(Closed) Under 10k Budget Breakdowns

posted 7 years ago in Money
Post # 3
589 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Scottish Rite Cathedral (New Castle, PA)

Wow that was detailed! I can give you the gist of ours, Father-In-Law are covering rehearsal dinner and we have a 10k budget for the day of items only (not rings, honeymoon, invitations, outfits, etc)

Venue: $500

Food: $4000

Photography: $2000

Cake: $450

Flowers: $1000

DJ/Uplighting: $1450

Decorations: $500

Favors: $100

Programs: $20




Post # 4
148 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

We are trying to do a 10k budget, 50 people.

Venue: $900 (same location for ceremony & reception)

Food: $2000

Booze: hopefully under $1500… We’re doing beer/wine only but can’t bring our own in

Photography: $4000, a splurge I’m insisting on

Cake: free, a talented family member is making it

The remaining money will be used for decor, invites, officiant, rentals, other things I’m probably forgetting. The space is beautiful on its own so it doesn’t need much, and having only 50 guests helps keep costs down. We aren’t having a DJ, Father-In-Law are paying for centerpiece flowers & the rehearsal dinner. We aren’t including outfits, rings, or honeymoon in that budget. 

Post # 5
12244 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

Rehearsal Dinner: $500 (Gift from ILs)


Ceremony Officiant/Ceremony DOC/Organist/Set-up/Clean-up: $500

Ceremony Decorations: $15 (Pew Bows from Oriental trading and silk flower petals from Amazon)

Programs: $10 (Wilton DIY)


Decorations: $300 (Includes centerpieces, cake topper and favors, mostly DIY)

Food and drink total: $1500

(Food: $15/pp, Unlimited Mimosas $2/pp, Cake $90–3 tiers, 2 flavors, PLUS 18% gratuity and 8.5% tax on everything)

Dancing that Night:

Drinks for everyone (In the limo AND in the club): $300


My dress: $1900 w/alterations (Present from my family)

Groom’s attire: Free

Flower Girl Dress: $30

My veil/earrings/shoes/garter/panties: $850, but $775 were gifts (earrings and veil)

My wedding band: Heirloom

DH’s wedding band: $250

Flowers (bouquets/buttonieres/corsages): $150 (Also DIY)


Towncar from ceremony/pictures/reception/hotel: $200 for the day (Gift from ILs)

Party bus out dancing that night: $550

Photographer: $950 (Also took pictures of our rehearsal dinner)

Total: $7,505

Total We Paid: $4130

Post # 6
279 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

We are so very lucky to be getting $10K from my parents…I’m the baby of the family, my oldest brother had a courthouse wedding, and my other brother is 22 with no signs of settling down anywhere in the near future (which is fine of course!), so they feel especially generous. Anyway, we decided we will absolutely spend NO MORE than that amount, and we want to keep the costs as low as possible! That being said, our current breakdown is as follows:

Venue: $600

Food: $1800

Cake: $150 – good deal from a family friend

Drinks: $750

Photographer: $2200 (definitely our splurge!)

DJ: $200 – FI’s best man DJ’s weddings, so he has all the equipment. We are giving his cousin, who assists him at weddings sometimes and will be the DJ for Bridesmaid or Best Man wedding in August 2014, $200 to serve as the DJ

My dress: $300 –haven’t bought it yet but I am strict on this budget, I am a clearance shopper so I WILL find a bargain!

Flowers: $200

Other decorations/centerpieces: $250

All gifts (BP and parents): $300

Stamps & Invites/STDs: $275

Programs: $30

Ceremony, officiant gift, and music: $500

Total: $7255


We haven’t finalized much yet, so we are hoping to bring the food costs down a bit, as well as some of the other costs as well…we are optimistic that IL will pay for the rehearsal dinner, as they did with Future Sister-In-Law, but that has not been discussed yet (his parents are not planners). We have not included our rings in the budget, though FI’s will be less than $100 and mine will be anywhere from $300-600. I love seeing all the budgets that come in under 10k! It gives me hope 🙂

Post # 7
1597 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

well I live in a very affordable part of the US so this might be unbelievable for some people BUT ….


* food: about $5000 total for around 190 people (parents paid)


* alcohol: about $500 (parents paid)


We paid for everything else:


* photographer: $1400 


* reception venue: $1400


* ceremony venue: $350


* flowers (silk from the bridesbouquet.com): $150


* my dress: $600 (alterations were $75 and done by a family friend)


* shoes (sandals from Aerosoles.com): $30


* my hair/makeup: about $100


* cake: $400 (cupcakes done by a high school friend with her own business)


* BM/GM gifts: $200 – $300


* champagne glasses: $30ish


* cake toppers: $40ish


* decorations: (paper lanterns, blue/clear “table sprinkle,” candles, shallow glass bowls, wedding arch, tulle): $200 – $300ish 


* invitations: $250 (custom made by a friend/BM who is a graphic designer)


* his tux: $180ish

* my wedding band: $180 from Amazon.com

* his wedding band: $260 Tungsten from King’s (on sale)

I think we totaled a little over 10K but it IS possible to pull of a wedding for under that number.


It just takes a lot of extra research, patience, and creativity! Good luck!


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