I would deem our wedding a Hi-Low in the budget sense. Spending a lot on key vendors I wanted, and working out major discounts everywhere else we can. I know it looks like a high budget, but I’ve saved several thousand so far.
1.WHEN DID YOU BOOK YOUR VENUE/COST? 13 months out, paid full estimate for 115 ppl upfront for 2% discount…$26k (includes catering & site fee)
2.WHEN DID YOU BOOK YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER/COST? 13 months out $6k (her mid-priced package)
3.WHEN DID YOU BOOK YOUR DJ/COST? 12 months out, 9 pc reception band, & duo for cocktail hour $5500, negotiated for inclusion of ceremony PA & DJing between breaks
4.WHEN DID YOU CHOOSE YOUR CATERER/COST? included with venue
5.WHEN DID YOU PURCHASE OR CHOOSE YOUR DRESS/COST? 12 months out $3200 trunk sale
6.WHEN DID YOU HAVE YOUR BRIDESMAIDS BUY THEIR DRESSES? 9 months out $310/e, paid for them myself, got a 15% discount
7. WHEN DID YOU HAVE YOUR Fiance AND GROOMSMEN GET FITTED? 4-5 months out, signed up early for MW email list and got $40 off coupon, $127/tux set
8.WHEN DID YOU PRINT YOUR INVITATIONS/COST? Designed our own invites & used discount letterpress shop ordered online, I glued everything together into pocketfolds, printed 8 months out (sent 6 months out for Dest. wedding), about $7/e but look like about $25/e 🙂
9.WHEN DID YOU PURCHASE OR MAKE YOUR CENTERPIECES/COST? Purchased candle holders and candles wholesale 3-4 months out, negotiated with wholesalers.. about $2.20-$3.50 per candle holder (similar rents for $12/each!)
10.WHEN DID YOU HAVE YOUR MAKEUP/HAIR TRIAL/COST? 10 weeks out, included in hair/makeup package for day of $1500, top makeup artist & team stays morning though till beginning of reception for touch-ups, additional $120 per bridesmaid for hair & makeup, negotiated for the team to make sure all my men looked good too.
11.WHEN DID YOU CHOOSE YOUR FLORIST/COST? 12 months out, $6k – includes travel to destination and additional staff member to help set up all my DIY candles.
12.* RENTALS – This was a big one for us, I shopped around and got quoted up to $16k. In the end, spending about $12-13k. This is tables, chairs, flatware, heat lamps, staging, lighting, and a few misc items like sign holders.