First I need to let you know that I live IN Boston, not in a suburb, but in Boston itself. I had to have my wedding in the town I grew up in because Boston is too damn expensive.
My venue is free because my mother is the President of the Board of Directors. Should have been $2600
My Photographer did his senior graduate project at the venue and knows my mom. As a favor he is $1100, should have been $2500
My caterer is a elementary school friend. He was also supposed to cater a wedding I was to have 14 years ago and honored the deposit my parents put down then. I am doing open bar; beer, wine, soft drinks and water and I am doing all hot passed apps. The wedding is at 2pm, after lunch, before dinner. (My parents are doing a buffet dinner at home for the out of town guests after) so my caterer is $3000
My cake is $320 – $60 is for delivery!
My flowers which include center pieces and some other arrangemets are $800. I am also buying potted tulips for the entry way and other places in the location $100
We are out own DJ. The LEAST I found for a DJ was $1000. We don’t have the space or the money for a DJ so we are using a BOSE Sound Dock, a mixer and a microphone. I literally JUST finished the play list. That part was easy. I did the ceremony music (2 songs – the entry and exit, LOL) the music while we are having pictures, the intro song, the first dance and the father daughter dance and then the main play list. GOD LOVE SHUFFLE and then the last song. Not that difficult. Pick songs you like and add them to the list, LOL Total Cost $500 which includes buying some songs from iTunes.
The Limo is JUST from the wedding location to the hotel after the wedding that is $400
Favors $175, thank god for Amazon,com
Decorations from Oriental Trading $50
So, JUST the wedding itself, not the dress – tux -rings- invitation, toasting flutes etc its $6054
If we added all that we are at $7411 not inclyding rings.
Its not under 6k, but for a wedding in MA you can’t do much better than that!