Thank you all so much! Your kind words make me smile!
Bluegreenjean – the tissue packets were super fast and easy, I thought they were a great project to add a little something. I bought 3 x 5 open end poly bags from this ebay seller: http://stores.ebay.com/uniquepacking. They were about $6 with shipping and I used them for the hugs/kisses packets, the tissue packets, and to package the chocolate spoons. Anyway, I bought those pocket packs of kleenex and put three in each packet. The tops are just scrapbook paper with a decorative edge stapled on.
As far as a budget breakdown, here’s what I can give you:
Various crafting supplies: $525 (made invitations, programs, placecards, table names, chocolate spoons, stuff to make the bouquets/bouts/corsages, ribbon, etc.)
Attire: $215 (this is my shoes and undergarments as well as John’s tux – my mother made my dress and bought all the materials for me, but I would assume around $300 more, mainly in beads)
Flowers: $335 (200 tulips, plus greens)
Photography: $2110 (8 hours, digital negatives, 4 x 6 of all images in leather albums)
Church fees: $425
Reception: $985 (delicious brunch for 44 ppl at 17/head plus 20% service fee and tax)
Reception stuff: $190 (guestbook and markers, paper tablecloths so people could color, crayons, tons of mason jars, pie server)
Computer stuff: $45 (istockphoto credits, animoto credits, and a pro flickr account for guests to upload pictures)
Thank you cards: $80 (vistaprint w/ coupon)
Makeup so I could DIY it: $265
12 delicious varities of pie instead of cake: $160
Marriage license: $30
Music downloads from iTunes: $56
In calling it a $7k wedding I’m really highballing it, but that’s because a) my husband was horrible about remembering to give me reciepts, b) the last few weeks before the wedding were crazy and I lost track of somethings, and c) my parents bought a lot of stuff (all the purple tulip candelholders, the ring bear, my dress materials, etc) and some other stuff was gifts (toasting flutes) so I’m rounding things up a lot to try to cover for that stuff. I think 7K is a fairly accurate estimate – it may in fact have been lower.
I’m not including rehearsal dinner, sunday barbeque or honeymoon expenses either, mainly because I didn’t have a lot to do with any of those things, and they weren’t technically the "wedding." That seems pretty normal for these type of things anyway!