

Flowers used to bouquets for bride and 4 bridesmaids, a carnation lei, 4 orchid stems for cake decoration, and corsages for family and people who helped for the wedding  

Musicians (Guitar music for pre ceremony and bridesmaid/groomsmen entrance – $150, Violin for bride entrance – $75)

Silk petals for flower girl -$ 5

Flower girl basket – Repurposed basket from when I was a flower girl – Used Ribbon listed in Reception

Material for rope of reserved aisle – Used Ribbon listed in Reception

Reserved signs – printed off computer at home

Guestbook – $8

Total: $388



Pre – wedding prep

Hanger – $21

Robe – $36

Total: $57



Bouts – $29 in total for 10

Tux – $117 (groom tux only)

Groomsmen paid for their own tux rentals, Bridesmaids paid for their own dresses etc

Bridemaids and flower girl were given gifts $128

Groomsmen were bought a round of beer at rehersal dinner for gift $12

Total: $286


Bridal look

Dress – Free, wore my mother’s

Undergarments – $30

Cleaning the gown – paid for by mother of the bride

After wedding preservation of dress plus veils – TBD

Shoes – $40

Hair – paid for by mother of the bride

Bouquet – paid for by father of the bride

Veil – $100

Earrings – heirloom

Necklace – gift from groom to bride for Christmas, bride paid for gold chain $120

Haku lei –  paid for by mother of the bride 

Total: $290



All dinnerware was a gift

Menus were a gift

Tables and Chairs belonged to the church and were used for free

Cake was a gift from a family member who is a pastry chef

Cake topper – $66

The chicken and pork was catered father of the bride paid for about half, bride paid for $250

The vegetarian dishes were made by family for free

The church ladies served the food for free

All the serving dishes used for the reception belonged to the church and were free

Capri Suns – $8

Ginger ale – gift

Water – free

Kid coloring books and crayons – $8

Bubbles – $12

Table signs – printed off computer at home

Material for table cloths at buffet table – $60

Ribbons used for various things – $17

Apple Juice & Cider -$20 (ended up not doing a toast so this went to my mom’s house)

Total: $441


M&M – $60

Tulle circle – $9 for 75

Handmade thank you circle

Circle puncher – $7

Hole puncher – $6

Same pen used for invites

Paper from card stock also used for invites

Used Ribbon listed in Reception

Total: $82 for about 72 favors


Wedding Rings

Bride ring: heirloom – $100  for resize

Groom ring: $49

Total: $149



Tulle fabric – gift

Balloons – gift

Bows – gift

Table runner – Fabric was purchased by mother of the bride, the work done to them was gifted

White fabric (which was left over and used for curtains) – $120

Table cloths – $118 (donated to the church afterward)

Paper table flowers –  $108

Vases – $59 (donated to the church afterward)

Vases for the bridal table were gifted

LED lights – $42 (donated to the church afterward)

Purple water beads – $15

Buckets in which purple beads grew: $4  (Also used a pot laying around the house)

Distilled Water to make purple beads grow:  $6 (Bought 6 gallons ended up using 3)

Mirrors  – $36 (donated to the church afterward)

Total: $508


Centerpiece:  $162 =  $6.75 pet set up



After Party

After party location – free

Beer – $73 plus gifted beer

Liquor – gifted

Food – Left over from the reception

Dessert – Cake left over from reception

Total: $73

Grand Total: $4676


After costs

Thank you cards: $8.00

Postage $18.40

Prints for guests: $36

Album: TBD

Total: $62.40

Post # 26
675 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I haven’t really booked anything officially yet, but my budget is exactly 10,000 and I know about how much the big ticket items will cost.  

Venue:  about 5,000 for ceremony and reception including food and alcohol

Photographer: 1600 but that includes bridal and engagement photos

Dress:  my budget is 1000 for the whole ensemble hopefully

Invitations:  STDs and Invitations, no more than 700 including postage 

Flowers:  I’m a florist so I’m doing them myself, maybe 1000 but that’s for centerpieces and wedding party flowers

DJ and other details, not sure about yet.

Lord this is starting to look expensive when I write it all down

Post # 27
316 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Just tagging in so I can read through these at a later time! So interesting! 

Post # 28
64 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Venue: $1,500

dress: $1,500 with accessories

photographer: $600

caterer: $1000 with open bar

makeup/ hair for me an my girls/moms: $700

flowers/decor: $400 (estimate)

dj: $700

stationary: $300

rings: $100

favors: $200

gifts: $500

and this is a wedding thrown in Orange County California. 🙂 and it’s everything I could have wanted and more

Post # 29
379 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@jaijaig88:  We did not keep track of costs exactly so mine numbers are a little rough and this is for 400 guests

Officiant – Free

Church – Free

Reception Hall – $550

Decorations (my aunt has a TON of decorating stuff we borrowerd) – $100

DJ – $575

Catering – $2780

Cupcakes and 1 small cake – $275

Bar (we put up a set amount and then it was cash bar) – $750

Dress (with alterations) – $1100

Jewelry and Shoes – $100

Veil – Borrowed

Photographer – $1100

Transportation – $150

Hair (day of and 2 trials) – $60

Makeup – $15

Nails – $45

Mini honeymoon – $800

Invitations – $175

Programs – $30

Bridal Party Gifts – $600

Flowers – $750

Total – $9,955, but it doesn’t include our rings. Mine was $3500 for both the engagement ring and wedding band, his was $56 for a tungsten ring. For having 400 guests, I’d say we did pretty good!



Post # 30
732 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@jaijaig88:  Our wedding budget is $5000, we have 40 guests, and we only came in 100 bucks over!  The theme is “gothic victorian garden party” if it had to have a title..

  • Venue and rooms for the night before and wedding night: $1200 (includes ceremony/reception and breakfest for myself and 
  • bridesmaids)
  • Invitations:$15(DIY printable ones i baught from micheals)

  • officiant: $220


  • decor/rentals:$400 (mostly DIY, and baught online)


  • Dress/veil/alternations/shoes: $1020


  • hair/make up:$60( newly graded beuty student doing it, this included the day of, travel and the trial)


  • groom suit: $300 


  • Kids outfits $120


  • Food:$650 ( high tea for 45 ppl) 


  • Iced tea bar:$100 (no alchohol)


  • Rings: $450 (purchased online)


  • Favours: $150 custom tea favours and silk fans


  • Photography: $150(friend of mine just started a buisness and she is quite good =D) 


  • Cake/topper: $100 ( i am a trained cake decorator so im just buying supplies and doing i myself =D, had i gone to a pro shop It would have costed near $600)


  • After party(for bridal party): $500(includes dinner and alchohol for 20 ppl)

To saved money we avoided meal times by having the ceremony at 1 and holdiong both ceremony and reception at a bed n breakfast/historical house with beautiful gardens on the grounds which is where the ceremony will be held. And the reception goes to 5. Then the bridal party/family are invited to a restaurant to have dinner and drinks with us. We saved money by doing alot of DIY decor/cake, not hiring a wedding planner and piecing together the grooms suit from different places when sales are on. I also saved a butt ton on my dress by buying from a smaller shop that offered free veil with purchase for a dress $700 or up, and she had a promotion going on for free alterations if i purchased within the week. With a vintageish theme it was easy to go to thrift shops and buy teapots, teacups, old book and photoframes for center pieces. No alchocol option really did save us a good $1000 aswell. We were lucky enough to know alot of people graduating from photography and beauty school that just wanted to add to portfolios! With only 8 days to go im really glad we didnt go for the more expensif wedding now we have more money for a house =D




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